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Youth Ministries

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 7th – 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 | kbair@myfumc.org | 817-339-5070
Brenda Kegans, Youth Ministries Assistant | bkegans@myfumc.org | 817-339-3888

Youth Events

Youth Worship & Weekly Programming

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 Big Room of the Justin Building with worship for all 7th – 12th-graders led by youth staff, our youth-led praise band, and other youth. From worship, students are dismissed to Sunday School classes divided by age. We wrap up in time for families to worship together at 11:00 am.

WE > ME

“Accept each other with love, and make an effort to preserve the unity of the Spirit with the peace that ties you together. You are one body and one spirit, just as God also called you in one hope.” Ephesians 4:2b-4

This year, we’re focusing on what it means to be a community of believers. We’ll be talking about how knowing and loving God is inextricably tied to knowing and loving each other, and how our greatest resource in our faith journey (as well as our journey through teenage life) can be found in the christian community around us.

Sunday School

9:30 – 10:30 am | Justin Youth Building
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 Big Room of the Justin Building with donuts, welcome, and worship for all 7th – 12th-graders led by staff and our youth-led praise band. After worship, our teenagers are dismissed to Sunday School classes divided by age.

Middle school youth (7th – 8th grade) head up to the third floor for engaging content and small groups.

High school youth (9th – 12th grade) make their way to the class of their choice (which they choose before 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:

  • Soul Care is based on engaging God’s presence through prayer, worship, and different creative means. The goal is to seek and learn new ways of finding rest in God both individually and with friends.
  • Faith in 3D is based on connecting the Christian story with all stories. We use Scripture, movies, music, and stories from our life and other mediums to practice seeing God’s story in all stories and our story in God’s story.
  • Middle School Leader (11th – 12th grade only) is an opportunity to serve our middle school friends by helping create a fun and engaging environment for them to learn and grow in their faith.

We wrap up in time for families to worship together at 11:00 am.

Cornerstone Youth Choir Rehearsal

Sundays | 4:30 – 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.

The Refuge

Sundays | 5:30 – 7:30 pm | Justin Youth Building
Snack supper | $5
Every Sunday night during the school year we meet in the evening together as youth group after Cornerstone Youth Choir Rehearsal. The Refuge is 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 with friends, to worship, or to experience Scripture in an immersive and creative way. It’s a time of rest and fun before you have to start a new week of school!

First Wednesday Dinner

Each month | 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Our First Wednesday youth dinners happen during the school year. Join us the first Wednesday of each month from 6:30 – 7:30 pm for some good food and friends. Meet Kat at restaurants in the area, announced each week before dinner!

Youth Retreats

Revolution Weekend is our biggest annual school-year event. Revolution Weekend takes place over MLK weekend. We bring in a band and a speaker who lead us in inspiring worship. Usually there is a balance of small groups, big games, and lots of time for resting and strengthening our faith and friendships. Our other retreats (one for middle school and one for high school each school year) are times of worship, campfires, and fun out at Lyle Lodge. They give youth opportunities to rest, declutter, be outside, unplug, and unwind. These weekends are low on stress and big on fun, faith, and friendships!

Youth Mission Trips

Every summer, our Youth Ministries offer several weeklong mission opportunities: one for middle school youth (just completed 6th – 7th grade) which will be local, one for high school (just completed 9th – 12th grade), which is in a different location every year, and an additional opportunity for high school youth to serve with mentally handicapped children at Camp Barnabas in Missouri. These missions are an amazing opportunity for youth to take a week out of 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.

Local Service

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.

Youth Events

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 (First Wednesday Dinners, Main Event, Rangers and Mavericks games, Six Flags, Flight Deck Trampoline Park, Hurricane Harbor). Whether we stay in or go out, youth events are always a great time!
Youth Events

Basketball

Our youth participate in a UMC youth basketball league hosted at Genesis UMC. Our teams are both called the Fighting Penguins. The Fighting Penguins aren’t too interested in winning games (which is good since we hardly ever do!). 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 about six weeks starting in February and games are on Sundays.

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.
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