Christian Education

Christian Education

Our family ministry exists to Engage children and teenagers in Christ, Equip them to be disciples, Empower them to do God’s will, and Embrace our community because every child is created in the image of God.

Children’s Ministry

First Presbyterian Church of Plymouth (FPCP) offers many growth opportunities for our littlest family members from infancy through 5th grade.  We focus on learning about God’s plans for our lives through music, Bible stories, prayer, memory verses, crafts, and play!

Safety is very important to us.  To ensure the safety of all the children we have 2-3 adults present in the room at all times and all volunteers are background checked.  We ask that an FPCP Nursery & Sunday School Information & Medical Form be completed for every child participating in any Children’s Ministry activity and submitted to our Director of Children’s Ministry, Laura Craig via email or placed in Laura’s mailbox in the copyroom.

Nursery (Infant – 3 years)

Ages:  Infant – 3 years old

Location:  Room 138

Meeting Time:  Sunday mornings at 9:30 and 11:15 AM

We are excited to play with and care for our church family’s youngest people in the Nursery during both of our worship services at 9:30 and 11:15 AM.  Children may be dropped off prior to or during the services as needed.

Cleanliness is a priority for us – toys and surfaces are disinfected between services.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Parents regularly utilizing infant and toddler care are asked to consider volunteering to assist in the Nursery at least once a month.  All adults (18 years and up) are welcome to volunteer once they have submitted and passed a background check.

If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, please contact Laura Craig, our Director of Children’s Ministry at 734-453-6464 ext. 110.

Children (4 years – 5th grade)

Ages:  4 years old – 5th grade

Location:  Room 41

Meeting Time:  Sunday mornings at 9:30 AM

Sunday School:

From September through May, our elementary-aged children are all invited to participate in Sunday School during our Sanctuary worship service at 9:30 AM.  All children will begin in the worship service with their family and will be dismissed to Sunday School after the Children’s message.  Children may be picked up from Room 41 after the service.

Each week we learn a Bible verse, create a craft, and play interactive games.  We are journeying through the Old and New Testaments and discovering friendship with Jesus throughout God’s story.  All of this is designed to help our children know and feel the love of God through the relationships they grow with our teachers and each other.

Summer in Worship:

During the summer (May – early September), we invite children to worship with their parents.  We provide worship bags filled with faith-based activities to keep little hands busy.  These are available as you enter both the Sanctuary and Upper Room worship services.

Volunteer Opportunities:

If you love Jesus and enjoy sharing that love with young children, please consider joining our Sunday morning teaching team.  We supply everything you need to be a part of a morning of learning through play and there’s the added bonus of developing long-term relationships with the kids of our church!  If you have any questions or would like to help on Sunday mornings, please reach out to Laura Craig, our Director of Children’s Ministry, at 734-453-6464 ext. 110.

Special Children’s Events

We are always busy planning exciting events to connect with our children beyond Sunday school.  Click here for more information on upcoming children’s events.

Vacation Bible School

Ages:  Children entering KIndergarten – 5th grade

Each summer, we host a week-long VBS for the children of our community. We invite children to bring their friends and family to enjoy mornings filled with Christ-centered stories, music, crafts, games, and snacks.  All of these activities are based on a theme that carries throughout the week focusing on helping children to turn to God for their needs and to teach them to serve as the hands of God in ensuring that the needs of others are met.  Our church is decorated and transformed into a children’s wonderland and they meet people of all ages from their peers to young adults to senior citizens throughout their week.

Click here for the latest information on the next Vacation Bible School.

Have a peek at our July, 2023 Food Truck Party Vacation Bible School!

Youth Ministry

The First Presbyterian Church of Plymouth (FPCP) Youth Ministry is a place where students can find a place to belong, develop their faith in Jesus right where they are, and have opportunities to serve our brothers and sisters in need within our community and world.

We ask that an FPCP Youth Group Information & Medical Form be completed for every middle and high school student participating in any Youth Ministry activity and submitted to our Director of Youth Ministry, Patrick Tyrrell via email or placed in Patrick’s mailbox in the copyroom.

Middle School (6-8th Grade)

Ages: 6th – 8th grade

Location: Youth Room (on the lower level)

Meeting Time: 12:15 PM on Sundays (except as noted on the Youth Ministry Event Calendar)

Upcoming Events: Check out our plans on the Youth Ministry Event Calendar

Volunteer Opportunities:

We always welcome anyone who is interested in hanging out with middle and high school students.  The value of several adult mentors to our youth is immeasurable!  If you have any questions or would like to volunteer with our youth, please reach out to Patrick Tyrrell, our Director of Youth Ministry, at 734.453.6464 ext. 120

Special Youth Events:

We are always organizing a wide variety of events that will engage our middle and high school youth.  Click here for the latest schedule of youth events.

High School (9th-12th Grade)

Ages: 9th – 12th grade

Location: Youth Room (on the lower level)

Meeting Time: 12:15 PM on Sundays (except as noted on the Youth Ministry Event Calendar)

Upcoming Events: Check out our plans on the Youth Ministry Event Calendar

Volunteer Opportunities:

We always welcome anyone who is interested in hanging out with middle and high school students.  The value of several adult mentors to our youth is immeasurable!  If you have any questions or would like to volunteer with our youth, please reach out to Patrick Tyrrell, our Director of Youth Ministry, at 734.453.6464 ext. 120

Special Youth Events:

We are always organizing a wide variety of events that will engage our middle and high school youth.  Click here for the latest schedule of youth events.

