Our youth group at First Church is called Students 1st. The group is split into two. The Mountaintop (grades 9-12) and The Summit (grades 6-8). Teens in both groups meet together weekly for Sunday school in The Cove (located in the bottom floor in the UMC building). This amazing group of youngsters also enjoy many opportunities to serve the church as acolytes, liturgists and in the Children and Youth Music Program.


Contact Kenton Reaves Hundley, Director of Discipleship for Children & Youth for more information. (619) 297-4366 ext. 118.



Students 1st Sunday School (grades 6-12)

Bring the students down to Mission Valley for a vibrant Sunday morning at First Church!


Students 1st (middle school and high school students) join us on Sundays in The Cove immediately following "A Time with Children" during the 9 AM service. Students meet in two groups: The Mountaintop (high school) and The Summit (middle school). Students in both groups meet together weekly for Sunday school. They also enjoy many opportunities to serve the church as acolytes, liturgists, and in the Youth Choir.

5th Sunday: NO SUNDAY SCHOOL. Children and youth are encouraged to worship in the sanctuary with their families.

Become an Acolyte

GRADES 4 - 12

Acolytes assist in sanctuary worship services year-round. They lead the choir processional, light the altar candles, receive the offering, assist in baptisms, extinguish the altar candles, and assist at special services wherever needed. Acolytes learn leadership and cooperation skills as well as symbolism in our worship services. 

Candidates grades 4 through 12 are welcome. For further information, please email Demmie in the church office or call 619-297-4366 ext. 138 


First Church and Congregation Beth Israel Service Learning Trip to the Dominican Republic 

Trip Dates: February 16-25 

Grades: 9-12 

Join us for an interfaith service project trip to the Dominican Republic to spend the week building a home for families living in extreme poverty and also building relationship with the local community. The final date to register is extended to November 15. Please check the website and/or email Rev. Hannah for more information. Information session video is available upon request.

 Register by Nov. 15


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