Youth Sunday is a day to celebrate the ministry of students in the life of FUMC Allen. It is a day to worship God as we are led by our students to a meaningful encounter with Christ, a deeper relationship with God, a drink from the water of life. On Sunday, our thirst will be quenched as we encounter the Holy of Holies during worship.
Youth Sunday is all this and so much more. The day is a reminder of the church’s enormous calling and responsibility to train up the next generation in the knowledge of the story of our faith. It is a reminder that if we do not provide for their religious training, who will?
As we experience their leadership in worship, we will indeed experience and see firsthand what they are learning and how they are maturing in the Christian faith.
Youth ministry at FUMC is truly about influencing a new generation of Christian leaders who are leading and will lead the Church into a new day. Students learn and experience the Christian faith as they participate in Sunday school every Sunday morning, sing praises in Daring Youth Choir, and use their talents in the orchestra and youth praise band. Our students devote their Sunday evenings to grow in their knowledge and love for God as they gather for COLLIDE Youth Fellowship to share a meal, have fun, and worship. Students also have the opportunity to meet up midweek for Bible study and other small group experiences.
A highlight of most Sunday evenings is having fun together at COLLIDE. Kids are allowed to be kids as they play fun competitive games in a friendly environment. Most Sunday evenings include a meaningful time of worship as they are led by the Catalyst Youth Band and receive a meaningful age-appropriate message from either a student who shares a profound devotional or our youth pastor Eric Pugh who delivers a riveting sermon.
Our students regularly participate in local service projects and annual mission trips. This summer, our senior high youth travel to Rockford, Illinois, from July 16-23. Our junior high students return to Whaley UMC in Gainesville, TX, from July 27-31 to repair homes, work for various non-profits, and build community.
Just around the corner is Great Adventure Weekend, a highlight for youth ministry in our congregation. The three-day, two-night adventure is a fun-filled opportunity to grow in Christ, make new friends, strengthen old ties, deepen the faith, learn more about God, and worship in a way uniquely preferred by our students.
Bridgeport Summer Camp is also a very popular week where teenagers from across the North Texas Conference make new friends, have tons of fun, and connect with God in a real and genuine way that impacts their faith for a lifetime.
Perhaps the cornerstone in the youth ministry department is Confirmation. This flagship seventh-grade ministry prepares junior high students to take the vows of Christian discipleship and become official members of the church. This year-long ministry guides students through the study of what it means to live a life as a disciple of Jesus Christ and how to live it out privately, publicly and in the life of the church.
FUMC Allen is so very fortunate to have the leadership of Eric Pugh, Susan Hale, and their team of committed and dedicated volunteers who help to make youth ministry happen.