Youth Ministry

The Youth Ministry of First Church guides youth in sixth through twelfth grade to seek and love God and love and serve people. Our Youth Ministry creates ways for youth to explore a relationship with Christ and build relationships with other Christ-following youth and adults. Led by the Minister of Children, Youth, and Families, Justin Cox.

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Exciting Changes in Youth Ministry

Beginning on January 5, 2020, we will worship together at TWO Sunday worship services. Join us for the 9:30 am Modern Worship Service in the Contemporary Worship Center or the 11:00 am Traditional Worship Service in the Sanctuary.

This exciting change allows us to focus on building a singular congregation. This change in worship times allows for new opportunities for Youth Ministry.

A Community of Believers

The book of Acts tells the story of the early church. These were the people left with living into Jesus’ mission shortly after his death and resurrection. At the end of Acts chapter 2, there is a section titled the “Community of Believers.” This amazing scripture has long defined what a church should look like:

42The believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to the community, to their shared meals, and to their prayers. 43A sense of awe came over everyone. God performed many wonders and signs through the apostles. 44All the believers were united and shared everything. 45They would sell pieces of property and possessions and distribute the proceeds to everyone who needed them. 46Every day, they met together in the temple and ate in their homes. They shared food with gladness and simplicity. 47They praised God and demonstrated God’s goodness to everyone. The Lord added daily to the community those who were being saved.

This Scripture highlights a few important things that I strive to build into our Youth Ministry:

  • A community of believers worships together as one body
  • A community of believers shares meals together
  • A community of believers puts others’ needs first
  • A community of believers stands in awe of what God does

Beginning on January 5, our Youth Ministry will expand to two full programs. Our goal is to build community and help youth experience God’s love.

Program Descriptions

Our main Youth Ministry program is Sunday mornings from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm. This program most resembles our existing evening Youth Group:

  • 9:30 am: Worship in the Contemporary Worship Center
  • 10:30 – 11:00 am: Games and snacks on the Third Floor
  • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm: Small group discussions

Additionally, during this time frame youth have opportunities to volunteer:

  • 9:30 – 10:30 am: Children’s classroom volunteer or nursery worker
  • 9:30 – 10:30 am: Worship team and tech booth support
  • 10:30 am – 12:00 pm: IGNITE volunteer or participant
  • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm: Acolyte, choir, or tech booth support

Our second Youth Ministry program is Sunday evenings from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. This program is brand new and includes dinner, table discussions, and special activities. (Note, more than 70% of respondents indicated this time on their cards!)

Each Youth Ministry program compliments the other. Youth able to attend both will experience a cohesive and diverse experience. Youth only able to attend the morning or evening will still enjoy a complete experience. Both programs provide an opportunity to build community, experience God’s love, and explore faith.

In January, morning small groups will explore catalysts: “a condition, event, or person that is the cause of an important change.” They’ll discuss ways to spot and act on the catalysts in our lives that can bring us closer to Christ. In the evening, youth will discuss ways they can be catalysts for change in the world. Evening activities will explore ways youth can spark others to connect with Jesus.

We Need Your Support

This massive expansion of Youth Ministry requires an equal expansion of volunteers! Bellow are all the opportunities for serving in Children and/or Youth Ministry in 2020. All volunteers must complete the required volunteer application process. Interested in serving in any of the spots listed? Contact Justin and sign up today!

Children’s Ministry

  • Small-Group Leader (9:30 – 10:45 am): Each small group (Pre-K, K-2, and 3-5) is a two-person team leading the lesson time. Lessons and necessary supplies are provided.
    • Commitment: Adults sign up for open weeks so commitments vary depending on availability.
  • IGNITE Helper (10:45 am – 12:15 pm): IGNITE helpers assist Gabrielle with worship arts. Adults help keep children focused and having fun.
    • Commitment: Adults sign up for open weeks so commitments vary depending on availability.
  • Special Event Volunteer: Special events include the Spring Picnic, Vacation Bible School, Mission Camp, and more. Volunteers help plan and take part in these events.
    • Commitment: Varies depending on the event.

