Highland Students:
7th-12th Grade

What We're About

At HP Pres, we are committed to fostering authentic community and spiritual growth within our Student Ministry. Our Student Ministry is made up of Middle School Ministry (7th–8th Grade), and High School Ministry (9th–12th Grade). Together, we are inviting all students to belong with us as we create an environment of friendship, fun, and discipleship. Our highly relational staff seeks to promote this through contact work, community groups, and engaging programming.

Middle School
7th-8th Grade

The Middle School Ministry seeks to build meaningful relationships and create environments to invest spiritually in middle school students. Join us for hangouts, serving opportunities, Bible studies, retreats, and our annual summer mission trip.

Sunday Mornings 

We are committed to being with students during both programming hours. At 9:30 am, student ministry families are invited to join our staff as we worship in the Sanctuary together. We will be sitting in the balcony and then will transition down to the Bell Center together following worship. Students are welcome to sit with us in the balcony or with their families. At 11 am, all students are invited to join us for breakfast, games, and spiritual growth in the Bell Center.

Mid Week

Community Groups

Community Groups meet on Sundays from 6–7:30 pm to help students connect with one another, study Scripture, pray together, and have tons of fun. Sign up online for a Community Group. Want to lead a Community Group? Register online.

Follow our Middle School Instagram account to stay connected!

Contact Work

We believe that relationships are the key to making disciples. Whether it is with their community group leaders or our staff, we want to create a safe, accountable, environment for students to meet with adult leaders for breakfast, coffee, or fun events so that surface level connecting can deepen into spiritual growth. If you have questions about our contact work strategy, please reach out to Wes Nichols.

Confirmation

Through Confirmation, our church family provides our incoming 7th grade students with the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the Christian faith, to reflect on what they personally believe about God, and to discover more of what it means to participate in this church family. More information about our Spring 2022 Confirmation class coming soon!

High School
9th-12th Grade

The High School Ministry seeks to build meaningful relationships and create environments to invest spiritually in high school students. We help equip students to represent Christ in the classroom, in sports, in the community, in friend groups, and in family relationships.

Sunday Mornings 

We are committed to being with students during both programming hours. At 9:30 am, student ministry families are invited to join our staff as we worship in the Sanctuary together. We will be sitting in the balcony and then will transition down to the Bell Center together following worship. Students are welcome to sit with us in the balcony or with their families. At 11 am, all students are invited to join us for breakfast, games, and spiritual growth in the Bell Center.

Mid Week

Community Groups

Community Groups meet on Sundays from 6–7:30 pm to help students connect with one another, study Scripture, pray together, and have tons of fun. Sign up online for a Community Group. Want to lead a Community Group? Register online.

Contact Work

We believe that relationships are the key to making disciples. Whether it is with their community group leaders or our staff, we want to create a safe, accountable, environment for students to meet with adult leaders for breakfast, coffee, or fun events so that surface level connecting can deepen into spiritual growth. If you have questions about our contact work strategy, please reach out to Wes Nichols.

Follow our High School Instagram account to stay connected.

Volunteer Opportunities 

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High School students are invited to volunteer on Wednesday afternoons with 56 programming and Middle School students are invited to volunteer with Elementary programming on Wednesday afternoons. All students are welcome to volunteer on Sunday mornings with Kids Ministry. Students who are interested in volunteering can email Wes Nichols

Everything Else About Highland Students

Can I serve in Highland Students?

If you are interested in leading a middle school or high school small group head to hppres.org/serve-church to see how God can use you in our Highland Students ministry. 

What does the Confirmation class teach?

Confirmation encourages our students to own and articulate their faith in Christ and to become covenant partners of Highland Park Pres. The Confirmation program can be captured under three headings: 1) The Faith, 2) My Faith, and 3) Our Faith.

  1. The Faith: We will teach students the faith “once and for all handed down to the saints” (Jude 1:3). Through the Confirmation gatherings, our students will gain an understanding of the great story of God’s redemption that spans from creation to recreation.
  2. My Faith: We will give students the opportunity to own and verbalize their personal faith in Christ through studying and memorizing Scripture, memorizing the Apostles' Creed, writing their faith statement, meeting regularly with their mentor, and discussing their faith statement and vows with an HPPC staff leader.
  3. Our Faith: We will give students the opportunity to experience Christ-centered community by actively participating in the Student Ministry of Highland Park Presbyterian Church. This will be lived out through small group Bible studies, serving opportunities, and retreats. We want our students to get a sense of what it means to be a lifelong disciple of Jesus as a member of a particular body of Christ.

Who works in the Highland Students Ministry?

Get to know our staff team on our Staff page.

Do Highland Students go on mission trips?

Yes! Age appropriate mission trips take place around our city, our state, and the world. Learn more at hppres.org/mission-trips

Are there student choirs?

Yes! If your child is interested in being a part of our Student Choir, visit our Music page or contact Gay Munselle for more information. 

Does HP Pres host any schools?

Yes. Both the Highland Park Presbyterian Day School and the Hillier School meet on campus at Highland Park Pres.

Questions?

Ask Wes Nichols

 

 

 

Director of Highland Students