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


Third Floor Service Day

Help us finish the third floor punch list with some painting and cleaning and other work projects on Saturday, December 9 at 9 a.m. Come dressed to work and help us take the floor to the next level.

Youth Ministry Christmas Party

The annual Youth Ministry Christmas Party is Sunday, December 10 at 4:30 pm! There will be games, food, worship, service, and fun! $5 covers the cost of food.

Cookies for Kinneret

After Hurricane Irma, our church family delivered emergency food to the residents at Kinneret Towers. On Sunday, December 17 we will be delivering Christmas Cookies for their annual Christmas Party!

In order to make this amazing event happen, we are in need of over 50-dozen cookies! If you are able to bake cookies (or provide dough) in advance, please register online for the number of dozen (or equivalent dough) you can provide. Donations are due on December 6 so that cookies can be bagged as Christmas presents for the residents.

All are welcome to join us on December 17 at 3p to deliver the cookies for the Christmas party and to individuals not attending the party. We will finish in time for 5:30 Worship. This service opportunity is in place of regular Youth Group on that evening.

Epic Confirmation

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

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 is open.

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 is open.

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 is open. Save $25 by registering before January 21.

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 is open. Save $25 by registering before January 21.

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 is open. Save $25 by registering before January 21.

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.