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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Coming Up in Youth Ministry

Super Bowl Tailgate Party: February 2

Join us for a special pre-game tailgate with food and games galore! Bring $10 to cover the cost of food and invite your friends.

Our regularly scheduled evening youth group (5-7 pm) will not meet this evening.

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.

Mission Trip: June 21-26

The Youth Summer Mission Trip is June 23 – 28, 2019 at TEAMeffort in Green Cove Springs, FL. The trip costs $525 per student, which covers transportation, food, and program fees.

Register before March 15, 2020.


Weekly Opportunities

Sunday Morning

9:30 am: Worship (Second Floor Contemporary Worship Center)
We begin with worship, which is open to the entire family.

10:30 – 11:00 am: Games and Hangout (Third Floor)
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 (Various Locations)
Small groups are grade-level based and include games and discussion on a topic.

Sunday Evening

5:00 – 7:00 pm: Dinner and Activities (Third Floor)
Games, dinner, table discussions, and special activities that engage youth on a topic.

Special Commitments

Blankner’s Devos & Donuts: 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 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: Select Sundays in the Spring
Youth in 8th grade are invited to explore and define their faith while becoming members of the church.


We Need Your Support

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. Sign up online.
    • 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. Sign up online.
    • 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

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