IGNITE Jr. High Ministry
WELCOME to IGNITE - We desire for Jr. High Students to become disciples of Jesus who IGNITE their faith to pursue deeper relationship with Him and fully surrender their lives to worship God.
“Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us give thanks, by which we offer to God an acceptable worship with reverence and awe; for indeed our God is a CONSUMING FIRE.” (Heb. 12:28-29)
Our Philosophy of Ministry
As a part of a Great Commission Church, IGNITE Jr. High Ministry’s desire is to equip students in Basic Bible and Discipleship. Helping students build a solid foundation of understanding the Bible and how to discern what truth is in their daily lives. We value being others focused and challenge the youth towards Outreach and Evangelism. It is our prayer that students will grow in their relationship with Jesus and Surrender their whole life to God. Our hope is Jr. High IGNITE is a safe place to belong, be known and ultimately realize you are fully loved by God.
Equipping and supporting Jr. High parents is important to us. We know the impact of our ministry would be greatly limited without partnering with parents. Parents are the primary influencers of their children (even teenagers!!). We desire to come alongside parents in caring not only for their child but their whole family. In hopes of connecting with your family I am inviting myself over for dinner. The hope is to build good communication and support as we learn about one another so we can best partner in the discipleship of your students. Feel free to text me, Meagan Bergem (5599163470), to set up a time.
Making sure things are clearly communicated is an important part of ministry. Events are announced during Bible Studies followed with a postcard in the mail. You will find details about events on the Upcoming Events tab above. There is also a private Facebook group where photos and information can be found. The parent emails through MyFPC include important dates and details as well. If you need assistance with signing up on MyFPC click here. We are partners with you in discipling your children and hope to provide you with support so you are better able to build your new adolescent child into a faithful believer in Christ.
During the school year, we meet in the IGNITE Room from 6:30pm-8:15pm on Wednesday evenings. Wednesday evenings consist of connecting with each other, playing a game, celebrating birthdays once a month, worshiping by singing, and an interactive Bible Study where we dive deep into God’s word not to just learn cool things -which happens- but to be changed and made new through God’s Spirit. Our theme for the year is You are Called! -Romans 8:28 "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." We will study the Gospel of Mark and explore how Jesus called his disciples and how he is calling us to live with purpose.
We meet in the IGNITE Room from 9:40am-10:45am on Sunday mornings. Look out for the room with couches and music jamming. The first Sunday of the month is a time of food and fellowship where a few students share testimonies of what God is doing in their lives. The following Sundays we meet in D-Groups (Discipleship Groups) which are same gender small groups co-led by our awesome Youth Leaders. We seek to intentionally grow deeper in relationship with Jesus as his disciples in a wholistic approach- spiritual, mental, physical, social and sexual. We desire IGNITE to be a safe place for students to ask hard questions and wade through the messiness of life with the hope and truth of Jesus. D-Groups will begin Sept. 16th at the Santa Cruz Retreat, we are open to new people joining us!
Meet our Youth Leader Team:
Catherine & Jeff Lusk, Bert Aguilar, Peter Jones, Helena Phillips, Ashley Samarin-Wiele, Jessica & Nathaniel Barrows, Shannon Muzio, Sheimeka Royster, Robbie Ellis and Lisa Tauszik! (not all are in this picture)
Annually Complete Registration & Medical Release Form
Click the above link to complete our annual permission slip form. This form is required for students to participate in all CE (Children & Youth) events during the year (June 2018 to May 2019). We need one per student. It automatically submits to our office.
Camps & Events Scholarship Application
Click the above to apply for a Scholarship to assist in attending one of our Christian Education activities. First Presbyterian Church is committed to the spiritual growth and support of those who desire to participate. Please use this form to request financial assistance for your student(s) to participate in activities that incur costs such as camps or retreats. It automatically submits to our office.
*Camp Sibling Discounts: We offer a multi-sibling discount to families with multiple students who plan to attend FPC sponsored camps.
The discount goes as follows:
2 Students ($50 per family off the total cost)
Each additional Student ($50 off the total cost)
Example: A family has a 4th grade student and a 7th grade student both going to summer camp the family will receive $50 off the total cost.
Student Leadership IGNITE Application
Use this form to apply for a student leader position within Jr. High Ministry. We believe that Jr. High students are the next generation of leaders, who have gifts that can be used today! Student leaders will be invested into for one school year, with the expectation that they will assume a deeper ownership of the youth group culture and ministry.
Youth Leaders Application
Use this form to begin the process of becoming a volunteer ministry leader with our Ignite youth group. The overall goal of our student ministry program is to create an atmosphere in which every student may be touched in a very real and relevant way with the message of Jesus Christ. Our program will strive to create fresh, exciting, and personal presentations of the Gospel, and work to disciple every student. We believe this happens by partnering with a team of volunteers who minister to Jr. High students alongside the Ministry Director and parents.
This Saturday there will be a casual hangout at Gazebo Gardens (3204 N. Van Ness Blvd. Fresno) for IGNITE Jr. High students and families Oct. 20th 5:30-8pm. Food trucks and live music create a fun vibe to connect with one another. Relationship building is key in ministry and these casual settings are meant to build bridges between students, families, and youth leaders.
Wednesday Oct. 31 6-9pm we will be meeting at Martin Park (357 N Glenn Ave Fresno). Pick-Up is at Chipotle (Shield & Blackstone). These count as service hours for any student needing them for Leadership class. Wear a costume, bring a friend and $5 for a booo-rito.
Saturday Nov. 3 3:30-7pm Our next Outreach Event is at Aerozone Tampolines (Cedar & Ashlan). Pick-up is at Matthew Smith’s home (1554 E Mesa Ave Fresno). Cost is $10. Remember these events are meant to be an onramp for inviting new people. On the first Sunday of the month we share stories about God at work in our lives and give students opportunity to respond to the gospel message. The only way this strategy works is if you the parents are on board by being willing to give rides and possibly have friends stay the over on Saturday night.
No Weds Youth Group Nov. 21 Happy Thanksgiving
Saturday Dec. 1 Christmas Tree Lane Outreach Event
Wednesday Dec. 12 IGNITE Christmas Party
Wednesday Jan. 9 Bowling Outreach Event
Friday-Sunday Jan. 11-13 Winter Camp @ Sugar Pine Christian Camp