Today’s youth have experienced life in a radically different way than previous generations, and yet our God never changes in offering everything they need to walk in faith with Jesus Christ.

At First Pres, we offer our teens meaningful, sometimes challenging  opportunities to live in faith. At the same time, we give them honest, Biblical information about what life in the church looks like so they can choose to believe (or not) from a place of informed wisdom.

First Pres youth
Our Sunday morning classes for children and youth take place after our 10 a.m. worship services. We divide into groups based on age and/or school grades.

K-4th Grade
5th – 7th Grade
8th – 12th Grade
Youth Group (grades 8-12) meets Sunday afternoons from 4-6 p.m.

Yes. While we do not recommend parents demand church attendance on Sunday mornings, we do suggest they encourage it. While we recognize many activities can seek to pull teenagers away on Sunday mornings, we believe setting the example of regular church attendance is vital if they are going to remain committed to their faith as adults.

Youth Group meets Sundays from 4 to 6 p.m. in the church and usually involves fun games or activities, teaching time, and prayer time. We do our best to avoid scheduling meeting when they conflict with school or other activities. Youth Group is open to those in grades 8 through 12. All staff and volunteers are required to pass appropriate background checks.

Our regular events include:

  • Monthly Young Family Small Group
  • Winter Retreat
  • Youth Sunday Worship Service
  • Local service activities
  • Youth Group Outings
  • Summer Mission Trip
  • Vacation Bible School volunteer opportunities
  • All-Church End-of-Summer Picnic
  • Gingerbread House Decorating Party
  • Hand Bell Choir
  • Christmas Eve Family Worship Service

(Subject to change)

Absolutely! Youth group members can be involved on Sunday in a variety of ways:

  • Musical performance through vocals and/or instruments
  • Scripture reading
  • Audio-visual participation using our state-of-the-art sound and video equipment
  • Childcare with appropriate supervision
  • Holiday decorations
  • Dressing as costumed characters for special celebrations

(Subject to change)

Join us in-person in the sanctuary. All age children are welcome in worship! We have rocking chairs in the back of the sanctuary and even more open space in the back for coloring, reading, or crawling. We also have a newly renovated family lounge area for nursing, changing diapers, or having some quiet time.


Youth News

First Pres Announces New Staffing Moves

First Presbyterian Church of Evanston, IL., is excited to announce two new staffing decisions to help with member services and outside event coordination. Deborah McDowell, who currently works as front desk receptionist, will take on the additional role of administration and membership assistant. Her new duties will include maintaining the church membership and attendance database, providing pastoral, mission, and church leadership administrative

May 21st, 2024|

First Pres Hires New Youth Director

Ben Graham, FPCE Youth Ministry Director First Presbyterian Church of Evanston, IL., is excited to announce the hiring of Ben Graham as the church's new youth ministry director. He will lead our ministry to junior high and high school students. Ben began his work life in the construction industry in the Pacific Northwest some years ago (20+), but a

February 21st, 2024|

2023-2024 Permission/Registration Form

Permission/Registration form for 2023-2024 school year activities at First Pres Here is the downloadable form for parents or guardians to register their children to be permitted to participate in FPCE children & youth activities. Click here to download the PDF form. This form can be filled out using the Acrobat Reader. Then is should be saved and emailed to the address

November 14th, 2023|

Ben Graham, Youth Director

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I want to learn more about the First Pres Youth Ministry. Who can I ask?
Contact Youth Director Ben Graham at the church office, or our Sunday morning Youth Group class in Room 206 and introduce yourself.

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