The Youth Ministry of First United Methodist Church of Center provides an atmosphere that is conducive for teenagers in the 6th through 12th grades to grow spiritually in their relationship with God and with other teens in our community of faith. Opportunities are provided for study, worship, fun, fellowship and outreach.
METHODIST YOUTH FELLOWSHIP (MYF)
MYF is a ministry offered by the United Methodist Church for youth in grades 6 through 12. MYF gives the youth the opportunity to grow in their faith and maintain a relationship with God. All youth within the 6-12 grade are invited to fellowship together. Currently, we now are dividing the junior high and the senior high into two separate groups during MYF and Sunday school. This will allow the teachers to use curriculum that best fits the age group.
Sunday School is a time for the youth to gather and ask questions about Christianity, the Bible, the Trinity, etc. We have an in-depth lesson and discussion to follow. We invite any youth to come and join us to expand their knowledge of Christianity and fellowship.
Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved. – Psalm 55:22
The members of our youth group were weighted down by heavy burdens and many worries. When the time came for our monthly hike, the leaders saw a great opportunity to help the teens to trust the Lord with their concerns. Each youth received a backpack and water bottle for the short hike. Many of them wondered what the backpacks contained since they were so heavy.
Halfway up the hill, the youth were directed to open their backpacks where they found several bricks. Many of them complained about carrying needless weight, but others figured out the object lesson right away. We instructed each to take out the bricks and write on them their burdens, worries, and cares. “School,” “stress,” “finances,” “parents divorcing,” “broken friendships,” and “my future” were some of the concerns. When we arrived at the top of the hill, the students knelt down to lay their bricks at a large cross and offer their personal prayers to God to share these specific burdens.
At the end, all of us rose and prayed around the cross- standing upon the very burdens that once were on our backs. The return trip was much easier and joyful as each person recalled God’s care.
-Michael Medeiros, The Upper Room, page 29
BASICS OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH (BCF)
The church has created a new class in Kids Grow in Christ to substitute Confirmation classes. We invite children and youth that are in Grades 5 and 6 to join us as we learn more about God, faith and what it means to be a member of the church. Classes start August 29!
At baptism, we are initiated into the new covenant in Jesus Christ and membership in the Church, Christ’s body in the world. For many, this happens when they are very young. We recognize children are members of their human families, but no one expects them to clean their rooms or empty the dishwasher until much later. In the same way, “baptized infants are members of the Church—the family of faith—but are not yet capable of sharing everything involved in membership,” By Water and the Spirit. The United Methodist Church’s official statement on baptism, teaches. Confirmation is an opportunity to respond to the grace of God available to us, as acknowledged in baptism, and to promise to live as a person of faith. “What God offers us must be accepted in repentance and faith,” This Is Your Baptismal Liturgy states. “Confirmation and reaffirmation are our responses of commitment, profession of faith, and rededication.
Methodist Youth Fellowship (MYF) – MEETING DATES & TIMES
- 5:00 p.m. Methodist Youth Fellowship
- 8:30 a.m. First Church Service (Sanctuary)
- 9:30 a.m. Coffee Fellowship (Fellowship Hall)
- 10:00 a.m. Sunday School (Basement)
- 11:00 a.m. Second Church Service (Sanctuary)
Center First UMC needs volunteers to provide snacks for the youth on Wednesday nights. You are also welcome to join us for the remainder of the night if you choose! If you are able to help out with youth and volunteer your time, please contact Sarah Odom, Director of Youth Ministries, at the church office (936) 598-2707.
SENIOR RECOGNITION SUNDAY
Each May, FUMC Center invites High School graduates and their families to the worship service that day, where the class sits together and are recognized during the service. Following the service, graduates and their families are invited to a reception in the Fellowship Hall. If you plan to participate in the 2019 Senior Recognition Sunday, an announcement will be released as soon as possible with details so arrangements can be made for the service and reception. In addition, photos can be forwarded at that time to include in our newsletter for the Senior Sunday announcement.
SENIOR RECOGNITION BANQUET
Watch for details!
Sarah Odom, Director of Youth Ministries
- (936) 598-2707 church office
- 211 Porter St. Center, TX 75935