Youth: Middle and High School

“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 Faith Formation, plus chances to be involved in intergenerational church activities, mission and service and much more.

Faith Formation on Sundays

All youth are invited to join us during our faith formation hour at 11:00 a.m. on Sundays. 


Faith Formation is an intentional time for learning and growing in our faith.  Faith Formation is for All Ages, at 11:00 a.m. and offers multiple new and returning interactive learning opportunities, including bible study, worship dialogue, and discussion groups. Attend a gathering that catches your interest on any given Sunday, or join a group for a multi-week study.  Children, Youth and College faith formation groups (formally known as Sunday School) also meet at this time.

Youth Formation Opportunities

It’s not too late to sign up for Confirmation!  Join Pastors Megan Berry, Jay Sanderford, and Mark Mares as we embark on this important milestone journey.  All middle school and high school students are invited to join Pastor Matthew J and other leaders here at First Pres for CrossWord, an exploration of current events and the Bible.  

All formation opportunities meet in the Youth Room every Sunday (except the first Sunday of each month) at 11 a.m. All are welcome!

Youth Group

Middle school (MSYG) and High school (HSYG) continue this month on Sundays from 6 - 7:30 p.m. at the church.  We meet on the Hill Street lawn or in the Social Hall if it’s raining.  We would love to have you join us - all are welcome!

Bring a friend, all are welcome!  Contact Pastor Mark with any questions or for more information at

All-Youth Workday Save the date for Saturday, Oct. 16, for an all-youth work day opportunity. See the church website or youth Instagram for more information, or contact Rev. Mark at

The Amazing Race: First Pres Youth Edition.  In the spirit of the popular television show, on Nov. 14, join First Pres youth as several teams race around the Ann Arbor/Ypsi area completing several legs, interacting with members, performing physical and mental challenges to see who will win the Amazing Race! To participate, click the sign up link here or contact Rev. Mark at mmares@ We need lots of volunteers to make this happen - if you’re interested and willing to help us out, please contact Rev. Mark.

Halloween Party.  Join us on Oct. 31 for an off-site Youth Halloween celebration! We’ll gather together in our costumes, play some games, fellowship and chat around the fire. This is a wonderful opportunity to bring a friend, all are invited! Location TBD - contact Pastor Mark at for more details.

Minecraft Office Hours.  Do you enjoy playing Minecraft?  Have you always wanted to try?  Join Rev. Mark on the First Pres Minecraft Realm this year for virtual ‘office hours’ as we try to recreate the First Pres grounds in the world of Minecraft for the 195th anniversary.  For more information, contact Rev. Mark Mares at