Youth Retreats offer opportunities for our students to rest, decompress, unplug, unwind and be outside. These weekends are low on stress and big on fun, faith, and friendships! Revolution Weekend is our biggest annual retreat and takes place every year over MLK weekend. We bring in a band and a speaker who leads us in inspiring worship, and there is a balance of small groups, big games, and lots of time for resting and strengthening our faith and friendships. Our other retreats are times of worship, campfires, and fun out at Lyle Lodge, and vary year-to-year.
Youth Mission Trips
Every summer, our Youth Ministries offer several week-long service opportunities: one local “Mission Blitz” for middle school youth (just completed 6th – 7th grade), one mission trip for high school (just completed 9th – 12th grade) to a different location every year, and an additional opportunity for high school youth to serve at Camp Barnabas in Missouri – a summer camp for children with physical, developmental and cognitive disabilities and chronic illnesses. These trips are an amazing opportunity for youth to take a week out of their summer to experience the joy of God’s service. The experiences include helping with children’s church camps, home repairs, and construction, volunteering in food pantries, serving people experiencing homelessness, acts of neighborhood reconciliation, working in community gardens, and building relationships with new communities.
Service is an incredibly important way for youth to express their faith, so we do tons of stuff in our church and community. We volunteer for VBS, Summer JAM, and other Children’s Ministries events. We support First Street Methodist Mission by serving at the Mission and participating in collections throughout the year. We also serve in different capacities all year round to give our teenagers the opportunity to be God’s people in the world, including serving dinner at children’s shelters, packing meals for our neighbors in need, and responding to natural disasters through UMCOR.
The youth have a lot of special events each year that are just for fun. Sometimes we host these events at the Justin Youth Building (Fall Kickoff, lock-ins, game nights, open gym days). Sometimes we get out for our fun (Main Event, Rangers and Mavericks games, Six Flags, Flight Deck Trampoline Park). Whether we stay in or go out, youth events are always a great time!
Our youth participate in a local United Methodist Church youth basketball league hosted at Genesis UMC. Our team is called the Fighting Penguins. We aren’t too interested in winning games (which is good since we hardly ever do!) because we’re way more interested in making friends with youth from other churches, hosting “Half-Time-Nap-Time” at center court, and seeing which trick shots we can pull off! Basketball season is in the winter and lasts about six weeks. Games are always on Sundays and all students are welcome!
Sixth Grade Confirmation
At First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth, all sixth graders are invited to join the Confirmation class. Confirmation is a continuation of the faith journey; and it is the beginning of a lifetime of commitment to the church. It is a special time set aside to learn about who God is, what United Methodist Christians believe, and what it means to be not only a member of a church, but also a disciple of Jesus Christ in our world. Confirmands will transition into Youth Ministries in February.