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We’re a resort village church, relaxed and warm. Dress up, dress down, come as you are. We are located at 975 C Avenue, Coronado, California. Resident or tourist, you’ll be among friends who desire to know Christ and make Christ known.

 

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    Youth Ministries

    Middle School Grades 6–8 & High School Grades 9–12

    Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church youth ministries lead middle school and high school students to leave lasting good impressions upon the world while following a trail blazed by Christ. Youth ministries plans all activities to support each step of the way as students walk their journeys of faith, referring to the Bible, always seeking the face of and growing closer to God and strengthening their relationships to their peers.

    About Our Youth Pastor, John Joseph

    Although raised in Southern California, John Joseph was born in Cairo, Egypt and now enjoys the ability to speak Arabic fluently. John majored in philosophy and theology at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego and earned his baccalaureate degree in 2002. He served as the Interim Director of Youth Ministries at Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church in 2003 until he began studies toward his Master of Divinity degree from Bethel Theological Seminary. In 2006, our Pastor David united John and his wife, Kimberlee, in marriage on the church campus. And in January 2009, John returned to the campus, this time to fill a permanent position as Director of Youth Ministries. 

    Read Pastor John's Blog»

    About our Youth Ministries Assistant, Lisa Thiss

    Lisa is married to an awesome guy (Aaron!) and a super proud mom of two high school girls (Caitlyn and Allison!). For Lisa, home is wherever the Navy sends her and her family, but Coronado is definitely her favorite place so far!  Lisa started attending church here at Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church in 2011.  She's full of energy.  She loves photography, party planning, and Diet Coke. According to Lisa, "I measure in at 5'2" but I', 6'5" in my own mind."  She is crazy about big ideas and new adventures!

    Big-5 . (Middle School Students)

    The Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church youth ministry mission is to share the good news of Jesus and to teach Coronado youth to follow Christ and share Christian faith with others. Vibrant and growing, our Big-5 youth group offers middle school students an ever-evolving event schedule that keeps pace with the quick-change interests of its members.

    Big-5 also offers leadership opportunities to qualified high school juniors and seniors. These junior staff positions require an application and training to prepare the leaders for helping to share the love of Christ with members of Big-5.

    Schedule:

    Tuesday . 5:00pm – 6:45pm . September – May.
    Tuesday . 5:30pm – 6:45pm . June – August.

    Location: Center for Christian Education, Youth Room. 949 C Avenue, Coronado.
    Invitation: Open to youth in the community in middle school grades 6–8, ages 11–14.
    Activities: Fellowship, prayer, and entry-level biblical study.
    Group Size: Averages around 20.
    Refreshments: September – May is dinner in Parish Hall.
    June – August is a snack.
    Cost: No admittance fee!
    Contact: Email Pastor John»  . 619.435.6860 x103.
    Email Lisa Thiss»  . 619.435.6860 x105.

     

    Crosswalk . (High School Students)

    "Then he said to them all: 'If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.'"  Luke 9:23 (NIV)

    Attempting to follow the words of Luke, Crosswalk harnesses the high energy level of high school students to power growing relationships with Jesus Christ in safe and friendly environments where students feel free to connect with their friends, influence their peers positively, serve the community, and experience the reward of personal ministry.

    Schedule: Tuesday (7:00pm – 8:30pm . January - December).
    Location: Center for Christian Education, Youth Room. 949 C Avenue, Coronado.
    Invitation: Open to youth in the community in high school grades 9–12, ages 14–18.
    Activities: Fellowship, prayer, and entry-level biblical study.
    Group Size: Averages around 30.
    Refreshments: Snack consists of fruit, veggies and/or desserts.
    Cost: No admittance fee!
    Contact: Email Pastor John»  . 619.435.6860 x103.
    Email Lisa Thiss»  . 619.435.6860 x105.

