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.


Click to download the FLY Info Meeting Outline

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! 

FLY will look different this coming school year compared to previous years. Many of our normal activities will be online-only or a hybrid model of in-person & online. Unfortunately some of our regular activities are cancelled this year. Our #1 job is to keep our youth safe. Our Youth Advisors, Faith Re-Opening Workgroup, and church staff have been working together to create 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 Vicar Peter Johnson directly.


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.

Sunday Night FLY - A Conversation about Racism w/ special guest: Clianda Yarde - Oct. 11 @ 7:15pm

Our community and nation are having difficult conversations about racism in America. News of tragedies, protests, and suffering have become daily occurences. As Christians, we must ask ourselves, “What can we do? How can we listen? What must change?” Join us for an engaging conversation with Mrs. Clianda Yarde - a former Rochester school district teacher - who believes that Christians have the answer to race relations in America: Jesus! Youth will have the chance to submit questions ahead of time for Mrs. Yarde to answer. Join us under the Faith tent for this incredible event filled with God’s love! May it spur us to help bring healing and reconciliation in our community. 

Sunday Night FLY - Tough Questions - Oct. 25 @ 7:15pm

Do you have a question about Christianity? Current events? Dating? Life issues? or anything else? All youth are invited to attend “Tough Questions” as Youth Advisors will be answering YOUR tough questions. During the event, youth will be able to anonymously text questions to the Advisors. If you don’t have a question or feel comfortable asking one, please know you’re invited to come and listen. We pray God will open our hearts as we seek answers to life’s tough questions.


Themes we’ll be digging into this year in SNFLY: racism, tough questions, miracles, crazy Bible stories, and more! Friends are always welcome to SNFLY and it really is the best night of the week!
*We’ll be meeting for SNFLY under the big tent throughout the fall until weather gets snowy. Wear a jacket if the weather is cooler.
*We’ll be live-streaming our in-person SNFLY events online here:
*If the weather is bad OR if coronavirus numbers increase again in our county - we will move SNFLY to Zoom. I will notify FLY through email, social media, and our Remind app.

Incoming 7th & 8th Grade Confirmation Class

7th & 8th graders continue their confirmation class in-person & on Livestream through Oct. 18. After that date, the class will move to Zoom for weekly classes. Peter will email the Zoom link to Jr. FLY families later in October.

Sr. FLY Bible Class

All 9th-12th grade students are invited to our Sr. FLY Small Group on Zoom on Sunday evenings at 8-9pm. 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 small group meets together on Zoom on non-SNFLY Sundays. The group is led by Peter and various Youth Advisors.

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!

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

-Download the info packet from the link at the top of the online application

-Complete the online application here.

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

2021 Coffee House

Due to COVID-19, FLY will be pre-recording all Coffee House performances and will put them together in a film that will debut online on Friday, Jan. 29, 2021. While we are saddened we won’t be able to serve desserts and coffee to a huge crowd in our Auditorium for the 2021 Coffee House - this is the best option we have to keep our audience, performers, and volunteers safe! 

Do you want to perform at the 2021 Virtual Coffee House?! 

-We are looking for musicians, vocalists, comedians, and skits to be part of our Coffee House film! 

 -Our film crew will film each performance separately at different times while staying socially distant. We will film in the FLY Room throughout the month of November. 

-Sign-up online here by Oct. 31:

 -Music performers can perform up to 2 songs (up to 8 minutes total). 

-Comedy/skit performers can perform up to 8 minutes. 

-Peter Johnson will contact you about your act and setup requirements and when you’ll be filming in Nov. 

Thanks for glorifying God with your talents in this special Coffee House!

More in-person events are being planned and will be communicated to our entire youth group!

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 Peter Johnson (our Youth Minister) or check out the FLY page in our church newsletter here.

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

FLY Event Changes: 

-The 2020 Craft Sale has been cancelled due to the pandemic. Please join us at our next Craft Sale on Oct. 16, 2021. Vendor applications will be mailed and emailed in Mar. 2021. 

-Our 2020 Jr. FLY Fall Retreat has been cancelled due to the pandemic. A 30 Hour Famine overnight event will be held next summer in its place. 

-Confirmation Sunday for current 9th grade confirmands is on hold until we can safely gather everyone together for this large worship service.

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:

-Bring a lawn chair & mask.

-We'll stay socially distant outside under the white tent at Faith.

-We'll meet under the tent until the weather gets too cold/snowy/or rainy.

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

-The FLY Cafe & FLY Room will remain closed.

-If the weather is bad OR if coronavirus numbers increase again - we will move SNFLY to Zoom.  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:

Sept. 27 - SNFLY REMIX!

Oct. 11 - A Conversation about Racism

(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. Peter Johnson 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. 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 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 missed lesson presentation.

9th Gr. Confirmation

At the end of their 8th grade year, confirmands will complete their confirmation journey by attending a class led by Peter Johnson.  Peter 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 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 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. (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 Peter Johnson.


Youth Minister

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