YOUTH MINISTRY
Love God. Love Others.

Youth (6th Grade through 12th Grade)

WHO WE ARE

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.

Director of Youth Ministries

"What's up, my friends? My name is Chris Bell. I have many roles in life, but the most important to me is being a Christ-follower. That perspective shapes everything I do! This fall, I started the Masters of Divinity program at Truett Seminary. I'm one of the first Wesley House students there, and it's been incredible. I love to spend time with my family and friends. I also enjoy sports and learning random facts. I have a passion for learning and teaching people about who God is and whom he calls us to be!"

CHRIS BELL PREACHES ON SENIOR SUNDAY

SENIOR CELEBRATION 2024

WEEKLY GATHERINGS

WELCOME TO BRIDGE (1)

BIBLE-FOCUSED SUNDAY SCHOOL

GOAL: BIBLICAL LITERACY (Understanding the truths of scripture!)

WHAT TO EXPECT: Students are encouraged to come and learn the truths of scripture on Sunday mornings! Students will have time to eat donuts, play games, learn from a teacher, and discuss questions about the teaching.

How to find us: Youth Room 2nd Floor Main at Main and at Downtown

BRIDGE

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SMALL GROUPS

GOAL: RELATIONAL CONNECTION (Growing together as a family and building relationships that can last a lifetime!)

WHAT TO EXPECT: Students are encouraged to build relationships as they discuss the truths of the gospel in small groups. Small groups are split into gender and grade levels. (Example. Middle School Girls/ Middle School Guys, etc.).

HOW TO FIND US: Main Campus | 4901 Cobbs Dr: Enter Door 9 and take the elevator up to the Youth Room on the 2nd floor.

DINNER: 5:30-6p

YOUTH FUN & SMALL GROUPS: 6-7:30P

Summer Kickoff
Youth Camerson Park Zoo

SUNDAY NIGHTS

GOAL: TO HONOR GOD

WHAT TO EXPECT: This wild and crazy gathering is simple. We play, eat, and worship! We expect students to invite friends to Sunday night and have structured it to be a gathering that draws students deeper into the life of faith and the church. We get intentional time with middle school on the front end and high school on the back end. Students have opportunities to share their testimonies and lead devotionals. We want every teenager in our city in the house on a Sunday night!

How to find us:
June 30: SNY @ Cameron Park Zoo | 6-8p
July 28: SNY ALL YOUTH EVENT | 6-8p | Check back for more information.

 

Costa Rica

Costa Rica High School Mission Trip June 8-15, 2024

Parents, this June, the High School Youth of our church will be completing missions work in Costa Rica! Our trip will be connected to the family trip so parents are welcome to join! We will be intentional about creating youth-only opportunities for our High School students while in CR.

Current 9th - 12th grade students will be considered High School for this trip.

 Final Deposit: $500 (due March 21)
 Total Cost per person: $1500 (final payment due May 15).

 Email Chris@firstwaco.com for more information.

SUMMER CAMP 2024! July 7-11, 2024

Our Youth are headed to Camp Buckner this summer! Whoop! We can't wait for this incredible week at Camp Buckner filled with so much fun. I hope every student in our ministry and all their friends can go! Camp is all about encountering Jesus, making friends, and having the most fun possible! We hope your teenager joins us for this trip. Registration is open to ALL 6-12th grade students.

Our church will join many others at summer camp! Revive is an organization that plans and puts on the whole camp experience! They are trusted and have done summer camp for decades!

Cost per student: $350

Sign-ups close May 1.

Please reach out to Chris@firstwaco.com for scholarship requests.

 

Meet The Team

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CHRIS BELL

Director of Youth Ministries
Chris@firstwaco.com

 

Brian Denman Intern

BRIAN DENMAN

Student Ministries Intern

Brian Denman is entering his Senior year at BU. He is a religion studies major and is planning on attending Seminary after college. Brian is fun, charismatic, and leads with confidence and wisdom. One of Brian's greatest strengths is his boldness! We're excited for him to begin pouring into the lives of our students.

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PAT BRAY

Student Ministries Intern

Pat joined our Youth staff last August and has been a blessing to the ministry! Pat is a student a Truett Seminary pursing his Masters of Divinity with a concentration in Sports Ministry. He just finished serving as the first chaplain of the Business School at BU. One of Pat's greatest strengths is his ability to be present!

Molly Fleener Intern

MOLLY FLEENER

Student Ministries Intern

Molly has been a volunteer for our student ministry since SHINE of 2023! She just finished her second year at BU as a religion studies major. Molly is passionate about students, small group discipleship, and planning awesome experiences for students. One of Molly's greatest strengths is thinking outside the box and knowing what students desire.

Youth Photo Vault