Youth Ministries

Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries: Brian Stahl

Dear Church Family,

A word that has been on my mind quite a bit these days is disappointment. Covid-19, Coronavirus, and Pandemic among other phrases have become part of our vernacular. The way that we speak, we use those terms, those phrases like they’re nothing these days because we have grown so accustomed to it.

Living out those terms, I believe we have encountered disappointment, loss, struggle, and frustration as kind of a lifestyle more than a single event. And over time that can have a lasting impact on us. It can make us see the world differently and perhaps put a negative filter over our vision. When we experience disappointment we may be tempted to respond in ways that shut us down that may be unhealthy. We could medicate it, we could run from it, we could hide from it, we could busy ourselves. We can engage in things that are unhealthy for ourselves. That’s easy. For some of us, me included, a natural way to go.

When I face disappointment, or loss, or those negative experiences of life I have to pay attention. So that I am not harming myself or other people in the ways that I respond. I share this with you today to encourage you to stop for a minute and think; how are you responding to the disappointment you have experienced or are currently experiencing? How are you taking care of yourself and other people in the ways that you are living now given the circumstances we all have?

We have developed ways to slowly integrate back into our society, into our communities, into the ways of more normal living. What I believe is that once those things have been accomplished, we are still going to be feeling some of the effects of this disappointment. It doesn’t just go away. You don’t just wipe the slate clean. So I am encouraging myself and you to pay attention. To notice your behavior, your thoughts, your relationships. Is the way you are responding related to your experience of disappointment? I encourage you to take time for you today. Take time to practice self-care. Take time to notice, to pay attention, to remember that God loves you and that you are worth loving. #YouAreLoved #YouAreEnough #YouMatter #ChurchOfToday

As we begin to get back to “normal” we have a few upcoming opportunities to be the church. First, each Thursday evening in July, Youth in grades 6-12 are invited to meet in the church courtyard from 6:30-8:00 pm for a time of In-person Youth Group. The nights will include a short message, fellowship time, and prayer. All Youth are invited. We will practice social distancing and wearing a mask is encouraged. Second, our Youth Ministries will be serving at Feeding America on Thursday, July 16 from 1:00-3:30 pm. Our group is limited to 10 people. To sign up to serve please contact me at bstahl@appfumc.org or text 920-840-5075.

I don't have scheduled office ours during this time, but I am available to meet, talk, text, or email anytime.  Please dont't hesitate to contact me. 

Brian Stahl
Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministries
 
 
We exist to equip Youth with the tools and experiences so that they may live each day as authentic followers of Jesus Christ.

Our Core Values are 1. Loving God 2. Loving Others

We embody these core values in the building of a community in which each person is appreciated and accepted for the unique person God has created. Opportunities are offered for our Youth to wrestle with and ask the tough questions of what it takes to be an authentic follower of Christ in today's world, and to experience God in powerful and life-changing ways. This might take place in weekly Youth group meetings, fellowship events, retreats, local mission, or summer mission trips.

We are always looking for dedicated Adult Leaders who love God and love Youth!

Please check us out on our Youth Ministries page on facebook.

Please check out our Youth Ministries page on Instagram: fumcappletonyouth

Please enjoy our 2020 Graduate Video.

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Youth Ministries Medical Release Form 2020-2021

Each Youth who participates in any FUMC Appleton Youth Ministry Event must have a completed form to participate!

Confirmation Worship Notes Form

 

Youth Group (Grades 6-12)

Weekly Youth Group meetings take place in the Youth Lounge on Wednesday evenings from 6:00-7:45 pm. Activities include fellowship and a challenging message. Following large group meeting, Students are divided into the following classes: 6th & 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th - 12th grades.

Quarterly Fellowship events are planned throughout the year and include: Lock-Ins, Fantastical Balloon Wonderment, Weekend Retreats, Concerts, and much more.

Confirmation

Is a two year journey (8th and 9th Grades) held Wednesday evenings (during Youth Group) beginning in September and concluding in May.  We believe that Confirmation is the continuation of one's faith journey (a journey begun at baptism) and the beginning of one's covenant relationship with the church -- not an end unto itself.  Confirmation is more than just a series of classes. Youth must be fully engaged in the life of the church through worship, service, and involvement in other ministries.  Our hope is that Youth emerge from their Confirmation experience prepared for a life of Christian discipleship.  To this end, we offer an opportunity for Youth to make a personal decision to confirm the baptismal vows their parents took for them and become a member of the First United Methodist Church.  Our classes will focus on helping Youth gain an understanding of the history and beliefs of United Methodism, develop a critical thought process on questions of faith, and the ability to articulate their faith to their peers. We use the Credo curriculum.  Confirmation Sunday Worship will be October 18, 2020, at 9:00 a.m.

Mission

Quarterly Mission Blasts (a 2-3 Hour local project) are scheduled throughout the year and give Youth the opportunity to serve their congregation and the community. Past Events have included: Jeremiah's Crossing, Raking Acts of Kindness, Operation Christmas Child, Souper Bowl of Caring, College Cookie Bake/Care Packages, Lenten Pancake Breakfast, and more.

Summer Mission Trips.  We offer our Youth the opportunity to serve in a week-long mission trip through Youthworks

2021 Youth Mission Trips:

Middle School (Grades 6-8) - Sisseton, South Dakota - June 6-11, 2021

High School (Grades 11-12+) - Arecibo, Puerto Rico - June 12-18, 2021

High School (Grades 9-12+) - Denver, Colorado - June 26-July 3, 2021                     

 

           


 


 

 
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