Kids + Youth
Next Generation Ministry is a safe and welcoming place for kids and youth to grow in their identities, faith, friendships, and the community of all believers. Next Gen serves children, youth, and their families through Christian Education programs, fellowship events, community outreach, and service projects.
Next Generation Ministry values intergenerational ministry as well as community outreach so we usually host one event each quarter that beings together all ages from within Providence and the community. Examples are Trunk-Or-Treat, Next Gen Friendsgiving, Vacation Bible Camp to name a few!
infant to age 3
Children are always welcome in worship, but childcare is also available in the nursery during the 10:00 a.m and the 11:15 a.m. worship services.
We have 2-3 nursery workers each week who are fully vaccinated, background checked, and love kids!
Age 4 – Grade 3
Based in the Montessori method, Godly Play teaches children the classical Christian language system through story, play, and discovery.
Children are dismissed to Godly Play after the first scripture is read in both our 10:00 a.m. and 11:15am service. Godly Play happens in Room 202.
4-6 Sunday School
Led by Abby Gwaltney preteens will connect with God’s big story through videos, Bible exploration, and hands-on projects.
Children are dismissed to 4-6 Sunday School after the first scripture is read in our 10:00 a.m. worship service. 4-6 Sunday School happens in Room 205.
Designated to bridge the gap between childhood and adolescence, 456ERS is a preteen version of youth group (PYF).
456ERS meets about once a month on Sunday afternoons from 3:30-5:00pm.
Dates for 456ERS 2022-2023 year:
October 16, December 11, January 22, February 26, March 19, and April 30
September - may
Breakfast and Bible Study
Breakfast and Bible Study (B&B) is a Sunday School alternative that includes a time of fellowship while cooking breakfast followed by a time of Bible study. B&B takes place in the Youth Lounge (room 202) at 10:00am during the traditional service.
PYF (Presbyterian Youth Fellowship)
PYF: (Providence Youth Fellowship) meets from 5:30-7:30 pm Sunday nights in our newly renovated Youth Lounge (room 202). A typical PYF night includes food, fellowship, and faith formation (bible study, mission projects, group discussions, prayer).
PYF Food Tour
Once every couple of months from 5:30-7:30pm PYF Food Tour meets at a restaurant in Fairfax for an evening of food, fellowship, and board/card games.
We are aiming for a confirmation process that is based on relationships - the relationship of the individual to the universal church of Christ and its mission, relationship with the community within Providence and our mission, and most of all, relationship with God made known in Christ.
Confirmation happens every other year with our next class starting in the 2022-2023 school year.
Confirmation 2022-2023 dates:
September 11, Welcome to Confirmation Dinner, 5:30-7:30pm
Classes @ 10am: October 16, November 13, December 11, January 8, February 12, March 12, April 23, April 30
Confirmation Retreat: February 24-26, 2023
Session Exams: May 9
Confirmation Sunday: May 21
Retreats & Events
Throughout the school year we aim to host a few different retreats and overnight events.
Usually in October or November with just our Providence Youth Group. This retreat serves as a way for youth to get away in the midst of the busy fall semester to retreat, relax, and bond as a youth group.
November 18-20, 2022
Usually on MLK Day weekend with other Presbyterian youth ministries in the area. This retreat focuses on fun, winter activities, and meeting new friends across the presbytery.
January 27-29, 2023
Hungry for Hope
Usually mid-February, this is an overnight ecumenical event focusing on poverty and hunger in our world and what we can do about it.
june - august
(Completed 5th grade- completed 7th grade)
Massanetta’s Middle School Conference transforms the faith journey of hundreds of middle schoolers from all around the country. Every aspect of this conference is crafted with middle schoolers in mind. Conference activities like keynote, recreation, encounter groups, and workshops are centered on the theme of the summer.
This year will be attending Massanetta Middle June 27-30, 2023!
REGISTER HERE! Group hold code: ProvidencePC23
Montreat Youth Conference
(Completed 8th grade- completed 12th grade)
Usually the last week of July we escape to the mountains of North Carolina for Montreat Youth Conference with our high school students for a week of worship, small groups, energizers, and more.
This year we will be attending Montreat July 23-29, 2023!
(Completed 6th grade- completed 12th grade)
Webster Spring Mission Trip
July 1-8, 2023
Providence typically hosts an intergenerational mission trip to Webster Springs, WV each year. This trip brings people together from multiple generations as we serve the people of Webster Springs.
SALT & LIGHT Service & Learning Adventure
July 9-14, 2023.
SALT & LIGHT Service & Learning Adventure is a new trip that combines elements of Montreat/Massanetta, a Mission Trip, and Summer Camp! We hope to help students learn how to flex their theology muscles, serve in ethical ways, and experience what it looks like for Life and Faith to collide.
Director of Next Generation Ministry