Florida's Oldest United Methodist Church with Sunday Services at 8:00am, 9:30am, and 11:00am

Tweens (5th-6th)


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.

Children’s Ministry Holy Week & Easter at Home
As we journey into Holy Week and Easter at First Church, we invite you and your families to use our Easter at Home resource booklet. Learn about ways you and your family can celebrate this beginning of Holy Week, including lessons, activities, and games. Click on the link below to view a printable PDF. Stay tuned for more information from the church on how you can worship with us online during Holy Week and Easter. Click HERE for the printable PDF resource booklet.

Children’s Sermon  //  April 5, 2020
Palm Sunday
by Lisa Bond, Director of Children and Adult Discipleship, First UMC Pensacola
Click HERE for the children’s bulletin.

Virtual Labyrinth & Stations of the Cross
The congregation is invited to use this opportunity to focus their hearts and minds on the significance of Holy Week, as we all prepare ourselves for the coming Easter Sunday. We have provided a virtual version of our annual Labyrinth and Stations of the Cross with guided meditations written by Donell Seager, Spiritual Director. Click HERE to view the printable PDF.


Sunday School
Sunday Mornings, 9:30am – 10:30am
A time of learning and fellowship.

Club 56 (Fall/Spring)
Begins September 15
Sunday Evenings, 4:30pm-6:00pm
Sunday evening gathering where tweens participate in a variety of exciting activities including choir, tween fear factor, messy games, and more.

Tween Choir
Sunday Evenings, 6:00pm-6:30pm
A tween choir that sings in our Church services.


6th Grade Thursday Morning Small Group  |  Begins January 16th
Sixth graders are invited to meet at Panera Bread at Cordova Mall at 8:15am for a small group devotion before school.  Transportation to Workman is provided.

6th Grade Friday Morning Small Group  |  Begins January 17th
Sixth graders are invited to meet at Whataburger on Gregory St 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)
Blue Lake Family Reatreat (Fall)
On-Campus Sleepovers (Fall/Spring)
Confirmation Retreat (Winter)


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.

Safe Sanctuaries

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.


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