Youth Ministry Mission Statement

First Presbyterian Church Franklin's youth ministry exists to build a spiritual foundation for all youth by: 


  • welcoming all into the community of faith; 
  • teaching Biblical truth grounded in the Reformed tradition, and
  • inspiring youth to joyfully serve others as disciples of Christ.

Youth Ministry Core Values

Christ-centered:  We live our lives guided by Christ.

Accepting:  We are a welcoming, respectful, and inclusive community of faith.

Relationships:  We foster an atmosphere that promotes love, patience and kindness among the church family and the world at large.

Engaging:  Through the use of curriculum, mission, and activities we challenge youth to actively explore their faith.

Youth Sunday School

The mission of Christian education is to engage the Bible in community so that its grace and promises live afresh in each generation. Our Sunday school encourages questions, and fosters a passion for the Bible. Participation in our Sunday school instills a desire to grow in faith and the hope is that this desire lasts a lifetime.

Sunday School

From Sept. to May at 9:45 (and earlier) the youth gather in room 117 and 118 with a Hospitality Bar (hot chocolate, coffee, sweets, etc.) for fellowship, welcome and announcements from our Director of Youth Ministries, Janelle Brinker. They then disperse into 4 classrooms: 7th grade room 117, 8th grade room 118, 9th/10th grades room 120 and 11th/12th grades room 205. We use Feasting on the Word curriculum which is based on the Revised Common Lectionary that we use in worship.


During the summer months the middle and high school youth meet together for one class.


Youth are figuring out who they are as they search for whose they are. Feasting on the Word materials provide opportunities for this age group to explore their personal and communal identity in Jesus Christ through meaningful community-building experiences, engaging Bible study, and relevant learning activities. Biblical stories will come alive in new and creative ways. In response to God's amazing, unconditional love, youth will be challenged to put their faith into action as they grow to understand themselves as Christ's disciples. Each session includes a media connection section that ties the week's Scripture passage to a film, song, or Web site.

Sunday Night Summit

Sunday Night at the Summit (SNS) begins downstairs in the youth wing. Adult Participants (APs) will greet them and they will have group gatherings before dispersing into their age specific groups. Dinner is a special part of SNS and will be served at 6:30 pm. The cost per meal is $5 for youth and adults. Meal Packages can be purchased for $40 per semester, or $80 per year. SNS meets Sept. through May.


This fall at SNS, both our high school and middle school youth will go through a series written by Janelle Brinker entitled "Jesus at the Table: Radical Inclusion in the Gospel of Luke". Each lesson in the series will focus a different meal scene in Luke, and together we will discover the inclusive nature of Jesus at the table, and the inclusive nature of God's Kingdom. Groups are structured according to grade level:

Middle School (7th-8th grades)

Rooms 117/118

High School (9th-12th grades)

Room 120

Trips, Retreats and More!

Throughout the year our youth have a number of opportunities to go away, build relationships, make memories, and see God in new ways. As these events approach more information will be given about each of these opportunities in the Youth News. Some of these exciting opportunities include:


Youth Winter Retreat at Camp NaCoMe: March 3-5

Youth Sunday Service: March 12

Promotion Plunge: May 21

High School Mission Trip: Week of June 25 - Detroit, MI

Middle School Mission Trip: Week of July 10 - Asheville, NC

High School Montreat Trip: Week of July 23