FLAME Youth Group

On Sundays @ 7:00-8:30pm in the Youth Center
This group is for 6th-12th graders.  We gather every week for worship and singing. We play games, eat snacks and break into discussion groups. We get into God's Word and learn how to put teen issues into a Christian perspective. We do extra activities like paintball, laser tag, bowling, hayrides, swimming, shopping, etc. Come join us at FLAME for fellowship, discipleship and fun!

Message & Movie Night

On Mondays @7:00-9:00pm
If you are a young adult or in high school, then you are invited to Pastor Dan’s house every Monday night for a “Message & Movie Night.”  There will be a short devotional thought, a time to pray for each other, a time to get our snacks, and then we will watch a movie together.  It’s a great group and we would love to have you join us.  

Sunday Connection Group


Held in the Youth Center for 6th-12th grade students.  Led by Youth Director Will Flaherty.

Youth Mission Trip

* Next trip will take place summer 2021

Every year our teens go on a 1-week mission trip to develop a servant's heart and to draw closer to Jesus. Mission trips are a wonderful opportunity for teens to grow closer to God and to each other while learning that with the help of God, they too can make a difference in the world.  We start off the day with morning worship and devotional time.  The afternoon is spent in service, either helping with a kids' club or doing minor repair/painting/clean-up work.  In the evenings, the group rejoins for dinner and more worship with a dynamic speaker, followed by discussion, sharing and prayer time.  The spiritual growth that takes place in these few days is powerful to see.

Summer Camps

Every summer middle school and high school students have the opportunity to attend one of several United Methodist camps in Michigan. These camps radically impact how our teens live for Jesus Christ and we recommend that they all go to camp to draw closer to God, to make some awesome friendships with other Christian teens, and to simply have fun! Camp brochures are available at the church, or go to the "Camping" quick link at westmichiganconference.org.









Ice Camp Winter Retreats

Activities include: tubing, tobogganing, ice skating, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, basketball, dodge ball, volleyball, carpet ball, ping-pong, cards and board games. There are also incredible worship services and discussion times. Just ask anyone who has been to Miracle Camp before! It is a memorable spiritual experience.

Church Lock-Ins

We host one or two Lock-In events a year. During these evenings we eat tons of food, play lots of games, including dodge ball, ping-pong, air hockey, foosball and carpet ball, play video games, watch movies and simply hang out together.

*Find waiver & permission forms - click here

Director of Children & Youth Ministries, Will Flaherty leads the way in igniting this generation for Christ through programs that encourage and strengthen those in middle school, high school and college on their journey of faith.

In FLAME, we teach teens to:

  • Follow Jesus

  • Learn the Word

  • Advance the Good News of Jesus Christ

  • Minister to Others

  • Encourage Others in their Faith


For information about all the current activities, please see our FLAME newsletter.

FLAME Ministries



United Methodist Church

2950 Lakeview Avenue

St. Joseph, MI  49085

Hours: M-F 9:00 to 3:00

Office: 269.983.3929

Email:  office@sjfirstumc.org












 9:00   Traditional Service

10:00  Classes/Coffee/Fellowship 

11:00  Casual Service

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