Small Groups

Middle school and high school students meet on Sunday mornings to share their highs and lows from the past week and look forward to following Jesus in the week ahead. Bible study and discussion begins at 11:10 a.m. and runs through noon. Students also have the opportunity to study God’s Word on Sunday evenings from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.


At First Church, young people are welcomed and encouraged to participate in, and sometimes lead, worship. From leading music to prayer and liturgy, students are an active part of all of our worship experiences.


Midweek Message

On Wednesday evenings during the school year, students gather for dinner, Bible study, worship and fun. Dinner with the First Church family starts at 5 p.m. The youth praise band leads student worship followed by a message or Bible study. Midweek Message events wrap up at 7:30.

We are kicking things into gear this semester with some worship and games at 6 p.m. followed by a message from group leader Cyndi Chamberlin.  For 6-weeks we will be studying “Short Stories by Jesus” going over parables like “The Good Samaritan” “The Mustard Seed” and “The Lost Son.”  We will learn how to apply these to our current lives and situations we may encounter. 


Students at First Church have the opportunity to experience outdoor camps at Camp Egan Retreat Center in Tahlequah and Camp Walk On Water (WOW) in Stuart.

Campers can climb a rock wall, ride a zip line, swim in lakes, and more. Times of worship provide connection with God through great music and messages. Another focus is time spent in small groups to discuss and grow in faith with others. >> Learn more


Confirmation is an opportunity to respond to God’s grace as acknowledged in baptism, and to promise to live as a person of faith. United Methodists view confirmation an important marker in one’s spiritual journey. >> >> Learn more

Shalon Reynolds

Director of Spiritual Formation and Christian Education

Shalon joins Bartlesville First United Methodist as a Certified Candidate for Ministry, actively pursing her call to become a Deacon. In addition to her responsibilities with the church, she is a full-time student at Asbury Theological Seminary, attending classes both online and at the Asbury Satellite Campus in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Before receiving her call to the ministry, Shalon was a high school principal for six years and a secondary English teacher for ten years. She holds a B.S. in Secondary Education with an emphasis in English and a minor in religious studies from Oklahoma State University and an M. E.D. in Educational Administration and Curriculum Supervision from the University of Oklahoma. Shalon and her husband David were married in 2001. They currently have one son, Benjamin, who is a very active elementary student. They were also blessed with the opportunity to be foster parents to three, now grown, productive adults. Shalon enjoys doing philanthropic work with her off-road Jeep club, Jeepers Anonymous and spending time traveling with her family. Her favorite bible verse is Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Cyndi Chamberlin

Student Ministries Associate

Cyndi joined the First Church family February 2016. She has served in youth ministry for over 17 years. She and her wonderful husband Jerry have two little boys Jonah, and Elijah.  Cyndi’s passion for ministry is rooted in her years as a student growing up in the United Methodist Church. Cyndi studied Biology at OSU-OKC. Prior to moving to Bartlesville, she served as a Pharmacy Technician, Bank Teller, and Secretary in the Oklahoma City area.