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 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.
4-6 Sunday School happens in Room 205 at 10:00 a.m.
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 2023-2024 programming year: October 1, December 10, January 21, February 11, March 3, April 28
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 Cafe (room 201) 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).
Typical PYF Schedule
5pm Youth Lounge opens for hang/free time
7-7:30pm Small Groups
7:30pm Pray and dismiss
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 2024-2025 school year.
Retreats & Events
Throughout the school year we aim to host a few different retreats and overnight events.
We offer 2 retreats in fall semester, The first is in September to Bethany Beach with just our Providence Youth Group. Then in November we attend "Keep Awake" A Matthew 25 Retreat at Massanetta Springs Camp and Conference Center. These 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.
Beach Retreat: September 23-25, 2023*
*Rescheduled to May 3-5, 2024
"Keep Awake" A Matthew 25 Retreat: November 17-19, 2023
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 13-15, 2024
Salt & Light (Service Learning Adventure)
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. This trip will take place over the first half of Spring Break in Richmond, Virginia.
March 22-26, 2024.
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.
Summer 2024 we will attend July 11-14!
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.
Summer 2024 we will attend July 21-27.
(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.
Director of Next Generation Ministry