Youth Ministry

The vision of our youth programs at the United Methodist Church of Whitefish Bay is to assist youth to become deeply committed followers of Jesus Christ who: love God, care for others, and serve in the world.
We have a purpose at UMC WFB to bring young people together in a life of faith, action and fellowship, and address spiritual, emotional, and social needs unique to youth. We want to create a safe space for our younger people to gather and share their lives with each other and with caring adult mentors.
It is our hope that both youth and adults will be able to build meaningful relationships with each other and with God. Our ministry is to provide opportunities to encounter Christ and serve God through missions and service projects to become better disciples of Christ. Through worship, service projects, activities and conversation, we explore our faith, grow in fellowship, and equip the youth with tools to live a Christ-like life.
All youth are welcome to participate in our youth ministry programs, regardless of their church affiliation.

Contact: Steve Lirely

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Confirmation is a two semester program for 8th grade and older youth. The mission of Confirmation is to guide the youth on their spiritual journeys and prepare them to confirm the vows made at their baptism and become members of the church.  

Confirmation consists of fellowship and classes from 10:15 – 11:30 am on Sunday morning, worship and service requirements, a retreat in the fall, and activities throughout the year.  The 8th grade youth take their Confirmation vows in May.

Join us on this life-forming memorable spiritual journey.

“ROC is HOME.” It is more than a church fellowship group for middle school youth. ROC stands for “Relying on Christ,” and we’re all about learning to trust and follow Christ every single day with friends!

ROC is open to all middle school youths, 6th through 8th grade. We meet in the Youth Room every Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. following the church’s weekly Wednesday Night Live dinner. Each week we have “hang out” time, games and activities, and a short lesson designed to help us learn about the Christian faith. Our evening closes with our Christ Candle – a time of prayer that bring us closer to each other and to God.

If you are in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade, you are invited for fun and fellowship at ROC. Come and learn how Christ is calling you and what it means to become a part of God’s wonderful story!

Program Schedule 2018-2019

We answer why ROC is a place for you

ROC is open to all middle school youth who want to build friendships, have fun, and learn about living a life of faith.  ROC is a place where you can be yourself – no matter what!  You belong here! Come join us.  – Barbara Armstrong, a leader of ROC.  

LOFT stands for “Living Out Faith Together” and that is exactly what our high school group is all about!  It is our vision that youth will learn to become deeply committed followers of Jesus Christ who: love God, care for others, and serve in the world.

We offers youth in grades 9 – 12 safe and supportive fellowship and opportunities to grow in their faith and put their faith into action so that they can grow to be servant-leaders. The key elements of our high school program are found below:

Monthly and Semi-Monthly Service and Fellowship Opportunities

  • weekend retreats
  • fundraising events
  • fun team-building activities
  • and serving at meal programs.

During the Year, More Opportunities to Grow Leadership Skills

  • by serving as camp counselors at Camp Lucerne,
  • volunteering on the Appalachia Service Project (ASP),
  • becoming teaching assistants during Vacation Bible School,
  • and, for Sunday worship services, joining the choir and serving as a Scripture reader or usher.

Youth Ministry Permission Form

Youth Ministry Covenant of Conduct

Devil’s Lake Day Trip Permission Form (July 1, 2018)


Come! Check us out!

You will find yourself growing in faith to be Christian servant-leaders.

Contact: Steve Lirely, Youth Pastor or Brooke Julian, Youth Sponsor

MACC (Musical Activities for Children of Christ):

Children (K4-5th Grade)

The K3/K4/K5 Choir – meets from 6:15 – 7:00 PM on Wednesdays in Room 219.

  • Leaders: Christine and Matt Annin.  Christine teaches general music at Lake Bluff Elementary School, plays violin with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and teaches private violin lessons.  Matt is the principal horn player of the MSO.  The Annins have a deep faith in God, cherish children, and are world-class musicians.

The 1/2/3 Grades Choir – meets from 6:15 – 7:00 PM on Wednesdays in the Choir Room.

  • Leaders: Mergee Donovan, Jongjin Jun, Megan Lybeck-Smoak, and Anna Van Nulland.

Mergee has singing/theatre experience, Jongin has keyboard experience, and Meg is a United Methodist pastor who loves music.  Anna is an elementary music teacher.  What a great combination of gifts these leaders will bring to our children!

The 4/5 Grades Choir – meets from 6:15 – 7:00 PM on Wednesdays in the Sanctuary.

  • Leaders: Neil Bubke and Maddy Modrinski.


Youth (6th - 12th Grade)

Youth Praise Choir (6th-12th grade) – Directed by Neil Bubke

  • Practices are Wednesdays, 5:30 – 6:10 pm in the Sanctuary

Our church offers summer opportunities for Middle and High School Students. Click below for more information.

Boy Scout Troop 400 produces one of the highest numbers of Eagle Scouts in Wisconsin – with over 120 boys reaching this rank in our 80 year history!

Please come support a great group of boys that supports our community!

Meetings are held on Monday evenings at the United Methodist Church of Whitefish Bay.

For More information, please contact:

Betsy Deakin or Mike Kelley, our institutional rep.

42 youth and adult participants went to Breathitt County, Kentucky for their ASP Mission Trip from July 15 to July 22, 2017.

All High School students, 8th grade students and parents are invited join us on our 28th annual trip to Appalachia Service Project. Primary possible dates for next summer’s trip will be determined soon. We will appreciate your input on fund-raising events to help offset the expenses. Are you an adult interested in volunteering as a team leader/chaperon, please contact Steve Lirely at for more information.

What is ASP?

Appalachia Service Project, Inc. is a Christian ministry, open to all people, that fosters human development by addressing the housing needs of Central Appalachia.

ASP’s primary goal is to make homes warmer, safer, and drier for the people of the Appalachian region of the US. Lives are transformed — youth from around the country become the hands and feet of Christ and serve one another out of His love. For more information, check out the homepage: and ASPFacebook

Please Support ASP

It takes a lot of financial support to make the trip to Appalachia a possibility every summer. Here’s how you can support our next trip:

ASP Stock will be for sale (meet us in the Jones Narthex Sunday Mornings). You ‘invest’ in us, we’ll let you know what we’re up to each day of our trip!

Donate at the church office. Money goes toward scholarships, van rental, gas that will take us to Kentucky, and much more!

You are always welcome to make a contribution toward the trip, even when there are no fundraisers scheduled. Simply click on the donate now button or make a check out to UMCWFB and write ASP trip in the memo line!

ASP Registration Forms:

2019 UMCWFB ASP Youth Permission and Covenant Form

2019 UMCWFB ASP Adult Permission Form

2019 ASP Registration Form

2019 ASP Team Calendar

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