Sunday evening programming for youth and kids
will return on Sunday, September 11th!

We are bringing  back dinner! 5:00-6:30pm for all ages!

Volunteer to help with Sunday Nights

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Carry the Light of Christ

Sign up to be an Acolyte!


Kick Off Sunday for Sunday evening programming is Sept 11th! Mark your calendars! This year, Sunday evening programming for ALL AGES (K-12th) will be 5:00-6:30pm and will include dinner!!! No registration is needed but be sure to complete the 2022-23 school year Parental Consent form for kids and youth ministry (MUST COMPLETE EACH YEAR)
KIDS 9:45AM - Join us in The Rise Service and be a part of the Children's Sermon before going to your Sunday school class. Journey through the Spark Story Bible learning all of the stories in the Bible and how they relate to our children and their families.


Youth & Kids

September 11
Kick Off on campus with a Family Dinner, Worship, and Fellowship
September 25
Beach Night at the Circle
October 9
Worship, Study, and Fellowship
October 16
Worship, Study, and Fellowship
October 23
Worship, Study, and Fellowship
October 30
Trunk or Treat
November 6
Worship, Study, and Fellowship
November 11-13
Youth Ministry Fall Retreat
November 13
Operation Christmas Child for Kids (No youth)
November 20
Thanksgiving Dinner
December 11
Worship, Study, and Fellowship
December 18
Christmas Parties


We need volunteers for Sunday Nights youth AND kids programming. It is so important to help all these youth and kids grow in their faith and develop a relationship with Jesus.


Kick Off Sunday for Sunday evening programming is Sept 11th! Mark your calendars! This year, Sunday evening programming for ALL AGES (K-12th) will be 5:00-6:30pm and will include dinner!!! You do not need to register to attend.


RISING 4-5th Graders ONLY! Join us for pizza, fellowship, and fun as we pitch our tents in the church and spend the night! A Kids Lock-in allows kids and students to enjoy themselves more safely. They’re a great way to get kids together, create community, build relationships, and have a lot of fun. They can dance, listen to music and stay up late talking and laughing all while learning and talking about Jesus. 


As young people begin to explore faith, we here at First UMC want to offer a path of support and encouragement, teaching and practicing faith, all leading to a personal decision to entrust their life to Jesus and begin to walk as his disciple day by day.

Confirmation has classically been a group process for youth 10-14 years of age. We are embracing a new path – fully individualized as a youth is ready and genuinely interested in exploring faith. Each youth will be paired with an adult mentor from our congregation who will meet regularly to listen and talk over questions of faith. Teaching sessions will be provided by the pastors both in print and by video. Activities of worship, service, and discipleship will be offered. Parent conversations will be integrated into the process.

This is a year-round opportunity. It begins and ends according to the youth’s interest, participation, and decision. When they are ready, baptism (if needed) and profession of faith will be scheduled in a worship service.

Interested in knowing more so you can share with your son or daughter and gauge their interest? Contact, Pastor Powell or Pastor Sarah at church (252-726-7102).

Carry the Light of Christ

An acolyte is a helper or attendant who bears the flame that lights the candles at the opening of the service and extinguishes them at the service's conclusion. We are searching for Acolytes grades 4th and up (needs to be able to carry the candle, light candles, and hold/serve communion trays if Communion Sunday) to help the Pastors on Sunday mornings in the traditional 8:30 or 11:00 services. We need 2 people per service on Communion Sundays and 1 server on the other Sundays (can have 2 but only 1 needed). This is a great opportunity to serve in the church. Thank you all for considering this opportunity feel free to share with anyone of age that may be interested. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact Dana Starling at

Project MHC: June 5-9, 2022

Project MHC is a mission experience that is designed to be a mission trip experience without leaving our county. We will only be working a few short miles away from the church, but for many of our youth, they will be stepping into a world entirely different from their own. This is designed to be an opportunity for youth to grow in their faith while serving as the hands and feet of Jesus. Project MHC is designed to be an overnight experience so youth participating are required to spend the night and participate in all daytime activities.

Youth who have completed grades 5-11 (Rising 6th-12th graders)
*Former participants in 12th grade and up are welcome to apply as counselors!
Registration Fee - $350 (This cost goes to support the houses that we are working on by providing materials, tools, and more as well as providing for some meals and fun activities for the youth)


Be – We believe that every person is made in the image of God! All kids and youth are welcome here at First UMC! Please feel free to invite friends and neighbors! This is a place for your kids and youth to be.


Belong – Sometimes before we are ready to hear the gospel, we need to find a community and loves us and accepts us for who we are. Jesus met people where they were and spoke love into their lives before revealing who he truly was. This is a family! We eat as a family. We play as a family. We learn as a family. This is a place for your kids and youth to belong.


Believe – While we schedule many fun activities throughout the year, our main purpose is to help kids and youth grow in their faith. We want everyone who comes through our doors to hear about the love of Christ and the salvation he has to offer. Our main goal is to point toward the cross and guide kids and youth to accept Jesus as their savior and friend. This is where your kids and youth can learn what it means to believe.


Become – As Methodist Christians, we believe that God continues to work in our lives after we accept the redeeming love of Jesus. We are continually becoming closer to Jesus as we seek to follow him. We offer mission opportunities for all ages, age appropriate Bible studies, and time for fellowship all as a way to help kids and youth walk down the path of discipleship, always becoming more Christ-like. This is a place your kids and youth can become disciples.