“You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.”
- Psalm 16:11

Come to love and be loved.

At Athens First United Methodist Church, it is our mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Our youth ministry plays a key role in that mission as a Christ-centered community of youth and adults committed to developing disciples of Jesus Christ through study, worship, and mission so that we can be transformers.

Josh Miles (Minister of Student Life), Janis Maxwell (Director of Youth Music Ministry), and Laney Jones (Assistant Director of Student Ministries) lead a variety of activities on Sundays, Wednesdays and other times to foster growth and community in Christian discipleship. We invite you to take a look at our programming for students in grades 7 through 12.

Youth Ministry Mission and Vision


Sunday School
9:45-10:45 a.m. | Youth Area

Youth gather for age-specific Sunday School lessons.

Sunday School Leader Resources

Agape Ensemble
3:45-4:15 p.m. | Music Suite (Room 148)

Auditioned ensemble for students in grades 9-12.

Wesleyan Youth Choir
4:30-5:45 p.m. | Music Suite (Room 148)

No audition is necessary. All students in grades 7-12 are welcome!

5:45-7:30 p.m. | Youth Area

Youth encounter the Holy Spirit, praise God, and we welcome Jesus into our hearts through worship, prayer, service, and thanksgiving. 


Bible Study
6:00-7:30 p.m. | Youth Area

Youth gather for food, fellowship, and real-life application of the Living Word. We stretch ourselves to meet God in and through the Holy Scriptures.

Youth Praise Team Rehearsals
7:30-8:30 p.m. | Youth Area

Auditioned team(s) that lead worship on Sunday evenings at Encounter. Additional rehearsal every other Sunday at 3:45 p.m.

Youth Staff

Minister of Student Life | Josh Miles
Assistant Director of Student Ministries | Laney Jones
Director of Youth Music | Janis Maxwell
Administrative Assistant | Kayla Thomason