    Sunday School . (Middle and Senior High School Students)

    A comfortable environment that our students themselves help to arrange, Sunday AM offers both middle school and high school students a collective co-ed opportunity to hang out, build friendships, support one another, worship their own way with their own music, and grow stronger in their faith. Attitude and dress casual.

    At 10:00am, members often visit Coffee Connection to pick up a light snack before attending the 10:30am blended worship service in the sanctuary with adult family members.

    Schedule: Sunday (9:00am – 10am . January - December).
    Location: Center for Christian Education, Youth Room. 949 C Avenue, Coronado.
    Invitation: Open to students in the community grades 6–12, ages 11–18.
    Purpose: Fellowship, age appropriate Bible study, prayer, and praise music.
    Group Size: Big-5 average 15 . Crosswalk average 25 
    Format: Adult volunteer interactive lesson with age specific goals and objectives.
    Cost: Free will offering supports our sponsored Compassion International child.
    Contact: Email Pastor John»  . 619.435.6860 x103.
    Email Lisa Thiss»  . 619.435.6860 x105.

    T.R.A.S.H. — Teens Relaxing At Someone's House (High School Students)

    Members of Crosswalk, our high school youth group, invented T.R.A.S.H. in September 2009 in order to bring students together for thanksgiving and community prayer in the comfort of home settings. Church families volunteer to share responsibility for hosting T.R.A.S.H get-togethers scheduled the second Tuesday of each month, providing a fresh collective experience among students and hosts at every meeting.

    Schedule: Second Tuesday of the month (7:00pm - 8:30pm . September - May).
    Location: Host residences in Coronado
    Invitation: Open to youth in the community in High School grades 9–12, ages 14–18.
    Activities: Varies depending upon the host.
    Group Size: Averages around 30
    Refreshments: Fresh fruit, veggies and deserts.
    Cost: No admittance fee!
    Contact: Email Pastor John»  . 619.435.6860 x103. 
    Email Lisa Thiss»  . 619.435.6860 x105.

     

    High School Mission Trip 2017 . To Be Determined

    Center for Student Missions (CSM) provides ministry opportunities to serve in urban centers, the world’s fastest growing mission field. CSM provides groups with an opportunity to serve through local ministries. We will be partnering with CSM to take a group of high school students to serve in an impovrished area in our nation. 

    There will be three team building meetings before we leave in order to get to know each other and to prepare for the work God has for us in San Francisco. The first will be on June 30th at 5:00 p.m. Following meetings will take place on July 7th and 14th.  

    Schedule: Sunday, July 15 - Saturday, July 21
    Location: To Be Determined 
    Invitation: Open to youth in the community in High School grades 9-12, ages 14-18.
    Purpose: To serve and assist ministries in the San Fransisco area!
    Activities: Activities include participating in several service projects and partnering with local ministries.
    Training Meetings:

    Friday, June 29th . TBD (Mandatory Parent Meeting)
    Friday, July 6th . TBD
    Friday, July 13th . TBD

    Group Size: Averages 7-10
    Cost: $350 (due July 14th) . Deposit $25 (due June 30th).  
    Required: Medical Release Form (due June 30th) 
    Contact: Email Pastor John»  . 619.435.6860 x103.
    Email Lisa Thiss»  . 619.435.6860 x105.


    Thanksgiving Boxes Event . (High School & Middle School Students)

    November is right around the corner and with November comes Thanksgiving. For us at GMPC, that means creating Thanksgiving boxes with the San Diego Military Outreach Ministries (MOM). These boxes are complete Thanksgiving meals for military personnel each screened and selected by MOM. We estimate that over the past 16 years, our partnership with MOM has provided well over 1800 Thanksgiving meals. Join us on Tuesday, November 15th as we prepare and pack 175 Thanksgiving boxes! Every year, our high school and middle school groups tag team to pack and distribute these wonderful boxes the week before Thanksgiving. It's an event full of fun, laughter, and serving! If you would like to donate and sponsor a box, click here.

