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 Interim Director of Youth Ministry, Camille Layton.

Volunteers are always needed to help our children and youth explore their faith and develop a community of support. Commitments range from one-time event volunteers to reoccurring small group leaders. For more information about opportunities, or to request more information, visit our children and youth ministry volunteer page.

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September & October Events!

LaunchED@Church

This is a weekly in-person event where youth are welcome to come to the third floor to do their online school. The third floor will be open to a maximum of 9 youth to work on their school work, as well as use their breaks to socialize with their friends and/or play games. After school ends, we will be using a 2-hour period to have some fun! Masks will be required to be worn the entire day.

This will be considered a trial period, and during this time we will determine if this is something to be continued for the duration of the 2020 school year. All instructions and expectations are listed on the one-time agreement letter that must be submitted upon your students participation in this program (click here). Please contact Camille Layton with any questions.

Sunday Night Share Groups

Starting no earlier than Sunday, September 6, we will be starting a NEW youth program called Share Groups. In an effort to engage a smaller group of youth more intentionally, we will be creating a less than 9 person Share Group.

Share Groups are similar to a Small Group, but there is a higher expectation of commitment and attendance. The Share Group will create a covenant together and any new members must agree to the covenant. Share Groups will be led by adult volunteers who are committing their time each week to lead this intentional group. This group is open to all youth, and we encourage all youth to pray about their involvement prior to joining. This commitment may not be for everyone.

A postcard will be mailed out this week to extend an invitation to your child. If they would like to participate or if you do not get a postcard, please contact Camille Layton, Camille@FirstChurchOrlando.org, and she will send out more details.

Virtual 5K

In the midst of 2020, youth all over Central Florida are looking for ways to take care of their own spiritual and mental health – not only the youth at First Church, but also the youth of the Zebra Coalition. Our Youth Group will be supporting the youth of Zebra Coalition that are accessing services at the local drop-in center. By participating in a “virtual” 5K, this means that there is not going to be a big race of all participants, instead our First Church team will run the race together – away from any big crowds.

In order to register for the race, please fill out the google form [click here] and pay your registration fee directly to the fundraising page [click here].

If running in the heat is not for you … YOU can help support this endeavor by donating on our fundraising page [click here].

Thanks for supporting the youth of First Church & the Zebra Coalition!

Digital Youth Group

Digital Youth Group

Join Camille for Digital Youth Group! We’re using the Zoom Meetings App, which is available for computers, phones, and tablets. The meeting links are available through our text message updates.

Weekly Opportunities

Due to COVID-19, all in-person church activities are currently suspended. Please see our COVID-19 updates page for details.

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 (Third Floor)
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.

Important Forms