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.
Gathering Times - in person gatherings are canceled for the time being, but we are not letting the COVID-19 virus stop us from fellowshiping and learning together. Check us out on our Instagram page for live get togethers for lessons, fellowship and encouragement! IGNITE Instagram You can follow us and stay up to date on our Facebook page as well! IGNITE Facebook
We are launching Ignite Summer Youth Group on Wednesday Nights starting June 17th!
Diving into the topic of Biblical Justice as our theme this summer is #dojustice
Join our Summer Staff- Matt Wilfong & Ani Abajian on Instagram Live (ignite_firstpres) @ 7pm
Then come for small group discussions hosted on Zoom at 7:45pm
Meeting ID: 869 6698 2002 Password: Summer2020
Youth Group is officially reformatted!
6:15pm Meagan & Ani will begin live streaming on Instagram (ignite_firstpres) for the "lesson" time with the whole group (note: we understand not all Jr. High students have a phone or social media so we are hoping that parents will allow their teen to use the parents/siblings phone for an hour on Wednesday nights to make this possible for as many teens as we can)
7:00pm-7:45pm Meagan will be hosting a Zoom meeting and split students into small groups for discussion, check-ins, and prayer (Zoom is best on a computer with a camera, but you can do it on your phone)
Join Zoom Meeting ID: 743 334 243 Password: IGNITE2020
During the school year, we meet in the IGNITE Room from 6:30pm-8:00pm 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 More than Conquerors Together! -Romans 8:37-39 "No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." We will study the book of Acts and explore how the early church lived out their faith in the reality of freedom and victory from the things that so easily distract us from God's love.
D-groups are continuing to meet, these are in a format and at a specific time that each group decides is best. Therefore, Ashley & Ani, Diane & Olivia, and Bert & Ben will specifically reach out to each of your teens to make sure they are invited to their D-group meeting. If you are new with us or your not sure of your teens D-group, email Meagan and she will be happy to help you connect.
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 for 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. 13th at the Santa Cruz Retreat, we are open to new people joining us!
Meet our Youth Leader Team:
Ani Abajian, Anthony Sidney, Bert Aguilar, Peter Jones, Ashley Samarin-Wiele, Ben Wiele, Robbie Ellis, Diane Vaccaro, Koby Johns, Olivia Kahn, 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.
Due to the COVID-19 Shelter in Place order, we have suspended any upcoming in-person outreach events until further notice. However, we are still having virtual get togethers, so check back often for our virtual event happenings! We pray that we will soon be able to resume our normal activities.
IGNITE Discord Server! When: Anytime! What: Text, talk or play games. Click Here for Link Text or call Ani for more info
Saturdays Virtual Hangout Come hang out with friends via Zoom from 1-3pm! Zoom ID 977 2610 5623 Password: Ignite2020
Jun. 6 Incoming 7th Grade Parent Zoom Get Together Meeting ID: 874 5148 4510 Password: IGNITE2020
Jun. 7 Promotion Sunday
July 12-17 Summer Camp @ Sugar Pine! More details coming soon. Summer Camp has been cancelled.