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 each other, 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.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                FOR MORE INFORMATIONS AND UPDATES ON OUR YOUTH MINISTRY PROGRAMS, PLEASE TEXT UMCYOUTH TO 94253

Contact: Steve Lirely at

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Confirmation is a program for youth 8th grade and older. The purpose of Confirmation is to guide the youth on their spiritual journeys which prepares them to fulfill the mission of the church to love God, care for each other and serve in the world.

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 Confirmation Service is held each May.

Join us on this spiritual journey.

What is ROC?  ROC stands for “Relying on Christ,” and that’s what we’re all about.  It is our vision that youth will learn to become deeply committed followers of Jesus Christ who:  love God, care for each other, and serve in the world.  ROC is our middle school youth program for 6th, 7th and 8th grade students. ROC meets in the Youth Room every Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. following Youth Praise Choir rehearsal. ROC includes “hang out” time, games and activities, and a short lesson designed to help us learn about our Christian faith. Our evening closes with our Christ Candle – a time of prayer that bring us closer to each other and to God.  ROC is open to all middle school youth, 6th through 8th grade.   Come join us and bring your friends!

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.   Text UMCYOUTH to 94253 for more information and updates.

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 each other, and serve in the world.  Please text UMCYOUTH to 94253 for more information and updates.

We offer youth in grades 9 – 12 safe and supportive fellowship, opportunities to grow in faith and turn faith into action. The key elements of our high school program are:

Weekly Fellowship Opportunities

  • fun activities
  • team-building
  • camps and retreats
  • service opportunities

Service and Leadership Opportunities

  • serve as camp counselors at Camp Lucerne,
  • volunteer with Appalachia Service Project (ASP),
  • teaching assistants at Vacation Bible School,
  • participate in Sunday worship services and Youth Praise Choir,
  • childcare for Sunday morning and other church meetings
  • United Methodist Church sponsored conferences and seminars.

Youth Ministry Permission Form

Covenant of Conduct, Medical and Media Release Form


2018-2019 Safety Form

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.

All students, 8th grade through high schools, parents and adult volunteers are invited join us on our annual trip to Appalachia Service Project, JULY 17 – 26, 2021.
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 Lori Aeschbacher at or Steve Lirely at for more information.  AND, text ASP to 94253 for more information and updates.

ADULT VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED!  Contact Steve Lirely or Lori Aeschbacher today!  This is your chance to make a difference in the lives of youth, in Appalachia and in YOU. 

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!



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