Confirmation Class

Confirmation is when a youth student declares their beliefs, becoming full independent members of the church. At First Presbyterian Church of Plymouth (FPCP), the Confirmation Class is a 9-month, weekly class that precedes the decision to take this vow and claim faith as one’s own. We learn what it means to be a Christian and what is unique about being a Presbyterian.

We believe that lasting faith is anchored in study and strengthened by bringing our questions, addressing our doubts, learning how to look for answers, and discerning the truth. We have full confidence that truth stands up to questioning and deepens our relationship with God.

Together we explore why and how to nurture a personal relationship with God, what it means to be created in God’s image, and the unique gifts that make each of us an essential part of God’s plan. There are many different ways we live out our faith in the world so as a class we put the lessons into action through worship, study, prayer, fellowship, service, and mission. We discuss how to respectfully demonstrate our faith with others in the context of differences of opinion and of faith tradition, recognizing that everyone is a part of God’s creation and receives God’s love even when we disagree.

A student may become a candidate for Confirmation class whenever they and their family believes that they are ready for the curriculum. Many families find that this is best during their 8th grade school year, but age can vary. Because we believe that the course is most enriching when youth can go through it together as a peer group, we assemble classes when we have a substantial number of students who are ready to participate.

Click here for information about the next Confirmation Class.

Please reach out to be a part of this community of young believers and seekers. We look forward to hearing from you!

Director of Youth Ministry Patrick Tyrrell734-453-6464 ext. 120.

Confirmation Leaders – Doug and Julie Heasley248-305-0742.

Our 2023 Confirmation Class

Youth Mission Trip

Each year, we plan a week-long mission trip for our youth which provides an invaluable opportunity for our students to serve God’s children locally, nationally, or internationally.  These trips are life-changing for our students and are significant in setting the foundation for their adult faith lives.

Click here for the latest information on the next Youth Mission Trip.

Have a peek at our June, 2023 Youth Mission Trip to Colina de Luz Christian Home for Children in Mexico.

Adult Life-Long Learning

At First Pres Plymouth (FPCP), we offer several adult Bible Study options for growing your faith.  These groups provide an excellent place to explore the truths of the Bible with an opportunity to discuss how to apply these concepts to our everyday lives.  It is within these groups that attendees encourage one another to grow a stronger and closer relationship with God and also develop deep-rooted friendships within the group.

Click here to find out the latest information on studies held by each of these groups.

Continuing the Word Bible Study

Meeting Time: Sundays at 5:30-6:30 PM

Location: Chapel with Zoom Option

Leaders: Dana Hearn & Gary McLaren

Early Word Bible Study

Meeting Time: Wednesdays at 7:45-9 AM

Location: Zoom

Leader: Susan Kage

Family Group

This is a monthly family study and discussion group taking place between Sunday worship services where children will enjoy supervised fun at the same time as adults get to know each other, discuss the sermon topic, and support one another in prayer.  This is a win-win for busy families looking to connect with one another!

Meeting Time: 4th Sunday of the month at 10:35 – 11:10 AM

Location: Children in Room 42, Adults in Room 38

Leader: Charles Evans

Childcare: Laura Craig

Listening to Jesus, Responding in Faith Bible Study

Meeting Time: Sundays at 7 – 8:30 PM

Location: Zoom

Leaders: Nancy Sullivan & Doug Kee

Presbyterian Women

If you love to read and enjoy a good discussion about the book, join us for one or BOTH of our Presbyterian Women book discussions.  Check out the two reading lists on Upcoming Events and come dig a little deeper into the heart of the book we’re discussing.

Lunch and a Book

When: First Wednesday of the month @ 12 noon

Where: Hearth Room

What to Bring: Pack yourself a lunch and bring your book

Reading List: Reading List

Questions: Contact Audrey Williams

 

PW Evening Book Discussion

When: Monday evenings (see Upcoming Events for dates) at 7 PM

Where: Chapel

Reading List: Reading List

Questions: Contact Nancy White

Presbyterian Women Horizons Monthly Bible Study

Meeting Time: 2nd Tuesday of the month, 7-8:30 PM

Location: Dining Room with Zoom Option

Leader: Kiki Farrow

Saturday Morning Men’s Bible Study

Meeting Time: Saturdays at 7:45-9:15 AM

Location: Hearth Room with Zoom Option

Leader: Tom Weaver

Tuesday Evening Bible Study

Meeting Time: Tuesdays at 7 PM

Location: Room 134 with  Zoom Option

Leader: Nancy White

Women of the Word Bible Study

Meeting Time: Wednesdays at 10-11:30 AM

Location: Small Groups throughout church with Zoom Option

Leader: Susan Kage

Women’s Wednesday Evening Bible Study

Meeting time: Wednesdays at 7 PM

Location: Hearth Room

Leader: Meg Anderson

Our Library

First Pres Plymouth has a wealth of resources available in our library containing approximately 700 books. Books may be checked out by both members and church attendees, and they include commentaries, church history, theology, devotionals, fiction, children’s books, and more. If you are exploring Christianity or looking to deepen your faith, there is a book to capture your interest. An online library catalog will be available soon.

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