Youth Ministry

The Youth Ministry of First Church, The Skylight, is committed to helping youth in sixth through twelfth grade 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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Upcoming Events

Pecan Sales are Almost Done!

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Youth Ministry is selling fresh, new crop pecans straight from Georgia. These pecans have just been picked and will arrive at the church in early November. They come in halves, pieces, cinnamon glazed, and chocolate covered! They are delicious and make great gifts. Order today!

Funds raised through selling pecans help to fund youth ministry Fresh Expressions at First United Methodist Church of Orlando! Fresh Expressions is an initiative of the Florida United Methodist Church to reach new people, in new places, in new ways.


December Theme: Waiting

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Advent is the season of waiting, but why do we wait? That’s the focus of our discussions in December. As always, the Third Floor opens for play at 4:00 pm, dinner service begins around 4:45 pm ($5 plus $1 optional donation for our Compassion Kids), and then we head into 5:30 Worship. Please know that this worship service is open to everyone, not just Youth Ministry, so you are welcome to come as a family. Following the service, the Youth Group plays a game and goes into small groups. Everything wraps up at 7:30 pm.


Christmas Party: December 18

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We’re having a Youth Group Christmas Party on the Third Floor on December 18 at 4:00 pm. Come dressed in your tackiest Christmas attire and enjoy a fully catered holiday meal, Christmas games, a full photo booth, and a carnival of Christmas sweets. Don’t miss out!


Bowl Pick Challenge

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It’s college football bowl season and that means it’s time for our bowl pick challenge. To play, join our group by clicking here and then make your picks. You can use any criteria you want: who you think is going to win, what color uniforms the team wears, the amount of people their stadium holds. Make your pick and whoever has the most right will win Chipotle in January. What do you have to lose? Join today! The password is SKYLIGHT.


Middle School Retreat is February 10-12, 2017!

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The Middle School Retreat is a retreat for students led by students. Hosted at the Warren Willis Youth Camp in Leesburg, the Middle School Retreat helps students become leaders. The retreat is February 10-12 and costs $115. You can register online by clicking here.

As with all trips, scholarships are available. Please contact me for more details.

Please note that registrations for this year’s events will be handled a little differently than in the past. First, the registration window will close when spaces run out or December 31, which ever comes first. This will provide us plenty of time to notify the place we are staying and so that we can arrange appropriate transportation for our group. Second, for overnight retreats and mission trips, a prior relationship with our youth ministry is required for participants. If you have questions about either of these points, please let me know.


Epic Confirmation

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Epic Confirmation is a group for 8th grade students that focuses on what their Epic journey through life is all about. Sign up today!

Epic is a time to explore your faith, ask questions, and try to better understand what a relationship with God is really all about.

Want to know more about what this Confirmation thing is? Listen to what Chuck has to say.


2017 Summer Mission Trips

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You can now sign up for our Summer Mission Trips! There’s even a special Early Bird Discount if you sign up by the end of the year! Sign up with at least a $100 deposit. For more details about each trip, and to sign up, click here.

As with all trips, scholarships are available. Please contact me for more details.

The registration window will close when spaces run out or March 26, which ever comes first. This will allow us to meet registration deadlines for the places we are staying and so that we can arrange appropriate transportation for our group. For overnight retreats and mission trips, a prior relationship with our youth ministry is required for participants. If you have questions about either of these points, please contact Justin Cox.


Weekly Opportunities

Sunday Evenings

  • Open Third Floor - 4:00 p.m.
    The doors open and the fun begins. Games and game tables are available, as well as spots to hang out and relax.
  • Sunday Supper - 4:30 p.m.
    Supper is served buffet-style on the Third Floor. Youth can eat for $5 and there is an additional suggested donation of $1 for our Compassion Kids.
  • Youth Group - 5:00 to 7:30 p.m.
    Youth Group gives youth a chance to discuss topics that relate to their lives, their relationship with Christ, and their journey of faith. Youth Group includes games, 5:30 Worship, and age specific small groups (6th, 7th & 8th, 9th & 10th, and 11th & 12th).

Sunday Mornings

Wednesday Evenings

  • The Core Leadership Team - 6:30 p.m.
    The Core is a group for youth to discuss upcoming worship topics and make decisions for the Youth Ministry. Each week and in-depth look at the worship topic, scripture, and other devotional material will help bring new understanding of the subject. The Core is open to youth interested in exploring Biblical themes in a new and deep way.

Special Commitments

  • Blankner Devos & Donuts
    Devos & Donuts is a breakfast program for Blankner middle school students at 8 a.m. in Mrs. Layton’s classroom the morning after FCA huddles. Come for free donuts and a morning devotion before school.
  • Epic Confirmation
    Epic is a group for 8th grade students that focuses on what their Epic journey through life is all about. Epic begins in the spring.
  • Mission Leadership Team
    Mission Leadership Team is an opportunity for juniors and seniors to fully define their faith and discover who God has created them to be. Mission Leadership Team meets throughout the year with an information meeting in September.

Calendars and Forms