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, our goal is to know Him and to make Him known.

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.

Bridge

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. 

Inside Out

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. 

Bible Studies

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 $265 before March  17. After that, the Cost will be $295. Sign ups will close May 5. 

SHINE

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! 

Weekly Times

 INSIDE-OUT
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  

UpComing Events

Camp Careful

Dr. Soo Battle is coming to teach our students on February 20 from 6-7 for both Junior High and High School. All ages will be in the Youth Room at 5:30 for snacks and games before we being. We will have open gym after for Junior High and High School will still end at 8 pm. We are so excited for her to come and speak on some very important and pressing issues that teenagers face today.
Topics will include:
  • what constitutes sexual abuse/assault–not just a “stranger danger” event, statistics (1 in 4 girls, 1 in 6 boys before they’re 18), when are they at risk, who are the perpetrators (someone you know, juveniles included)
  • what to do if a friend discloses sexual abuse
  • rules/laws about sexting
  • rules/laws about consent
  • how to prevent situations that may put students at risk for assault/abuse–buddy system, no drugs/alcohol, social media safety, trusted friends/adults

Jr. High Night Out

February 22, we are loading up on a charter bus and heading to Austin Park N' Pizza for a night of go carts, bowling, pizza, and much more! We will meet at the family life center at 4:45 and be on the road by 5 pm. We will return to First Methodist at 11 p.m. Sign up here!

SHROVE Tuesday Pancake Dinner

March 5. Come join us the day before Ash Wednesday as we celebrate Shrove Tuesday with lots of pancakes! This is a come and go event open to the entire church. Give what you feel the Lord calling you to give at the door, and enjoy as many pancakes your heart desires. This dinner will go to support youth missions. We will have opportunity for your family to serve in 30 minute time slots. Reserve your spot here!

Jr. High Retreat

April 5-6. We have partnered with First Baptist Woodway and Highland Baptist to put on an amazing retreat for our Junior High Students. We think this is going to be an amazing opportunity for our churches to partner even closer in reaching our common goal of ministering to students in the greater Waco area. We will be heading out on Friday Evening and will return Saturday night. This will be a high energy weekend of fun, friends, worship, and great teaching! All Junior High age students in the greater Waco area are invited and encouraged to come!

Cost: $65 Location: Highland Lakes Camp The address for the camp is, 5902 Pace Bend Rd N, Spicewood, TX 78669. Sign-up here! 

LOCKED OUT

April 18- 11p.m.- 7 a.m.: This is a High School only, all night, team competition. We will travel all over the Waco area for games, activites, food, and more. The cost for the evening is $40. Teams will be split up by grade and the winning team will get their class year put on our LOCKED OUT trophy! Sign-up Here!

Staff

Rev. Hayley House

Lead Youth Pastor
 hhouse@fumcwaco.org
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.

 

Chris Bell

Associate Youth Minister
cbell@fumcwaco.org
 Chris creates avenues for student disipleship to support the vision of the Ministry and as well as overseeing our Junior High ministry.