Permission/Registration form for 2022-2023 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 Pastor Amanda Golbek (details are on the form). You can also print it out, fill it out by hand and deliver it to the FPCE front desk, but emailed attachments are preferred.

Information & Registration form for 2023 Youth Mission Trip to Kentucky

All rising 9th through 12th graders are invited!
Join us July 16 – 22 as we head to Elliot County, Kentucky!

Download Registration Form Here

We will spend the week serving God by serving our brothers and sisters in Christ. We will be partnering with Next Step Ministries.
Total Cost: $250 (scholarships are available, contact Pastor Amanda at

Important Dates and Details:
(All trip participants are required to attend and participate in pre-trip trainings, meetings, and fundraisers. Failure to attend may disqualify you from going on the trip.)

Sunday, January 8 – Registration and $50 deposit deadline.
Sunday, January 29 – Mission Trip participant and parent meeting, 12 p.m.
Wednesday, February 22 – 4:30 p.m.- 7 p.m. – Pancake Supper Fundraiser
Sunday, March 26 – Mission Trip participant training, 12 p.m., 2nd payment of $100 due.
Sunday, May 21 – Mission Trip participant training, 12 p.m., final payment of $100 due.
Sunday, July 9 – Final Pre-trip participant and parent meeting, time TBD.

Youth Group Calendar Winter/Spring 2023

All Youth Group gatherings are 4:00-6:00 at FPCE unless otherwise noted.

Download PDF.

Date High school Middle school Notes
1/08 Reconnect Reconnect Let’s explore what God is calling us towards in 2023!
1/15 Small Group Small Group Groups will meet separately. High school will begin a study on discipleship and middle school will explore spiritual practices and connecting with God.
1/22 Can Taylor Swift’s music be sacred? What do I value? Is there a difference between popular music and Christian music? Let’s talk about it.

What we value tells us a lot about where we will put our focus and energy. What does God want us to value?

1/29 Winter Retreat @ Timber – lee Trivia Fun at Timber-Lee!

Test your knowledge of the Bible, science, sports and everyday facts!

2/5 No Youth Group No Youth Group Sabbath Sunday
2/12 Super Bowl party @ the McLeod’s Winter Retreat @ Timber – lee Hang with your friends and make predictions about how many puppies will be in the commercials.

Fun weekend at Timber-Lee!

2/19 Small Group Small Group Friends, dinner, and diving further into discipleship and spiritual practices.
Wednesday, 2/22 Pancake Supper Pancake Supper Ash Wednesday
2/26 Bunco Bunco Join the honorable Tom Klamm as he leads us in a super fun game with prizes!
3/5 No Youth Group No Youth Group Sabbath Sunday
3/12 Escape Room Baking Cookies for Souper Saturday Can you escape the room?

Come bake (eat) cookies for our Souper Saturday guests.

3/19 Small Group Small Group Friends, dinner, and diving further into discipleship and spiritual practices.
3/26 Reading Between the Lines Making Prayer Rocks Bring your sharpies for some special art.

Let’s share prayer with others.

4/2 No Youth Group No Youth Group Sabbath Sunday

(Spring Break)

4/9 No Youth Group No Youth Group Easter
4/16 Small Group Small Group Friends, dinner, and diving further into discipleship and spiritual practices.
4/23 Progressive Dinner Foods around the world. Have fun enjoying dinner on the go!

Broaden our vision of God’s Kingdom as we sample global food.

4/30 Trivia Scavenger Hunt Test your knowledge of the Bible, science, sports and everyday facts!

Follow the clues as we seek God all around us.

5/7 No Youth Group No Youth Group Sabbath Sunday
5/14 Balloon Dart Card Making Balloon Dart Card Making Mother’s Day

Try your aim at paint filled balloons. Cards will go to our homebound members.

5/21 Wrap-up Party Wrap-up Party Let’s celebrate another year of faithful fun and friendship!

Summer Fun:

Middle school Camp Timber–lee, July 16-22

High school Mission Trip – July 16-22

Volunteer with VBS – July 31 – August 4

Youth News

The Book Club will be meeting again on Tuesday, June 20 from 1:30-3 p.m. in the Parlor. We will be reading “The Ride of Her Life: The True Story of a Woman, Her Horse, and Their Last-Chance Journey Across America” by Elizabeth Letts. This book is a national bestseller that tells the triumphant true story of a woman who rode her horse across American in the 1950’s, fulfilling her dying wish to see the Pacific Ocean.

The next Pilgrimage renewal weekend is coming soon: June 22-25 at the DeKoven Center in Racine, Wisconsin!What happens at Pilgrimage? For three days you will be immersed in God’s love, seeking to grow a closer relationship with Christ, and be inspired and equipped to better live abundantly in and share God’s love. For more information visit the website,, or contact Peg Forbes at

To apply to join this weekend, click here.

Family Camp is a wonderful opportunity for families of all ages to come together to connect with each other and our Creator, all in the beauty of God’s creation! We will spend June 23-25 at Camp Stronghold, a camp that is accessible for a variety of needs. We stay in their lodge which has private rooms with individual bathrooms and heating/air conditioning. The cost is $150 per family.

Register HERE by June 7!

First Presbyterian of Evanston Youth Ministry’s Vision Statement:

Youth Ministry at First Presbyterian strives to be an inclusive Christian community that journeys with youth and families wherever they are in their faith, equipping them to live God-centered lives and guiding them to share the love of Christ in their families, community and world.

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