Friday, April 10 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Sunday, April 12 | 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Monday, April 13 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Monday, April 13 | 12:15 pm – 12:45 pm
Tuesday, April 14 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth Youth Ministries is committed to communicating to all students that they are known and loved by Christ. The Youth Ministries offer opportunities each week to help 6th – 12th-grade students connect with each other and grow in their faith. We are a community that welcomes, empowers, and serves all youth and equips them to go out and be God’s people in the world. If you are new to FUMCFW, welcome! We hope you will join us on a Sunday morning or evening. On either occasion, there will be a parent volunteer or staff member to greet you at the front door and introduce you to the rest of the youth staff and some other students your age.
Contact: Kat Bair, Director of Youth Ministries | email@example.com | 817-339-5070
Matt Britt, Associate Director of Youth Ministries | firstname.lastname@example.org | 817-339-3882
Brenda Kegans, Youth Ministries Assistant | email@example.com | 817-339-3888
Our Sunday morning program just for youth offers a great chance to connect with friends and meet new people, worship God, and grow in faith. It begins in the Framily Room of the Justin Building with donuts and lemonade every week! Then our students will be dismissed to Sunday School Classes by age. We wrap up in time for families to worship together at 11:00 am.
9:30 – 10:30 am | Justin Youth Building
Middle School youth (7th – 8th grade) head up to the third floor for games, worship, engaging lessons, and small groups!
High school youth (9th – 12th grade) will worship together in our Framily Room before making their way to the class of their choice (which they choose at the beginning of each semester). They get two choices each semester (Terms 1 & 2) that last for six weeks and cannot make the same choice twice in a row. Here are the classes we are currently offering:
We wrap up in time for families to worship together at 11:00 am.
Sundays | 4:00 – 5:30 pm | Choir Rehearsal Room
Cornerstone Youth Choir offers youth grades 7 – 12 an opportunity to learn to sing, perform, and lead worship music several times a year. All singers welcome — no auditions or experience required. Just come with a willing heart and a desire to help spread God’s love through music.
Sundays | 5:30 – 7:30 pm | Justin Youth Building
Snack supper | $5
Every Sunday evening during the school year we meet in the Justin together as youth group after Cornerstone Youth Choir Rehearsal. The Refuge is exactly what it sounds like — a safe place to come and be yourself with friends and engage God’s presence in a variety of ways. It will always consist of a snack supper followed by something different each Sunday of the month. Once a month we will have opportunities to serve, to just hang out, to worship, or to experience Scripture in an immersive and creative way. If you’re a middle or high schooler, join us for this special time of rest and fun before you have to start a new week of school!
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.
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!
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.
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