Mission Trip to West Virginia July 16-22, 2017
Click on the link below to view a slide show of pictures from the trip:
On July 16-22nd, 16 youth and 3 adult chaperones traveled to Clendenin, West Virginia to help the community recover from a devastating flood in 2016 that submerged the entire town in almost 35 feet of water. Despite the mid-90 degree temperatures and 91% humidity everyday, everyone worked very hard, accomplished a lot and grew closer to each other and God.
On day one our group was split into two crews and we got to work. One crew, Methodists on a Hot Tin Roof, or Dee’s Knees) spent the entire day working on completing a roof at the Little League Facility in Clendenin. In a town of 1900 people, 150 kids play little league baseball. It is a great source of pride for the community and this facility will help the town in their flood recovery efforts.
The second crew, you know the drill, we nailed it, or Home on the Strange, spent the day drilling and nailing a deck at the old Clendenin middle school. The building now houses businesses and a school where residents can learn coding skills. The deck overlooks the river and will be open to all community members as a place to gather. We were grateful for the opportunity to serve in Clendenin and meet community members and new friends through Next Step Ministries.
Each day while at Next Step we did morning devotionals and stretches then drove to our sites. We worked until lunch and did midday devos and then back to work. The work days were generally from around 8:30 am to 3:00 pm. When we got back to the church where we were staying everyone showered and had some free time until dinner at 6:00 pm. We enjoyed meaningful worship each night from 7:00-8:30 pm followed by our own FUMC youth group time and then free time until lights out at 11:00 pm.
A few special highlights were when we shared our team names and cheers as well as our “yay Gods” at the beginning of each worship time. We also had a very moving foot washing service on our last night together and a super fun talent show to wrap up our time together in Clendenin.
The youth and adults worked so hard and bonded with each other as well as the many, many new friends we met while in West Virginia. We are grateful to Pastor Joe and Beth for chaperoning the trip and to our church family for their prayers and support.
Thanks to the generosity of our youth and their families this year’s Memorial Day Refreshment Stand was a Huge success. Thank you to all who donated, worked and bought treats from the stand. the youth raised alomost $600 toward youth mission trips and events. Awesome!!!!
The youth group has been working hard in preparation for the upcoming youth-led worship service entitled UNITY on Sunday, February 26th at the 8:10 a.m. and 10:25 a.m. services. This year, through the use of scripture, music, drama, and creative worship experiences the youth will be challenging us all to “Do Something” as we all strive for Unity in our world.
The pictures below are a sneak peak at what the youth have in store for the youth-led worship service on February 26th.
The beginning of the school year is an exciting time! At our first youth group meeting on August 21st we welcomed back our returning youth group members and were happy to meet new youth and welcome them to the program. We miss our former members that are now graduated and off in college or working but we will continue to keep in touch with them and they will always be in our prayers.
Click the following link to view this year’s calendar of meetings and events: http://umcelmhurst.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/2016-17-youth-group-calendar.xlsx
Upcoming event: Join us Sunday, September 18th at 11:30 a.m. in our South parking lot for the annual FUMC Youth Group Sleep Out Saturday Cook Out. We will serve food and have carnival games for kids as a fundraiser to raise money for Bridge Communities, a not-for-profit organization that takes in homeless families in Du Page County and houses and mentors them for two years. During the two year program families learn to budget and plan so when they graduate from the program they will be able to achieeve sustainable housing. The cook out is open to anyone, old friends and new, and is free of charge-donations will be cheerfully accepted and will be donated to Bridge Communities. To view our Sleep Out Saturday web page go to: https://www.bridgecommunities.org/fumcyouth16
The FUMC Youth Group Mission Trip to the Special Olympics State Games was a HUGE success! We served by working at Bocce Ball, gymnastics, high jump, soccer, soccer skills, softball throw and the Family Picnic. It was a balmy 95 degrees while we were at ISU but our youth worked hard to cheer on the athletes so they could have a great Olympics.
CONGRATULATIONS to all of our 8th grade and high school graduates! We are so proud of you and our prayers are with you as you take these next steps on your journeys. Please click on the link below to see a power point presentation dedicated to our graduates.
The youth group tried “Keeping Up With the Christians” at the annual Road Rally on Sunday, May 22nd. They and raced around town solving clues and completing challenges through team building, service, fellowship and FUN!
FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH YOUTH GROUP: First Church youth group activities are filled with fun, fellowship, service, and a continuous effort to build our relationship with God and our church family.
FUMC Youth Group meets every other Sunday in the Oxford Room. From 4:00-6:00 p.m. all age levels are welcome (grades 6-12) to enjoy spiritual growth activities, card games, ping pong, foosball, music, fellowship and food. What more could you want?! High school youth (grades 9-12) are welcome to stay from 6:00-7:30 p.m. for a discussion group where we talk about everyday topics in a Christian atmosphere. We encourage active participation to create an environment of trust and an opportunity to develop new friendships and spiritual goals. We also welcome friends and teens from outside our congregation and faith.
In addition to youth group meetings we participate in several mission and service projects throughout the year including Bridge Communities’ Sleep Out Saturday to raise awareness for homelessness in Du Page County, Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS) and the Youth Breakfast Ministry (YBM). At YBM youth work together the third Saturday of each month, October-April, to serve a hot breakfast between 45 and 60 of our clothing center guests.
Sleep Out Saturday 2016
For more information about Bridge Communities, please visit www.bridgecomunities.org.
Summer Mission Trip 2015 – Gary, West Virginia
Summer Mission Trip 2014
Youth Breakfast Ministry
Our youth coordinate the Youth Breakfast Ministry, which serves a free, hot breakfast to clients of the Elmhurst Clothing Center on the third Saturday of every month (April-October). This ministry was begun in 2010 and is completely managed by our middle and high school youth and friends from the congregation.
More Youth Activities
- “Sleep Out Saturday” homeless families awareness (the youth sleep out on the church lawn overnight in November as part of a county-wide event)
- “Souper Bowl” of Caring Food Drive (donations made to the Elmhurst Food Pantry)
- Memorial Day Parade Refreshment Stand (summer mission trip fundraiser)
- Previous Summer Mission Trips – In 2013, we had our first All-Church Mission Trip traveling to West Virginia to repair and build homes, worship, pray, and make a difference to the people of Appalachia. This week was life-changing for everyone who attended! Previous trips have included: volunteering at the Special Olympics Summer Games in Normal, Illinois (twice) … working in homeless shelters in the Quad Cities doing repairs and administering programs for children who were guests at the shelters … traveling to Detroit, Michigan to serve at Cass Communities, a social services organization, where we made sandwiches for the homeless residents, worked in the Cass Communities garden, cleaned up a newly acquired building, and made electricity by riding bicycles in the Green Gym.
- PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) – We make up beds, serve dinner, make sack lunches, clean-up the kitchen, and reach out to guests who are staying at a homeless shelter.
- Shop & Wrap – The youth group offers a Christmas Gift Tree Shopping Service for inner city children.
- Christmas caroling at Lexington Square nursing home in Elmhurst
- Ski Trip – A winter weekend trip offering social, spiritual, bonding opportunities, and plenty of laughs!
- Road Rallies – Christian-themed races where the kids are put into teams and are given clues to follow. Prizes awarded to the winning teams (which, of course, is all of them!).
- Youth serve as ushers on the second Sunday of the month for the 10:25 a.m. service.