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


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November Newsletter (11/1/2018)

It’s now officially Fall. As I type this the temperature is in the upper 60’s and the air is crisp. Sure, it won’t last for long, but it’s a welcome change to our normal heat and humidity. For me, fall means gratitude and thanksgiving.

In the church, we’re entering into a time of Stewardship. Throughout our Stewardship process, we invite people to pledge their gifts for our 2019 budget. It’s through these gifts, no matter the size, that we put together our ministry budget.

I was recently asked to write a stewardship letter that was sent to people who pledged to the church for 2018. I wanted to share the letter with you below, in case you might not have seen it.

94% of the 2018 Youth Ministry budget is dedicated to mission trips and retreats. These are amazing opportunities for teenagers to experience rest and seek God in new ways. The transformation students experience would require many letters to explain.

The trips are also expensive, requiring transportation, housing, food, and a team of volunteer adults taking time from work. This is why so much of the budget contributes to their expenses. However, despite only 6% of the budget supporting the rest of the year, amazing ministry happens every week.

In the Spring I sent a survey out to all the students in our Youth Ministry. I asked “what is your favorite part of Youth Group?”. Youth Group meets from 5:30 – 7:30 pm on Sundays and includes snacks, games, small groups, and 5:30 Worship, so answers could have gone in several directions.

The most common answer? Communion at the 5:30 Worship service.

Through your continued and generous gifts, First United Methodist Church of Orlando is developing teenagers who enjoy and look forward to the sacraments of worship. Through these sacraments, youth develop a heart to seek and love God, love and serve people.

Thank you for your gifts of prayers and resources. They support our students in countless ways and I am extremely grateful.

I really am grateful for any and all gifts that are made to the church as they help us continue our mission in Orlando. Let me invite you to make a pledge for 2019.

Justin's Signature

Justin Cox

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

The Core: Discussions of Gratitude

In November, The Core High School Leadership Team will be joining with some of First Church’s long-time members to discuss gratitude. The Core will meet at 6:30 at a designated room on the First Floor. Dinner is available beginning at 5:30 pm for $6 on the First Floor.

Registration is not required.


Annual Pecan Sale

Fresh, new crop pecans straight from Georgia are on their way in early November. These are the freshest pecans available, shipped to us within days of being harvested! They make wonderful gifts for others or yourself! If you’re able to help sell pecans, please register for a shift.

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High School Retreat: January 5-6, 2019

Begin the new school year with a relaxing retreat at the Warren Willis Youth Camp. We’ll worship, eat, and celebrate a new school year. There might even be a surprise or two. Registration is open until December 9 or the spaces fill up.

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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. Sign up before November 30 to receive a $25 discount. Partial scholarships available.

Register Now


EPIC Confirmation

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.

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Epic is a group for 8th-grade students that focuses 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.

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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

Wednesday Evenings

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 focuses on 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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