Youth Ministry

Get ready for THE MISSION TRIP 2019!

  • NEW DATE! You asked and we listened. July is already full of camps and activities that conflict with our summer mission trip. The new date is hopefully one that works better for everyone’s schedule.
  • BETTER PROJECTS! We’ll be heading to TEAMeffort at the point of the summer they are ramping up with tons of great projects for us to start working on, not at the end of the summer while they’re wrapping things up.
  • THREE TRIPS IN ONE! For projects and small groups, we’ll be broken into groups based on age, just as we have for mission trips in the past. But this year we’ll eat meals and worship together, just like on the Back to School Retreat. Talk about being united!

THE Mission Trip is June 23 – 28, 2019 at TEAMeffort in Green Cove Springs, FL. The trip costs $550 per student, which covers transportation, food, and program fees. Sign up before November 30 to receive a $25 discount. Partial scholarships available.

A previous relationship with First United Methodist Church of Orlando’s Youth Ministry is required for participation in overnight events. If you have questions, please contact Justin Cox, Minister to Youth and Families, prior to registering.

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Sunday Evening Youth Group

Youth Ministry’s focus is Sunday Evening Youth Group. Each Sunday evening youth experience community, share prayers, and learn to seek and love God.


Youth Ministry News

January Newsletter (12/26/2018)

Welcome to 2019! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas with friends and family.

The new year brings new changes here at First Church. Rev. Bob Bushong joins us as our new interim lead pastor. Bob joins Emily and Shelly as our pastoral staff through July 1. Join us at any of the services on January 6 to meet Bob.

Everything happening in January can be found below, but I wanted to take a second to highlight The Core. Over the last few weeks, The Core has transitioned to include some of our church’s oldest members. We’ve discussed gratitude, faith, and our Christmas traditions. It’s been such a wonderful experience that we’re going to continue the conversation in January. To accommodate our older friends, The Core will begin at 6:15 pm. Join us for a lively discussion.

Finally, our spring snack sign up is available. Help us provide snacks at Youth Group by volunteering to provide snacks. Thank you!

Justin's Signature

Justin Cox

Minister to Youth and Families
Justin@FirstChurchOrlando.org
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Happening In Youth Ministry

Youth Group Returns on January 6

Youth Group returns on Sunday, January 6. Join us for 5:30 Worship, snacks, and groups!

Can you help us with snacks? Sign up for a week today.


The Core Returns on January 9

The Core, our high school leadership team, returns January 9 with a NEW TIME: 6:15 – 7:15 pm. Join in discussion with some of our older church members to talk about life and faith. Dinner is available for purchase ($6).

Registration Not Required


DEVOS & DONUTS is January 11

Blankner’s DEVOS & DONUTS is Friday, January 11! Join Justin at 8:00 am in Mrs. Layton’s room for a donut and devotion to start your morning. Everyone is welcome. (Passes available at the front desk.)

Registration Not Required


EPIC Confirmation Begins January 20

EPIC is a group for 8th-grade students focusing on what their epic journey through life is all about. Youth are invited to explore and define their faith while becoming members of our church.

Register Before January 19


THE Mission Trip: June 23-28, 2019

THE Mission Trip is June 23 – 28, 2019 at TEAMeffort in Green Cove Springs, FL. The trip costs $550 per student, which covers transportation, food, and program fees. Partial scholarships available.

Register Before March 24


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Weekly Opportunities

Sunday Evening Youth Group

  • Third Floor Opens - 5:00 p.m.
    The Third Floor opens for the adult volunteer meeting and free play before worship.
  • Worship - 5:30 p.m.
    A worship service for the whole family, 5:30 Worship includes youth leadership and communion.
  • Games and Hangout - 6:15 p.m.
    Following worship, youth move to the Third Floor for games and hang out time. During this time a light snack is provided for free. Donations are accepted.
  • Groups - 6:45 to 7:30 p.m.
    Most evenings, Groups are grade-level based small groups. Throughout the year Groups may be combined for special experiences.

Sunday Mornings

  • Worship Services - 8:30, 9:30, and 11 a.m.
    Youth are encouraged to participate in the morning worship services with their families. More information about our worship services can be found on the worship page.

Wednesday Evenings

  • The Core Leadership Team
    The Core is a leadership team for high schoolers that focuses on planning and leading our Youth Ministry. This group meets on Wednesday evenings at 6:15 pm.

Special Commitments

  • Blankner Devos & Donuts
    Devos & Donuts is a morning club for Blankner middle school students at 8 a.m. in Mrs. Layton’s classroom. We gather once a month to share scripture and a donut. Come for free donuts and a morning devotion before school. All are welcome!
  • BEYOND - Begins September 16
    BEYOND is a high-level, opt-in discipleship opportunity open to high school juniors and seniors. Over the course of seven meetings students explore a curriculum focusing on the gifts and personality God has instilled in them and how to use those gifts and passions to develop opportunities for ministry.
  • EPIC Confirmation - Begins January 20, 2019
    EPIC is a group for 8th-grade students that looks at what their epic journey through life is all about. Register Now.

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About Youth Ministry

The Youth Ministry of First Church, The Skylight, guides youth in sixth through twelfth grade to seek and love God and love and serve people. Led by the Minister to Youth and Families, Justin Cox, the Skylight Youth Ministry creates ways for youth to explore a relationship with Christ and build relationships with other Christ-following youth and adults.

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