A year in the youth ministry at First Church houses a variety of events and activities.  We ask that you be prayerful and wise in your commitments, striving to have your involvements be helpful to your spiritual development and not the cause for busyness in your life.  Involvement in church life is important but the whole of the youth departments events are meant to offer an array of choices, not an expectation to participant in everything.

Registration forms for events can be found on this page or in the youth form area located on the basement level adjacent to the elevator.

Please make sure there is a medical authorization on file with the youth department before participating in youth related events:
MEDICAL AUTHORIZATION and PARTICIPATION FORM
MEDICAL RE AUTHORIZATION FORM

Sign Ups for volunteering slots, needed items, or other involvement in specific roles can be found at www.timetosignup.com/kidscount by clicking on the “4G ” folders.

Tentative Yearly Calendar
  Church Picnic
Our fall kick off event
Date:
Time:
Location: Adventure Zone
Action Needed: Bring a side dish/dessert to share
Impact Rewind
Blending the summer into the school year
Date:
Time:
Location:
Action Needed:
DEADLINE:
Bible Sunday
Bibles for 6th and 9th graders
Date:
Time: 8:15 & 10:45 Services
Confirmation Fall Retreat
#1 of the year
Date: October 28 & 29
Time: 6:00-9:00 & 9:00-12:00
Action Needed:
Battle Ball
CHUM Tournament and Worship Night
Date: November 5
Time: 1:15-8:00 (6:00-8:00 for the worship night)
Action Needed: RRegistration Form and Release
DEADLINE:  October 22
Corn Maize
Date:
Time:
Action Needed:
DEADLINE:
IMG_0019 Sleep out for the Homeless
annual homeless awareness event
Date: November 17th and 18th
Information: Participant Information
Action Needed:  Permission Form and adult sign ups for supervision and soup donation
DEADLINE: November 5th
 IMG_0018 Winter Retreat
Combined middle and high school
Date: December 1-3
Action Needed:  Registration Form
DEADLINE:  November 5th
  Cookie Walk
Date: December 17
Time: 10:00-1:00
Action Needed:
Help Provide Cookies  – Info needed by Nov 19th
Sign up at  to help volunteer the day of.
Confirmation Winter Retreat
Date: January 5 & 6
Time: 6-9 and 9-12
Action Needed:
Deadline: December 31
Christmas Caroling
Date: December 18
Time:
Location:
Action Needed:
 IMG_0020 Zeteo High School Conference
a S’nL event
Date: February 2-4
Information: Open to 8th* through 12th grade students
(*read middle school note on registration form)
Action Needed: Registration Form and Liability Form
DEADLINE: December 31
Snow Tubing
a 3G wintery outing

Youth Sunday
a youth led church service
Date:
Time: (both services)
Battle Ball – Messiah Tournament and Worship Night
Date:
Information:  Must be available for the entire event for participation on the team
Time: 1:15-8:00 Tournament and Worship, 6:00-8:00 Worship
Action Needed:
DEADLINE: 
Easter Sunrise Service and Breakfast
Date: April 1st
Time: 6:45 AM (Breakfast to follow)
Location: Mechanicsburg Cemetery (Breakfast in Fellowship Hall)
Action Needed: Sign up to bring food

Confirmation Spring Retreat
Date:
Time:
Action Needed:
DEADLINE:
 IMG_0007 Spring Retreat
combined middle and high school
Date:
Action Needed:
DEADLINE:
 IMG_0006 Grateful Grads and Senior Show Down a night of senior testimonies and celebrating our graduates
Date: May 21, 2017
Information: An evening of worship and testimony from our graduating seniors (6:00-7:00) in the green chair section of the sanctuary followed by an upbeat 4G style competition in our Senior Show Down in the Multipurpose room (7:00-8:30).
Action Needed:
Confirmation Retreat
Baltimore, MD
Date:
Action Needed:
DEADLINE:
Five to Thrive
a Salt ‘n Light event
Date:
Information:  This is not an organized youth event but students and parents are encouraged to attend on their own to support this ministry and to see the reprise of the 2018 Zeteo  drama.
Action Needed: For more information and registration go to http://snlym.com/events-ministries/fivetothrive/
Confirmation Service and Breakfast
Date: May 20, 2018
Time: 9:30 (breakfast), 10:45 (service)
Information: It has become tradition for the 7th grade class to host a breakfast for the confirming 8th graders and their families, please join us in helping to continue the tradition.
Action Needed: 
7th graders – sign up for provide food for the breakfast
8th  graders – submit a current picture to Lisa (electronically is preferred) and notify her of the number from your family attending the breakfast.  Sign up to meet for your one-on-one with Pastor Denny.
 IMG_0011 Graduate Sunday
Service of Recognition and Luncheon
Date:
Information: Graduates will be recognized at both services
Action Needed:
 IMG_0009 Year End 4G Picnic
end of school year/”hell0″ summer picnic
Date:
 IMG_0016 Jubilee Prep Day -fundraising opportunity
Date: June 20, 2018
Action Needed: Sign up to help
 IMG_0503 Jubilee Day – fundraising opportunity
Date: June 21, 2018
Action Needed: Sign up to help
 IMG_0001 Tubing Down the Breeches
a 4G summer adventure
When:
Where: Messiah College
Time: 3:30-6:30
Action Needed:
 IMG_0013 Pool Party/ Movie Night
a 4G summer adventure
Date:
Where:
Time:
Action Needed:
  Mission Trip
annual summer youth mission experience
Date: July 1 -7
Information: Information Packet
Action Needed: Registration Form
DEADLINE:  December 10, 2017
 IMG_0004 Impact
a S’n L Camping Festival (students and families)
Date: July 25- July 29
Action Needed:
DEADLINE:
  Mini Golf
a 4G summer adventure
Date:
Time:
Action Needed:
DEADLINE:
IMG_0013 Pool Party
a 4G summer adventure
Date:
Where:
Time:
Action Needed:
Ongoing 4G  Service Opportunities

Various opportunities are provided for youth through out the year.
See Missions and Service Page for more information.
Must have a PARTICIPANT FORM on file to participant in any service activity.  For service opportunities requiring sign ups, please sign up on www.timetosignup.com/kidscount in the appropriate sign up sheet in the “service opportunity” folder.

109Bagging Groceries at Mission Central
Time: 6:00-7:45
When: Every 3rd Wednesday
Where: Mission Central

Nail Painting
Time: 2:00- 3:20
When: 3rd Saturday of the month
Where: Manor Care Camp Hill

 

 

mobilemission-620x226Bethesda Mobile Mission
Time: 8:20pm-12:00am
When: (dates vary each year)
Where: The streets of Harrisburg

Ongoing Events, Activities, and Small Groups
  4G Sunday Evening Fellowship
Youth Lounge
6:00-8:15
Sunday Evenings (during the school year)
 IMG_0601 Monday Night Football
Offsite (Various Locations)
8:00-10:00pm
Monday Nights of the fall football season
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Mid-Week Bible Study 

Offsite
7:00-8:30
Wednesday Nights (during the school year)
  4G Periphery in the Park
Off-site (local park)
6:00-8:00
Wednesday Evening (during the summer)
General Involvement Reminder

For the safety of your youth please make sure a MEDICAL AUTHORIZATION FORM  is on file with the youth department.  If you have no changes to the current form on file, keep it up-to-date by filling out a MEDICAL RE AUTHORIZATION FORM yearly.  Youth are also expected to have signed a Youth Covenant  and are held to the expectations set for in that covenant at all youth events.