Youth (7th Grade through 12th Grade)

First Methodist Waco's Youth Ministry recognizes the importance of these pivotal years for our students. Middle school and high school years come with triumphs and challenges, and we want to be there for students and families at every turn. We pour Jesus into our students, provide a wholesome, safe environment, and provide strong, Christ-like mentors. Every staff and volunteer who works with you has been through our rigorous MinistrySafe process to safeguard your child's welfare. Don't try to parent a teenager alone. Youth belong here.


"I wish SHINE didn't have to end!"

GOOD NEWS! SHINE will be back in 2022. Check here later in the year for more information. 



Main Campus Sunday School | 11 am | Youth Room 2nd Floor

Downtown Campus Sunday School | 10 am | 1st Floor

WEDNESDAYS/MIDWEEK (All grades 7-12)

Small Group Discipleship | 6-7 pm | Main Campus | Family Life Center (FLC)

Bridge (Youth Worship) | Main Campus | 7-8:30 pm


Instagram: Please follow us at @firstwacoyouth for regular updates. Encourage your child to follow us there as well. In addition to devotionals, we will also have challenges and fun opportunities.

Texting Service: For more frequent updates and notifications, sign up to receive text messages. This is one of the most efficient ways that we can get information out quickly!

  • For parents: text @1850youth to 81010
  • For students: Text @firstwaco to 81010

Wednesday (Bridge in Family Life Center): This is the wildest, craziest, and best night of the entire week! Bridge is every Wednesday night from 7-8:30. Bring your bible, journal, a water bottle, and your friends.

Sunday: We offer Sunday School at our Main campus at 11 am and Downtown Campus at 10 am every week.


"We talk about Jesus. We talk about our faith. We dive into the Word. We worship joyfully. We connect with other students and amazing leaders. We share our doubts and fears. We share our joys and praises. We serve in town and around the world. We have fun-lots of fun! Through loving God and loving others, together we share His joy and hope with everyone we know."

- Rev. Hayley Shotts, Lead Youth Pastor