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Youth Programs and Services



  • Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

  • To cultivate good soil

    • GROW was birthed out of a conviction to do MORE for the youth of our community; to become more than a place where we fed and entertained youth on a Wednesday night.  Statistics tell us that nearly 80% of those students who were once connected to a faith community “drop out” after high school.  Statistics also tell us that most professions of faith/decisions to accept and follow Jesus as Lord and Savior happen before age 18.  I knew I needed to step up my game and my recommitment to Jesus’ Great Commission to go and make disciples.  My ultimate goal, hope and PRAYER is to partner with YOU to build a strong foundation of faith in your child’s life so that when they are launched into the world after graduating high school they go with a desire and burning in their hearts to continue to grow, serve and shine the light of Christ in and for the world; that they go into the world not just as believers but as disciples/followers/disciple makers/world transforms



  • GROW is a faith community for youth to Gather together to develop and strengthen Relationships with God, mentors/caring adults and one another as they reach Out to the community and the world and Worship together. 

    • Dinner (Fellowship, community building)

    • Worship (Connection time with God; faith development opportunities through lessons, sermons and testimonies; Open Table Communion served first Wednesday of each month)

    • Small Group (Connection with mentors, community building with one another, opportunities to dig deeper together into the lesson/sermon they heard during worship, safe place to share prayer requests, concerns and joys.)

    • Fellowship (Large group games, 5th Quarter, Dinner and a Movie Night)

    • Outreach (Connecting students to needs that they can influence and impact through their time, resources, hands, and heart.)

    • Extras-(Retreats, Camp, Mission Trips)



  • Encourage your child’s faith growth, at home and in keeping connected a priority

  • PRAY-for the continued leadership staff of GROW, for all of the students to grow in their faith and become contagious, bold followers of and leaders for Jesus, for a revival of faith in the Riverdale community and more students to desire to seek Christ in their daily lives

  • Prepare and serve a meal.

  • Donate Food for Community Events like 5th Quarter, Cast Party, FCA


  • Pastor Becky:  Cell:  309-292-2287  Email:

  • Facebook Group:  SEARCH “Port Byron First UMC Youth” and ask permission to join

  • Instagram:  first_um_youth

  • Remind:  text @pbgrow to 81010

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