Our energetic and exciting Tween program is a wonderful addition to the ministries of First Church. Our 5th and 6th graders learn how to grow, by example, into loving and responsible youth and adults.
Sunday Mornings, 9:30 – 10:30 AM
A time of learning and fellowship
Club 56 (Fall/Spring)
Sunday evening gathering where tweens participate in a variety of exciting activities including choir, tween fear factor, messy games, and more
WACCI for Tweens
Wednesday Afternoon (Fall/Spring)
Afterschool program including fun, fellowship and games
SMALL GROUPS AND BIBLE STUDIES (Fall/Spring)
5th Grade Panera Small Group
Fifth graders are invited to meet at Panera Bread at Cordova Mall at 2:30pm for a small group and a time of devotion after school. Bring money for a snack! We will end at 3:30pm.
6th Grade Thursday Morning Small Group
Sixth graders are invited to meet at Panera Bread at Cordova Mall at 7:45am for a small group devotion before school. Transportation to Workman is provided.
6th Grade Friday Morning Small Group
Sixth graders are invited to meet at Bagelheads at 6:30am for a small group devotion before school. Transportation to EDS is available. Possible transportation could be available to other schools
Retreats, Trips and Special Events
Are You Afraid of the Dark? (Summer)
Summer Splash (Summer)
Fear Factor (Fall)
Created by God (Fall)
Confirmation Retreat (Winter)
Blue Lake Family Reatreat (Oct)
On-Campus Sleepovers (Fall/Spring)
All 5th and 6th graders are invited and encouraged to participate in confirmation. Confirmands participate in a variety of in depth classes which prepare them to become full members of the church. Upon completion of the confirmation class, confirmands commit to the Methodist Church during worship the Sunday following Easter.
First Church follows Safe Sanctuaries procedures to create an environment in which children, youth and the adults who work with them have boundaries of safe space.
Denise Van Atta, Director of Tween and Youth Ministries
Email Denise 850-432-1434
Denise has an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education and holds her Directors Credential for the State and is a Certified Trainer for the Early Childhood Coalition of Escambia County. She has served in several capacities at the church, from Preschool Director to her current position as Director of Tween and Youth Ministries. Denise enjoys running and has run in several half marathons and marathons. She is married to Ricky Van Atta and has a daughter, Brady.