Our youth ministry at Missoula First UMC seeks to provide a safe space for youth of all ages to navigate their faith, serve our communities,
and feel accepted for who they are as a child of God.
We do this through our Nursery, Sunday School,
and Youth Group programs. 


During normal times we provide weekly childcare in our Nursery each Sunday from 10:00am-12:00pm. Nursery is available for children age
0-3. Parents are asked to sign their children in and out at drop-off and pick-up with our Nursery Attendant or available volunteer.

We are looking for a nursery attendant now. If interested call the church office at 549-6118.


Our Sunday School

will have virtual Children's Church starting Sept. 13 at 10 a.m.

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We explore stories of the bible through our Deep Blue Curriculum and seek out ways to provide service for our church community and beyond. Sunday School is available for children in
Pre-K-5th grade.


First United Methodist Youth (FUMY) meets weekly on
Sunday nights at 6 pm on Zoom.


We play games, and explore relevant topics to today's young people. We also engage in various service projects each month. FUMY is open to all Middle School and High School students (6th-12th grade)


Our nursery is staffed by one Nursery Attendant and various volunteers. All of our staff and volunteers are Safe Gatherings certified, meaning they are trained to ensure the highest safety for your children in our ministry. Childcare in our nursery is provided every Sunday from 10am through the end of worship for children ages 0-3. Please be sure to sign your children in at the time of drop-off and sign them out at pick up. Please inform our nursery staff of any dietary, allergy, medical, and other pertinent information about your child. We also ask that you provide diapers or anything else your child may need during their time in nursery. If you have any questions, please reach out to us at




Sunday School is available for children in Pre-K through 5th grade. we will have virtual Children's worship weekly at 10 a.m. on Sunday's starting September 13. Using the Deep Blue curriculum from Cokesbury, we explore various themes and stories from the Bible as we form and understand our faith together. We also spend time learning children songs and finding ways to act in service to our First UMC and Missoula communities. Sunday School is lead by our Youth Director and volunteer staff. 


Schedule Coming in the fall

Children's church/Sunday School
will begin on Sunday September 13 at 10 a.m. The link will be the same as the Worship Service link sent out by Pastor John.
Contact the office if you would like to be on the email list for the link.


Bringing day camp to your computer screen.

United Methodist Virtual Day Camp

Bible Games




FUMY meets weekly during the school year on Wednesday nights. We gather for  games and conversation. FUMY is open to all Middle School and High School age youth (6th-12th grade). Each month is centered around a particular theme that we explore together through small group discussion and occasionally a service project inspired by the topic. FUMY is led by our Youth Director
and volunteers.


Youth Group (FUMY) will be meeting virtually this fall.  If you would like to be on the email list for the link, call the church office.

Just for fun


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Courtney was born and raised in Whitefish, MT and grew up in the Columbia Falls United Methodist Church. They received their Bachelor's Degree in psychology and political science at the University of Montana, and are currently pursuing a Master of Divinity from Iliff School of Theology and oridination in the UMC. They've been with First UMC since January of 2019, and have a passion for helping young people discover themselves and their faith. 

Youth Director

Shaina has been with us since September of 2019. Shaina is a junior at the University of Montana and is studying psychology on a pre-medicine track hoping to be a pediatrician someday. In her spare time, Shaina likes to volunteer with Big Brothers, Big Sisters and has also recently received her EMT certification. She is excited to create fun and welcoming environment in our nursery.

Nursery Attendant

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Genevieve has been a member of FUMC for nearly 20 years. She has 4 kiddos and two dogs named Maggie and Daisy! Before she had kids and dogs, Genevieve worked as a mental health social work. Genevieve volunteers in all areas of our youth ministry. "I enjoy volunteering with FUMY as they are an amazing group and always VERY funny!"

Genevieve Padget-Slote
Travis & Leanna Ross

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Travis and Leanna are partners in life, and are the parents of Walker, Cash, and their sweet angel-boy Tyler. As a family, they enjoy camping, canoeing, skiing, biking, and exploring. Travis is a Water Quality Specialist and Leanna is a Nurse Educator. They are happy to be involved in the youth community of FUMC!

Sarah Slater

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Sarah is the mother of two wonderful children, Gabe and Bethany. Sarah and her family participate in 4-H. Sarah helps out in the Sunday School and is a great role model for all of our young people at First UMC!

Angie Doucette

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Angie is the proud parent of Van, Cameron, and Maxum. When she's not volunteering with FUMY or working with Watson's Children Shelter, she can be found putting her artistic talents to use through a multitude of creative outlets. Her crafting abilities bring unique activities to our Sunday School and FUMY youth.