Youth Ministries

Hello, and welcome to Cookeville First UMC Youth! We strive to make students from 7th – 12th grade feel as loved and as comfortable as possible so they can show their true selves when they walk through the door.


Youth Discipleship

We share ministry through games, worship, messages and small groups. We work to love and disciple students through the Gospel so they can go out and share it with others, and to strengthen the community and connection between the students so they can begin to lean on each other and Jesus in times of need. 


Wednesday Nights

Wednesday nights are our program night for the youth. This lasts from 3:30 – 6:00 p.m. We start with Homework/Hangout time, where we meet in the youth room to unwind from the day. Next, we move into a group game, which is designed to promote working together and building community. After the game, we share a meal together then move into worship. During worship, we sing worship songs and listen to  a sermon given by the youth minister or his assistant. This is how we spend our Wednesday nights as a group!

Sunday Nights

Sunday nights from 5 – 6:30 p.m. are our small group time, where we discuss the lesson from the previous Wednesday. Snmall groups can be lead either by small-group leaders or by the youth themselves to talk about anything they learned from the previous Wednesday or anything else that might be heavy on their hearts. This is the best way for the youth to grow closer to each other and to go in depth with the lesson each week.

Contact Clinton

We hope that you will join us in our ministry, and please do not hesitate to let me know if you have any questions!

Thank You!
Clinton Wheeler
Director, Youth Ministries
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Scripture Reading: Paul's Letter to Philemon


From Paul, who is a prisoner for the cause of Christ Jesus, and our brother Timothy.

To Philemon our dearly loved coworker, Apphia our sister, Archippus our fellow soldier, and the church that meets in your house.

May the grace and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

Paul’s prayer for Philemon

Philemon, I thank my God every time I mention you in my prayers because I’ve heard of your love and faithfulness, which you have both for the Lord Jesus and for all God’s people. I pray that your partnership in the faith might become effective by an understanding of all that is good among us in Christ. I have great joy and encouragement because of your love, since the hearts of God’s people are refreshed by your actions, my brother.

Paul’s appeal for Onesimus

Therefore, though I have enough confidence in Christ to command you to do the right thing, I would rather appeal to you through love. I, Paul—an old man, and now also a prisoner for Christ Jesus—  appeal to you for my child Onesimus. I became his father in the faith during my time in prison. He was useless to you before, but now he is useful to both of us.  I’m sending him back to you, which is like sending you my own heart. I considered keeping him with me so that he might serve me in your place during my time in prison because of the gospel.  However, I didn’t want to do anything without your consent so that your act of kindness would occur willingly and not under pressure. Maybe this is the reason that Onesimus was separated from you for a while so that you might have him back forever— no longer as a slave but more than a slave—that is, as a dearly loved brother. He is especially a dearly loved brother to me. How much more can he become a brother to you, personally and spiritually in the Lord!

So, if you really consider me a partner, welcome Onesimus as if you were welcoming me. If he has harmed you in any way or owes you money, charge it to my account. I, Paul, will pay it back to you (I’m writing this with my own hand). Of course, I won’t mention that you owe me your life.

Yes, brother, I want this favor from you in the Lord! Refresh my heart in Christ.  I’m writing to you, confident of your obedience and knowing that you will do more than what I ask. Also, one more thing—prepare a guest room for me. I hope that I will be released from prison to be with you because of your prayers.

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