After School Programming


PYE - Presbyterian Youth Explosion

PYE is an after-school ministry of First Presbyterian Church.  At PYE, we bring children together in a safe environment. Significant relationships with others - outside the family circle - are among the most profound influences on the spiritual development of a child.  Connection with other children and adults creates a safe environment where faith can be explored and questions asked in an atmosphere of understanding and acceptance.


Meeting on Thursdays from 3:45-5:10 p.m., this age group makes music, shares snacks and discovers how to grow in love for God and neighbor. Each week is a time of celebration and there are usually a few surprises along the way!

Grades 2-8

Meeting on Thursdays from 3:45 - 6:30 p.m., we study, make music, and share our evening meal.  Each week is a time of celebration and there are usually a few surprises along the way!

At PYE, we try to practice “learn by doing.”  Throughout the year, there will be opportunities for all of our kids to take part in putting “faith into action,” through service projects, works days, and special “learn by doing” activities.  We will provide plenty of notice and we hope that everyone will take part!

Each week, our PYE will break into three groups to study and discover what God wants us to know and how God wants us to live.,  As a congregation engaged in expressing faith in action, we offer our PYE children opportunities to share what they learn through acts of kindness and service.  We understand the heart of the gospel message to be: love neighbor.   That’s what we teach at PYE.

Part of what makes PYE so much fun is spending time together making music.  Each participant in PYE will have the opportunity to play our English Handbells and Choir Chimes as well as singing together in our choir. 

The Choir School

The Choir School of First Presbyterian Church is affiliated with the Royal School of Church Music in America (RSCMA) and gives children and adults unique experience in the English Cathedral Tradition.  

The choir school is offered to children beginning in the second grade.  The choir school students meet on Tuesdays after school and attend the Presbyterian Youth Explosion (PYE) after school program which intersects with The Choir School on Thursday afternoons.  The Choir School students attend choir rehearsal on Thursday evenings from 6:30-7:15 p.m. and attend rehearsal on Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. before leading the congregation in worship during our 10:30 a.m. service.


PYE Registration 2015-2016

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*I have received detailed information about Presbyterian Youth Explosion and give my child permission to participate. I further give permission for my child to be photographed, videotaped, or recorded participating in PYE for use in First Presbyterian publications and promotions.

By checking this box, I confirm that my child is in 2nd grade or a higher grade level. I commit to ensure that my child attends all Tuesday and Thursday afternoon sessions to the best of my ability. I also commit to my child's Sunday morning choir participation from 9:30-11:30 a.m. *Students are admitted into The Choir School at the music directors discretion.