The First Pres student ministry focuses on middle, high school, and college students, and provides opportunities for youth to go deeper in their relationship with God as well as their relationships with others. Most student ministry programming takes place in Allen & Yowell Hall.
During the school year, we offer Tribe for middle schoolers Wednesday nights 5:30-7:30pm.
We also have two yearly retreats: a fall retreat to Southwind and a summer retreat to Camp Twain!
During the school year, high schoolers can join us from 7:30-9:00pm Wednesday nights.
We also have two yearly retreats: a fall retreat to Eagle Rock and a summer retreat to Camp Twain!
Small Groups (MS/HS)
Small Groups are leader-led peer groups gathering in homes all around the city on Sunday afternoons where we build relationships, study scripture, and pray for one another.
Sunday School (MS/HS)
We meet from 9:45-10:45am on Sundays in the Warehouse. Middle and high school students welcome!
Camp Twain • July 22-26
Our vision for Camp Twain is to give students a chance to get away from their normal routine and encounter The Living God. This camp is for middle & high school students (rising 6th-12th). We will play games, hear biblical teaching, sing songs, discuss topics, and have tons of fun. Students will not only grow in their relationship with God, but also with fellow students and leaders.
Senior Recognition Sunday • May 19
Seniors! We want to celebrate your upcoming graduation with you, so we’re inviting you to join us for Senior Recognition Sunday. You’ll be recognized before the congregation at the 11am Traditional service in the sanctuary (arrive by 10:45am to line up to process in), and we’ll take a group photo after the conclusion of the service. We’ll also be making a special church bulletin for that day, and we’d love to include you! The deadline for submissions is May 6, so don’t delay!
Eagle Rock • High School Retreat
Our yearly high school retreat takes us to the mountains of Maryville, TN! All high school students are invited to join us as we intentionally seek the Lord together. We'll enjoy Eagle Rock's mountain lodge, hiking, rock climbing, and paintball on top of the mountain. We'll also spend time absorbing God's word, worshipping through music, and growing deeper in fellowship with one another!
Southwind • Middle School Retreat
Southwind is our annual retreat for middle school students. A collaborative effort alongside other Orlando churches and located at the Southwind Young Life camp near Ocala, FL, the weekend is designed to give students the chance to hear the gospel while they experience Christian community and fellowship with their peers and leaders.
DR Mission Trip • June 8-14
FPCO works under the leadership of partner Mission Emanuel in the community of Cielo, Dominican Republic. Student Ministry leaders as well as Tanner Fox, Associate Pastor of Mission, take adults and children to the DR to serve. We spend almost a week building houses and relationships. This trip is a great first-time mission experience for many individuals, families and small groups. The trip is discipleship-based, so it is intended for more mature Christ-followers. Each high school student must apply.
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Steve Eastwood is our Student Ministry Director. He loves his family (Amber, Charlie, June, and Crosby), Buffalo sports teams, and shepherding middle and high school students!
Chris Rossi takes care of all of the business stuff at Student Ministry, but is a blast to hang out with. Any paperwork-related questions, contact Chris!
Tyler Wilson and Fran Gray coordinate the middle school program (Tribe). Tyler is a Florida Gator and is also studying at Reformed Theological Seminary; Fran is one of our awesome Heart of the City Fellows and a Clemson grad (Go Tigers!).