Kids and Youth Ministry Details

Kids @ First — 4 Yrs - 5th Grade


Kids’ Connection

Sunday mornings during all 3 worship services (8:30, 9:45 and 11a.m.) right before the sermon, the kids are dismissed to the Kids’ Connection time with leaders. Parents pick up their kids from room 301 following the service.

This is a time to connect with God and other kids and grow in faith. There is singing, prayer, a Bible lesson that follows the same passage as the morning sermon, and fun! Each week, the kids will receive a take home sheet with some questions and activities for the family to explore throughout the week.


Ignite Kids

  • 5:30 - 6:00 p.m.  Supper in the Wesley Dining Hall
  • 6:00 - 6:30 p.m.  Kids Choir in Room 301
  • 6:30 - 7:00 p.m.  Worship
  • 7:00 - 7:30 p.m.  Games in the Multi Purpose Room

Kid’s Choir

• 6:00 - 6:30 p.m.  Kids Choir in Room 301

Songs will also be learned on Sunday mornings during Kid’s Connection.

Kids will sing in Wednesday worship twice a month and sing on Sunday mornings during the 9:45 a.m. service about once a month.


Youth @ First — 6th - 12th Grade


Youth Sunday School

  • 9:00 a.m.    Meet in Youth Rooms Downstairs
  • 10:00 a.m.  Meet in Youth Rooms Downstairs         

Youth Connection

  • 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.  Meet in Youth Rooms Downstairs

Youth will gather for a time to connect with God and other friends and grow in their faith. Time will be spent sharing a meal together, studying God’s word and maybe getting a little crazy playing games!


Ignite Youth

  • 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.  Youth Room Opens
  • 6:30 - 7:00 p.m.  Worship
  • 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.  Lesson/Games

Confirmation for the 8th Grade Students (or older that have not yet been confirmed)

  • 5:45 - 6:30 p.m.  Class/Mentor Meeting
  • 6:30 - 7:00 p.m.  Worship

Other confirmation attendance requirements include serving Nightwatch breakfast one time, Turkey Dinner and two Confirmation Retreats.

Other Activities - Watch for these to be scheduled!

Mission trips and mission opportunities, Thunder Road, Wild Water West, Air Madness, scavenger hunts…lots of fun and good times together!

It Takes A Village!

Ever wonder what is up with the youth today?  NOW is your opportunity to have an impact on the lives of the youth in our community.  Share the love of God by accepting the opportunity to become a volunteer at this year's Vacation Bible School. 

August 7 & 8 | 7:30 am - 5:30 pm

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Thank you from Kidstop!

As First Church’s Signature Mission for 2018, KidStop would like to extend a sincere thank you for the incredible impact you’ve made on our organization so far this year. The clothes, backpack and school supply drives held over the summer months will now outfit our children just in time for the school year; a time many of our families struggle with, especially when there are multiple children in the family to buy for. We will hold a ‘One Stop KidStop Shop’ on August 17, where the kids will receive an outfit, shoes, socks, underwear and a backpack with supplies, all thanks to your generosity.  It is our goal to offer a hand up, versus a hand out for our families.  A small fee of $5 will be charged per family for this shopping spree.

Thanks to your participation in the annual Pancake supper the choir was able to offer funds to make it possible for us to purchase a refrigerator, used for storing snacks and food for our families, as well as new classroom tables that will enhance our daily activities.

Additionally, I am excited to announce, we are using donated funds to bring several classrooms downstairs up to state licensing standards, allowing us to finally begin our long-awaited middle school program during the 2018-2019 school year!  We are truly grateful and look forward to growing our program and touching the lives of more children and families with your continued support.

Kassidi Smith
Director of Kidstop

Lydia Project for General Conference 2020

Lydia Project

 General Conference of the United Methodist is going to be in Minneapolis in 2020.  The Host Operations Team has developed a special hospitality imitative that will make a wonderful impact on our guests.  They intend to greet every delegate, bishop, and spouse with a handmade scarf to serve not only as a memento of General Conference but also as a practical solution to air-conditioned rooms.  For many of the delegates, they will experience a 20-30 degree temperature drop when they arrive in Minneapolis from their home.


This is where we come in, they are planning to have 10,000 purple hand-knit or crocheted scarves.  The scarves are going to be Royal Purple, think Minnesota Vikings or Prince, no lavender and no variegated yarn.  The yarn needs to be acrylic and please wash the scarf after it is made.  As you are making the scarves, please pray for the General Conference 2020 and the recipient of your scarf. 


The suggested knit and crocheted patterns are in the church office.  The scarves need to be about 6-7 inches wide and 60 inches long, fringe is optional, but be sure the scarf is 60 inches long before the fringe is added.  There are also tags in the office to complete and attach to the scarf with purple yarn.  Once the scarves are made and laundered, they need to be put in a 1 gallon Ziploc bag and brought to the church office.  We will store them at church and take them to Annual Conference next year. 

