Youth Programs

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First Presbyterian Church of Elko prides itself on its outstanding variety of programs for youth of all ages. These programs also offer opportunities for adults in our church family to share their gifts to help nurture the children and youth in our congregation.

Sunday School

Sunday School classes are available for pre-school through college age groups from 9-10 a.m. in the church classrooms September through May. Adult volunteers lead these groups in Bible study and other activities. The church is currently working its way through the Believe curriculum, which has video and text document support for all ages.

Nursery Services

The church nursery is open for infants and toddlers (ages 6 weeks through 3 years) each Sunday during Sunday School and Worship Service (8:50 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. during the school year, and 9:20 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. during the summer months).  The nursery attendant is loving, experienced, and well trained to handle children in this age group. Nursery children may be entertained with a brief lesson, snacks, or a variety of toys, or they may be allowed to sleep, according to their preference. Cribs, changing tables, and sinks are available in the church nursery for use whenever needed during church activities and services.

Youth Groups

Our church has a vibrant and very active youth program. Youth are divided into groups, by age, for age-appropriate activities such as Bible lessons, music, crafts, games, and fun. Activities for these groups are usually planned for Sunday afternoons during all but the summer months when special activities are typically planned. Summer activities may include movie nights, swimming and tubing/water skiing expeditions, trips to the Lagoon amusement park in Salt Lake City, and other events. Contact Melissa Fonder, Director of Family Ministries, at (775) 738-3430 or via this website’s contact form for a current schedule of the abundant activities planned for our youth.

Confirmation Classes

These typically begin in February for youth in 6th through 12th grade who wish to be confirmed in their faith.

The confirmation class typically meets in the youth room from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. each Sunday from February until Easter.  Those being confirmed meet with Session members in early February, and they are presented to the congregation on  Easter Sunday.

For more information, contact Melissa Fonder, Director of Family Ministries, at (775) 738-3430 or via this website’s contact form.

Boy Scouts

Troop 52 of the Boy Scouts of America meets at 6 p.m. Mondays in the church fellowship hall. Boys age 11 or older are welcome to join this troop for a variety of activities. Parents or adults interested in helping on the troop committee are also welcome. The troop publishes a monthly calendar of troop activities and events aimed at youth development. Cub Scouts meet at 5:30 pm Mondays in the church fellowship hall. For more information about either scout group, call (775) 738-3430 or submit an information request via this website’s contact form.

Vacation Bible School

Each summer, a week long, non-denominational Vacation Bible School is offered by the church for children and youth of all ages. Well over 100 children typically attended this fun and educational event.

For more information about Vacation Bible School, contact Melissa Fonder, Director of Family Ministries, at (775) 738-3430 or via this website’s contact form.

Other Youth Activities

See the church annual calendar for additional youth activities typically planned throughout the year, such as ski trips, float building for parades, and more.

For more information about the wholesome and educational youth programs at the First Presbyterian Church of Elko, contact Melissa Fonder, Director of Family Ministries, at (775) 738-3430 or via this website’s contact form.

Rev. Ralph C. Bolin Memorial Scholarship

At the time of Ralph’s passing in 1996, monetary gifts were given to Elko First Presbyterian Church in his memory.  A committee was established and it was decided to remember his Ministry of serving, loving and caring through the Reverend Ralph C. Bolin Memorial Scholarship. Scholarship Application Forms for the current year will be available in the Church office by March 1. The 2019 application instructions are available by download here:

Bolin Scholarship form

All instructions on the application MUST be followed.  Applications MUST be submitted in ONE sealed envelope and received by noon on April 15.  Application Envelopes can be delivered to the Elko First Presbyterian Church office or mailed to: FPC at 1559 Sewell Dr., Elko, NV 89801. This scholarship, of up to $1,000, is open to anyone with an affiliation to Elko First Presbyterian Church.  One does not need to be a “new graduate” to apply. It is open to all who are seeking to continue their education.  For further information and questions please contact Barbara Pearson at 738-3796.