Faith Lutheran Youth's purpose:

    • Every FLY activity will help you GROW in your faith and relationships with others.
    • There are countless ways to CONNECT with God and other youth in FLY.
    • God has called us to SERVE others, reflecting Christ to people in need.

We want to keep you safe!

FLY looks different this school year compared to previous years. Many of our normal activities are online-only or a hybrid model of in-person & online. Unfortunately some of our regular activities are cancelled this year. One of our main jobs is to keep YOU safe. Our Youth Advisors, Faith Re-Opening Workgroup, and church staff have been working together to implement plans on how our youth group can safely connect, grow, and serve together. Please remain flexible as plans can sometimes change at the last-minute - especially during this COVID-19 era. If you have questions about anything, please contact Pastor Peter Johnson directly.

FLY Safety Policy

Social distancing & face masks are mandatory (both inside & outside) at FLY events. Hand sanitizer, extra masks, and gloves will always be available. We are following rules and guidelines set up by our church leadership and health & government authorities. If you are feeling sick, are running a fever, have a cough, or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 - please stay home for your safety and the safety of others. Many of our classes & events will be livestreamed at:

Some Practical Safety Policy Applications

-Youth will have their temperature checked upon arrival at Sunday Night FLY (anyone with 100°+ temp will be sent home).   

-Parents are asked to take their child’s temperature before coming to any FLY activity/class. 

-No shared snacks. Only individual snacks are allowed. 

-Youth will label their own drinks. 

-Many FLY events will take place outside (when the weather is nice) or in the Sanctuary (staying socially distant).


Our 2020-21 FLY Theme Verse is: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit,” Romans 15:13.  This verse is so fitting for us as we live through this pandemic - filled with quarantines, face masks, social distancing, cancelled activities, loneliness, anxiety, and so much more. The reality is that our loving God has given us hope through Jesus! No matter what we experience in life, we trust in our Savior who walks with us and gives us joy and peace. May our youth group overflow with HOPE this year! 

Thank you…

-To everyone who watched online, performed, filmed, bought desserts, volunteered behind-the-scenes, and supported our youth ministry at our Coffee House variety show on Jan. 29! 

-To Elizabeth Balentine, Rich Hoffarth, Peter Johnson, Robbie Schembri, David Young, Daniel Young, and all of the Youth Advisors for your behind-the-scenes work at the Coffee House!

Watch Many Performances from the 2021 Virtual Coffee House Here!

Jr. FLY Confirmation Class

We're back to in-person Confirmation Classes in the Community Room throughout January. The class capacity is limited to 14 people and students will need to sign-up the week before class to attend in-person. The SignUp Genius for FLY & Adult Education is here.  The class is live-streamed here for students at home.

Sunday Night FLY is BACK In-Person! 

We miss seeing you in-person! We're meeting in the church Sanctuary for Sunday Night FLY! We have more room to spread out (fitting up to 60 socially distant people) while worshiping our God and learning more about Him! Plus: spin the Birthday Wheel if you have a birthday this month! 

-To attend in-person: simply sign-up ahead of time online here to reserve your seat. 

- Please take your temp before coming to church (it’ll be checked again at the door) and keep your face mask on the entire time in the building. 

*We livestream SNFLY here for anyone who wishes to participate at home.  We are using our new state-of-the-art camera system to make it a more engaging experience at home!


SNFLY - “Heresies!” - Mar. 14

Have you ever heard about Gnosticism? Or Moralistic Therapeutic Deism? If not, that’s okay! For generations, Christians have encountered heresies (beliefs that are not based on God’s Word) and church history is full of fascinating debates about “what is the truth?” Join us on Mar. 14 as we discover how some ancient heresies are still present in today’s world, and how we can defend our beliefs in Jesus!

SNFLY - “Miracles!” - Mar. 28

When we think of miracles in the Bible, we often think of Jesus’ miracles. But did you know there are many miracles in the Old Testament, too?! A Syrian commander was healed in the Jordan River, Elisha’s bones brought a dead man to life, ravens fed Elijah, and so many more. Join us on Mar. 28 as we explore some lesser-known miracles and see how they point to Jesus!