If you have any questions, please email Mary Jane Richardson

Thank you for your participation in the example of radical hospitality! 

July Mission of the Month: The Banquet

Each month First Church selects one ministry outside our walls to focus on.  This month it is The Banquet.  The Banquet has been serving the community for 32 years. 

The Banquet meal ministry was founded in 1985 starting with just one meal per week. They now serve 13 meals per week at two locations. The Banquet is a volunteer-based ministry, which means the meals are paid for, prepared by, and served by volunteer groups who come from Sioux Falls and the surrounding area.

In 2017 The Banquet served 196,000 meals, and at least 25,000 of those meals were served to children under 12. They go through approximately 15,000 gallons of milk each year.

School Supplies for those in need are being collected

United Methodist Committee On Relief School Kits

United MethodistUnited Methodist Committee On Relief  Committee On Relief has changed their requirements for the UMCOR School Kits this year.  We no longer need the cloth bags!  The School Kits will now be packed in 2 gallon Ziploc Bags. 

The supplies can be dropped off in the church office.  Please mark them for UMCOR.   

  • One pair of blunt scissors - Round tip only - No plastic scissors
  • One box of 24 crayons - Only 24-count boxes are accepted
  • Three one-subject notebooks - No marble composition books -  No 3 or 5-subject notebooks
  • One pack of loose-leaf paper - 100-200 page packets are acceptable - Wide or college rule accepted
  • One hand-held pencil sharpener - 1-inch or longer - Remove from packaging
  • One ruler - 12 inches or 30 centimeters long - Sturdy or flexible material accepted
  • One eraser - Two inches or larger
  • One two-gallon re-sealable plastic bag

Welcome new members!

Sunday, June 10, 2018 we will be welcoming 6 new members.

Joel Longa:  Joel has moved to Sioux Falls from the Congo, Africa.  Joel joins us by his profession of faith. He is presently a student at Southeast Technical Institute in are the area of construction.  He has been a part of the United Methodist church in his native country. Welcome, Joel!

William and Barbara Lease:  Bill and Barbara come to us via transfer from First Congregational Church here in Sioux Falls.  Presently, they are both retired from their business Lease Surgical Supplies Inc.  They are deeply interested in our mission and outreach ministries.  Welcome Bill and Barbara!

John Raj:  John has been a part of Methodism in India.  He joins us by his profession of faith. He came to Sioux Falls to bring care and support to his mother.  John has vast experience in the banking and financial products industry.  He is hoping to gain employment soon.   John is interested in worship and mission and outreach as well. Welcome, John!

Jason Schuldt: Jason, Susan and their children Abby and Eli are an active family in our church. Jason is joining the church on his profession of faith.  As a member Susan grew up here at First UMC.  Jason works as a graphic artist with his family company Custom Art Graphics.  Susan works for Sanford Dermatology. Jason has helped in the areas of Trustees.   They have been active participants in the children and youth ministry areas.  Welcome Jason!

Nathan Vensand: Nathan comes to us via profession of faith.  He has served our country through military service.  Nathan works for Eagle Lawn and Landscaping.  He has two children.  Nathan is excited to deepen his relationship with Jesus.  Welcome Nathan!


UMCOR Health Kits

United Methodist Committee on Relief works globally to alleviate human suffering and advance hope and healing. Health kits provide basic necessities to people who have been forced to leave their homes because of human conflict or natural disaster. Health kits are also used as learning tools in personal hygiene, literacy, nutrition and cooking classes.

Learn more about the importance of donating a Health Kit. 

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Live Stream Problems

When is the live stream available?

We currently stream the Traditional Worship Service at 8:30,  & Unity Worship Service at 9:45 am central time.

What equipment do I need to watch the live stream?

Nearly any computer, tablet or phone with a broadband internet connection should be able to stream the worship service live.

How can I be involved in the worship service?

We ask you to check in with us and include any prayer concerns. We will pass your prayer concerns along to our prayer team. You can participate in our offering at home as well through online giving. You may also wish to view our weekly News & Events to stay connected to things happening at First Church. The bulletin for the day's worship is also available. Links for these options are located right above the live stream window.

I am unable to view the live stream, what can I do?

New technology always comes with occasional difficulties. Attempting to send and receive a live broadcast over the internet to a multitude of different devices can be complicated. Here are a few things you might check:

Your connection - You need to have a broadband connection either through a cable modem, DSL line, fiber network, or mobile data connection. If you're using a wireless connection (wifi) make sure that you have a strong signal. While watching video streaming, you may need to move closer to your router.

Your browser - Our streaming provider works to make our stream compatible with most internet browsers. However, with ever-changing technology and unlimited configurations, sometimes it just doesn't work. If you are able, try a different browser. Some users who have trouble with Internet Explorer (Windows) or Safari (Mac) have had better luck with Google's Chrome Browser.

