625 Hamilton Ave.
Palo Alto, CA 94301

650.323.6167
fax 650.323.3923

info@firstpaloalto.com

Programs and Activities for Youth

Vacation Bible School. We Also Need Volunteers!

Vacation Bible School at First Church Palo Alto


Calling all Pre-K through 5th grade kids! Join us for Vacation Bible School!

Join us for a week of action packed adventure at the Surf Shack! Watusi, Twist, or Surfer Stomp your way to a greater understanding of God’s amazing love!

Our church will be transformed into an ocean of excitement as Surfers and Lifeguards glide through surfer–themed music, crafts, science projects, recreation, Bible stories, and more! Watch as they get stoked about God’s mission in their lives.

Surf Shack VBS meets... August 1-5, 2016 from 9:00 am - 12 noon.

*Suggested Registration Fee is $22 per child (not required).
100% of your registration fee will go to UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) to buy school kits for children who don’t have books or school supplies.

Register online here.

Interested in being a part of VBS, but no longer a kid yourself? We'd love to have you share your talents. You can sign up as a volunteer here.


For more information contact Pastor Shijung 650-323-6167 x102



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Save the Dates - BBQ Picnics in the Park!

On Thursday, July 7, 14, 21 and 28 we'll be having our annual Picnics in the Park.

Enjoy a delicious dinner, play on the swings and connect with your Church friends. Plus it's a great way to get to know our new associate pastors, and for them to get to know you.

Join us from 6:00pm to 7:30pm at the Pine Grove area (right next to the tennis courts) of Mitchell Park, in Palo Alto.

Dinner is served at 6 pm.

There is a suggested donation of $5 for adults or $3 for kids. Give what you are able, all are welcome!

Bring your friends and family!



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Middle and High School Youth Group

Youth Group is not meeting in the Summer. Please join us in September

We have active Middle School (grades 6-8) and High School (grades 9-12) youth groups at First Church.

On Sunday evenings from 6:00 to 7:30 pm they meet for fun and fellowship. Group activities include food, movies, lock-ins, and epic games of Mission Impossible.

The youth organize and lead the Easter sunrise service, participate in CROP Walk for the hungry, and go on an annual Sierra Service Project mission trip.

For more information contact Pastor Linda Holbrook 650-323-6167 x101.



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Worship

Youth are encouraged not only to be in attendance at worship, but also to take an active part. They also periodically plan a "Youth Service."

Our main service is from 10:45 am - 11:45 am.

For more information contact Pastor Linda Holbrook 650-323-6167 x101



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Confirmation Class

Bi-annually (in even numbered years) we offer youth who are in grades 6 and higher an opportunity to make an intentional faith decision and commitment.

This involves attendance at a special "Confirmation Class," which consists of several sessions designed to help youth explore their faith in the context of the Christian tradition at a deeper level.

At the end of this process they will make a decision about their faith, write a faith statement, and we hope, make a commitment to join the church.

Contact: Pastor Linda 650-323-6167 x101



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United Methodist College Loan and Scholarship Programs

Scholarships150103.jpgPlanning for college?

The United Methodist Scholarship and Loan Programs are a churchwide educational service providing scholarships and loans to help supplement the financial needs of today's students. Funding for these scholarships and loans are provided through offerings, wills, annuities, and other designated gifts.

United Methodist Scholarships

Scholarships are awarded on an academic year basis. A student is eligible to receive only one United Methodist scholarship during any one academic year.

United Methodist scholarships are available to undergraduate students at more than 100 United Methodist-related colleges and universities.

Many of the scholarships for graduate students are designated for persons pursuing a degree in theological studies (M.Div., D.Min., Ph.D.),higher education administration or older adults changing their careers.

Scholarships for racial ethnic undergraduate or graduate students and UM students at non UM schools are also available.

The United Methodist Student Loan Program

Who May Borrow?

An applicant must be:
• an active, full member of a United Methodist Church for at least one year prior to applying
• a citizen or permanent resident of the U. S.
• admitted to a degree program in an accredited college/university
• maintaining at least a C average

For further information about the United Methodist scholarship and loan programs visit the United Methodist General Board of Higher Education & Ministry website.



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United Methodist Schools and Colleges

Head4College150153.jpgCan't decide where to go to college?

There are 123 educational institutions that are related to The United Methodist Church. They are located in diverse settings across the United States, ranging from rural communities to some of our nation's great cities. From small schools with 200 students to schools with over 15,000 students, these institutions offer rich and creative academic programs.

United Methodist-related educational institutions place student learning, the concern for the community, and the search for values at the center of their programs.

Learn more about United Methodist affiliated schools.



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Retreats

Occasionally the youth groups go on weekend retreats planned by they and their counselors. They also have opportunities to attend denominationally sponsored camps and conferences.



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Permission Slip / Covenant of Conduct

Need a Permission Slip to go on a trip with your youth group but don't have the time to obtain the form at the church?

Don't worry, We now offer it online so you can print it out and go.

Download the Permission Slip



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Welcome
Next Sunday: Join us for worship at 8:45 and 10:45 am.

Can't make it to Church?
Watch online
at 10:45 am


Recent Sermons
February 5 - You are the Salt and Light - Rev. Sione Halafau

January 29 - Unlikely Heroes: Jonah - Rev. Linda Holbrook

January 22 - Unlikely Heroes: Enoch - Pastor Beth Cademartori

January 15 - Sitting at the Feet of our Children - Rev. Linda Holbrook

January 8 - A Camel on the Roof - Rev. Linda Holbrook


Koinonia (2/11)
Ton Fingar will be leading a discussion entitled "Origins and Implications of President Trump's 'America First' Foreign Policy." Dessert, coffee, and discussion on Saturday at 7 pm in Kohlstedt Hall.


Great Decisions 2017
Our 2017 lecture and discussion series will begin on Feb. 19 and run for eight weeks. Join us on Sunday evenings from 7–8:30 pm. Topics include U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum, Conflict in the South China Sea, Latin America's Political Pendulum, Nuclear Security, and more.