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Youth Ministry

All are welcome here

Our goal is to provide an environment where youth feel comfortable to be themselves and open to what God has in store for them. We want to walk alongside them as they discover, develop, and own their faith; experience God's grace; and engage the world to share God's love.

Summer 2024 Calendar     

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Sunday Mornings

9:45-10:45am  •  Bartula Family Life Center, 2nd Floor

Sunday School

7th-12th graders  •  Year Round

Participating in Sunday school each week plays a vital role in helping to build a solid foundation for the faith journey of our youth.

We gather first as a large group in our worship space, then divide into high school and junior high classes.

Families are encouraged to worship together before or after Sunday school.


7th graders  •  Sept-Apr

Seventh graders learn the fundamentals of the Christian faith and United Methodist history with the goal of growing more like Christ, loving God, and loving our neighbors in all that we do. Mission opportunities, church visits, and a late-night event allow the group to have fun, learn, and serve together.

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Sunday Evenings


5:30-7:30pm  •  7th-12th graders  •  Resuming Sept 8
Bartula Family Life Center

United Methodist Youth Fellowship (aka "Youth") is a great time to come together as a group to play, sing, learn, and pray together. Snack Supper is served at each UMYF gathering.

Our youth group is a place where youth can come, just as they are, and discover together how awesome our God is through fellowship, worship, and open, honest discussions about teenage life, pressures, and culture.

Youth Choirs

Before UMYF  •  7th-12th graders  •  Aug-May
Orr Music Suite

The Journey Youth Choir rehearses from 4-5:15pm and sings most Sunday mornings in 8:45am worship.

The Bells of Bronze (BOB) handbell choir rehearses from 3-4pm and plays occassionally in traditional worship services.

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Special Opportunities

Life Groups

Life Groups give students another touch point with each other and with caring adults.

High School Group (9th-12th)
Weekly on Wednesday evenings at a local restaurant

Resuming Sept 9: Girls Group (7th-12th)
Monthly during the 1st week

Resuming Sept 23: Guys Group (7th-12th)
Monthly during the 4th week


Mission Trips
Junior high and high school youth travel each summer for a week in service to others, faith development, and group building.

Really Living
A back-to-school weekend retreat in late August is planned by the new senior class for all youth in 7th- 12th grades.

Chi Alpha
This in-town retreat in February features fun, serving in the community, and worship.

Parent chaperones are key to the success of all our trips. Contact Julia to learn more!

More for Youth & Families

The Wonderful World of Jesus Discussion Guide

The Wonderful World of Jesus Discussion Guide

We invite you use these engaging questions to spark conversations with your family and friends as we discover the Gospel of Jesus in unexpected places throughout our July worship series.

All Church Movie Night - Toy Story

All Church Movie Night - Toy Story

Tue, July 16, 6-8 pm, Worship & Arts Center

Join the FUMCR church family for Toy Story on the big screen during our Wonderful World of Jesus worship series. All ages are welcome for this free and fun event!



July 21 - 25, local free and fun

youthweek is a totally free week of fun, local activities and dinner for all students completed 6th - completed 12th grades.

FUMCRYouth Serve Team

FUMCRYouth Serve Team

Applications Open July 26; First Round Due Aug 18

Want a higher level of involvement with FUMCRYouth? Serve Team gives students a behind-the-scenes look at the youth ministry and allows them to grow in their leadership skills.

Resources for Parents

Stay in Touch with FUMCR Youth Ministry

  •  Call the Youth Ministry office at 972.996.0112
  •  To subscribe to the monthly youth email newsletter visit
  •  To subscribe to our weekly "News You Can Use," e-mail
  •  Join a Remind Email List:
         Text your class:
         To: 81010
  •  Follow FUMCRyouth on Facebook & Instagram

Web Resources

Center for Parent/Youth Understanding
Pastoral Counseling Center


Emergency Medical Authorization Form - Minor - PDF  
Emergency Medical Authorization Form - Adult - PDF


Benefit FUMCR Student Ministry when you shop at Tom Thumb.
‚ÄčAsk customer service to link your rewards card to our organization number, 3808. Read more about Tom Thumb's Good Neighbor Program.

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Youth Ministry Staff

Julia Castleman
Rev. Julia Castleman
Pastor, Youth Ministry
Kim Curtis
Kim Curtis
Jr. High Associate
Cheryl Winnenberg
Cheryl Winnenberg
Assistant, Children's, Youth & Sports Ministries

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