Sr. FLY Bible Class

All 9th-12th grade students are invited to our Sr. FLY Small Group on Zoom from 8-9pm on the 1st, 3rd, & 5th Sundays of the month. We dig into God’s Word together and have in-depth discussion on life issues, current events, and anything else you want to discuss! The group is led by Pastor Peter and various Youth Advisors.

Flower City YOUTH CONFERENCE: “Transform” - Mar. 29, 2021 (one day event) 

-Open to all 7th-12th grade youth (limited to 200 people total) 

-Cost: $20 per person (early bird rate starting Feb. 13/price increases Mar. 1) 

-3 main sessions with worship & teaching

-2 breakout sessions

-1 meal shared together (boxed lunch style) 

-Register & learn more at

Flower City Work Camp Update (June 28-July 2, 2021) 

-Camp is limited to 400 campers total - due to the pandemic & safety considerations. Work campers will NOT be sleeping overnight at Browncroft or Faith. Each student will be dropped off each morning and picked up each evening. 

 -High school students can still register online. (

 -Jr. high students can begin registering on Feb. 1 (if the camp isn’t at capacity already). 

-All YOUTH registrations are due Mar. 5. 

-Adult leader applications are due Mar. 19. *We need adult leaders in order for FLY to participate in FCWC! Talk to Peter if you have any questions. 

First Communion Class (Feb. 28 - Mar. 28)

All 6th graders and their parents are invited to attend this 5-week class on Zoom focusing on Holy Communion.  The class will be led by Pastor Ben and Pastor Peter during the Education Hour on Sundays (9:45-10:40am).  This class will prepare 6th graders to receive Holy Communion for the first time on Maundy Thursday (Apr. 1). More info about Maundy Thursday will be shared in class. Please talk to Pastor Peter if you have any questions.

Feb. 28 Class Recording

JOIN FLY’s Text-based Communication Service!

Sign-up to receive reminders, announcements, and other info about upcoming FLY events right to your phone here: and join this class: flyouth.

*For more info about these and other FLY events, please contact Pastor Peter Johnson or check out the FLY page in our church newsletter here.

Fill out the online 2020-21 FLY Contact Form/Activity Participation Form HERE

Sunday night fly

Youth in grades 7-12 meet on the 2nd & 4th Sundays of the month from 7-8:45pm at Faith! We worship together, read God’s Word, talk in small groups, play large group games, eat lots of food, and more! The nightly topics are always relevant for teens as we grow together in our relationships with God & others.  Spin the Birthday Wheel for a fun birthday surprise!  Friends are always welcome!

*UPDATES for the 2020-21 Year:

*We are currently meeting in Faith's Sanctuary!

-We stay socially distant and wear our masks the entire time.

-Your temp. will be taken upon arriving at SNFLY.

-We Livestream the event here for youth who wish to stay home.

-The FLY Cafe & FLY Room will remain closed.

-If coronavirus numbers increase again - we will move SNFLY to Zoom.  Pastor Peter will notify everyone through email, social media, and our Remind app.

 Watch the Sunday Night FLY promo here

Watch the Color Wars Highlights here

Watch the 2019 Mystery Night Highlights here

Watch the 2020 Mystery Night Highlights here

MANY THANKS to the 55 youth who attended our 2020 Mystery Night event!  Since you broke our attendance record, Moe's will be catering FREE burritos at a future SNFLY event!

Upcoming Sunday Night FLY's:

Feb. 28 - What is Love? (Part 2)

(More themes debuting soon!)


7th & 8th Gr. Confirmation

7th and 8th grade confirmation class meets on Sundays (9:45-10:40am).  This class will predominately meet online using Zoom. Pastor Peter will email the Zoom link and password to all confirmands before our first Zoom class. He will also inform you when our class will meet on Zoom. Our confirmation class will also have the opportunity to meet in-person for a series of Sundays in the Auditorium. We are taking turns using the space with other Bible classes throughout the year. It is the only large space at church where our class can meet in-person in a socially distant way. Pastor Peter will inform you which classes will meet in-person. Please sign-up ahead of time here if you and a parent will be attending an in-person class.  When the class can meet in-person, it will always be Livestreamed for students who choose to learn from home. The Livestream classes will found here:


Due to the pandemic, confirmation students are not required to serve at church on Sunday mornings.  Though students are encouraged to serve their families, neighbors, and community throughout the year!

