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

At First Pres, God’s grace stirs our ministry with young disciples and families. Our Youth Ministry provides a safe, healthy place for young people to explore and grow a strong Christian faith, to connect with other young people and to support busy families. At First Pres, Youth Ministries include Sunday School classes, Middle School and High School Youth Groups, plus chances to be involved in intergenerational church activities, mission and service and much more.

Meet Rev. Mark Mares - Our New Minister of Youth & Families

Hey y’all, I’m excited to be here and I can’t wait to meet you! We will jump right in with a bunch of fall events. Interested in contributing or participating in some way with youth ministry? Contact me at mmares@firstpresbyterian.org or 616-405-0717 (call/text).


  • 9:00 - 9:40 a.m. - Acolyte Worship Leadership - Narthex
  • 9:15 - 9:30 a.m. - Munch & Mingle - Youth Room
  • 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. - Sunday School
    • 6th & 7th Grade - Room L4
    • 8th Grade Confirmation - Curtis Room
    • High School - Youth Room

Upcoming Events

Music Ministry Sunday with David LaMotte

Sunday, September 15 - All youth are invited to gather for dinner at 5:30 p.m., followed by a conversation and optional “talent-sharing” with musician David LaMotte at 6:00 p.m. RSVP here for David LaMotte!

Game Night with Rev. Dr. Jason Santos

Sunday, September 22 - Join us for an All-Church intergenerational evening of games, laughter, food, and fun with Jason Santos! We’ll begin at 4:30 p.m. with games, pizza at 5:30 p.m., and continue playing games until 7:00 p.m. Bring your favorite game to play and perhaps learn a new one! RSVP here for Game Night.

Middle School Youth Rally & Confirmation Retreat

Saturday, September 28
All Middle School students join us as we head to the Howell Nature Center for a Youth Rally called, “God-Fi,” sponsored by the Presbyterian Youth Connection of the Detroit Presbytery. This event will run from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., and will include archery, obstacle course, and zipline options, among others!

Our Confirmation Retreat will take place following the Youth Rally. 8th Graders in Confirmation will stay the night at Howell Nature Center and return to church Sunday at 11:00 a.m.

Save the Date!

Middle School Lock-In: October 19-20

For RSVPs, Questions, & Conversation Contact: