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.

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 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. Call (775) 738-3430 or send an email inquiry via this website’s contact form to request a current schedule of the 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 for an hour on Sunday afternoons 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 about confirmation classes, call (775) 738-3430 or contact the church via this website’s contact form.

Boy Scouts

Various troops of the Boy Scouts of America meet (typically weekly) in the church fellowship hall on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month for a variety of activities. Groups are available for various ages. Parents or adults interested in helping on troop committees are also welcome. The troops publish a monthly calendar of troop activities and events aimed at youth development. For more information about Boy Scout opportunities, call (775) 738-3430 or contact the church via this website’s contact form.

Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School

Youth of all ages participate in Vacation Bible School.

Each summer, the church offers a week long, non-denominational Vacation Bible School 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, call (775) 738-3430 or contact the church 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

Reverend Ralph C. Bolin was a former pastor at this church. At the time of Rev. 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 are typically  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, contact Barbara Pearson at (775) 738-3796.