Information packet

For 2019 Scholarship Form Due May 1, 2019, click here.

A year in the youth ministry at First Church houses a variety of events and activities.  We ask that you be prayerful and wise in your commitments, striving to have your involvements be helpful to your spiritual development and not the cause for busyness in your life.  Involvement in church life is important but the whole of the youth departments events are meant to offer an array of choices, not an expectation to participant in everything.

Registration forms for events can be found on this page or in the youth form area located on the basement level adjacent to the elevator.

To participate in events and activities and to assure you the best care in a chance of an emergency, all participants are asked to have Activity Participation and Medical Authorization Form on file. (Or please fill out a Re-Authorization Formto make current your past form). F0r any events or opportunities requiring sign ups, please sign up on in the appropriate sign up sheet.

Tentative Yearly Calendar
  Church Picnic
Our fall kick off event
Location: Adventure Zone
Action Needed: Bring a side dish/dessert to share
Impact Rewind
Blending the summer into the school year
Action Needed:
Bible Sunday
Bibles for 6th and 9th graders
Time: 8:15 & 10:45 Services
Confirmation Fall Retreat
#1 of the year
Date: October 26 & 27
Time: 6:00-8:30 & 7:30-11:00
Action Needed:  Permission Form
Battle Ball
CHUM Tournament and Worship Night
Date: November 4
Time: 1:15-8:00 (6:00-8:00 for the worship night)
Action Needed: Registration Form and Release
DEADLINE:  October 21
Corn Maize
Date: November 2
Time: 5:45 – 9:45
Action Needed: Registration Form
DEADLINE: October 28
IMG_0019 Sleep out for the Homeless
annual homeless awareness event
Date: November 16th and 17th
Action Needed: Permission Form and adult sign ups for supervision and soup donation
DEADLINE: November 5th
 IMG_0018 Winter Retreat
Combined middle and high school
Date: Nov 30-Dec 2
Action Needed:  Registration Form
DEADLINE:  November 4th
  Cookie Walk
Date: December 17
Time: 10:00-1:00
Action Needed:
Help Provide Cookies 
Info needed by Nov 18th
Sign up at  to help volunteer the day of.
Confirmation Winter Retreat
Action Needed:
Christmas Caroling
Date: December 16
Action Needed:
 IMG_0020 Zeteo High School Conference
a S’nL event
Date: February 1-3
Information: Open to 8th* through 12th grade students
(*read middle school note on registration form)
Action Needed: Registration Form and Liability Form
DEADLINE: December 15
Snow Tubing
a 4G wintery outing

Youth Sunday
a youth led church service
Time: (both services)
Battle Ball – Messiah Tournament and Worship Night
Information:  Must be available for the entire tournament for participation on the team
Time: 1:15-8:00 Tournament and Worship, 6:00-8:00 Worship
Action Needed:
Easter Sunrise Service and Breakfast
Time: (Breakfast to follow)
Location: Mechanicsburg Cemetery (Breakfast in Fellowship Hall)
Action Needed: Sign up to bring food

Confirmation Retreat
Action Needed:
 IMG_0007 Spring Retreat
combined middle and high school
Date:  April 26-28, 2019
Action Needed: Registration Form
DEADLINE: April 7, 2019
 IMG_0006 Grateful Grads and Senior Show Down a night of senior testimonies and celebrating our graduates
Date:  MAY 19th
Information: An evening of worship and testimony from our graduating seniors (6:00-7:00) in the green chair section of the sanctuary followed by an upbeat 4G style competition in our Senior Show Down in the Multipurpose room (7:00-8:30).
Action Needed:  Come!
Confirmation Retreat
Washington, DC
Date:  May 4th, 2019
Action Needed: Registration Form
DEADLINE: April 28th
Five to Thrive
a Salt ‘n Light event
Information:  This is not an organized youth event but students and parents are encouraged to attend on their own to support this ministry
Action Needed: For more information and registration go to
Confirmation Service and Breakfast
Date: June 9, 2019
Time: 9:30 (breakfast), 10:45 (service)
Information: It has become tradition for the 6th and 7th grade class to host a breakfast for the confirming 8th graders and their families, please join us in helping to continue the tradition.
Action Needed: 
7th graders – sign up for provide food for the breakfast
8th  graders – submit a current picture to Lisa (electronically is preferred) and notify her of the number from your family attending the breakfast.  Sign up to meet for your one-on-one with Pastor Denny.
 IMG_0011 Graduate Sunday
Service of Recognition
Date: JUNE 2nd
Information: Graduates will be recognized at both services
Action Needed:  If interested in being adopted fill out this form
 IMG_0009 Year End 4G Picnic
end of school year/”hell0″ summer picnic
Date:  May 26, 2019
Time: 5:30-8:00
Location: Pleasant View Park
Action Needed:  Bring a side dish or dessert to share and come hungry!
 IMG_0016 Jubilee Prep Day -fundraising opportunity
Date: June 19, 2019
Action Needed: Sign up to help
 IMG_0503 Jubilee Day – fundraising opportunity
Date: June 20, 2019
Action Needed: Sign up to help
 IMG_0001 Tubing Down the Breeches
a 4G summer adventure
Where: Messiah College
Time: 3:30-6:30
Action Needed:
 IMG_0013 Pool Party/ Movie Night
a 4G summer adventure
Action Needed:
  Mission Trip
annual summer youth mission experience
Date: June 30-July 6
Information: Information packet
Action Needed: Registration Form
 IMG_0004 Impact
a Salt ‘n Light Ministry Camping Event
Date: July 24-28, 2019
Action Needed: Registration Form and Salt ‘N Light Medical Form
DEADLINE: rolling deadline and rates
  Mini Golf
a 4G summer adventure
Action Needed:
IMG_0013 Pool Party
a 4G summer adventure
Action Needed:
Ongoing Service Opportunities

There are a variety or regular and intergenerational service activities that are offered at First Church which students are encouraged to participate in:

109Bagging Groceries at Mission Central
Time: 6:00-7:45
When:  3rd Wednesday
Where: Mission Central

Isaiah 61
Time: 6:30 (meet at FUMC at 6:00)
When: 3rd Wednesday
Where: Harrisburg

mobilemission-620x226Bethesda Mobile Mission
Time: 9:00pm-12:00am
When: (dates vary each year)
Where: The streets of Harrisburg

Ongoing Events, Activities, and Small Groups
  4G Sunday Evening Fellowship
Youth Lounge
Sunday Evenings (during the school year)
 IMG_0601 Monday Night Football
Offsite (Various Locations)
Monday Nights of the fall football season
Mid-Week Bible Study 

Wednesday Nights (during the school year)
  4G Periphery in the Park
Off-site (local park)
Wednesday Evening (during the summer)
General Involvement Reminder

Youth are also expected to have signed a Youth Covenant  and are held to the expectations set for in that covenant at all youth events.