A place where YOU belong.

We are a close-knit group of 7-12th learning to better love Jesus and each other.

About Us

 The transition from kid to adult is tough enough. Refuge Youth Group provides a place where you can be real and learn about a God who is present and active in your real life. 

We gather together Sunday mornings for Youth Sunday school (9:45-10:45 am), Sunday evenings during the school year for Refuge Youth Group (6-7:45pm), and various activities and trips throughout the year. Each year during the week between Christmas and New Years, we take a trip for fun and service, and in the summer, we take either a domestic or international mission trip. 


Your (mostly) Fearless Leaders

Steven Shade and Kristen Howell have been youth leaders for
6-ish years at FUMC and have been friends for nearly as long when Kristen decided they would be. They share a love of nerd-adjacent activities, sensible shoes, and, most importantly, Jesus.

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Follow Jesus

Experiencing Jesus’ radical love changes the way we think, speak, work, and treat others. Also, Jesus was a fan of food and naps and we like those things, too.

Experience Community

We are a group of 7-12th graders (and their super cool leaders, we swear), from different schools, backgrounds, and interests.

Be Yourself

Your youth leaders are super excited to love you exactly as you are! No masks required… unless there’s another pandemic. (too soon?)

Share God’s Love

Loved people love people. We serve our church, our local community, and the world.

Refuge Youth Group

Our regular Sunday evening youth group is taking a break during the summer.  We will have a youth “Lock-In” scheduled for August 9-10 and will start a regular weekly schedule on August 18th 6-7:45pm. 
Come check us out!

Youth Sunday School

Sunday mornings from 9:00-9:50am (to meet up with the summer Sunday  worship schedule), we meet in the youth room to catch up with one another and take a deeper dive into scripture. Right now, we are watching and discussing videos put out by The Bible Project. Starting in August, we will meet from 9:45-10:45am.

Got your school activity schedule yet?

Your youth pastors want to support you!  We would love to try to come to some of your games, activities, concerts, etc. If you send us your schedule, we will try our hardest to make it to at least one of your activities!


Questions? Want more information?

Contact us!


Event Schedule

July 22-26


Help with Vacation Bible School


August 9-10


Youth Lock-In  6:00pm – 8:30am 
Kick off the school year at our lock-in.  Please contact one of our youth leaders ASAP if you are coming and if you are bringing friends so we can plan accordingly!



August 18


First Refuge Youth Group of the Year!


Tentative dates 12/26-31


The week between Christmas and New Years, we take a trip to build camaraderie, have fun, and learn about the world around us. This is typically a 4-5 day trip to somewhere within driving distance. In the past we’ve been to San Antonio, Montgomery and Dallas. More info will be coming later with dates and a destination!



First United Methodist Church of Leavenworth