Youth Calendar

Summer Youth Events Schedule
Wednesday, June 12 – River Party at the Mulder’s, 3 pm - 8 pm
Wednesday, July 24 – details TBD
Wednesday, August 14 – Brick oven pizzas and party at Rick’s, 3 pm - 8 pm

Summer Service Opportunities
June 24-17 Mission Trip to South Dakota - 5 open spots, email Amanda
Two opportunities to serve at 3rd Saturday Meals over the summer
June 15 and August 17 - Guy is hosting the 3rd Saturday Meals at First UMC
Email Guy to help out!
Habitat for Humanity Build - new date coming soon (must be 16 or older)
First UMC Blood Drive - June 24 - Help check people in for donation (must be 16 or older with ID to donate blood)
First UMC Vacation Bible School - Aug 4-7 (we need a lot of volunteers!) Sign up here to volunteer

What a Year!
I can hardly believe this school year is already over! It has already been 10 months since my family and I relocated to Sartell and joined this church! It has been my joy and honor to work with the Youth of First UMC this past year.

I started out not even knowing anyone’s name and now, in such a short time, every person is so dear to my heart. The Youth of First UMC are talented, strong, wise, and fun! Don’t be a stranger this summer to all of the fun things happening and look for details concerning a Fall kick off later on.

Youth, even over the summer, we are here to be your community.
Email or call if you need to connect, need prayers, or just miss us! 

Blessings, Amanda + Youth Companions

Youth Sunday – Way 2 Go
YOUTH SUNDAY was such a joy to be apart of. Way to go to every youth and adult that made it possible.

 “How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered!”
Psalms 139:17

Congratulations Seniors!
We have an awesome group of Seniors graduating this year. We couldn’t be prouder but also selfishly sad to lose them to all the fun and exciting things they are off to do!

Please help us honor the Seniors at First UMC during the service on June 9th.

Seniors, though we part shortly, let the foundation of your time here in this community carry you forward with grace, protection, and always, God’s unconditional love for you.

Youth Group
Grades 7th - 12th grade meet weekly on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm in the Youth Room, following an optional meal at 6:00 pm. We create a safe, welcoming, and fun space for youth to fellowship, make meaningful connections, and grow closer to God. For more information about Youth Group, please fill out the Youth Group Registration Form. Contact Amanda Hodge, Director of Youth Ministry, any time with questions and/or prayer requests.

First Artists Collective (FAC)
The First Artist Collective (a subgroup of Youth Group) is a group of musicians, poets, and artists exploring and deepening our faith through shared artistic expression. We find energy and inspiration in the diverse beauty of God’s creation and in fellowship with one another. We recognize the gifts and talents in our community and welcome those who have not yet found a creative home. We practice our collective art as an offering, actively supporting one another through the fruits of the Spirit and working together to create works of art that honor God and strengthen our community.


Amanda Hodge.JPG

About Amanda, Director of Youth Ministry:
Amanda Hodge joined us in September to lead our Youth Ministry into the future by engaging current and new students to connect with God in Jesus Christ. As a church that puts love first in everything we do, living into our mission of inviting, forming, and sending active followers of Jesus, we needed someone who also puts God’s love as the primary guiding principle in her life, and we found her!

Amanda Hodge was born on Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri. After her father retired from the military and relocated the family to North Carolina, Amanda was introduced to church by being invited to be a part of a local youth group. Ever since that time, she has been passionate about helping Youth Ministries lead others down the same path that has enriched her own life.

Amanda has led a variety of Youth Ministries at churches in North Carolina and Michigan, as well as on campus during her undergraduate studies at Chowan University. Amanda has many other skills and gifts that she brings to the role, including a degree in Business Administration and, most recently, event planning experience at the University of Denver in Colorado. Amanda is delighted to bring all of these talents, as well as her passion for serving youth, to First United Methodist Church.

Confirmation Jan 2019 - Photos (This photo album is password protected)