Young Adults

Diverse, curious, adventurous … and centered in our faith.


NEXT Ministries is FAPC's group of 20- and 30-somethings who put Jesus at the center of our lives as young New Yorkers. Whenever we gather, we aim to support one another on that journey, whether it's through prayer, canoeing on the lake, or fellowship over happy hour.

Through our discussions after worship on Sundays—aka Focus of NEXT—we acknowledge that even though our jobs, hometowns and ethnicities are very different, we share a strong desire to live our daily lives in Christian faith. Focus of NEXT meets every Sunday, from September through May, after the 11 am worship service. To receive our weekly e-newsletter, with information on upcoming programs and events, email nextministries@fapc.org. And join our Facebook group here

If you are a young New Yorker looking for community, friendship and a spiritual home, we invite you to Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church. From there, we'll show you what comes NEXT.

Community Groups

Our variety of young adult community groups allows you to explore your faith through different lenses as you connect with others and with God. Our groups meet on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, so you can choose the time that works for you. Learn more and sign up here.

Focus of NEXT

At our Sunday afternoon discussion group, we talk about everything from sex and salvation to God and politics. Focus meets most Sundays (from September through May) at 12:30 pm in the church house. (Check the monitor in the 55th Street lobby for the specific location on a given Sunday).

Service & Mission

Great opportunities to serve God by helping others—locally and around the world—while forming meaningful bonds with one another.

Social Events

Everything from happy hours to baseball games to museum visits helps us grow together as a community beyond the church walls.

Why Christian?

This year our Sunday discussion group, Focus of NEXT, takes on the tough questions. Join us as we explore the ways our faith, the Church universal and Scripture have interacted with misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, racism and other social issues that we contend with as Christians. It won’t always be fun. It definitely won’t be easy. Yet we know the Spirit is calling us to find the good news of the gospel in the most unexpected of places. Bring your stories, your questions and your own reasons why you are a Christian.

Focus of NEXT meets most Sundays (see the schedule below) starting at 12:30 pm. Check the bulletin or the lobby monitor to find out where we are!

The Schedule

Jan. 14 • Why Christian? An Introduction
Jan. 28 • Silence Breaking and the Gospel of Christ
Feb. 11 • Jesus Christ, Feminist Superstar
Feb. 18 • The Gospel and the Gays
Feb. 25 • A Queer Witness of Faith
March 4 • Seeing Is Believing
March 11 • Blessed Are Those Who Believe and Have Not Seen
March 25 • The Testimony of Our Faith - Part One
April 8 • The Testimony of Our Faith - Part Two
May 13 • Religion and Race
May 20 • A New Revelation of Faith

The Conference

Why Christian? is a one-of-a-kind gathering of pastors, practitioners, artists, dreamers and doubters focused on one question. Leading Christian writers Nadia Bolz Weber and Rachel Held Evans headline a slate of renowned speakers whose stories remind us why, in spite of all its dysfunction, we remain part of the sprawling and diverse body of Christ.

Join us as we travel to Durham, North Carolina, for this provocative, two-day conference, March 16-18!

The cost of the trip, including transportation and lodging, is $200 per person. If you're interested, email nextministries@fapc.org with a paragraph about why you'd like to come along!

Focus of NEXT

Our Sunday afternoon discussion group returns on Jan. 14. Following the 11 am service, we head upstairs to catch up, share some snacks, and talk about issues of life and faith. Check the bulletin or lobby monitor for specific room locations.

Midweek Lenten Service

Wednesday, Feb. 21 • 7 pm, Kirkland Chapel
One week into Lent, come unwind, de-stress and reconnect with God. This service offers meditation, prayer and worship “in the bleak midwinter.” The Rev. Werner Ramirez, presiding.

Annual Seder Dinner

Wednesday, March 28 • 6:30 pm, location to be announced
Join us for a meaningful and respectful observance of the Seder before Easter. It’s one of NEXT’s best traditions.

Donuts + Coffee + CREDO

Sundays, April 15, 22 & 29, May 6
As Adult Education rolls out its four-week series on the Hebrew Prophets, we’ll meet in the Gallery beforehand for sugar and caffeine. Meet us following the 11 am service!

NEXT @ The Bowery Mission

Sunday, May 27 • 4:45 pm, 227 Bowery
NEXTers lead evening worship and serve dinner to residents and guests at this historic mission on the Lower East Side. Now in its fifth decade, this monthly event is one of Fifth Avenue's longest sustained ministries. Everyone’s invited to take part!

To get the details on all of our upcoming events, subscribe to our weekly e-newsletter. Email nextministries@fapc.org. And join our Facebook group here