Grades 6-12

Where you can learn about Jesus, meet new friends and be yourself... 


Grades 6–12

We meet every week, either in smaller groups within our own age-groups or in larger gatherings, outings and fun events. We learn about God and ourselves as we try to find out what it means to become disciples of Jesus Christ. For more information, contact Richard Annett, Director of Students Ministries.

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Sunday Praise

10:30–11:30 AM  |  Worship and Bible Study  |  Every Sunday  |  Cove
We begin our morning praising God with song and worship, all ages together. Through Bible study we explore what it means to have a personal relationship with Christ. You are always welcome to hang out in the Cove, located on the first floor in the United Methodist building on Sundays from 10 AM to 11:45 AM.

 Detailed Sunday Schedule

501 (gr.5-8) & Club 56

5:01 - 7 PM |  First Sunday of the month | Middle School Room  |  Cove
Join us at 5:01, play games and eat dinner together. Grow your faith and develop a relationship with Christ through a lesson. Afterwards we divide into groups where we learn more about ourselves and God. 


Small Groups

(High school)

Church is not a place, name, building, program, or pastor. It is the people. God created us to be in community. Because relationships are so important to God and to us, we make sure to take time for them. Our small groups exist to deepen our relationships with one another and with God.   If you would like your high school student to join a small group, please contact Richard Annett.

"Zoe" small group

7–8:30 PM | Sundays | meet twice a month in different homes.
"Zoe" means "life from God" in Greek. This "life" is one to be experienced with others and our small group does that. High school students  have an opportunity to share the highs and lows of life together. We hang out, eat, and talk about life.

"arche" Small Group

7–8:30 PM | Sundays | meet twice a month in different homes.
"Arche" means "beginning" in Greek so let's begin your week off right. This is an opportunity for high school guys and girls to start their crazy week off on a good foundation. We hang out, eat, and talk about life together. 

Grades 5 - 6

This preteen group of 5th and 6th graders, creates a bridge to our STUDENTS 1st Ministry. We focus on building a relationship with Jesus, and also with the community; all through a safe atmosphere where fun games, biblical teaching and small group discussions are all part of the experience. 

5:01 - 7 PM |  First Sunday of the month | Middle School Room  |  Cove

We eat dinner, play games, and discover God's Story. 


Serve with Students 1st

Serving the community is an important part of our Christian tradition. At First Church middle school and high school students have an opportunity to serve those who are in need of food. Every 5th Sunday we partake in the Loaves and Fishes ministry at Wesley UMC. Students do not just deliver the food to Wesley UMC, they also help handing the food out. Come join us every 5th Sunday at 2 PM on the east side of Linder Hall to help us serve our community.  

Become an Acolyte

Grades 5 - 11

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 fifth through eleventh grades are welcome. A new acolyte schedule begins in September of each year. For further information, please contact Shanell Mondane, Acolyte Coordinator 619-297-4366 ext. 138


An opportunity for 9th-grade students to discover what it means to be a follower of Christ.

Our next confirmation class is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2019. The confirmands will meet for 20 weeks to study. The classes are approximately 1.5 hours long, along with weekend retreats, service projects, and worship opportunities together with other Christian communities and religions.

On the Saturday before Easter 2020, they will have the opportunity to publicly affirm their faith in Christ and become a member of this church. If you like to learn more, please contact Richard Annett, Director of Students Ministries.