Rebooting - It is amazing what happens when we turn our devices off and then back on again. Give it a try!

The audio has an echo?

We have found this to be a common problem that can be easily fixed. With modern browsers, it is easy to accidentally open more than one browser tab or window. Usually, when there is an echo, it is due to the live stream playing in more than one location. The easiest way to remedy this is to completely close your browser. If you are running more than one, (i.e. Explorer and Chrome) close them all and reopen one.

Still having trouble?

Try viewing directly from our live stream provider.  LIVE STREAM PROVIDER LINK

Join us in prayer

There are many hurting right now here in our city.  Church On The Street ministers to the folks living in the margins.  Join us in prayer for the Church On The Street ministry and the individuals they minister to.

Anonymous: Please pray I can get a job and leave the homeless shelter. I am still in high school. Please pray I graduate. Please pray my relationship stays healthy. Pray for the other kids like me. 

Pat: Please pray for Sky Spotted War Bonnet, my daughter, who is on dialysis. For my grandchildren to keep them safe, keep them in school and have enough food to feed them. For me and my sobriety and patience. Thank you!

Anonymous: A place to live. I will take any place.

Linda: I need a prayer for my sister. She made bad choices in her life and family. They are suffering.

Anonymous: Please pray for Mill and Annie as they move to Maine.

Anonymous: Prayers for people to remember the old ways. Keep the poor safe and warm and fed. Lord, give us mercy, safety, knowledge, humility, and shame for our sin.

Bennie: Please give me and my husband special prayers and give us strength. Please help my sister and give her strength while she is out there struggling with alcohol and wondering.

Johnny: One prayer is for Luke and his cancer on his face and eye. I would also like you to pray for Daniel, Jeanie and Johnny, that we get along and make it financially in our shared apartment with no drama or death.

To whom it may concern, My name is Crystal. On March 10th I was told by my doctor that my kidneys are shutting down. My health has not been good. Rebel visits all of us where ever we are and I know there are 4 of us who are very sick/have cancer and now me too. Please pray for us. Pray that we get better or at east survive. Sincerely, Crystal.

Yunawy: My English not good. Please pray for my citasine (situation).

Anonymous: I am requesting prayers for my cousin Aaron. They found a tumor behind his eye. Lord help him.

For my daughter Michelle, who is having her 2nd baby . her due date is May 24th.  I pray she is born healthy. In all aspects. Thanks for your prayers.

Pete: Lord, Father, God. Please put into motion an end to oppression of the poor in Sioux Falls. Help bring peace, love and joy and grace to the streets. Positive instead of negative. Keep these new friends I met today here safe and healthy. Help us to right living through our actions. Dear Lord I pray.

Anonymous: Please pray for all people who have addictions to keep strong.

Karla: Please pray for me, my daughter and Darcy. That they have someplace the same to live every night. Thank you for my cough going away and for sending Rebel with food for us when I was sick.

Anonymous:: Pray for Helen O’Conner for hip surgery. Pray for Connie O’Conner for good health. Pray for Kendra Arpan with spina bifida and her health. Pray for Roger Arpan and prostrate cancer.

Donna: I am mentally ill. Please pray that I get better.

Anonymous: My son has been in prison since 2014- he is my only help (like a caregiver). I am disabled and cannot always take care of myself. Thank you for picking me up. Please help him with prayers so that he may get out soon. Thank you very much. 

Logan: My grandfather is in the hospital and not doing well.

Anonymous: Please keep everyone safe and lend them to make the right choice. Amen.

Anonymous: Please pray for Annee and her family for strength. I am having a hard time keeping a job because I don’t have a car. I’m in so much financial debt that is affecting how I can keep my bills from piling up. Also, keep us in your prayers to help Annee have her three girls returned to her. She loves them so. Thank you.

Tom: Please pray for my forgiveness.

Angel: Please pray for Emily Elizabeth who is in the hospital in Minneapolis now. She has lost the will to live. She is 33 and is so loved.

Anonymous: I don’t know how to pray. Better Health and life. 

Anonymous: I need prayer for myself and my anxiety to be able to show my daughters how to live a Godly life as well as myself. I am recently beginning to trust in the Lord as my Savior. Thank you for teaching me the Lords Prayer.

Anonymous: Dear Lord, King of Kings, Our Savior. Help me! Bring forth the Holy Spirit to intercede on my behalf. Being severely flawed, allow me to worship you, praise you and submit/commit to you . I confess that you have died for my sins and have arose again being my Lord and savior. Please call/choose me and allow me to accept your will for my life. Make me a better mom, friend, relative , person and worker/doer in Christ Jesus allow your light to shine through my life and people around me and give me and my children ever lasting life in you and in you. Protect us and cushion us from blows. 

Anonymous: Thank you God for protecting me in jail and bringing me back to hear your word.