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YOUTH & FAMILY MINISTRY

Russellville First's Youth & Family Ministry exists to nurture pre-teens and teenagers in their faith, teach them to become disciples of the Lord and show them how to love God and love others. We encourage our youth to invest themselves in the life of the church through Sunday school, Confirmation, small groups, eXplosion, missions, service, and much more!

Questions? Ask by email to youth@russellvillefirst.org.

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SUNDAY SCHOOL

In addition to classes for 5th-12th grades designed around each age group, we also offer breakfast during the Sunday school hour for our youth! We encourage all youth to come and be part of our Sunday school classes from 9:40–10:30 a.m. each week.​

CONFIRMATION

Each year, 7th graders are invited to be a part of this group. Every student is matched with an adult mentor and participates in weekly learning, service projects, retreats and more! This time is used to learn more about their faith and discover what their walk with the Lord looks like. In spring, we celebrate our confirmands during Confirmation Sunday. 

WIRED WEDNESDAYS

SURGE (Grades 5-7)

Middle School Youth meet at the church from 6:00-7:00 p.m. to experience games, activities, and discussion as part of the Surge group time. Occasionally, this group meets offsite for special mission projects and field trips.

IMPACT (Grades 8-12)

Junior High and High School Youth belong to small Impact Groups that meet at various locations on Wednesdays according to grade and gender. The youth come together throughout the year to fellowship through Impact United activities.

FUMY SUNDAYS

Join us for FUMY Sundays--a time for our youth to come together in an informal setting to eat, fellowship, and worship together. We will have pizza, snacks, and drinks available for $5 per youth. The FIRST Sunday of every month will be Family First Sunday, for all children, youth, and their families to come together for dinner, activities, and worship. We will have a prepared meal on Family First Sundays for $5 per meal.

AND THERE'S MORE

  • Conference-wide events like Refuge, Veritas, & Assembly

  • Events like trips to the trampoline park and water park, Destination Unknown, scavenger hunts, escape rooms, summer Lunch Bunch, pool parties, and Mission Trips

  • Leadership Opportunities like serving as a Youth Liturgist in worship or being a member of our Youth Council

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2024 MISSION TRIPS

SPRING BREAK MISSION TRIP: MARCH 16-23, 2024

Orlando, Florida

8th-12th Graders

A week of service, faith, and fellowship.

 

Ministry opportunities in Orlando are multi-faceted and diverse and may consist of

  • being a part of ministry with local churches, helping invest in kids through after-school projects or other community outreach.

  • being a part of helping meet basic needs by working in food pantries and soup kitchens, helping others get access to the essentials they need.

  • being a part of community development projects, helping with landscaping and working in nurseries to brighten up the community.

We will spend the final day of the trip at Universal Studios!

How much: Registration is open! Cost for the week is $575 per attendee ($100 deposit is required). Fundraisers will take place through out the year to help cover the cost of the trip. The deadline to sign up is December 15!

SUMMER MISSION TRIP: June 23-28, 2024

Ozark Mission Project

7th-12th Graders

A week of service, faith, and fellowship.

Ozark Mission Project pairs short term mission work with long-term connection in the communities we serve in. Whether you are building a wheelchair ramp, or cleaning up someone’s yard, you can make a difference and help create lasting change in communities across Arkansas. 

How much: Registration is open! Cost for the week is $300 per attendee. Cost increases to $350 after January 1. If you would like a scholarship to cover a portion of your registration, simply pay a lesser amount. A minimum of $150 is requested.

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