Youth Ministry

Welcome to Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church! We are so glad that your faith journey has led you here. We know that visiting a church can be an intimidating thing, so here is a list of frequently asked questions. Don’t hesitate to reach out if we can support you!

What values will I see present in the youth program?

• All belong. No exceptions.
• Ask the hard question. Faith and doubt go hand in hand, so don’t avoid wrestling with it.
• Be real. No filters or resumes are needed here.
• Be present. Phones are for another time.
• Include others.
• Be good stewards- no food waste, and no resource waste, whenever possible.

What schools are represented in the youth program?

Our students come from all over the Dallas area. We have students from nearby schools, such as Greenhill, Ursuline Academy, Hockaday, Jesuit, and St. Marks. We also have students at Highland Park High School, as well as the Richardson, Plano and Frisco school districts. Part of what we love about our program is how diverse it is. There is always room for you.

Is this community open and affirming?

Yes! We believe that all people are made in the image of God, and we celebrate each person’s God-given identity and call. We are constantly striving to ensure that all youth- regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, learning style, or ability- feel loved, at home, and safe in our space.

What leadership opportunities exist for youth?

Youth are regularly invited to serve as readers in worship (both in the 9 and 10:30 a.m. services and in the youth house). Use this sign up genius link to volunteer to serve as a liturgist: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040e4baaab22a3f49-youth

Every year we ordain youth to serve as elders and deacons, and we lean on our senior high youth to serve as small group leaders every September at the Junior High retreat!

If you have any questions, please reach out to Shannon Guse at .

What should I wear?

Dress in the youth house is casual. Come in whatever makes you feel comfortable!

Can we get coffee?

Shannon is hosting Front Porch Feedback Sessions where you can share your thoughts and get to know her a little better. All youth are welcome to sign up using this link: calendly.com/sguse-frontporch/

What if I’m not baptized?

No matter where you are in your faith journey, you are welcome here. Whether you are simply curious and exploring your faith, or if you’ve been raised in the church and can’t get enough of it- we have a spot for you! For those who are specifically curious about membership or baptism, we encourage you to reach out to Jeannie Corbitt ( ). There are opportunities for baptism every month, as well as membership opportunities four times a year.

What are some of the best youth traditions?

There are so many wonderful elements to the PHPC Youth program! Some of our favorite traditions have included the every-other year youth musical, summer trips, Christmas late nights, and retreats!

Where is the Youth House located?

The youth house is a freestanding building located in the back parking lot. You can identify it by the large front porch with rocking chairs, and the gold “Youth House” sign over the front door. Park anywhere you want! There is a handicap-accessible entrance around the Walnut Hill side of the building.

How can I support the youth program?

It takes a village to raise a child. If you are interested in giving back, we’d love your support! Here are five simple ways to give back:

• Provide a Sunday night dinner for Youth Group (https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040e4baaab22a3f49-sunday3)

• Sunday morning donuts for the Extra Hour ( https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040e4baaab22a3f49-sunday2)

• Volunteer as a confirmation sponsor or a youth chaperone

• Chaperone a youth trip

• Give monetarily to the youth program, supporting new ministry initiatives and/or student scholarships. Email for more information on volunteer opportunities. 

Get Involved

Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church has an active and vibrant youth group, and we want you to be a part of it! Interested in Sunday morning fellowship? Join us at the Extra Hour from 9-10 AM! Needing some free time to relax? Come to ​Mid-Week Meetups on Wednesdays for Study Hall and Basketball 6:30-8 PM. Love music? Join the youth worship band! Want a space to connect, play and learn with your peers? Join us for Sunday night Youth Group Worship in the House from 6-8 PM! Whatever your interests are, we have room for you. E-mail Shannon at , Kaleb at  , or Grace at  !

Weekly Rhythm
  • Extra Hour: Sunday Mornings in the youth house, 9:00-10:00 am for those in 7th through 12th grade! This is a special Sunday morning time for donuts and coffee, fellowship, and small groups. We will provide opportunities for games, artful expressions, and discussions. This is when confirmation will happen. Small groups will be developed as the school year progresses.

 

  • Sunday Night Youth Activities: Sunday nights are a unique time designed specifically for teenagers (7th-12th grade)! All youth are invited to gather in the youth house at 6 p.m. every Sunday evening of the school year. As you enter, you will be invited to make a name tag and visit with friends. Youth activities are led by the youth team, so come ready to play, learn and hang out. We'd love to have you there. 

  • Mid-Week Meet Up:  There is no better mid-week pick-me up than time at the Youth House for study and basketball. You are invited to bring your homework for a 30 minute study hall before heading to the church gym for basketball. Snacks provided and friends abound. This lasts from 6:30-8 pm.
Communication
  1. The Front Porch News Weekly Newsletter: Our weekly e-news update. E-mail Grace Andrade ( ) or Kaleb Money ( ) to add your name to the list!
  2. Text Reminders: We send out a text through Clubtexting with upcoming reminders. If you would like to sign up for these texts, e-mail Grace or Kaleb. You can unsubscribe at any time, by replying with the word “stop."
  3. Instagram: Follow us on Instagram @phpcyouth for weekly photos and live event stories.
  4. PHPC Youth! Facebook Group: This group is designed for parents and youth alike. Here you will find photos, links to the newsletters, and event invitations!

You can find this information and even more at: https://linktr.ee/phpcyouth

Youth Summer Intern

Each summer we hire a college student to serve as a youth summer intern! The summer intern works alongside the youth team to offer meaningful programming and help build relationships. If you are interested in growing in your faith, giving back to the church, or exploring a call to ministry- this position is for you! Applications open in January of each year. Please reach out to Kaleb at  or Grace at  with questions.

Confirmation

Confirmation is a season of communal faith development and exploration, designed to help us articulate what it is that we believe. At Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church, we invite all rising 9th graders to join together in the confirmation experience each fall, as we wrestle with questions such as “Who is God?,” “What does it mean to be a Presbyterian?,” and “What is grace?” To register for confirmation, please e-mail Shannon Guse at .

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