Youth Discipleship

About Discipleship with Youth and Their Families

The youth group of FUMC Hurst exists to love, serve and empower students and their families as they grow in faith and compassion while deepening their connections to God, others and their God-given purpose. Our goal is to help each of you experience the love of God and walk with you as you develop your personal understanding of faith. Whether you are brand new or have been around for years, we are excited to be in community with you!

FUMC Hurst Youth is a place of love and welcoming of all identities. FUMC Hurst is committed to protecting children, youth and vulnerable adults whenever they are participating in our programs. All employees and volunteers have undergone background checks and have completed MinistrySafe training.

Sunday Morning

Jr. and Sr. High Youth

We gather in Anderson Center every Sunday, 9:45–10:45 a.m. for grade specific Sunday school. Our goal is to engage in significant conversations about the biblical narrative — especially as it relates to what is going on in our world right now. 

  • 7th Grade: Spice Rack
    • Spice Rack uses both Old and New Testament stories to discuss various topics vital to our faith.
  • 8th Grade: Echo the Story
    • Echo the Story walks through the major stories of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation.
  • 9th Grade: The Bridge
    • The Bridge is a special curriculum that serves as a bridge between Confirmation (6th Grade) and Rite 12 (12th Grade).
  • 10th Grade: The Quad
    • The Quad uses sources like scripture, tradition, reason, and experience to help students formulate their personal beliefs on a variety of topics important to their faith.
  • 11th Grade: The Bridge (Again)
  • 12th Grade: Rite 12
    • Rite 12 is both a Sunday School class and a special program for 12th grade students.
      • The Class: Students develop a list of objectives they want to learn prior to moving into adult life then spend the year working through it. The class is open to every senior and students are encouraged to invite friends to join in their discussions.
      • The Program: Requires students to be engaged in both the youth program, as leaders, and the church as the whole. All students who complete the program are blessed with a Mystery Trip at the end of the year.
  • When: Every Sunday, 9:45-10:45 AM
    Where: Anderson Center

Sunday Nights

Youth Group
  • Who: You! A.k.a. Junior and Senior High Youth (7-12th grade)
  • What: A time for fellowship, musical worship, learning, and small groups. Each week we love, serve, and empower each other in order to deepen our connection to God, each other, and our God-given purpose.
    • Oh...and did we mention FOOD?
      • Snack Supper: The first thirty minutes of youth group is a time for fellowship over a small meal ($3 per person). First time visitors eat for free as we welcome you to our church family.
      • Want to provide Snack Supper on a Sunday night? Thank you! (You will be reimbursed!) Please email Rev. Holly Dittrich at .
  • When: Every Sunday, 5-7 AM
    Where: Anderson Center

Holiday Hangouts
  • A more relaxed Sunday night, filled with games and free time for extended fellowship and socialization. Holiday Hangouts occur during regular youth hours when there is no school the next day.

Youth Choir & Praise Band

Youth Praise Band
  • Who: Youth of all ages (7-12th grade) with musical experience.
  • What: Praise Band is a very special part of our youth group. Students volunteer their time and talents to deepening Sunday night Youth Group, occasional Sunday morning worship services, and at various church events.
  • When: Every Sunday, 2-4 PM
  • Where: Anderson Center

Praise Band is under the direction of Chad Morrissey and Elisa Anne. For more information, email .

Celebration Singers Youth Choir
  • Who: You! A.k.a. Junior and Senior High Youth (7-12th grade). No prior singing experience is necessary and no audition is required.
  • What: Choir members find connection with God, a love for music, friendship with peers, and memories that last a lifetime. The choir sings regularly for worship services and tours each summer. The choir has visited Florida, New York City, Washington D.C., and Colorado.
  • When: Every Sunday, 4-5 PM
  • Where: Choir Room

Celebration Singers Youth Choir is under the direction of Ashley Ghent. For more information, email .

Youth Missions

Mission Trips
  • Who: You!
    • Junior High Mission Trip: Entering 7th and 8th graders
    • Senior High Mission Trip: Entering 9-12th graders
  • What: Each year we travel to another community to spend a week serving as the hands and feet of Christ.
  •  When
    • Junior High Mission Trip: TBD
    • Senior High Mission Trip: TBD
  •  Where
    • Junior High Mission Trip: TBD
    • Senior High Mission Trip: TBD

Christmas Shopping Spree
  • Who: You! A.k.a. Junior and Senior High Youth
  • What: FUMC Hurst Youth partners with local elementary schools to build and continue relationships with the families in our community. We pick up elementary students and partner each kiddo with a youth to go Christmas shopping for their families at Target. Once they finish, everyone is bussed back to Anderson Youth Center for a Christmas Present Wrapping Party. To end the exciting day, we eat lunch together before dropping off students back off at their respective schools, presents in hand!

  • When: Every December
  • Where: Anderson Center and Target

Pop Up Projects
  • Who: You! A.k.a. Junior and Senior High Youth
  • What: Pop-Up Projects are one day service projects aimed to love and serve our immediate community. We spend an afternoon working and then enjoy a time of fellowship, usually over dinner and a movie!
  • When: TBD
  • Where: TBD

For more information about any of these Mission opportunities, email .


Purpose Weekend
  • Who: You! A.k.a. Junior and Senior High Youth
  • What: A weekend away to the beautiful Pine Cove Retreat Center where we spend time in worship with each other and Arborlawn UMC’s youth.
  • When: MLK Weekend
  • Where: Pine Cove in Tyler, TX

Weekly Fellowship

  • Wednesday Night Fellowship
  • Coffeehouse Hours
    • Who: You! A.k.a. Junior and Senior High Youth
    • What: Games and coffee
    • When: Wednesdays during the summer, Noon-4 PM; by request during the school year
    • Where: Starbucks