Youth Ministry

  • Small-Group Leader (10:30 am – 12:00 pm): Each small group is at least a two-person team leading discussions. Leaders engage in discussions and play games with youth. Lessons and necessary supplies are provided.
    • Commitment: Adults ideally commit to leading the group weekly. Some weeks may not be possible due to travel, sickness, or other commitments. For some, committing to bi-weekly service is available.
  • Evening Leader (5:00 – 7:00 pm): Evening leaders eat dinner with youth, engage them in table discussions, and play games.
    • Commitment: Adults ideally commit to leading the group weekly. Some weeks may not be possible due to travel, sickness, or other commitments. For some, committing to bi-weekly service is available.
  • Snack Provider (10:30 am): Volunteers provide snacks to serve at morning programing.
    • Commitment: Adults sign up for weeks they can provide snacks.
  • Dinner Volunteer (6:00 – 7:00 pm): Volunteers provide and serve dinner at our evening program.
    • Commitment: Adults sign up for weeks they can provide dinner. Serving and cleaning up is appreciated.
  • EPIC Confirmation Co-Teacher (11:00 am – 12:00 pm): Adult assists in teaching EPIC Confirmation.
    • Commitment: Nine classes between January 12 and April 26.
  • EPIC Confirmation Mentor (11:00 am – 12:00 pm): Adults pray for and work with an individual student.
    • Commitment: Three classes (February 23, March 8, and March 22) and the confirmation service (April 26). Some homework (about 5-10 minutes a week) between January 12 and April 26.
  • Special Event Volunteer: Special events include the Epic Confirmation Reception, Senior Banquet, Volunteer Appreciation, and more. Volunteers help plan and take part in these events.
    • Commitment: Varies depending on the event.
  • Mission Trip Volunteer: Volunteers lead a small group and potentially drive a van for the mission trip.
    • Commitment: June 21-26, 2020

Coming Up in Youth Ministry

Youth Group Christmas Party: December 15

It’s time to celebrate the season! Youth are invited to the Third Floor on Sunday, December 15 at 5:30 pm for a special Christmas party. Food and festivities abound! Come dressed as Santa and bring a white elephant gift you found in a closet or your garage.

Youth Group Christmas Break: December 22 and 29

There is no Youth Group on Sunday, December 22 and 29. Enjoy the Christmas season with your families.

EPIC Confirmation Begins in January

Youth in 8th grade are invited to explore and define their faith while becoming members of our church.

Register today!

High School Adventure: January 11

How many different things can you do in one day? In Orlando, a lot! Sign up for an adventure like no other and look forward to a fun and unique experience.

Register before December 15.

Solar Bears Faith and Family Night: February 23

Join your First Church friends and family for an afternoon of fun at an Orlando Solar Bears game! Sunday, February 23 at 3:00 pm the Solar Bears take on Norfolk and we’ll be sitting close to the ice in section 104!

Register before February 9, 2020.

Middle School Lock-In: February 29 – March 1

The Middle School Lock-In is a time for students to have fun, play games, and sleep at the church. February 29 only comes around once every four years, so we’re going to make this one count! Sign up for this night of fun and excitement!

Register before January 26, 2020.


Weekly Opportunities

Sunday Morning Programming (beings January 5, 2020)

9:30 am: Worship
We begin with worship, which is open to the entire family.

10:30 – 11:00 am: Games and Hangout
Following worship, youth move to the Third Floor for games and hangout time. During this time a snack is provided.

11:00 am – 12:00 pm: Small Groups
Small groups are grade-level based and include games and discussion on a topic.

Sunday Evening Programming (Begins January 5, 2020)

5:00 – 7:00 pm: Dinner and Activites
Games, dinner, table discussions, and special activities that engage youth on a topic.

Special Commitments

Blankner’s Devos & Donuts: January 10, February 7, March 6, April 3, and May 8
Devos & Donuts is a morning club for Blankner middle school students. We gather on select Fridays at 8 am in Mrs. Layton’s classroom. Come for a free donut and a morning devotion before school starts. All are welcome!

The Core: Select Tuesday Evenings
The Core is open to high school students interested in planning and leading our youth ministry. The Core meets in person once or twice a month and digitally through shared Google Docs.

EPIC Confirmation: Begins January 12, 2020, at 11:00 am
Youth in 8th grade are invited to explore and define their faith while becoming members of the church.


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