Lock-In 2020

Our annual youth lock-in is back after a one-year hiatus! Prepare to have a fun-filled night as we welcome new members into the youth group!

The lock-in will be on Friday, June 12 and will run until 8 A.M. Saturday June 13. Start time and other details will be made available in the coming months.



February Fun Friday: Ice Skating

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Our very first Fun Friday will be ice skating at Skate Frederick! This event will take place on Friday, February 7 at 8 P.M. Sign-ups for the event are below.


Together 2020

Together 2020 will be an immersive experience of art, music, and culture that draws the next generation to encounter Jesus in Scripture. Featuring world-class artists and speakers, Together 2020 will unleash a generation to pursue their passions and influence for the Gospel. The event will be held on the National Mall on June 20, 2020.

The Firestarters will be leaving Bethesda early in the morning on June 20 in order to get down to the National Mall on time. We will be taking Metro so we do not have to deal with the hassle of trying to park with thousands of other people. The event is completely free to the public, however, each Firestarter will have to pay for their Metro card. Sign-up for this event is located under the “Events” tab.

Firestarters Christmas Party 2019

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Come join the Firestarters for a night of food, friends, and fun as we celebrate the birth of our Lord this December 8 at 5:30 PM. Highlights of the party will include food (of course!), fun-filled Christmas-themed party games, and a gift exchange. We ask that those who wish to participate in the gift exchange bring a $5 gift that is WRAPPED. (This has to be a gift that you would want for yourself. [Think Five Below]). The Christmas party is free to attend and the youth are encouraged to bring as many friends as they want. Any friends that want to come need to sign up on this website so we know how many youth to expect.

If you have any questions, please text or call Kyle Donk at 240-578-1906


Uprise ’19

Uprise '19

For the past two years, the BUMC Firestarters have had the opportunity to attend Uprise Fest and we have had a great time! This year we are returning for another great weekend of amazing bands, food, and fun.

Uprise ’19 is September 13 & 14 at the Shippensburg Fairgrounds in Pennsylvania. The cost for each Firestarter to attend this event will be $50, which will include their ticket to the festival and their hotel stay. If they would like to invite their friends from other churches, the cost is $75.

Details about the lineup will be announced closer to festival time.

We ask that parents register each of their Firestarters to attend Uprise ‘19 with us. Please register at the bottom of this page and submit payment by no later than August 25

This year we will once again be staying overnight in a hotel in Shippensburg. Each hotel room will be staffed by someone at least 18 years old. Transportation to and from Shippensburg will be provided by chaperones. We will return for Sunday services on September 15.

  • PJs
  • toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, soap, DEODORANT
  • towel
  • bathing suit
  • SUNSCREEN, hat, light -colored clothing, sunglasses
  • clothes for Saturday and church on Sunday
  • money for merchandise & meals (or pack food as coolers will be available)

If you have any further questions, please email Kyle Donk at ksdonk@comcast.net