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Student Ministry

Our youth group is weird. To be WEIRD in its most original definition means to be CONNECTED ... and we are WeIRd.

Inviting All Youth

If you hang out with the youth at FUMCR, you will definitely get a weird vibe. . . . From the crazy games to the strange and interesting topics we discuss, you would notice that this is not an ordinary YoUTh gRoUP!

But that's not the only thing weird about us. Originally the word weird was an old Viking Term used to describe how every person and action is connected — how every choice we make, everything we do has an effect on the people and things around us. . . . We are strange, we are odd, we are fun to be around, and most importantly, we are connected to one another by the Love of God.

Upcoming Special Events

  • Sunday School
    Sunday School

    9:45 -10:45 am, Bartula Family Life Center

    Every Sunday morning, 7th - 12th grade youth gather together to worship and learn about our Christian heritage and the amazing stories that make up our biblical canon.  Sunday school plays a vital role in helping to build a solid foundation for the faith journey of our youth.

    We gather first as a large group in our new worship space, then divide into grade level classes.

  • UMYF
    United Methodist Youth Fellowship

    Sunday Evening Schedule  •  Bartula Family Life Center

    Junior High UMYF (7th & 8th grades)  •  4-5 pm 
    Junior High Snack Supper  •  $2  •  5-5:30 pm  •  PAY ONLINE $20 semester value pass
    The Journey Youth Choir  •  5:30-6:30 pm  •  Fleming Rehearsal Hall  •  MORE INFO
    Senior High Snack Supper  •  $2  •  6:30-7 pm  •  PAY ONLINE $20 semester value pass
    Senior High UMYF (9th-12th grades)  •  7-8 pm

    Youth gather at FUMCR for fellowship, worship, and to participate in open and honest discussions about teenage life, pressures, and culture. Our youth group is a place where youth can come, just as they are, and discover together how awesome our God is!

  • CYM
    Council on Youth Minsitry

    The Council on Youth Ministry (CYM) is the youth leadership core at First UMC Richardson. Representatives from each grade are needed each year to serve as the sounding board for the youth group providing feedback and new ideas to the youth staff and adults. CYM members are key leaders in their Sunday school classes, during UMYF, and on trips.

    Meetings are from 11 am - 12 pm. Meeting dates for 2017-2018 are:

         September 10
         October 8
         November 12
         December 10
         February 11
         April 8
         May 13

    To participate in CYM, students must attend the first meeting, as well as commit to missing no more than one meeting for the year and serving as a leader in the youth group. 

    Questions? Contact .

  • Bible Study
    Senior High Bible Study

    Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 pm, Homes in the community

    On Wednesday nights during the school year (September - May), high school age students (9th-12 grades) gather at different homes of our youth to learn about and grow in Christ together. This intimate gathering provides an excellent environment to engage and discuss the scripture and how it relates to our everyday lives.

    The address for the month of February is 302 Meadowcrest Drive, Richardson, TX 75080.

  • Trips
    Trips - Summer & Ski


    Each summer FUMCR youth participate in junior high and senior high mission trips, plus a back-to-school retreat called Really Living. There is also a fall camping trip for senior high youth and spring break ski trip for all youth.

    Ski Trip  •  March 9-14  •  REGISTER by Jan 31  •  Read More
    Senior High Mission Trip  •  June 10-15  •  REGISTER by June 1

    Rising 9th-12th graders and graduating seniors are invited to travel to south Texas to assist with hurricane recovery.
    Cost: $250, includes meals on work days

    Junior High Mission Trip  •  July 2-6  •  REGISTER by June 1

    Rising 7th and 8th graders are invited to travel to south Texas to assist with hurricane recovery.
    Cost: $250, includes meals on work days

    Senior International Mission Trip  •  July 15-22  •  REGISTER & pay $350 deposit by March 30

    Graduating seniors are invited to participate in an international mission trip to Punta Delgadita, Panama. We will work alongside two United Methodist missionaries stationed there, as well as spend some time on the beach and explore Panama City! The trip is only open to active seniors. Space is limited to 15 people.
    Cost: $1500

    Really Living Retreat  •  August 17-19  •  REGISTER by Aug 3

    Rising 7th –12th grade youth will go to Sky Ranch in Van, TX, for fun, fellowship, and worship planned by the Class of 2019. This is a great way to kick off the new school year!
    Cost: $165

  • Resources

    FUMCR Student Ministry partners with parents to come along side in helping with the spiritual development of students during their teenage years. We are here to assist you in navigating through these years with all of the confusion, frustration, and questions that come along with it.

    Fellowship and Fun

    We believe that faith encompasses all aspects of our lives, including our play time and fellowship time.  Because of that, our youth ministry makes sure to provide plenty of activities for our youth that include good ole' fashioned fun!  Some of the things we do include:  Ice Cream Socials, Broomball, Laser-tag, Lock-ins, Whirlyball, Pool Parties, Ski Trips and much, much more. . . .


    Whether it is feeding the homeless, visiting our church’s shut-ins or going on mission trips to New Mexico, Galveston, Appalachia or some other location, there are countless opportunities throughout the year, for our youth to learn what it means to be “Servants in Christ.”

    Stay in Touch with FUMCR Student Ministry

      •  Call the Student Ministry office at 972.996.0104
      •  Email any of the Student Ministry staff
      •  Sign up for text message updates (Do not complete sections titled Phone Numbers, Address, Employer, Interests):
    Class of 2018     Class of 2019     Class of 2020     Class of 2021     Class of 2022     Class of 2023     Parents 
      •  Sign up for youth email newsletter by emailing  and giving your first and last names, as well as youth's grade.

    Web Resources

    Center for Parent/Youth Understanding


    Emergency Medical Authorization Form - Minor - PDF  

    Emergency Medical Authorization Form - Adult - PDF

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Student Ministry Staff

Pavielle Jenkins
Pastor, Faith Formation, Student Ministry
Tammie Haug
Administrative Assistant, Student Ministry, Family Life Ministry
Katy Oliphint
Alen Thomas