Youth Ministry

A Mid Summer’s Update (7/3/2018)

I hope you’ve been enjoying the summer. At this point I’ve been part of two awesome mission trips where youth and adults have served communities of people in love and faith. It’s been a solid summer so far and I hope you are looking forward to the second half.

Mission Leadership Team
Sixth Grade Mission Team with Locus Grove UMC

Today we’re going to fast forward to the new school year. It’s hard to believe but in six weeks everyone will be gearing up for the new year. New classes. New teachers. New schools. While things will be new, they’ll also be very familiar.

Each new school year is an evolution from the pervious version into something new and different. The foundation is still there, but evolution allows for new growth and opportunities.

This year Youth Ministry is evolving. The foundations and reasons behind our programing is remaining intact, however how we do a lot of things will be different. New trips. New Sunday Night schedules. New opportunities for leadership. These programs may seem new, but they are evolutions based on the foundation of what came previously. It’s a really exciting time in Youth Ministry and I cannot wait to share all of these evolutions with you as we move throughout the year!

Today I want to focus on the first evolution: our Back to School Retreat.

The Back to School Retreat

The purpose of the Back to School Retreat is to kick off our new school year focusing on God. We do that by retreating to the camp at Leesburg for two days of worship and relaxation. Our focus this year will be on building community, looking at Acts 2 and the example set by the early church.

This year’s retreat begins on Saturday, August 18. We’ll meet at the church around noon and head to camp. Beginning at noon on Saturday allows youth time to enjoy Friday night football games with their friends and Saturday morning sporting commitments without missing portions of the retreat.

The retreat ends on Sunday evening at 6:30 pm. We’ll close the retreat at the 5:30 Worship service to bring connection from the retreat into our regular worship and Sunday night Youth Group schedule.

In addition, this evolution of the Back to School Retreat allows the cost to reduce by 25%! The retreat is now $75, which covers lodging, worship space, pool and lifeguard fees, dinner on Saturday, two meals on Sunday, and transportation.

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Look for more information about the evolution of Youth Ministry as we approach the start of the school year. I hope you are as excited about these evolutions as I am! They will provide new opportunities for growth, excitement, and connection with Christ.

A Quick Note About Registrations

A few of our remaining summer activities have been canceled due to lack of registrations. Pre-registering for events provides John and I with numbers to work with when booking transportation and paying deposits. While some events can continue with few people signed up, events that require group deposits and minimum numbers of participation cannot. Thank you for understanding.


Justin's Signature

Justin Cox

Minister to Youth and Families
Justin@FirstChurchOrlando.org
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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

Be part of an experiment to make communion bread in our kitchen.

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Attention Class of 2019, are you ready for a great dinner to kick off a great year? Join us for the annual Senior Cookout to eat steak and celebrate the year ahead.

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Join us for worship and an informal introduction to Youth Ministry, similar to Meet the Teacher at school. Learn about some of the evolutions of Youth Ministry and have a treat before school begins. This evening is for youth and their parents. RSVP in Realm.


The purpose of the Back to School Retreat is to kick off our new school year focusing on God. We do that by going off to the camp at Leesburg and retreating for two days of worship and relaxation. Our focus this year will be on building community, looking at Acts 2 and the example set by the early church.

This year’s retreat begins on Saturday, August 18. We’ll meet at the church around noon and head to the camp. Beginning at noon on Saturday allows youth time to enjoy Friday night football games with their friends and Saturday morning sporting commitments without missing portions of the retreat.

The retreat ends on Sunday evening at 6:30 pm. We’ll close the retreat with our 5:30 Worship service at the church to bring connection from the retreat into our regular worship and Sunday night Youth Group schedule.

In addition, this evolution of the Back to School Retreat allows the cost to reduce by 25%! The retreat is now $75, which covers lodging, worship space, pool and lifeguard fees, dinner on Saturday, two meals on Sunday, and transportation.

Register Now


Youth Ministry’s main focus is Sunday Evening Youth Group. This is a time for youth to experience community, share prayers, converse with each other, and seek an understanding of what it means to be loved by God.

  • 5:00 pm — Third Floor Opens
  • 5:30 pm — 5:30 Worship
  • 6:15 pm — Games and Hangout (Light snacks are available for free.)
  • 6:45 pm — Groups
  • 7:30 pm — Youth Group Ends

A leadership team for high schoolers that focuses on planning and leading our Youth Ministry. This group meets on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 pm on the Third Floor. Dinner is available beginning at 5:30 pm for $6 on the First Floor. The Core begins on September 5.



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.

The first meeting is mandatory for all potential participants and their parents.


Weekly Opportunities

Sunday Evening Youth Group (Begins August 26)

  • Third Floor Opens - 5:00 p.m.
    The Third Floor opens for 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 hangout. 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 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 - Begins January 20, 2019
    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.
  • BEYOND - Begins September 9
    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.

Forms

About 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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