Youth Ministries

Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries: Brian Stahl

Hello Church Family,
 
This fall, Youth Ministry will look a bit different. We recently held a listening session for families to gauge their comfort level and willingness in sending their children back into our building for in-person ministry. We had great conversation and will offer an opportunity to meet again at the end of October to reassess how things are going. Some of the concerns that were raised were: Cross-contamination of students attending from school districts returning to in- person school and those starting virtually, the burn-out of students and families in communicating virtually, and the mental health of students. Humans, by nature, are created to be social creatures. I believe that Youth need that socialization more than ever. Our goal is to offer options for each family.
 
Beginning September 16, First Church will offer both in-person and a virtual option for Youth Ministry for Youth in Grades 6-12. In-Person (Youth Lounge) 6:00-6:45 pm and Virtual (Via ZOOM) 7:00-7:45 pm.  If you would like to attend the In-Person option, please register by calling/texting Brian at 920-840-5075 or
 
 
For the months of September and October we will offer the following schedule:
 
September 16 & 30
October 14 & 28
 
For all In-Person Youth Group we have a safety protocol we will follow. This will include limiting the number of participants, the requiring of face-coverings while in the church building, and practicing social distancing. If you are not feeling well, we ask you to stay home. Families, please know that we at First Church respect your decision. We understand that families need to make decisions that are best for them. We will do everything we can to reach your sons and daughters with the amazing love and message of the Good News of Jesus Christ, but we need you to walk beside your sons and daughters and encourage them to be connected with their church family.
 
Our first large group message series will be “Faith in an Anxious World.” We don’t need to look far to see that our teenagers are hurting. Anxiety and depression in particular are on the rise, dominating the ways young people talk about their generation. Seventy percent of teenagers in one recent study consider anxiety and depression a “major problem” among their generation. This has only intensified during the Covid-19 pandemic. We hope that this series will show there is hope in the Gospel of Christ, Jesus.
 
The past few months we have been blessed to offer Worship on Wheels in our Parking Lot. We understand that some families are not ready to attend In-Person Worship so we are excited to offer Worship through FM radio. Our next Worship on Wheels will be Sunday, September 13 at 10 am. Your family is invited to join us. We will meet at 6:00 pm on Wednesdays, September 23 and October 21. On those nights Youth Group will not meet.
 
The beginning of Fall Youth Ministry opportunities coincides with our First Church Fall Kick Off Week: September 13-20. The week will begin with Worship on Wheels on Sunday, September 13 at 10 am. This service will include Holy Communion, families are encouraged to bring their own Communion elements. The next opportunity is a Virtual Scavenger Hunt, which will run from Monday, September 14-Saturday, September 19. The First Church Family Faith Find will be hosted through SCAVR, a free app you will need to download. Teams of families or friends will be given 40 challenges that can be completed virtually. To sign up your team please go to the church website, appfumc.org. The final opportunity will be a Drive In Movie in our Church parking lot on Saturday, September 19 at 7 pm. We will be showing the Disney-Pixar film Onward.
 
    
Please know that whatever your family’s comfort level is during this time First Church is here for you and always will. If you have any questions or concerns going forward, please do not hesitate to contact me at bstahl@appfumc.org or 920-840-5075. #ChurchOfToday

 

First United Methodist Church Appleton Youth Minstries Mission Statement

 

We exist to equip Youth with the tools and experiences so that they may live each day as authentic followers of Jesus Christ.

Our Core Values are 1. Loving God 2. Loving Others

We embody these core values in the building of a community in which each person is appreciated and accepted for the unique person God has created. Opportunities are offered for our Youth to wrestle with and ask the tough questions of what it takes to be an authentic follower of Christ in today's world, and to experience God in powerful and life-changing ways. This might take place in weekly Youth group meetings, fellowship events, retreats, local mission, or summer mission trips.

We are always looking for dedicated Adult Leaders who love God and love Youth!

Please check us out on our Youth Ministries page on facebook.

Please check out our Youth Ministries page on Instagram: fumcappletonyouth

Youth Ministries Medical Release Form 2020-2021

Each Youth who participates in any FUMC Appleton Youth Ministry Event must have a completed form to participate!

Confirmation Worship Notes Form


Confirmation

This year Confirmation will look quite a bit different this year.  The plan, for now, is to offer a Hybrid (In-person & Virtual (via ZOOM)) option the first Wednesday of each month, beginning October 7, from 6:00-7:30 pm.  We offer separate classes for Youth in 8th and 9th Grades. With less In-person instruction time, our instructors will be recording video lessons with discussion questions for families. These videos will be sent to families on weeks we don’t have class and will serve as supplements to our class time.  With our new schedule we will be offering 8 classes this school year: October 7, November 4. December 2, January 6, February 3, March 3, April 7, and May 5. We believe that Confirmation is the continuation of one's faith journey (a journey begun at baptism) and the beginning of one's covenant relationship with the church -- not an end unto itself.  Confirmation is more than just a series of classes. Youth must be fully engaged in the life of the church through worship, service, and involvement in other ministries.  Our hope is that Youth emerge from their Confirmation experience prepared for a life of Christian discipleship.  To this end, we offer an opportunity for Youth to make a personal decision to confirm the baptismal vows their parents took for them and become a member of the First United Methodist Church.  Our classes will focus on helping Youth gain an understanding of the history and beliefs of United Methodism, develop a critical thought process on questions of faith, and the ability to articulate their faith to their peers. 
Mission
Quarterly Mission Blasts (a 2-3 Hour local project) are scheduled throughout the year and give Youth the opportunity to serve their congregation and the community. Past Events have included: Jeremiah's Crossing, Raking Acts of Kindness, Operation Christmas Child, Souper Bowl of Caring, College Cookie Bake/Care Packages, Lenten Pancake Breakfast, and more.
 
Summer Mission Trips
We offer our Youth the opportunity to serve in a week-long mission trip through Youthworks
 
2021 Youth Mission Trips:
 
Middle School (Grades 6-8) - Sisseton, South Dakota - June 6-11, 2021
Cost: $450 (6 Youth Spaces Remain)
 
High School (Grades 11-12+) - Arecibo, Puerto Rico - June 12-18, 2021
Cost: $1100 (5 Youth Spaces Remain)
 
High School (Grades 9-12+) - Denver, Colorado - June 26-July 3, 2021
Cost: $500 (4 Youth Spaces Remain)                     
 
 
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