AGAPE Youth Ministries


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We believe that youth are our promise for a bright tomorrow and future. First Church Agape Youth Ministry (AYM) is designed to enhance youth spiritual growth and development, showcase their innate gifts and talents, provide positive program alternatives, assist in strengthening and supporting their educational career goals and teaching them that ‘I am my brother’s/sister’s keeper.’ We teach youth to Walk in the Word! Adults from many professional and educational backgrounds volunteer in First Church Youth Ministries, programs and activities. Believing that ‘GOD IS FIRST and NO YOUTH SHOULD BE LEFT BEHIND,’ the Senior Pastor supports and encourages youth participation beginyammeet-300x200ning from the Nursery to High School Senior graduation. AYM focuses on five broad areas: Spiritual Growth and Development, Education, Cultural Enrichment, Youth Outreach, Youth to Young Adult In-Reach and Service and Special Projects. We believe in Psalm 27:11, “Teach me thy way O Lord, and lead me to a level path . . .” Servicing more than one-hundred (100) youth on a weekly basis in the various youth ministries from throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan areas, youth, with their parents/guardians, are offered numerous ministry opportunities to reap tremendous benefits from AWANA (Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed) to Sunday School, Music, Vacation Bible School, Boy Scouts, Scholarship and Mentoring, Tutoring, Theatre productions for Black History Month, Easter and Christmas and Liturgical Dance Movement in praise. There are specific ministries that focus on young males (Shepherd Boys and Royal Ambassadors) and females (GA-Girls in Action and TA-Teens in Action) challenges in today’s world. Special programs and projects like Youth Revival, Debutantes and Beaux for Christ, FallFest, True Love Waits, Male and Female Lock-in-Retreats, Back to School Round-Up and Supply School Give Away, Cultural Enrichment Outings and Educational College Tours are a myriad of AYM offerings. We encourage parents/guardians to get involved and be informed about the many ministries, programs and services First Church provides for youth. AWANA Mission: To TEACH God’s word to children. The goal is to reach youth teen boys and girls with the gospel of Christ and train them to serve Him. Meeting: Wednesday at 6:30pm Email: Commander, Cindy Horton TEEN IN ACTION Mission:Focus on youth between the ages 13-18 to deal with female issues. Meeting: Sunday at 5:00pm Email: Verdell Jimison and Sandra Finney, Sponsors SHEPHERD BOYS Mission  :Focus on youth between the ages 3-12 to deal with male issues. Meeting: Scheduled by Leader Email: ROYAL AMBASSADORS Mission: Focus on youth between the ages 13-18 to deal with male issues. Meeting: Scheduled by Leader Email: Tim Williams, Donnie Rayford, Sponsors BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA Mission: The Boy Scouts of America prepare young people to make ethical decisions throughout their lifetime. This is done by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and law. The vision for scouting is “FUN IN THE OUTDOORS”, or a “GAME WITH A PURPOSE”, while at the same time building character, and developing leaders and life skills. Open to all boys interested in building character, and developing leadership and life skills.Meeting: Scouting roundtables are the 2nd & 3rd Tuesdays of each month for Troops and Venturing Crew leaders. Committee Meeting: First Saturday of the month, 5:00pm at the Eagles nest. Email: Frank Beverly, Chair VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL Mission: Annual three to five day bible school involving youth from 3 years old to adults. Time: Summer Month Email: Coretta Williams, Coordinator SCHOLARSHIPS Mission: The Scholarship Ministry is designed to assist First Church students in seeking and helping to secure scholarships from First Church scholarship-80x60alumnus, membership donors, and other outside public and private funding sources so that the students will be able to succeed in their professional career choice. The ministry implements several yearly college and university tours. For more than two decades, it has granted more than a quarter million dollars to deserving students with impeccable academic achievement. Additionally, it sponsors the annual Baccalaureate service with featured guest speakers such as Irma P. Hall (Actress Big Momma from “Soul Food”) and Judge Maryellen Hicks. A highlight of the ministry is a celebration to honor First Church graduating seniors. Email: Micheal Malone, Coordinator TUTORING Mission: Any student who needs assistance in math, science and/or reading, this is the perfect ministry for you. The ministry also helps prepare students to pass state standardized test(s). Parents/guardians are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to help their child/children stay ahead of their academic pursuit. The program is free to First Church members and to the community. Tutoring Schedule: January-March and October-December Mondays & Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30pm Email: LITURGICAL DANCE MINISTRY Mission: “Let them praise his name with dancing, making melody to him with tambourine and lyre!” Psalm 149:3 Youth are taught the value and dancerspurpose of praise to glorify God through Dance movement. Females ages 4 and up. Lil Angels 4-11. Teen Angels 12-18. Women of Praise 19 and up. Rehearsal: Monday, 6:30 – 8:00pm Meeting location is the Dance Room Email: Vanessa Lewis, Coordinator Phyllis Scott, Co-Coordinator SONSHINE AND VOICES OF HOPE CHOIR  As part of the Music Ministry, the Youth Choir includes youth from ages 4-18. Wednesday, 7:00-8:00pm Email: Lisa Jenkins, John Tatum Valerie Williams, Shawn Miller, Monica Malone & Benita Miller, Choir Assistants THEATRE Mission: The Theatre Ministry performs three youth productions (Black History Month, Easter and Christmas) per year involving youth from ages 6-18. Rehearsal: Scheduled by production Director Email: Cherie Williams, Coordinator Velyncia Caldwell, Sheretta Booker & Nora Wilson, Assistants AGAPE CHURCH Worship in the Chapel each Sunday at 10:30am (except 2nd Sunday) “Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers for an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity!” I Timothy 4:12 Ministers: Rev. John Ellis, Lead Rev. Clay Jackson & Rev. Reggie Moore, Co-Leads Renee Ellis, Cheryl Lane, Pam Williams, Volunteer Schedulers Jacob Gordon & Myles Hawkins, Audio Youth Fellowship Refreshments Janice Nelson, Head Stephanie Sims & Shawn Miller Youth Communications Written, Electronic and Social Media Floyd Erving, Coordinator Youth Church Meeting: Tuesday after the 1st Sunday @ 7:00pm Curtis King, AYM Director and Advisor Email:

Curtis King

AYM Director

Minister John Ellis

Youth Minister

Sundays in the Chapel @ 10:30 (except on the second Sunday).

On second Sunday’s all Youth worship in the Sanctuary

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