Activities and Mission Trips


Bible & BBQ: Save the dates for our “Bible & BBQ” evenings for 8th-12th graders: June 16, June, 30, July 14, July 28, and August 4. Each week’s location will be announced at least one week prior. Any questions can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Summer Mission Trip -  July 29-August 1: This summer, we will be partnering with Urban Plunge Ministries of Kansas City for our annual youth mission trip. Urban Plunge works with local churches and community leaders to help recognize the needs of the area and then arranges service opportunities for our group. While we are there, we will be helping food pantries and serving meals, as well as worshiping with the community.

  • Dates: July 29-August 1 (register by July 1)
  • Location: Kansas City
  • Cost is $215 - bring check to Uptown office and write "Summer Mission Trip" in the memo line OR you can pay on-line - an email will be sent with the payment link once you register with Urban Plunge Ministries.
  • Registration details: Go to the following link by July 1: https://cfci.formstack.com/forms/up_team__member_registration. In the registration process, you will need to copy and paste these things:
    Form Password: urbanplunge
    Organization ID: 001U000000qeieRIAQ
    Trip ID: 7010P000000sr0mQAA
    City: Kansas City
    Team Leader's Personal ID: 0030P00002B3kAu 
    Team Leader's Email Address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

After you register via the Urban Plunge link above, you will pay for the trip through Ankeny First. You can either stop by the Uptown office to pay, or you may pay on-line. A separate link will be emailed to you where you can pay on-line. Any questions can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sound Like Love Show Choir Camp: Each summer we present this week-long camp full of fun, friends, and inspiring music and movement where students who have completed 1st - 8th grades can experience the basics of show choir in a positive environment. They will spend the week learning an entire show choir set with uplifting music and fun choreography, while also exploring the inspirational themes of the music through devotions and a service project. The week ends in an epic performance for family and friends, which includes all camp students.

Location: Ankeny First UMC - Christian Life Center, 710 NE 36th Street

A morning session (9am-Noon) is offered for students who have completed 1st - 4th grades. An afternoon session (1:30pm-4:30pm) is offered for mid-high students who have completed 5th - 8th grades. REGISTER HERE!

Volunteers needed: Adults and youth (9th-12th grades)We would love for energetic and fun leaders - people like you - who have a passion for connecting children and youth to the worship arts to sign-up to help as crew leaders, or to help with snacks and mission projects!

Please fill out the parental consent form for the 2019 school year if you haven't done so already and turn it into the Uptown office (206 SW Walnut Street) if you are attending a youth outing, or turn it into This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Ankeny First United Methodist Church
206 SW Walnut Ankeny, Iowa 50023
515-964-4249