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.
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.
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 rest and restoration. High school retreat takes place at Lyle Lodge and middle school in the Justin. 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 two mission opportunities: one for high school (just completed 8th – 12th grade) and one for middle school (just completed 6th – 7th grade. 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.