From its earliest days as “MYF” (Methodist Youth Fellowship) to “UMYF” to “Youth Group” to what we now call, The Refuge — and everything in between — if you were raised in the Methodist Church you may remember your own experiences gathering in the Justin Building (or some other building or room that is eerily similar), bringing your $5 for dinner, loading up on soda, and getting a chance to just be a teenager, learning your own way of serving God and living like Christ with all of your Church buds.
The Refuge is a sacred time to serve God, to ask hard questions, to forge fast and lasting friendships, and maybe even a chance to know yourself better. The Refuge is just what it sounds like, a safe, fun, yet restful place for teens to come together and be themselves every Sunday evening and get themselves ready for each new school week. What a special time in life that our teens here at FUMCFW get to experience, our own unique rite of passage into adulthood.
Beginning just after the Cornerstone Youth Choir Rehearsal (check us out if you like to sing!), the Refuge helps teens learn how to engage God’s presence in a variety of ways.
There’s always food — a “snack supper” — followed by something different each Sunday of the month — an opportunity to serve, to a time just to just hang out with friends, or to experience Scripture in an immersive and creative way.
If you’re a middle or high schooler — or if you’re the parent, grandparent, family or friend of a teen looking for something to do on what might otherwise be the most boring night of the week, please come to the Refuge and see what it’s all about. No reservation necessary — just bring $5 for the snack supper and come see what you think! For more information, please FUMCFW Director of Youth Ministries Kat Bair (firstname.lastname@example.org).