Youth Ministries

Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries: Brian Stahl

Hello Church Family, 

With the current spike in Covid-19 cases in the Fox Valley, we have “paused” all in person Youth Group activities.  We have switched to virtual meetings via ZOOM. Youth Group will be offered Wednesdays at both 6:00-7:00 pm and 7:00-8:00 pm.  The teaching is the same, and Youth are encouraged to attend whichever meeting works best for their schedule.  This time has put a very unwanted strain on our Youth. We are living in a world filled with anxious moments.  Our message series, “Faith in an Anxious World” is a much needed resource.  Anxiety and loneliness are two of the most painful crises affecting our young people.  When the same young person experiences both simultaneously, it can be disastrous.  Helping our teenagers understand that ignoring our anxiety, or trying to handle it on our own, can result in depression or other unhealthy coping habits. The good news is God enters into—and remains with us in—our most anxious moments. We have completed half of the message series.  We have talked about coping mechanisms, or ways that we combat the feelings of stress and anxiety.  So often we focus on the negative aspects of our daily lives, but God gives us hope.  One highlight has been the introduction and implementation of The Daily Replay Prayer. Based on the Ignatian Prayer of Examen, and adapted for teenagers, but I believe anyone could learn this Spiritual discipline. 

The Daily Replay

Review the Day with Gratitude - What are the good things that have happened?

Pay attention to your Emotions – What moments have been stressful or tense? Where is God in the midst of those moments? What might God be trying to tell you?

Forgive and Ask for Forgiveness – Who or what are you frustrated with?

Where can you forgive someone or ask for your own forgiveness?

Look Toward Tomorrow – How can Tomorrow be different? What would you like to ask God to help you with?

Confirmation will be offered for Youth in grades 8 and 9 the first Wednesday of each month from 6:00-7:30 pm.  With less scheduled class time, our instructors are recording supplemental video lessons with discussion questions for families. For more information regarding the Confirmation Program at First Church please contact me.

Here is an opportunity for mission.  The COVID-19 global pandemic has disrupted everyday life for millions of people around the world. Yet, Samaritan's Purse continues to share the eternal hope of the Gospel and to serve in Jesus' Name. First Church is partnering with them because we want boys and girls around the world to know that God loves them and has not forgotten them during this time of fear and uncertainty. Children need great joy now more than ever. Most of all, they need the hope found only in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Will you partner with us to share that glorious hope with boys and girls around the world—many of whom have never heard the Name of Jesus?

Each year First Church assembles over 100 gift shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child.  This year we hope to once again reach that goal as we discern new ways to do ministry.  Here is how you can help us reach that goal. 1. Pick up a box and list of gift ideas at church. (Boxes will be filled with a few gifts, you will complete the box). 2. Return the completed box including $9 for shipping to church by Monday, November 16.  Thank you so much for your continued generosity.

I pray that you know and believe that you matter, that you are enough, and that you are deeply loved by God!

Boom!
Brian Stahl
Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministries 

 

First United Methodist Church Appleton Youth Minstries Mission Statement

 

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

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


Confirmation

This year Confirmation will look quite a bit different this year.  Currently we offer only a virtual option via ZOOM the first Wednesday of each month, from 6:00-7:30 pm.  We offer separate classes for Youth in 8th and 9th Grades. With less In-person instruction time, our instructors will be recording video lessons with discussion questions for families. These videos will be sent to families on weeks we don’t have class and will serve as supplements to our class time.  We will offer classes through 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. 
 
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
Cost: $450 (6 Youth Spaces Remain)
 
High School (Grades 11-12+) - Arecibo, Puerto Rico - June 12-18, 2021
Cost: $1100 (5 Youth Spaces Remain)
 
High School (Grades 9-12+) - Denver, Colorado - June 26-July 3, 2021
Cost: $500 (4 Youth Spaces Remain)                     
 
 
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