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It is with great excitement that we announce that First Church Melbourne is partnering with and hosting Space Coast Young Life group for the upcoming year. Young Life is one of the premiere youth ministry organizations in the United States, and were eager to partner with them as we seek new and innovative ways to best minister to the teenagers in our church and community. 

An already well-established ministry in the Melbourne community, Young Life focuses on high-energy, Christ-centered youth group meetings that attract teens from a wide range of backgrounds. An already established group in the community, Young Life will be hosting their students at First Church, joining alongside our high school-aged teens.  

Young Life is a 9th-12th grade ministry, and meets on Monday evenings from 7:30 to 8:30pm.  As a result, we will be ending our Wednesday youth meeting time for the time being and including our high-schoolers with Young Lifes ministry, which is being hosted in the Warehouse at our campus. 

Andy Ward, who was raised in First United Methodist Church of Oviedo and is a graduate of Florida State, will direct Young Life at First Church. Also partnering with Young Life at First Church is Daniel Moore, our Interim Student Ministries Coordinator, who is also a graduate of Duke and who was raised in First Church ministries.  

We invite all students to attend youth group Wednesday, September 20th to meet Andy Ward and Daniel Moore, First Church’s Student Ministry Coordinator, and hear more about Young Lifes ministry taking place at First Church.  Daniel will be presenting the Full Calendar of Student Ministries for any students who want to participate.  The calendar includes Open Warehouse Hang-Out, Community Service Projects, Off-Campus Activities, Basketball, Retreats and Student Ministry Fundraisers. 

Partnering with Young Life for high school ministry also affords First Church a tremendous opportunity to focus on junior-high specific ministries, and seek new ways to build bridges between children and student ministry. As a result, we will be launching a new concept for 7th and 8th grade students on Sunday, September 24th @ 5PM led by Daniel Moore. It is also a hope that this ministry will better meet the needs of our 7th and 8th grade students.  Join Daniel this Sunday as we launch this new time for Jr. High Students!

We hope that you will prayerfully consider all the wonderful opportunities that await our students at First Church through our new partnership with Young Life.   If you have any questions please do not hesitate contacting us at or or 321.723.6761. 

Grace and peace,

Pastors Craig and Dionne




Contact:  Daniel Moore, Student Ministry Coordinator  l