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By the end of 6th grade, it is our desire that each student will learn about th founder of Methodism, John Wesley, and the five ways they are asked to support the United Methodist Church by their prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness.

By the end of 8th grade, it is our desire that each student memorizes Numbers 6:24-26 - "The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you, the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace."

Senior High Students are encouraged to "Live Out Loud" their faith commitment, to know John Wesley's 3 simple rules, "Do good, do no harm, stay in love with God", and t read the book of James.



Text messaging, facebook, and twitter are increasing as the church's primary venues of communication with youth. We as you to make sure we have accurate information so you can be well informed.


Confirmation Class is taught September - May for 6th graders during Sunday School time.confirmation is not the beginning or the end of the faith journey - It is about making disciples. Students are encouraged to know your story, confirm your faith and live your commitment.

7th and8th grade Sunday School is entitled Bible Lessons for Youth. This is a Bible-to-Life application curriculum. The students examine scripture, apply the scriptures to their individual experiences, and live out the scriptures when Sunday School is over.

9th and 10 grade Sunday School is entitled Linc. Linc allows youth to connect faith an life by linking a Bible Lesson to current events. This electronic based curriculum allows teens to talk about cutting edge issues in the world.

11th and 12th Sunday School challenges the students to dig deeper by using talk sheets, reading books together such as Crazy Love and watching videos that stimulate discussion. In the spring semester as students prepare to graduate, they'll gain assistance in hearing God's call and how to stay focused on what matters.


FUMC is blessed to have a resident counselor on site two days a week. Additionally, we have a staff that is trained and willing to work with parents and teens. Our church is also served by Stephen ministers who can provide personal support. A Sunday School class meets weekly to address parenting issues and our Wednesday Evening Fellowship often includes a variety of speakers for education.

  • provide snack supper
  • allow us to meet in your home or backyard
  • provide transportation fo off-campus events
  • small group Bible study leader
  • UMYF counselor
  • Confirmation leader
  • Sunday School teacher
  • Youth Coordinator
  • Acolyte, Crucifer, Bible Bearer coordinator
  • friends of youth ministry - a team that meets regularly to make arrangements for special events - Camp Sunshine Christmas Party, senior dinner, week of welcome, etc.
  • Author of monthly E-letter to parents, youth, volunteers

The purpose of Youth Ministry at FUMC is to develop a sense of mission and model ways of being Christian that is beyond self-serving spirituality by embodying God's self-giving love for others. It is our belief through active participation the youth will learn four core values:

  1. to be able to tell a personal and powerful story about God
  2. to appreciate the value of a significant faith community
  3. to exhibit a sense of vocation
  4. to possess a profound sense of hope

The adults of FUMC shall seek to nurture these young lives and help them to become established in the faith and confirmed and stregthened in the way that leads to life eternal.

Parents are encouraged to support their youth by:

  • praying for youth daily
  • pray with your youth regularly to help them expand thier conversation with God
  • model regular worship attendance as a part of your family life
  • model Christian discipleship by participating in a small group experience yourself
  • monitor your youth's technology use. It is your right and responsibility
  • FOR EXAMPLE - they really don't need to bring a cell phone to church because they will be tempted to text during Sunday School, UMYF, and Worship.
  • gradually encourage teens to take on new tasks: give them the responsibility to turn in registration forms, do homework, chores around the home.
Mini Mission Trip online registration. If you have any questions, contact Becky or Jimbo.
By submitting this form, the youth agree to participate in all activities planned and follow the rules set forth for the week.
Parents agree to authorize any of the adult counselors to make any medical or disciplinary judgments concerning your youth.

Mini Mission Trip Registration

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First United Methodist Church
190 E. Franklin Blvd., PO Box 218 | Gastonia, NC 28052 | PH: (704) 864-4371; FAX: (704) 864-2076