Community Life

Fifth Avenue Young Adults (FAYA)

We are FAYA (The Fifth Avenue Young Adults)—an open and affirming community for those in their 20s and 30s at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church. We’d love to get to know you!

Some of us are pursuing our dreams and passions, while some of us are still searching. Some of us are swiping right on Hinge, while others of us are thinking about kids. Some of us are lifelong New Yorkers, while some of us are only here for a short time. No matter how long you are with us, your presence is equally valued.

We value relevant conversations—if it’s important to the world, it’s important to God. We value one another—we know that we could not get through this world alone, so we celebrate the friendships found here. We value the work of justice. We long to love God and our neighbor better.

We model vulnerability to create a community of support, stability, and safety. We confess that, at times, we fall short. Yet, through Christ’s mercy and grace, we forgive and strive to do better. We seek to accept those who feel unaccepted, because we are all beloved children of God and, through the grace of God, we are enough. We are the future and the present of the Church. We don’t have it all figured out, but we are discovering what life looks like and how faith fits in it.

Check out our ongoing programs and upcoming events. To receive our weekly e-newsletter, email [email protected]. You can also join our Facebook group, and follow us on Insta.

Our Programs

Community Groups
We meet every Wednesday evening at 7 pm. This meeting alternates between Zoom and in-person meetings at the church, every other week. At community group we play games, we laugh, we dig into meaningful conversation and we close in prayer. You can expect snacks, nametags, a theme for the night, and meaningful connection. Some examples of community group nights have included pumpkin carving, a wine tasting class, advent prayer stations, a financial wellness course, friend speed dating, bible study and more. Join us! We’d love to have you.

Service & Mission
Throughout the year we offer great opportunities to serve God by helping others—locally and around the world—while forming meaningful bonds with one another. Stay up to date with our newsletter and Instagram for these events!

Social Events
Who doesn’t need a little bit more joy in their life? Each month we gather together with the sole purpose of connecting and having fun. These events include everything from happy hours to baseball games, museum visits to escape rooms, picnics in the park and update hikes. We would love to have you join us!

Trips and Retreats
Research says that it can take seventy-two hours for a group to form. That is why we need trips and retreats — we get serious quality time together! As a result, every fall and spring we schedule a long weekend away out of town. These weekends are for small groups, intentional conversation, lots of late night laughter, massive meals together and more. In addition to our weekend retreats, there are also opportunities for longer trips, such as a week-long mission trip and a pilgrimage to the Camino de Santiago. To learn more, email [email protected].

Open & Affirming

No matter where you are on your journey of life, love or faith you are welcome here. This group is an open and affirming group. Bring your full, authentic self, exactly as you are, and know that you will be celebrated. To practice this welcome, we invite participants to list their pronouns (if desired) on their nametags, we make sure to discuss sexuality in scripture throughout the year, we celebrate pride month with an event, we try to host our events near a gender neutral bathroom in the church, we partner with the church’s larger pride ministry (The Word is Out), and we always strive to continue learning and growing.

Learn More

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About Our Name

Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church has a long history with young adult ministry—like 1889 long. Can you believe it?!

In 1889, a young adult ministry was formed called “The Young People’s Christian Association.” This group existed and grew until 1960.

In 1960, a new name entered the scene: FAYA (Fifth Avenue Young Adults).

The young adult ministry at Fifth Avenue went by this name for over twenty-five years, thriving as it did. However, in the mid-to-late eighties, new names began to be introduced. In different seasons, this group went by the names “Midtowners,” “NEXT,” as well as “20s and 30s.”

In 2021, after learning of the group’s history, members of this community decided to return to our roots and honor where we’ve been by bringing back the name FAYA.

We celebrate where we’ve come from and all who went before us to make this group what it is. The rest is history!

About Rev. Sarah Speed

Hi! I’m Rev. Sarah Speed, the leader of the 20s + 30s group at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, and I would love to get to know you! I moved to NYC in 2021 to begin leading this amazing group, and can not imagine a better community to call home. If you have questions about our theology, the church, our activities, or if you’d just like another friend in the city- I’m here. I’d love to grab a coffee or hop on zoom together to get to know you more. Reach out at email [email protected] and we’ll find a time! Coffee’s on me.