Youth Ministries

Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries: Brian Stahl

Hello Church Family, 

Wednesdays during Lent Wednesdays will look a bit different.  We are excited to offer Lenten Worship in our Sanctuary from 6:00-6:30 pm. The Service will be Livestreamed if you are not ready to return to In-Person Worship. Along with our Lenten Service, we will continue to offer In-Person Youth Group (Youth Lounge) from 6:30-7:15 pm. Virtual Youth Group (Via ZOOM) from 7:30-8:15 pm. 

To register for In-Person Youth Group please click on the following link.  Sign Up Here

 Here is the schedule for Lent: February 24, March 3, 10, 17, and 24.

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.  Once you register your son or daughter, you will receive an email with specific guidelines.

Current Youth Group Message Series: We are using the Alpha Youth Series. Our goal is to offer an environment where youth are excited to engage in conversations about faith. The ZOOM link is emailed on Tuesday.

In Person Confirmation continues. Wednesday, March 3 from 6:30-8:00 pm. We will take the same precautions as we do for Youth Group.

 

The Rite of Confirmation First Church will celebrate the Rite of Confirmation twice in 2021. Our 10th Grade Class will be Confirmed Saturday, April 24 at 11 am. Our 9th Grade Class will be Confirmed Sunday, April 25 at 10:30 am.  The services will be held in the Sanctuary and will be Livestreamed.

 

Upcoming Ministry Opportunities:

Souper Bowl of Caring: Sunday, February 21.  First Church will participate in the Souper Bowl of Caring, a nation-wide movement inspiring people to give locally and make a collective impact on hunger. We will collect monetary donations and non-perishable food items following Worship. Proceeds to support St. Joseph’s Food Program.

College Cookie Bake and Care Packages: In March we will assemble Care Packages for our College Students. Unlike past years, we will not bake and decorate the cookies at church, instead we will ask for Congregation members to bake a minimum of 2 dozen cookies, sugar, chocolate chip, etc. Cookies will be collected at church February 24-28. Care Packages will be assembled Sunday, February 28 and mailed March. How you can help? Bake cookies, write encouraging notes, shipping costs. If your family has a College student, please send addresses to bstahl@appfumc.org so we can include them!

 

Cinnamon Roll Fundraiser: Our Children’s and Youth Ministries will be offering Cinnamon Rolls for a Lenten Fundraiser March 1-8.  To order please contact Brian Stahl at bstahl@appfumc.org or 920-840-5075.  Cinnamon Rolls will be available at church Sunday, March 14 from 8-11 am. Free-will donation, proceeds will go to First Church’s 2021 Lenten Offering: The Freedom Center Food Pantry.

I pray that you know and believe that you matter, that you are enough, and that you are deeply loved by God!

Boom!
Brian Stahl

 

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.  Currently we offer In-Person instruction the first Wednesday of each month, from 6:30-8:00 pm.  We offer separate classes for Youth in 8th and 9th Grades. 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.  We will offer classes through May.  
 
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 
 
High School (Grades 11-12+) - Arecibo, Puerto Rico - June 12-18, 2021
Cost: $1100 
 
High School (Grades 9-12+) - Denver, Colorado - June 26-July 3, 2021
Cost: $500                      
 
Please contact Brian Stahl, bstahl@appfumc.org for more information.
 
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