Young Adults

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


By David Black, Seminarian

"Are you saved?"

It’s one of the most popular Christian catchphrases of all time, but for many of us it provokes more questions than answers: "Saved from what? By whom? How?"

And, if you’re like most of us, "Who do you think you are to ask me that?"

Lately it seems like the Church has forgotten how to answer those questions. The word "salvation" has become a fixture of Christianity’s insider language that we too often fail to translate. Is there any value in the word for us to salvage?

We think there is—and that it has never been timelier. In the middle of the social, political, economic and religious chaos we’re living through, it’s worth asking where we’re looking for salvation, and why.

Join us this fall in Focus of NEXT as we dig into the Bible, current events and our own stories to figure out what we’re talking about when we talk about salvation.

Focus of NEXT meets most Sundays at 12:30 pm. Details will be provided in the NEXT e-newsletter (sign up here!) and in our Facebook group.

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 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 Sunday mornings 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).


We pair up newbies with veterans to provide valuable insider information on all things NYC & FAPC.

NEXT Couples

For committed couples who want to grow closer as a couple, closer to other couples, and closer to God through socializing and study.

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.

Fall Kickoff: Thursday, Sept. 15

Happy Hour at The Archive (12 E. 36th St.), 6:30 pm.

Focus of NEXT: Sunday, Sept. 18

Focus of NEXT series, Saved!?, begins.
12:30 pm, weekly through Dec. 11 (room locations to be announced).

Fall Retreat: Friday, Oct. 7—Sunday, Oct. 9

Pocono Lake, Pennsylvania
For details and registration, contact

Adult Ed: Sunday, Nov. 13

What Would Jesus Ask?: A Conversation with Elisabeth Dias
12:30 pm, Kirkland Chapel.

Christmas Party

Details to be announced!

NEXT Fall Prayer Retreat 2016
October 7-9, 2016

Where are we going?  
We are heading to the Kitchen family farm in the Pocono Pines, Pennsylvania. 

When are we leaving?  
Please be at the church by 7:30 pm on Friday, Oct. 7, with bags packed. We will not be stopping for dinner, so bring something for the bus trip or eat beforehand. The bus waits for no one, so please be on time!

What should I bring?  
Pack comfortable clothing (warm layers), active wear, jacket, sneakers for hiking, Bible, notebook, pen and toiletries. Also, we have a good amount of free time, so bring games, books, sports equipment, etc.

When are we returning?  
We plan on being back in NYC on Sunday morning (Oct. 9), in time for the 11 am worship service.

What is the cost?  
Cost for transportation, lodging, food, nature, entertainment and a great weekend away from the city is only $120! A limited number of scholarships is available for those who really need them. Contact Charlene Han Powell (

How do I sign up?
1. Fill out the registration form below, then sign the release form when you board the bus. 
2. Write a check to FAPC for $120 and give it to any NEXT leader or mail it to the church:
Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church
Attn: Jenny Valdez
7 W. 55th St.
New York, NY 10019 


Deadline for registration is Sunday, Oct. 2!

NEXT Fall Retreat Registration


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