    Schedule: Tuesday, November 15 (5:00pm – 6:45pm for Middle School & 7:00pm - 8:30pm. for High School) 
    Location: Parish Hall . 975 C Avenue, Coronado.
    Invitation: Open to youth in the community in high school grades 6–12, ages 11–18.
    Activities: Packing and sorting for Thanksgiving meals in a box.
    Group Size: Averages around 30
    Cost: No admittance fee!
    Contact: Email Pastor John»  . 619.435.6860 x103. 
    Email Lisa Thiss»  . 619.435.6860 x105.

    Forest Home (Winter & Summer Camp)

    Forest Home Ministries is a staple for students at Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church.  Forest Home is retreat site for students to experience revolutionary Christ-centered program in which they hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ, explore the Word of God, pursue God’s call for their life, engage in Christ-centered relationships, and connect with God through His creation.

    Jesus often withdrew from the crowds limiting the distractions to hear the Father speak.  Every year, students return from both Winter or Summer camp having heard God speak Truth into their lives.  Each year, we fill all our spaces.  So we highly encourage you to act fast as space is limited.

    Schedule: Middle School Winter  Camp . January 19 - 21, 2018
    High School Winter Camp . February 16 - 19, 2018
    Location: Forest Home Conference Center . 40000 Valley of the Falls 
    Forest Falls, CA 92339.
    Middle School: Open to students in the community grades 6-8, ages 11-14
    High School: Open to students in the community grades 9-12, ages 14-18.
    Purpose: Help students draw closer to Jesus Christ
    Activities: Challenge course, Crafts, Mini golf, The Den and much more
    Refreshments: All meals included.
    Group Size: Averages 20-30
    Cost: Middle School: $100 deposit (due Nov. 12). $250 final cost (due Dec. 15). 
    High School: $100 deposit (due Dec. 1). $295 final cost (due Jan. 5).
    Required: Middle School Online Registration»
    High School Online Registration» 
    Packing List:
    Big-5 Packing List Coming Soon»
    Crosswalk Packing List Coming Soon»
    Contact: Email Pastor John»  . 619.435.6860 x103.
    Email Lisa Thiss»  . 619.435.6860 x105.
    MS Winter Camp Forest Home '18
    HS Winter Camp Forest Home '18

    Confirmation Classes . (Middle School and High School Students)

    Confirmation is an opportunity for students to discover and come to terms with their own commitment of faith and personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Classes navigate the contours of the Reformed Protestant tradition, following the adopted creeds as a guide to help students to:

       • clarify what they have learned and experienced about faith.
       • reinforce understanding of creation, redemption, salvation, sanctification, and sin.
       • develop the metanarrative of God’s Word.

    Schedule: Fall/Spring 2018
    Location: Center for Christian Education, Youth Room, 949 C Avenue, Coronado.
    Invitation: Open to youth in the community grades 6–12, ages 11–18.
    Purpose: Clarify commitment to faith, reinforce understanding of essential Christian terms & develop the metanarrative of God's Word.
    Cost: No admission fee!
    Contact: Email Pastor John»  . 619.435.6860 x103.
    Email Lisa Thiss»  . 619.435.6860 x105.

     

    Youth Ministries Internship Program

    The Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church youth ministries internship program helps college students discern their call to ministry. Interns assist in planning, organizing, and preparing middle school student programs, building relationships with students, and encouraging spiritual growth through the study of Scripture, prayer, fellowship, and service.

    Internship requirements include having a solid personal relationship with Jesus Christ, a passion for working with teenagers, a desire for sharing the Gospel with others, and ability to organize information and manage multiple tasks.

    Qualified interns receive compensation for serving 30+ hours per week. And if needed, campus housing and transportation are possible, too.

    The intern qualification process includes submission of an application and recommendation letters. The church offers one summer internship.

    Downloadable Internship Description PDF»
    Online Internship Application Apply Now»
    Online Internship Recommendation»