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.


This summer, we are loving where we live! Instead of going out of town for camp, we are staying right in the place we call home and pouring back into this place that we love so much! We will be having three workdays, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Every evening, we will do fun activities and worship together. Thursday will serve as a celebration of a great week as we wrap up around lunchtime!

When: July 19-23
Where: First Methodist Main Campus
Cost: $150

The cost of the week will cover all expenses for your child for the week including meals and lodging. We will be staying at the church together.

We will no longer be inviting other churches to join us to ensure the safety of our students.

We have lots of information on how we will be ensuring the safety and health of our students for this week. If your child is wanting to participate in this week, please fill out the information below so that we can get all of this information to you! There will be further signup forms in response to Coronavirus.


SHINE (January In-House Youth Retreat)

Every January, we set aside a weekend for our in-house youth retreat. We have incredible bands, speakers, and leaders that pour into our students making for a memorable weekend. We can't do this weekend without the help of those who open their home to teenagers over the weekend. If you feel led to open your home, fill out this form! (link)


Instagram: Please follow us at @firstwacoyouth for regular updates. Encourage your child to follow us there as well. In addition to daily 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

Sunday Small Groups: As we begin gathering in person again, we find it extremely important to continue to offer an online option for continued discipleship and knowing not every family is comfortable with in-person gatherings. We will study the word and break out into small groups as we discuss the text further.

  • Time: 7-8:30 PM
  • Contact Hayley for Meeting ID

Wednesday (Bridge Outside): This is the wildest, craziest, and best night of the entire week! We start back on June 3rd from 6:30-8:30! Bring your lawn chair, bible, journal, a water bottle, and your friends!

For Confirmands, you will join us in person on June 10th!


"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 House, Lead Youth Pastor