Student Ministry


The vision for the Pearce Student Ministries is to help guide students from 7th-12th grade. It is our desire to develop critical thinkers, followers of Christ, who will go out into the world and love others as Christ has loved them. We value people over program, however, the programs explained below help to facilitate the fostering of life-changing relationships.  Our desire is to offer programs that are fun, funny, challenging, and exciting, but most of all, programs that will help us develop a community where students can "belong" before having to subscribe to a certain belief or creed.


Download the updated 2017 Student Ministry Schedule.

Small groups are available for anyone interested in getting into Scripture and the challenges of life and leadership. Small groups are scheduled and designed by the groups themselves, so they vary in time and subject matter.

Teen small groups also meet on most Sunday mornings during the school year. (9am in the teen area)

Junior Teens – 6:30-8 pm (September-April)

Designed specifically for 7-8th graders, this program involves active games and activities, food, and a mix of inspirational messages and thought-provoking conversations.

Senior Teens – 6:30-8 pm (September-April)

Designed for 9-12th grade students, this program places a high value on giving students the opportunity to be a part of a church group without being judged, condemned, or hassled. Students from all walks of life are welcome to enjoy the built-in hang-out time, planned activities, and discussions. Whether ping-pong, foosball, basketball, or coffee is your thing, there is a place for you here.

Bible quizzing is a ministry of the Free Methodist Church that combines Bible study and Christian competition for youth in grades 6-12. The purpose is to establish youth in their faith through the study, application, and memorization of the Word of God. At weekly practices, coaches strive to balance the three main components of quizzing: learning and applying the Bible, having fun and fellowship, and practicing to compete with other churches. Teams of three teens quiz against teams from other churches at monthly conference or regional tournaments by jumping off electronic chairs to earn the opportunity to answer questions about a certain book of the Bible. Each year selected books of the Bible (NIV) are studied throughout the school year, and the season culminates with National Bible Quiz Finals held at a Free Methodist college. For more information you can email Kristen Ockrin at or visit

We believe it is crucial to the spiritual growth of students to learn to serve others. Locally, we take part in Flower City Work Camp – an innercity organization in Rochester that brings students together to repair homes for the less fortunate. Recently we have also adopted a local neighborhood in our community and we seek to serve and love them on a regular basis by providing a Halloween event, Thanksgiving baskets, and a living Nativity and Christmas celebration. Internationally we have partnered with churches in Romania, Argentina and Poland. Our goal is to take a teen mission trip every three years to one of these locations.

TNT (Tuesday Night Thing): Almost every Tuesday during the summer, teens going into 7th grade through those just finishing 12th grade gather for various activities. TNT is geared for fun. The teen leaders don’t want to simply be chaperones, but desire to build relationships with our students that will help them navigate the turbulent teen years. It is a time for our teens to invite others to a low-key event, and introduce them to the Pearce student ministry. Check back in June 2018 to find the new schedule of events.


Algonquin Spiritual Disciplines Canoe Trip–A weeklong trip spent canoeing in the wilderness of Ontario. This trip is structured to create small community groups that can freely explore the soul. As we set out into God’s beautiful creation, we harness the same spirit of exploration to look at who we are, who God thinks we are, and how can we draw nearer to him. The trip normally takes place in August each year.