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Making disciples… and having a blast!




Our First UMC Youth Group

Our Youth Ministry strives to help youth build meaningful relationships with one another, with God, and to help build the Kingdom of God on earth. We do so by meeting on Sunday evenings throughout the academic year. Our middle school and high school ages meet from 5:30-7:30 weekly.   Gatherings may include: events, mission projects, discussion groups, and fun activities.

Sunday School

Every Sunday at after service, our youth meet for fellowship time and refreshments. At 11:00 a.m., directly following our fellowship time our middle and high school groups separate with their teachers to dive deeper into scripture and application for faith in our daily lives. Conversations and activities seek to take their faith to a deeper level. Our dedicated teachers make Sunday school fun, interesting, and relevant!

Summer Mission Trips

Every summer our youth leave the comfort of their homes and travel for a week of missions work. Our Illumin8 group generally travels for a longer duration of time, with more intense work trips, while our Ignite group stays within 2-3 hours of our church home. Our summer mission trips are paid for largely by our fundraising efforts throughout the year! In order to participate in summer mission trips, youth are expected to have regular attendance to youth events and are required to participate in fundraising activities.

For more information about the youth ministries of First UMC of Park Ridge, please contact our Youth Director, Jennifer Calito at or the church office at or 847.825.3144.

You can also follow us on Facebook: FUMC ParkRidgeYouth





Our Youth Name, Reveal, signifies our groups’ desire to present opportunities for youth to allow God to REVEAL himself to us in our group gatherings and everyday lives.

“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.” 1 Timothy 4:12





Our middle school, 6th – 8th grade youth, embrace the name Ignite! This signifies our goal to ignite the love and fire for serving God in our lives. We seek to accomplish this through discipleship, opportunities for fellowship, and missions.

“ … His word is in my heart like a fire …” Jeremiah 20:9




Our senior high group, 9th – 12th grade, seeks to apply the group name Illumin8, in their walk with God. While our senior high group continues to grow and learn the word of God, this group name encourages us to go one step further and develop spiritual gifts and leadership to Illumin8 our light to those around us. We encourage senior high to participate in Sunday worship services, become involved in various church ministries, as well as mentor our Ignite group.

“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12