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.

Please make sure there is a medical authorization on file with the youth department before participating in youth related events:

Sign Ups for volunteering slots, needed items, or other involvement in specific roles can be found at www.timetosignup.com/kidscount by clicking on the “4G ” folders.

Tentative Yearly Calendar
  Church Picnic
Our fall kick off event
Date: September 11
Time: 4:00-7:00
Location: Adventure Zone
Action Needed: Bring a side dish/dessert to share
Impact Rewind
Blending the summer into the school year
Date: September 18
Time: 5:15-8:45 (meet at FUMC)
Location: Fishing Creek Salem UMC
Action Needed: Permission Form
DEADLINE: Day of  (earlier is appreciated)
Bible Sunday
Bibles for 6th and 9th graders
Date: September 18
Time: 8:15 & 10:45 Services
Confirmation Fall Retreat
#1 of the year
Date: October 28 & 29
Time: 6:00-9:00 & 9:00-12:00
Action Needed:
Battle Ball
CHUM Tournament and Worship Night
Date: November 6
Time: 1:15-8:00 (6:00-8:00 for the worship night)
Action Needed: Registration and Release
DEADLINE:  October 23
Corn Maize
Date: October 21
Time: 5:45-9:30
Action Needed: Registration Form
DEADLINE: October 16
IMG_0019 Sleep out for the Homeless
annual homeless awareness event
Date: November 23-24th
Information: Participant Info and Adult Leader Info
Action Needed:  Permission Form and adult sign ups for supervision and soup donations
DEADLINE: November 13
 IMG_0018 Winter Retreat
Combined middle and high school
Date: December 9-11
Action Needed:  Registration form
DEADLINE:  November 13
  Cookie Walk
Date: December 17
Time: 10:00-1:00
Action Needed:  Sign up to help provide cookies.  Sign up at  to help volunteer the day of.
Confirmation Winter Retreat
#2 of the year
Date: January 6 & 7
Action Needed: Permission Form and online sign ups for food
Deadline: January 1
UMC youth conference
Date: January 8
Time: 2:00-8:00 (meet at FUMC)
Location: Gettysburg UMC
Action Needed: Permission Form and  Photo Release
DEADLINE: Day of (earlier is appreciated)
 IMG_0020 Zeteo High School Conference
a S’nL event
Date: January 27 – January 29
Information: Open to 8th* through 12th grade students
(*read middle school note on registration form) Participant Information
Action Needed: Registration Form and Liability Form
DEADLINE: December 18
Snow Tubing
a 3G wintery outing

Youth Sunday
a youth led church service
Date: March 19, 2017
Time: (both services)
Battle Ball – Messiah Tournament and Worship Night
Date: February 26, 2017
Information:  Must be available for the entire event for participation on the team
Time: 1:15-8:00 Tournament and Worship, 6:00-8:00 Worship
Action Needed: Registration Form  and Battleball-Liability-Form
DEADLINE: March 19
Easter Sunrise Service and Breakfast
Date: April 16th
Time: 6:30 AM (Breakfast to follow)
Location: Mechanicsburg Cemetery (Breakfast in Fellowship Hall)
Action Needed: Sign up to bring food
Car Wash – Fundraising Opportunity

Confirmation Spring Retreat
#3 of the year
Date: March 17 and March 18
Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm and 9:00am-12:00pm
Action Needed: Permission Form and online sign ups for food
DEADLINE:  March 12
 IMG_0007 Spring Retreat
combined middle and high school
Date:  April 28-30
Action Needed:  Registration Form
DEADLINE: March 26
 IMG_0006 Grateful Grads and Senior Show Down a night of senior testimonies and celebrating our graduates
Date: May 21, 2017
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:
Confirmation Retreat
Washington DC
Date: May 13, 2017
Five to Thrive
a Salt ‘n Light event
Date: May 6, 2017
Information:  This is not an organized youth event but students and parents are encouraged to attend on their own to support this ministry and to see the reprise of the 2017 Zeteo “Storymaker” drama.
Action Needed: For more information and registration go to http://snlym.com/events-ministries/fivetothrive/
Confirmation Service and Breakfast
Date: June 4, 2017
Time: 9:30 (breakfast), 10:45 (service)
Information: It has become tradition for the 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: https://www.timetosignup.com/kidscount/sheet/73036 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 and Luncheon
Date: May 21, 2017
Information: Graduates will be recognized at both services
Action Needed: Graduating Information Form
 IMG_0009 Year End 4G Picnic
end of school year/”hell0″ summer picnic
Date: May 28, 2017
 IMG_0016 Jubilee Prep Day -fundraising opportunity
Date: June 14, 2017
Action Needed: Sign up to help
 IMG_0503 Jubilee Day – fundraising opportunity
Date: June 15, 2017
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: July 8-15, 2017
Action Needed:  Informational Meeting on either November 10 or November 16
DEADLINE:  December 11, 2016
 IMG_0004 Impact
a S’n L Camping Festival (students and families)
Date: July 26-July 30 2017
Action Needed: Registration Form , SnL Medical Release, and attending a informational meeting
DEADLINE: March 22(early bird), May 21 (discounted rate), June 4 (regular rate), July 23 (late registration)
  Mini Golf
a 4G summer adventure
Action Needed:
IMG_0013 Pool Party
a 4G summer adventure
Action Needed:
Ongoing 4G  Service Opportunities

Various opportunities are provided for youth through out the year.
See Missions and Service Page for more information.
Must have a PARTICIPANT FORM on file to participant in any service activity.  For service opportunities requiring sign ups, please sign up on www.timetosignup.com/kidscount in the appropriate sign up sheet in the “service opportunity” folder.

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

Nail Painting
Time: 2:00- 3:20
When: 3rd Saturday of the month
Where: Manor Care Camp Hill



mobilemission-620x226Bethesda Mobile Mission
Time: 8:20pm-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

For the safety of your youth please make sure a MEDICAL AUTHORIZATION FORM  is on file with the youth department.  If you have no changes to the current form on file, keep it up-to-date by filling out a MEDICAL RE AUTHORIZATION FORM yearly.  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.