YOU BELONG HERE
First Methodist Students is a place where everyone belongs and has a place. We believe that it is our calling to live out the Greatest Commandments, love God and Love others. In other words, we call students into a life of holiness where they are known by God, they know God, and others know that they love God by the way they love all people.
During times together, we talk about Jesus. We talk about our faith. We dive into the word. We worship joyfully. We connect with other students and amazing leaders. We share our doubts and fears. We share our joys and praises. We serve in town and around the world. We have fun… lots of fun! Through loving God and loving others, together we share His joy and hope with everyone we know.
Wednesday evenings are filled with lots of energy, fun, and noise! If you haven’t seen Bridge in action, you’ve probably heard us. We gather on Wednesday nights from 5:30-8 p.m. for Youth Worship, games, teaching, and snacks. We have an incredible team of leaders and staff that lead, teach, and make students feel like this place is a home away from home. We want our students to connect with God and experience Him in fun and unique ways, and we strive to make Bridge the best part of their week. We meet in the Student Center on the 2nd floor. We split out Junior High and High school times to allow for more focused attention. A detailed schedule can be found below under Weekly Times.
Throughout the weekend, we offer several "Sunday School" hours, so no matter which worship service you go to, you can still come to our Youth Sunday school class. We call it Inside Out because we want what happens inside here to be taken outside with us. Times and locations are listed under weekly times.
On Sunday evenings, from 6:30-8:00 p.m., we are offering Bible Studies for all ages. We dive deep into scripture and discussion each week and tackle topics and issues that are relevant to teens. We meet downtown for these amazing studies at Austin Ave UMC.
GO SHINE- Mission Camp
We find that serving others is an important part of letting our light SHINE. During the summer, we will hit the road as a youth group to serve an area and town in need. During the day, we will work, sweat, and share life with each other and those we are serving. During the evening, we will have games and activities. To wrap up the day, we will have worship and small groups.
This summer, we will be traveling to Little Rock Arkansas. The dates for the Mission Camp are June 2-7. Early bird price for the trip is $275 before April 1. After that, the Cost will be $315. Sign ups will close May 1. Sign up here!
Every January, we set aside a weekend for our in-house youth retreat. We have incredible bands, speakers, and leaders that pour into our students making for a memorable weekend. SHINE Weekend 2020 will be January 17-19.
We can't do this weekend without the help of those who open their home to teenagers over the weekend. If you feel led to open your home, fill out this form!
Sundays: 9:30AM (Cobbs only), 11:00AM (AAUMC and Cobbs),
Saturdays: 6:30 PM- (South Waco Campus)
All grades, 7-12, meet every Sunday morning/Saturday night for fellowship, games, bible lesson and small groups.
SUNDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY| 6:30-8:00 PM | AAUMC
12 weeks in the fall and 12 weeks in the spring we will focus on one book of the bible at a time.
Fall dates: Sept. 9- Dec. 9. Bible study will not meet on November 18 due to Thanksgiving.
Spring Dates: Feb. 3- May 5. Bible study will not meet on March 13 due to Spring break or April 21 for Easter.
WEDNESDAYS: BRIDGE | Jr. High 5:30 PM | High School 6:30 PM
Our jr. high (grades 7-8) and high school ministry (grades 9-12) meets every Wednesday for fun, worship, teaching, and small groups.
JR. HIGH SCHEDULE:
- 5:30- Hangout Time- Youth Room
- 5:45- Games/ Announcements- Youth Room
- 6:00- Worship/Teaching- Youth Room
- 6:40- Small groups/snacks- FLC
- 7:15- Open Gym/Optional Pick up- FLC
- 8:00- Pick up- FLC
HIGH SCHOOL SCHEDULE:
- 5:30- Open Gym- FLC
- 6:30- Snacks- FLC
- 6:45- Games/ Announcements- Youth Room
- 6:55- Worship/ Teaching- Youth Room
- 7:40- Small Groups- Youth Room
- 8:00- Pick up- FLC
- 8:15- Optional “Linger Longer” for 11th and 12th grade- Off-site
Youth Banquet/Senior Recognition
Senior Sunday is May 26. We will honor seniors by including their names in the bulletin. We will have our annual Youth Banquet that night, May 26 from 6-8 pm where we will honor our seniors. To gather information on your senior, please fill out this form! There is a chance to upload photos on the form as well!
Bridge on the Brazos
This is our Second annual Bridge on the Brazos Evening and we can't wait! Due to the generosity of some of our church members, we are able to make this event completely FREE! Included in the night will be kayaks and paddle boards. We will have dinner provided by Captain Billy Whizzbangs. We will end the night in worship. Encourage your child to invite their friends, fill up your car, and bring them for an awesome event. There is a waiver that needs to be signed upon arrival.
When: May 29 5-8 pm
Where: 200 S University Parks Dr, Waco, TX 76701
Jr. High Pool Party
June 11 6-9 p.m.
This is one of the most fun evenings of the summer! All Junior High students are invited. This is a time to celebrate the new 7th graders that have come in and to make new friends! 6130 Mt. Selma Waco, TX 76710
High School Six Flags Trip
June 18 meet at the church at 8 am.
This is an all High School event where we will load up on a charter bus and head to Arlington for a day at Six Flags!
This is a weekend just for the guys to retreat together and to share life together as they encourage each other in their faith. Paper Forms will be available in the youth room.
Girls, this is a weekend that you will not want to miss! Our annual Daughters of the King retreat is a time to for our students to step away and to grow in their relationship with Christ surrounded by so many amazing women of the church. We are bringing our Retreat back home to Waco this summer to bloom where we are planted. We can't wait to tell you everything we have planned!
Rangers Game- All Grades July 16
On July 16- we are traveling up to the Ball Park in Arlington for an evening of watching Baseball with friends. We will have the all you can eat seats, so some with an appetite.
High School HYPE Week
July 23, 24, and 25
We have a really exciting new addition to our summer schedule! HYPE week is all about serving Waco and having fun! Each day we will have a service opportunity, dinner, and a fun activity to celebrate! Each day will be $15 or $40 for all three days. We have limited spots available, so reserve your spot now!
Mayhem- Jr. High July 31
This is a condensed version of Hype week for High school where we will spend the day serving in the Waco area. The cost is $20 and will cover the cost of the entire day. Sign ups will open soon.
Rev. Hayley House
Lead Youth Pastor
Hayley oversees the entire ministry in vision and mission. She develops and leads her team to reach teens and their families. She strategically designs avenues of Christian Education for youth students.
Associate Youth Minister
Chris creates avenues for student disipleship to support the vision of the Ministry and as well as overseeing our Junior High ministry.