This summer, nine middle and high school students and two adults from First United Methodist Church Westfield served for a week with The Philadelphia Project, a non-denomenational missions organization. The group spent the week working at the Reformed Episcopal Church of the Atonement, with half serving as a construction team and half serving with the kids camp program at the church. 

The construction team spent the week doing repair work on the second floor of the church building. The ceilings in many of the rooms were in need of repair, so the team was tasked with scraping off the first layer of ceiling, replacing the metal mesh, and re-covering and patching the area. The work was difficult but rewarding, and the team was proud to have been able to help a church in need.

Meanwhile, the kids camp team was busy leading an energetic group of elementary-aged children in the downstairs of the building: participating in Bible lessons, playing games, and making crafts. The days were tiring but so much fun, and it was an amazing experience for the team to build relationships with the children at the camp. 

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“I’m so proud of our team, and so grateful to The Philly Project for organizing this opportunity for us to serve and connect with God,” said FUMC Youth Coordinator Kylie Haskins. “It was an amazing experience for our whole team, and truly a blessing to serve alongside these youth. They have such incredible hearts for service, and it was wonderful to see God working through them.”

The Youth Group at FUMC Westfield is open to all middle and high school students. You can find out more about our program at, on our Facebook (FUMC Westfield Youth) and Instagram (fumcwestfieldyouth) accounts, or by contacting Kylie Haskins at