Welcome to Ignite Student Ministry at Gainesville First United Methodist Church. Browse through these pages to check out what we have going on in our ministry for 6th-12th grade students. We’re here to serve students and their families and want to provide the greatest experience possible.

Here’s what you can expect from Ignite Student Ministry:

  • An environment where you can be real.
  • A safe place where questions about life and faith are met with thoughtful, authentic, genuine answers.
  • A place where caring adult volunteers are investing in the lives of students and families.
  • An opportunity to connect in community and grow deeper in your walk with Christ.

You’re invited into an experience that could be life changing. Come and check it out. We look forward to seeing you.

Weekly Ministry Programming


Sunday Morning at 9:30am - 10:30am

Our answer to the common Sunday School dilemma.  Embers is an open time reserved for community, study and to fuel conversations about faith. This is a great way to begin your Sunday. Come and meet your friends here.


Tuesday Morning at 7:00am - 7:45AM

Want to get the week started off right?  How about some biscuits, some bacon, your BFFs and some Bible? Come and join us at Longstreet Café for all of the above.

Wednesday Evening 6:15pm - 7:30pm

Come for a snack supper and a Bible study designed to go deeper and shine a brighter light into scripture. Come for spiritual growth through great teaching and conversation. Come in straight from your after school activity.  We’ve got you covered.

Sunday Evening 4:45pm - 6:00pm

Illuminate is our Sunday evening ministry program. An environment structured specifically for student fun, worship, teaching and… crazy.

Sunday Evening 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Everybody knows that circles are way better than rows. Come hang out with students your own age and be part of something special.

Project m25

Project m25 is the missions and service arm for Ignite Student Ministries. Patterned directly from Jesus’ words in Matthew, chapter 25, our goal is to serve and connect with those in our community and world who are on the margins… those Jesus referred to as ‘the least of these’.


At Ignite Student Ministry, we want to be in ministry with your entire family.  We're all about connecting with parents to help disciple students!

We know you have questions and we’re here to help.  Check this page often to find content that we hope will be helpful as you guide your teens through their Middle and High School years.  No doubt, these years come with challenges.  Hold tight to your faith and seek God’s wisdom.

Ministry Leaders

Ric Clark
Director of Student Ministries


Sandee Clark
Assistant Director of Student Ministries

Joanna Cauller
Student Ministry Administrative Assistant