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Night Without a Bed

Friday August 7th

Cost: $25 for an individual or $50 per family, but you can give what you are able and encourage youth to fund raise from

friends and neighbors.  

All proceeds go to support Family Promise of Blount County

1 in 16 children in the U.S. experience homelessness by the time they are in first grade.

If this is a statistic that grabs your attention please know there are ways you can help change this situation or at least give hope to the children and families going to sleep each night without a bed. 

1st Youth and Family Promise are teaming up for a special social distancing service project. This is an excellent way for our youth group to make a difference here in Blount county.  We would love for each family in the 1st Youth program to participate (if they are able) by making a $50 family donation. 

Then you are asked to spend the night of August 7th without a bed, getting creative on just how to do that. 

Click here for information on the event.

Click here to register.

Be sure to list 1st UMC Maryville Youth on the registration form. Share pics of your set-up and your family spending a night without a bed by sending pictures to nirwin@1stchurch.org so that we can all share in the experience. 

When: Friday August 7th

Cost: $25 for an individual or $50 per family, but you can give what you are able and encourage youth to fund raise from friends and neighbors. 

All proceeds go to support Family Promise of Blount County


  • Rev. Nathan Irwin

    • Director of Youth Ministries at 1st UMC.
    • BA in Religious Studies, University of South Florida
    • MA in Christian Ministry, Asbury Seminary

    Nathan has been a Youth Minister for nearly a decade, and hopes to stay in the game for a lot longer. He has been married to Crystal for 11 years and they have two kids. Isaac is 8 and Alara is 5.  They live in Springbrook, and have an old cat named Norris. Nathan likes to read, watch football and Netflix, alpine ski, fish, and take naps. He could eat pizza for every meal and his spirit animal is a donkey.

  • cathy finney

    Cathy is a mother of three grown children. She began regularly volunteering with the Youth when her youngest was 16, about 12 years ago. Cathy taught Special Education at Maryville High School for 18 years, including 10 years in the alternative schools.

    She retired from there and now teaches English Language Learners (ESL) at Whittle Springs Middle School in Knoxville half days. 

    This is Cathy's fourth year doing that.

    An interesting fact about Cathy, is that she lived in Belgium and the Congo for a while as a child because her parents were missionaries for one term. She still keeps up with some of the “missionary kids” she knew back then.   

  • John Kerr

    John lives on a farm in Rockford where he raises cattle. He was a teacher for over forty years, most recently teaching English and coaching boys and girls soccer at Maryville High School. He enjoys playing the guitar and singing.  Over the years, he has worked with the youth at 1st on Sunday nights and has been a chaperone at both Resurrection and Assembly.

  • beth kyburz

    Beth Kyburz is excited to be working with our youth. She is a School Counselor at Carter Middle School, and she has worked with children, youth and families for over 20 years. Her son Adam recently graduated from high school and loved his time with the 1st UMC youth group.

    During this time, she helped with youth group meetings, chaperoned the Resurrection trip, and even learned how to drive the church bus. She enjoys traveling, reading, going to the theater, and kayaking. She is looking forward to getting to know our youth even better, and is very excited to be part of Echo groups.

  • Phil Wilks

    Retired teacher and coach:
    • Chesapeake High School in Ohio
    • Marshall University in WV
    • Oxford College at Emory University
    • Georgetown University
    • Wofford College
    • Maryville College
    • Powell High School

    Phil  is married and has 5 adult children. He  served as the head football coach at Maryville College from 1988-2002. Over his career Phil has taught grades 1 through college mostly teaching physical education and driver’s ed. Phil is active at 1st UMC in many adult bible studies and Celebrate Recovery and is excited to work with our youth.