Director of Student Ministries
At First United Methodist Church of Arlington we seek to create an environment where youth can grow in their faith and in community with one another. We are a space where youth from different ages, races, orientations, and backgrounds come together and make their faith their own in a loving and grace filled environment.
Our Sunday morning program offers youth a different variety of subjects to learn about starting at 10 am in the Underground. This year we’ll offer 2 classes - one walk through the Bible & one on current events. Classes are offered in 6 week increments so students can switch back and forth. Our Sunday Nights begin with games followed by a snack supper, youth led worship and small group discussions lead by our amazing team of youth leaders.
Other youth opportunities include our Testament Youth Choir who help to lead worship in the 9:00 am worship service every Sunday, and the youth leadership team.
Sundays | 10:00–10:45 am | Underground
Youth gather together as a whole for worship and announcements and then break off into "learning groups" which are a mix of grades as they learn and explore the Bible.
Sundays | 5:00-7:00 pm | Underground
Small groups happen every Sunday, beginning with dinner at 5:00 pm. We will have large group time, followed by small groups. Afterward, games are played in the Great Hall until 7:00 pm. This is a great time to strengthen relationships and make new friends. A snack supper is provided each Sunday.
Sundays | 4:00-5:00 pm | Choir Room
The Testament Youth Choir helps to lead worship in the 9:00 am Revive worship service every Sunday in the Great Hall. Rehearsal is on Sundays from 4:00-5:00 pm in the Choir Room. Learn more about the Testament Choir below.
Our students are on the move this summer! Testament Tour travels to Tennessee from June 11-18, our teens will be at Glen Lake Camp from July 9-14, and we’ll travel to Daytona beach for YOUTH 2023 from July 25-28 (a gathering of youth from throughout The United Methodist Church that meets every four years). It’s a busy summer of ministry, mission, and fellowship & we need your help to make sure that all of our students can take part.
Just outside the church office, you'll find a wall of envelopes. The wall is designed to connect you with the teens participating in our summer activities. On the outside of each envelope, you'll find a dollar amount. You get to choose how much you'd like to donate! Pull that envelope off the wall, fill it with your donation, and simply place it in the offering box, hand it to a youth leader, or return it to the main office. (cash, checks payable to First United Methodist Church Arlington with “youth” in the memo line) Inside each envelope, you'll find a prayer guide on how to pray for our group, a list of students traveling, and a card to fill out and return with your donation so we can keep you updated on what God’s doing this summer with our youth.
It's a fundraiser, but also a chance to connect our teens to the body of Christ around them. Please consider taking an envelope!
You can also give online at the link below or call Mary Lobban to work out an auto-withdrawal.
For over three decades Testament Choir led the music weekly in the 8:15 Sanctuary service. They now are part of the Worship Team assisting in leading the 9 am worship service every Sunday in the Great Hall.
Membership in the choir is open to all students in Junior High and High School. Sixth Grade students can join Testament immediately following graduation from Confirmation. There are no try-outs and you don't have to be musically inclined; just come, sing, enjoy the fellowship and worship God through music.
In addition to being a part of the Worship Team for the 9 am service, Testament also prepares special Advent, Christmas and Easter music for the church each year. They also perform musical programs for the community, and present a concert of music prepared for their annual summer choir tour.
In past years, Testament has traveled Coast-to-Coast from California to Florida and points between including Minneapolis, Denver, Chicago, and Washington DC. Their travels have taken them to visit and/or perform in 27 states. They have sung onstage at both Disneyland and Disney World, led worship at the Air Force Academy Chapel and on the rim of the Grand Canyon. During these trips, they sing in churches, nursing homes and homeless shelters, they visit local attractions and work in mission at food banks while having lots of fun fellowshipping with one another.
Rehearsal: Sundays, 4:00 pm | Age: 7th–12th grade | Sanctuary
Please contact Director Greg Haugen for more information.
Testament Choir Tour 2023 Memphis & Knoxville, Tennessee. June 10-18, 2023 $400 per person Registration Deadline April 9, 2023
Testament Tour Registration is open NOW! Join us as we travel to Tennessee for a week of music, ministry and fun!
For more information, contact Roger Stephens or Loni Fancher.
The Testament Spring Flower Sale supports the youth choir and helps defray Choir Tour expenses. A variety of flowers are available by the flat - visit the link below to see available flowers and order online. The sale runs through March 5 at 5 pm, and anticipated delivery is in the North parking lot in early April. For more information, contact Roger Stephens.
One of the best things about our church family is how they support youth in so many ways. One of those ways is scholarships! There are lots of opportunities for high school seniors and current college kids. Scholarship applications are due by April 16. Download scholarship information and forms at the link below.
Over a decade ago, FUMC of Arlington decided it was of utmost importance to protect children, youth and special needs individuals from potential harm and provide a loving environment for them.
Additionally, to help us fulfill this obligation, a resolution was passed at General Conference in 1996 requiring all conferences to adopt policies to safeguard children and youth. The General Board of Discipleship was given the charge to develop written resources for these policies, which became known as Safe Sanctuaries.
Our MinistrySafe policy, background checks and MinistrySafe training attempts to do just that for our ministries that deal with children, youth and vulnerable adults.
To volunteer with children's, youth and special needs ministries you must
Required forms to volunteer with the previously stated ministries
Every two years a MinistrySafe training link will be emailed to volunteers wishing to continue volunteering.
Please contact Betsy Spencer or our office at 817.274.2571 for more information or with any questions