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

The pecans are coming!

The annual pecan sales have begun! Our fresh, new crop pecans are being packaged right now and will be sent straight from Georgia in early November. Preorder now and get the freshest pecans available. You’ll be notified when pecans are available for pickup. Money raised through selling pecans helps to fund Youth and Third Floor ministries at First United Methodist Church of Orlando!

Order Now

Pecans will arrive the first week in November. Orders made before then will be fulfilled when the pecans arrive. You will be notified when the pecans are ready for pickup.

Volunteer shifts are also available to sell pecans to walk in customers. To see available times, please visit Sign Up Genius.


Reformation: 500 Years

At the end of the month we will be celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. 500 years ago Martin Luther nailed his observations to a church door and changed history forever. At Youth Group on October 29th, we’ll discuss how we see the church changing in the next 500 years.


Why Jesus? Youth Group in November

At Youth Group in November, we’ll be asking questions about the fundamentals of our faith. Youth Group begins at 4:30 p.m. with games and dinner ($5), moves to 5:30 Worship, and small groups ending at 7:30 p.m.

November 5: Who is Jesus?

November 12: What is Resurrection?

November 19: What is God’s Love?

November 26: What is Worship?


Epic Confirmation

Epic Confirmation is a group for 8th grade students that focuses on what their Epic journey through life is all about. Registration opens October 25.


High School Retreat: January 12-14, 2018

The High School Winter Retreat is an awesome opportunity for High School youth to get away for the weekend. We’ll be traveling to the Team Effort Youth Camp in Green Cove Springs (near Jacksonville) to kick off the new year focusing on Jesus. Registration opens on November 1. Save 10% by registering before November 15.


Middle School Retreat: February 9-11, 2018

The Middle School Retreat is the coolest is an awesome opportunity for Middle School youth to get away for the weekend and focus on Jesus. The retreat is planned by high school students and held at the Warren Willis Youth Camp in Leesburg. Registration opens on November 1. Save 10% by registering before November 15


6th Grade Mission Trip: June 24-29, 2018

This year’s 6th Grade Mission Trip is to TEAMeffort Jacksonville! There, we will work with partner ministries to help fulfill construction needs in North East Florida. Registration opens on November 15. Save $25 by registering before December 15.


7th & 8th Grade Mission Trip: July 15-21, 2018

This year’s 7th and 8th Grade Mission Trip is to ReCreation Experiences in Asheville, NC! There, we will work with to improve the homes of residents in rural communities. Registration opens on November 15. Save $25 by registering before December 15.


High School Mission Trip: July 15-21, 2018

This year’s 7th and 8th Grade Mission Trip is to Team Effort in Coastal Georgia! There, we will work to restore the community from damage incurred by Hurricane Irma. Registration opens on November 15. Save $25 by registering before December 15.


Weekly Opportunities

Sunday Evening Youth Group

  • Open Third Floor - 4:30 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 - 4:45 p.m.
    Supper is served buffet-style on the Third Floor. Youth can eat for $5.
  • Worship - 5:30 p.m.
    A worship service for the whole family, 5:30 Worship includes youth leadership and communion.
  • Small Groups - 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
    Small groups allow youth to discuss topics that relate to their lives, their relationship with Christ, and their journey of faith. Small groups are divided by age group: 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 high school youth to make decisions for the Youth Ministry, discuss upcoming worship topics, and be the voice for Youth Ministry to the greater church. Each week a topic is discussed from mission trip destinations to ministry budgets and worship plans.

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.

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