Picture of boys on Wilderness Trail


6th - 12th

4 youth jumping off a bench

The mission of FUMC Youth group is to be a community of faith that encourages a personal relationship with God. We strive to teach youth that they are loved, forgiven, and needed by God and the church. Our goal is to empower our students to change the world.

Youth and leader playing a game

Sunday Nights

Middle & High Schoolers

Sunday nights are open to all 6th -12th graders. Youth meet at the church for games, small groups, worship, and a meal together. Small groups are led by our high schoolers - every youth has a place! Come join us from 5-7:30PM on Sunday nights in the Youth Area.

students playing a game with a ball

After School Program

3:00-5:00PM Daily

The Middle School After school Program is free and open to all 6th - 8th graders every day after school. Students ride a bus from Waynesville Middle School to the church where they can hang out, play games, do homework, and enjoy time together. CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP. Contact Matthew Blackburn with any questions.

Large group of youth outside of building

Winter Retreat

Winter Retreat is held every January over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend at Camp Cedar Cliff in Black Mountain, NC. This is a weekend spent in fellowship and devotions led by guest speakers, with some free time for camp activities! This is a great opportunity to bring friends and visitors.

Youth backpacking

Summer Trips

Click here for summer trip forms & payment links

Every summer our youth serve on various local and national mission trips. There are trips for both middle and high school students as well as a combined local mission trip. Youth also have an opportunity to head to the mountains of Virginia to Wilderness Trail, a backpacking ministry where youth will hike and camp together in small groups along the Appalachian Trail.

Middle School Mission Trip on a deck


Throughout the week youth have opportunities to serve at Pathways, The Open Door, Haywood Christian Ministry, Youth Conversation Corps (YCC), and other non-profits in the area. All youth are invited to participate. Contact Matthew Blackburn for more information.

Two youth throwing a pumpkin


Two main fundraisers are held every year to provide funding our youth programs. The Swing for the Kids Golf Tournament is held every August to raise money for our After school Program and our Pumpkin Patch in October helps fund the summer mission trips every year. There is a huge need of support for these events to happen – from volunteers to financial support & gifts. Please contact us if you are interested in being a part of these yearly fundraisers.