youth at Maple Plain serve God and are active in the daily life of the West Metro congregation.
By Julie Mass-Kusske
At First Presbyterian Church of Maple Plain you will find the youth serving God and active in the life of the church family. Teaching Sunday school, serving as liturgist, using and sharing their gifts as part of the praise band, volunteering in the nursery, and serving on the nominating committee are just a few different ways. We embrace the concept that “doing” is truly one of the best ways of learning and that one of our goals is that the youth see the church as place where they can use their gifts to work for the Lord, no matter what their age is.
During the school year weekly Sunday school is offered for children and youth. Youth group for 6th -12th graders meets bi-weekly for a time of food, fun and a relevant youth topic to study. Monthly social and or service opportunities are available for the youth; such things as: bowling, game night, random act of kindness, etc. On May 5th we will be partnering with Group and participating in the Big Day of Serving in Minneapolis.
Youth Ministry doesn’t stop in the summer although we do spend most of our time away from church in ministry. Children and youth are invited and encouraged to spend a week making memories at summer camp at Presbyterian Clearwater Forest. Eleven of our youth have said “yes” to go and serve in Milwaukee, WI this June for a week on the Youth Works mission trip. We are really looking forward to partnering with Plymouth Presbyterian, Calvin Presbyterian of Long Lake and Presbyterian Clearwater Forest to offer Camp-in-a-Van this July; this will be a great opportunity for children to be exposed to “camp” and for the youth to serve alongside the camp counselors.
First Presbyterian of Maple Plain may be a small congregation but the spirit is alive and active and we invite you to “Come and Catch the Spirit.”