**Acolyte & Crucifer Training Videos can be found online here.


2020-21 Class Syllabus

2020-21 Class Schedule & Assignments

*Sermon Notes Form

Sign-up here to attend an in-person class

*15 sermon notes are due to Pastor Peter by May 1, 2021. Sermon notes are located on the shelf near the sanctuary doors.

Listen to sermons online here.


Click here to download a lesson PowerPoint or watch a recorded lesson.

9th Gr. Confirmation

At the end of their 8th grade year, confirmands will complete their confirmation journey by attending a class led by Pastor Peter.  He will begin the class with a confirmand & parent meeting (date TBD).

Confirmands will work on their Faith Art & Faith Statement projects which will be completed (due date TBD).  Download the UPDATED 2020 project syllabus here.  The projects will be presented during worship on a pre-determined date.

The Rite of Confirmation will be scheduled when it's safe for large groups to meet together for worship.  The new date will be communicated with families many weeks in advance of Confirmation Sunday.

Youth Mission Trips

Spring Work Camp

Junior & senior high students serve at Flower City Work Camp during Spring Break every year.  FLY joins forces with 50+ other area churches and 800+ other teens to repair homes in downtown Rochester while sharing the love of Jesus with residents.  Many youth and adults are needed to make Flower City happen.  Talk to Pastor Peter if you're feeling led to join us.

Summer Work Camp

Youth in high school and college serve on week-long mission trips throughout the country every summer FLY doesn't attend a National Youth Gathering. FLY partners with Group Mission Trips to repair homes and share the love of Jesus with home-owners.  In 2018, 24 FLYers served in Richwood, WV.  Richwood was devastated by floods in 2016 and we helped with the rebuilding effort.  

Lord-willing, in 2021 FLY will be joining with other youth groups in Wilmington, DE for a Group Work Camp.  Contact Pastor Peter if you're interested in going on a summer mission trip.

2021 FLY Group Work Camp in Wilmington, Delaware

APPLICATION Deadline Oct. 18!

Wilmington: take two! We are so excited that Group Mission Trips has a work camp planned for us next summer in Wilmington (July 11-17, 2021)! We’ll be serving alongside other youth groups as we paint, roof, build decks, and share the love of Jesus with residents for an entire week! If you’re interested in attending this mission trip, you’re invited to attend a Zoom Info Meeting on Sunday, Sept. 20 @ 7:00pm. (Pastor Peter will email the Zoom invite to FLY). 

Wilmington Trip Info: 

-The Wilmington Group Work Camp is open to everyone attending high school this fall, college students, and young adults. 

-Download the info packet here.

-Complete the online application here.

 -Submit a Commitment Deposit of $100 (check made out to “Faith Lutheran Youth”) by Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020.


In July of 2019, 22 FLYers and 4 adults joined 25,000 other Lutheran teens from all over the world in Minneapolis, MN for the Youth Gathering!  The Gathering is held every three years and is an AWESOME experience!  The week is filled with incredible worship, insightful speakers, amazing service opportunities, and great memories made with other Christians! Join us in Houston for the 2022 Youth Gathering called "In All Things!"

Watch the 2022 Gathering Promo!

Watch a highlight video from the 2019 Gathering!

.  More info about the Gathering can be found online here:

You're finished with high school... now what?! 

While you'll always be a FLYer, we recognize that your needs are different than a high schooler. This group... this ministry is for you.  Expect to be encouraged in your faith journey through discussions & Bible studies, hang out with other young adults, and help plan future events for young adults. 

Be part of this ministry by joining our FLY Young Adults Facebook group or our FLY Young Adults Instagram.

Join our weekly Young Adult Zoom chat every Wed. @ 8pm!

Please direct all questions to McKayla Nolan or Pastor Peter Johnson.


Youth Pastor

Pastor Peter Johnson

Office #: (585)381-3970 x16   Email:

Youth Advisors

Cris Alello

Vince Alello

Greg Gerbasi

Stephanie Johnson

Matt Kime

Randy Longhenry

Bill McKee

Kim Nadritch

McKayla Nolan

Mari-Beth Schembri

Mark Wood

Elizabeth Young