Youth Ministries

Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries: Brian Stahl

Building a community in which Youth know that they are loved 
and matter and are comfortable asking tough questions of faith.

Welcome to Youth Ministries at First United Methodist Church of Appleton. Youth Ministry at First Church is for all Youth in grades 6-12. Middle School is grades 6-8. High School is grades 9-12. It is our hope that all Youth would know that they are loved and that God desperately wants to be in relationship. My job often presents me opportunities that make what we are doing at First Church extremely important to the growth and spiritual development of our Youth. On the other hand, the role of parents far supersedes our ability to impact the lives of our Youth. Parents are the compass by which Youth walk. With that said, we deeply desire for parents to feel involved in our Youth ministry. Whether you volunteer on a regular basis, as needed, or just stay up to speed with what we're doing, we want you to feel a part of what we do. Thank you for giving me the chance to minister to your sons and daughters. Please contact me with any questions you have regarding our ministries. I can be reached via email at bstahl@appfumc.org or by phone at church at 920-734-2677 x 315 or cell phone at 920-840-5075.

May You Experience God’s Amazing Love,
 
Brian Stahl
Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministries

Every Youth participating in any Youth Ministry event must COMPLETE AND RETURN a FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH APPLETON YOUTH MINISTRIES MEDICAL RELEASE FORM 2021-2022, before Youth may participate in Youth events. Forms are also available on the youth bulletin board outside of the Fellowship Hall.

Youth Ministry Mission Statement

We exist to create a space where Youth are equipped with the tools and experiences so that they will be excited to engage in conversations about faith, serve others, and grow to live each day as authentic followers of Jesus Christ. 

We strive to build a community where the life-changing Gospel of Jesus Christ is shared, and every Youth is loved and appreciated for the unique person God has created. We offer God-honoring opportunities for Youth to develop a critical thought process on questions of faith, gain an understanding of how to live their faith everyday, and serve their community and the world.

Schedule (September-May)

Sundays                                                                                              

Middle School Sunday School (Grades 6-7) meets in the Youth Lounge from 9:00 - 10:00 am. No Class the 1st Sunday of the month. Youth are encouraged to attend Worship (Communion) with their families.

 

 

Wednesdays Youth Group/Classes                                                                  

Large Youth Group meets in the Youth Lounge from 6:00-6:30 pm. 

Classes (Grades 6-7), (Grade 8-9 Confirmation), and Grades 10-12: Jesus League) meets from 6:30-7:30 pm.                                                                     

CONFIRMATION is held during YOUTH GROUP (Wednesday)

Confirmation is a two year process. All Youth beginning in 8th grade are encouraged to be part of the process. 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. Confirmands must be fully engaged in the life of the church through worship, service, and involvement in other ministries. Confirmands should 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 church member. Confirmands must complete 24 Worship Notes during their two years. Please click to print. Confirmation Worship Notes Form. Forms are also available at the entrances to the Chapel and Sanctuary.  

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. Confirmation Services, planned and led by our 9th grade class will be held Sunday, April 24, 2022 during 9 am Worship.

Mission 

Local Mission opportunities are scheduled throughout the year. Examples of past opportunities: Feeding America, St. Joseph's Food Program, Jeremiah's Crossing Therapeutic Horse Ranch, 30 Hour Famine, Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child, College Cookie Care Packages.

 

Summer Youth Mission Trips                                                                                                     

First Church serves our world through Youth Mission Trips in partnership with Youthworks.                              (Space is very limited, if interested please contact Brian Stahl at bstahl@appfumc.org).

Middle School (Grades 6-8): Sisseton, South Dakota - June 12-17, 2022 (Cost: $450).                 

High School (Grades 9-12): Nashville, Tennessee - June 25-July 2, 2022 (Cost:$500).

 

 

 

 
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