Back to Church From College Adulting and Looking for More?

By July 11, 2019

So here you are. Back from college — or attending college in Fort Worth and here for the summer. How is church feeling to your newly grown-up and (mostly) independent self?

Do you feel a little bit like a fish out of water — too old for Youth, not quite ready for “adulting” with the established FUMCFW Sunday School classes? Do you want something beyond worship — a group to share your thoughts, experiences, and questions about your faith with people who “get” where you are in your life and times?

Whether you want to continue to develop the friendships you developed during high school or to meet new friends in your new college town, the FUMCFW College Group offers is here to provide just what you’re looking for. We meet for the 9:30 am Gathering service in Wesley Hall (and if you don’t have time for breakfast, there are hot and delicious breakfast tacos just waiting for you there!) Visitors are always welcome, attire is casual, and coffee is hot!

We all sit together during the service (look for us in the front two rows on the east — to the right as you face the stage). Afterwards, we’ll head upstairs to Room 350 to The Gathering Café to hang out, compare stories of college life and talk about the things that concern us most.

“We had several returning students interested in starting this group, and with the help of Lisa Helm, Director of Hospitality, and Catherine Manno, mother of FUMCFW Youth alum Claire Manno, we launched this group and they are having a really good time together,” says Rev. Linda McDermott, Associate Pastor of Adult Education. “It’s a great group of young adults,” she adds with a smile — and they’re very welcoming!”

“It is a very good affirmation of the strength of our youth group that we have so many Justin alumnae who still want to attend church and stay engaged,” Catherine says, “This is still quite a work-in-progress,” she pauses, then adds, “I think the key to having a college group at FUMCFW will be making it a priority during the school year for local students, and then during the summer it can continue to include those who are only here for the summer.”

Want more information about this lively and insightful new group? Contact Gayle Ammerman ( or Rev. Linda McDermott ( They will be happy to help!


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