Youth Ministries

Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries: Brian Stahl

Creating a space where Youth in Grades 6-12 are welcomed, loved, and accepted for the unique  person God has created. We offer opportunities where Youth are equipped with tools and experiences so that they may serve others and grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ.

Welcome to Youth Ministries at First United Methodist Church of Appleton. Youth Ministry at First Church is for all Youth in grades 6-12. Middle School is grades 6-8. High School is grades 9-12. It is our hope that all Youth would know that they are loved and that God desperately wants to be in relationship. My job often presents me opportunities that make what we are doing at First Church extremely important to the growth and spiritual development of our Youth. On the other hand, the role of parents far supersedes our ability to impact the lives of our Youth. Parents are the compass by which Youth walk. With that said, we deeply desire for parents to feel involved in our Youth ministry. Whether you volunteer on a regular basis, as needed, or just stay up to speed with what we're doing, we want you to feel a part    of what we do. Thank you for giving me the chance to minister to your sons and daughters. Please contact me with any questions you have regarding our ministries. I can be reached via email at or by phone at church at 920-734-2677 or cell phone at 920-840-5075.

May You Experience God’s Amazing Love Today,
Brian Stahl
Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministries

Every Youth participating in any Youth Ministry event must COMPLETE AND RETURN a FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH APPLETON YOUTH MINISTRIES MEDICAL RELEASE FORM 2023-2024, before Youth may participate in Youth events. Forms are also available on the youth bulletin board outside of the Fellowship Hall.

We strive to build a community where the life-changing Gospel of Jesus Christ is shared, and every Youth is loved and appreciated for the unique person God has created. We offer God-honoring opportunities for Youth to develop a critical thought process on questions of faith, gain an understanding of how to live their faith every day, and serve their community and the world.


                                                                                              Worship, Conversation & Connection is an opportunity for Youth to connect outside of Wednesdays. Every week, Youth in grades 6-8 sit together in the balcony during Worship at 9am and head to Fellowship Hall following Worship for a time of Conversation. 


Youth Sunday Our Youth plan and lead Worship twice during the year. Once in January and once during the Rite of Confirmation service in April. 

Graduate Sunday First Church celebrates our High School and College Graduates during a special Worship Service on Sunday, May 12 at 9 am. 



Youth Group (Grades 6-12) meets Wednesdays September
through May. Dinner is served in Fellowship for all Youth and their families from 5:00-6:00pm. Large Group meets in the Youth Lounge from 6:00-6:30pm. Classes meet from 6:30-7:30pm. Confirmation meets during this time. 

Large Group Our April Message Series is What is a Disciple? Join us April 10, 17, and 24 as we dive into Jesus' calling of the first Disciples and what it means to us today as He calls each of to follow him.



Confirmation is a two-year journey. All Youth beginning in 8th grade are encouraged to be part of the process. 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. Confirmands should 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 church member. Confirmands must complete 24 Worship Notes during their two years. Please click to print. Confirmation Worship Notes Form. Forms are also available at the entrances to the Chapel and Sanctuary. Confirmation Worship is planned and led by our 9th grade class and will be held Sunday, April 28 during 9 am Worship.

Fellowship Events 

First Church offers Youth in grades 6-12 the opportunity to meet throughout the school year (September – May) for Fellowship.

Upcoming Opportunities

Photo Scavenger Hunt Our Annual Photo Scavenger Hunt will take place on Wednesday, May 1 from 6:00-7:30 pm. Youth will be given a list of 100 photos to create in downtown Appleton. This event is for all Youth in grades 6-12 and is the introduction to our 5th Grade Youth who will bridge to Youth Ministries in the fall of 2024.  

Friday Fun Night Youth in Grades 6-8 are encouraged to invite your friends and join First Church for Friday Fun Night on April 19. The Fun will happen from 7-10pm. There is no cost! Youth will enjoy Food, Fun, Fellowship, and of course Jesus! To sign up contact Brian Stahl at or 920-840-5075 by April 12!


Local Mission opportunities are scheduled throughout the year.

Summer Youth Mission Trips                                                                                                     

First Church serves our world through Youth Mission Trips in partnership with Youthworks. Currently our Middle School Trip for Grades 6-8 to Milwaukee, WI June 9-14 is full. The High School Trip for Grades 9-12 to Rutherford, Co., North Carolina has two Youth spaces remaining. The cost of the High School Trip is $750. Scholarships are available. For more information, please contact Brian Stahl at or 920-840-5075!          


First Church offers Youth Families the opportunity to earn monies that may be used to off-set future Youth Ministries events. Monies will be placed in a fundraising account.