6th - 8th Grade Ministry

“If we love one another, God abides in us, and God’s love is perfected in us.”
1 John 4:12

First Pres Ann Arbor nurtures teenagers’ spiritual growth through community, education, and fun. Events and activities center around learning about the Bible and what it means to be a young Christian in today’s society. First Pres offers Sunday School classes, a middle school and youth group, involvement in inter-generational church activities, and much more, all under the amazing leadership offered by staff, youth leaders and teachers and fellow students.

Eigth Grade Confirmation

How do teenagers discover the wonder of God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, the Church, First Pres Ann Arbor, important faith understandings, Christian Community, and what it means to be a Christian? They take confirmation for one year. This experience involves weekly class during the 9:30 a.m. Sunday School hour, a retreat, great lessons, and mentors who care about them.

This class is is open to all 8th graders. Others may join by special request. At the end of the class the youth will be ready to make an informed decision about whether or not they would like to join First Pres Ann Arbor on Confirmation Weekend April 22-23, 2017. This year the class will be led by Rev. Dr. Jim Monnett “RJ” with Carol Detmer and some other great mentors. See RJ (jmonnett@firstpresbyterian.org) to get all the confirmation materials and the registration link.

Munch & Mingle leads to Sunday School

Youth Sunday School for our 6th - 8th graders and high schoolers begins with a time of community and Washtenaw Dairy donuts in the Lower Level hallway with Washtenaw Dairy donuts returning.  Rev. Dr. Jim Monnett (“RJ”) and the other Sunday School teachers will be available to meet and greet the students from 9:20-9:30 a.m. The Sunday School classes will leave together from this time with the 6th/7th graders heading into LL4 with Betsy McCallister, Dr. Ginny Bell and Dr. Larry Peterson; the 8th grade heading up to the 2nd floor to the Curtis Room for Confirmation with RJ & Carol Detmer; and the high schoolers heading to the Youth Room (Lower Level) with our Peer Ministers Jenna Harms and Lex Allum.

Sunday Night is bursting with Youth Ministry

Youth Choir, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Choir Room (3rd Floor)

Do you love music? Are you interested in leading worship with the Youth Choir? We have a strong youth musical ministry involved instruments as well as the choir. Director of Music Tom Granum brings everyone together into a powerful worship experience. Come learn to be a part of a great choir? Sing fun songs. Laugh with new friends. Contact Tom for more information at tgranum@firstpresbyterian.org or at (734) 662-4466 ext. 347.

Youth Dinner, 5:30 to 6:00 p.m., Vance Room (2nd Floor)

Our Youth Dinner meets each week to give youth a simple meal between Youth Choir and Youth groups. This year you make a reservation each week with Peer Minister Jenna Harms by Thursday at noon so the meal is sized well for the amount of people coming.  Dinners are for 6th-12th graders and youth leaders. Dinners are $5 or they can be free if you sign up to cook one Sunday a semester and enjoy free dinner all semester.

Mids: 6-7:30 p.m., Curtis Room (2nd Floor)

Come to the Curtis Room for all the excitement of 6th to 8th grade youth group with amazing games, great Bible learning, and all the energy juicy goodness of a chocolate milkshake. Youth group is a time to be together with people who value middle schoolers, enjoy high energy, want to learn, and be a part of something bigger. Mids meets Sunday nights from 6-7:30 p.m. with the Mids Crew – PB (Pastor Beghin, Charlotte Anderson, Julie Pakela, and one more).

Mids also has great events like Wombat, 9 Square, Zap Zone, and retreats.


The 6th-8th Grade ministry is led by Rev. Dr. Jim Monnett (RJ), the Director of Youth Ministry. jmonnett@firstpresbyterian.org