Mission Statement

The mission of FUMC Youth group is to be a community of faith that encourages a personal relationship with God. We strive to teach youth that they are loved, forgiven and needed by God and the church. Our goal is to empower our students to change the world.

Youth Sunday Nights

Sunday Night Schedule

5:00-5:30 Freetime/games

5:30-6:00 D-Cell- this is a time to get into groups divided by age and gender and our adult led. This is an accountably group time to share about our weeks.

6:00-6:40 worship- this is time is led by our youth with praise music and talks

6:40-7:00 Small Groups- this is led by our High Schoolers to discuss what we talked about during our chapel time

7:00-7:30 Meal/Freetime in the gym

Parent Meetings

September 8, 2019: We will go over the 2019-2020 year in youth

January 5, 2020: Winter Retreat information and forms

May 10, 2020: Summer trips and forms

No Youth

September 26- Pumpkins come in for our fundraiser. We will help unload and do a scavenger hunt afterwards!

December 1- Thanksgiving Break

December 8- Birthday Party for Jesus – everyone invited!

December 15- Christmas Carolina, no regular youth. We will go caroling after church.

December 22- Christmas Break

December 29- Christmas Break

January 19- Winter Retreat!! More info in trips

February 2- Super Bowl

February 23- Pancake Day setup! No regular youth.

April 5- Spring Break

April 12- Spring Break/Easter

May 24- Memorial Day

Weekly Opportunities


Pathways- the first Monday of every month we babysit at Pathways so mothers can go to class. We meet at the church at 6:45pm at night and get back at 8:45pm.

Open Door- the second Saturday of every month we prepare and serve a meal at the Open Door. We meet at 10:30am and are done at 1:30pm.

Haywood Christian Ministry- During the school year we meet every Wednesday at the church at 3:30pm and are back at 4:30pm. We help stock and clean up and a lot of the time the youth get candy for going.

McCracken Nursing home- During the school year we meet every Monday at the church at 3:30pm and get back at 4:45pm. We play games and have fellowship with the residents.

Archangel- we are paired up with a member of the ARC of Haywood county and spend time with him. The times change but typically Sunday afternoon before youth.

Sunday School

Youth Sunday school meets in the youth area each week. Youth are broken up into middle and high school for the classes. We meet from 9:50-10:50am.

Our 7th graders have the opportunity to join the church through confirmation. The class meets beginning in the fall with Pastor Keith. Confirmands learn about Methodism and what it means to be a member of FUMC. They will also participate in a Confirmation retreat in the spring and complete their confirmation process by joining the church on Pentecost Sunday in the spring. For more information, contact the church office.

Breakfast and Bible

Led Youth Leaders every Thursday at Tuscola High School. 7:30am in Mrs. Melville’s classroom. Middle School: Tuesday Mornings at 7:30am in Mrs. Mehaffey’s classroom. Each week we will dive into a scripture text and discuss what the passage means to us. Free Chick-Fil-A every week. Bring Friends!

Middle School Afterschool Program

All Middle Schoolers are invited to join us every day after school from 3-5pm in the Youth Area. This is a FREE program and open to any Middle Schooler in Haywood County. Students can walk or ride the bus from WMS or ride the Shining Rock bus. Sign up online or by calling Matthew Blackburn at 828-508-6356. There is no afterschool on early dismissal or teacher workdays (with the Haywood Co. School schedule)

Music Lab

A Wednesday night program from 6:15-7:15pm led by Scott Taylor, Dir. Of Worship Arts. This program pushes youth not only to play instruments but to learn to play with each other. All skill levels are welcome and instruments range from guitar, drums, mandolin, banjo, keyboard, and more.

Throughout the Year

Pumpkin Patch Fundraiser

Each year we unload a truck load of pumpkins to be sold throughout the month of October. This is a huge fundraiser that helps the youth group go on mission trips each year. The entire church participates in this fundraiser from unloading the truck to working shifts at the patch. Look for information about the patch each October.

Mission Trips

Each summer, our youth serve on various mission trips to locations on the east coast. There are mission trips for both middle and high school students. These trips are an opportunity to bond as a group and be the living body of Christ.

Winter Retreat

A retreat held every January over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend at Camp Cedar Cliff in Asheville. It is a weekend spent in fellowship and devotions led by guest speakers, with some free time for camp activities. A great opportunity to bring friend and visitors!

Wilderness Trail

Each summer our youth head to the mountains of Virginia to this backpacking ministry. In small groups, they learn about bearing one another’s burdens while hiking a section of the Appalachian Trail. You don’t have to have previous experience hiking or equipment; Wilderness Trail will provide a pack if you don’t have one.

Middle School After School Program

FREE and open to all 6th - 8th graders! 

Everyday after school.

CLICK HERE to register your child

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