Our energetic and exciting Tween program is a wonderful addition to the ministries of First Church. Our 5th and 6th graders learn how to grow, by example, into loving and responsible youth and adults.
Tween & Youth Ministry Covid-19 Response & Weekly Schedule
The Tween and Youth Ministries of FUMC are offering multiple weekly opportunities to connect online. Both age groups are able to participate in weekly Sunday school lessons and Friday Devotions on facebook, as well as three weekly bible studies via Zoom. The weekly Lectionary Lesson with Ms. Lisa is provided as a resource for our tweens on Sundays and the Youth are given the opportunity for worship and fellowship on Sunday evenings via Zoom. The ministry Facebook pages and Instagram also offer daily conversation starters and surveys. Our Tween & Youth Ministry team makes sure to connect with our young people and their families through weekly calls, texts, and emails.
Contact: Denise Van Atta, Director of Tween & Youth Ministries
• Sunday School Lessons on Tween & Youth Facebook Groups
• Children’s Sermon provided on Tweens Facebook Group
• Youth Worship/Fellowship via Zoom at 5:00pm
• Mid-High Bible Study via Zoom at 3:00pm
• Senior High Bible Study via Zoom at 3:00pm
• Tween Bible Study via Zoom at 5:00pm
• Devotions on Tween & Youth Facebook Groups
• Conversation starters and surveys on Facebook Groups and Instagram
Sunday Mornings, 9:30am – 10:30am
A time of learning and fellowship.
Club 56 (Fall/Spring)
Begins September 15
Sunday Evenings, 4:30pm-6:00pm
Sunday evening gathering where tweens participate in a variety of exciting activities including choir, tween fear factor, messy games, and more.
Sunday Evenings, 6:00pm-6:30pm
A tween choir that sings in our Church services.
BIBLE STUDIES (Fall/Spring)
6th Grade Thursday Morning Small Group | Begins January 16th
Sixth graders are invited to meet at Panera Bread at Cordova Mall at 8:15am for a small group devotion before school. Transportation to Workman is provided.
6th Grade Friday Morning Small Group | Begins January 17th
Sixth graders are invited to meet at Whataburger on Gregory St at 6:30am for a small group devotion before school. Transportation to EDS is available. Possible transportation could be available to other schools
Retreats, Trips and Special Events
Are You Afraid of the Dark? (Summer)
Summer Splash (Summer)
Fear Factor (Fall)
Created by God (Fall)
Blue Lake Family Reatreat (Fall)
On-Campus Sleepovers (Fall/Spring)
Confirmation Retreat (Winter)
All 5th and 6th graders are invited and encouraged to participate in confirmation. Confirmands participate in a variety of in depth classes which prepare them to become full members of the church. Upon completion of the confirmation class, confirmands commit to the Methodist Church during worship the Sunday following Easter.
First Church follows Safe Sanctuaries procedures to create an environment in which children, youth and the adults who work with them have boundaries of safe space.
Denise Van Atta, Director of Tween and Youth Ministries
Email Denise 850-432-1434
Denise has an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education and holds her Directors Credential for the State and is a Certified Trainer for the Early Childhood Coalition of Escambia County. She has served in several capacities at the church, from Preschool Director to her current position as Director of Tween and Youth Ministries. Denise enjoys running and has run in several half marathons and marathons. She is married to Ricky Van Atta and has a daughter, Brady.