Our mission statement: To create space for youth to ask questions, encounter God and learn to live as disciplines of Christ. Allow, Meet, and Go!
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Click on the above link to see how much youth group collected during the Souper Bowl of Giving. Monetary donations went to the North End Soup Kitchen and food items went to the Fenton United Methodist Food Pantry.
Youth 6-12 grade not enrolled in confirmation class are invited to take part in Bible study that meets at 10 a.m. in the Youth Room. Topics range from the Old and New Testament from Scratch lessons to Dave Ramsey’s Generation Change class for teens. Questions explored are: What is going on in the story, Where is God and what is God doing, and How does this story relate to my life? Focus is on developing a relationship with Jesus that helps us understand who God is, what God desires for us and that God’s love is always present!
Youth Group meetings are generally Sunday evenings from 6:00-8:00 p.m. We typically open with worship and devotions, followed by separate Jr./Sr. High discussion topics, then fellowship and games. Other youth group events are mission, service and fun activities. Focus for both groups is discovering how God worked through our imperfect Biblical ancestors, and how God works through us. We then can begin to see ourselves as part of God’s story, developing a deeper understanding and relationship with Jesus, and a meaningful connection to our past, present and future. All youth are welcome to come and openly share where you are today in your faith journey, and discover how what you believe affects your choices. This is a safe space to explore all questions, uncertainty and thoughts.
Another highlight of youth group is preparing and leading worship for Youth Sunday generally in the winter, and Youth Summer Re-cap in August. Youth Sunday theme and sermon is developed by the graduating seniors, with the entire service written by members of youth group. The Summer Re-cap highlights summer mission and conference experiences, along with youth providing the sermon and sharing new worship songs.
All 6th – 8th graders and their friends are welcome to join us for a variety of activities during youth group. They also participate in various mission events like CROP Walk, Wednesday Mission Live workdays, and experiences such as the Massanetta Springs Middle School Youth Conference in Harrisonburg, Virginia, beach day, camping, and the ski trip. Current activities are posted in the calendar.
All 9th – 12th graders and their friends are welcome to join us for youth group activities and discussions. They participate in various mission events like the CROP Walk and a summer mission trip, as well as experiences such as the ski trip, Alma Youth Mix, Montreat Youth Conference in Montreat, NC., Triennium at Purdue University, and camping and kayaking. Current activities are posted in the calendar.
Invites all 4th and 5th graders to various activities at church once a month during the school year, generally on the second Sunday of each month after 11 a.m. worship. See the monthly calendar for specific dates. Led by Vicky Graham and Cherri Maxwell, the focus of this group is mission and fellowship to prepare them for youth group. Friends are always welcome!
All youth in sixth grade and above who have not yet been confirmed are invited to take part. Confirmation classes are offered during the school year to prepare young people to know what it means to make a commitment to a Christian community, living as a disciple of Christ.
In this course we will learn about the Story of the Church and our place in it, we will reflect on what our faith calls us to do in a world of hurt and injustice, and we will develop our own Christian worldview and statement of faith. This statement of faith will be shared with the congregation on Confirmation Sunday. Journaling, serving within the church, and mission projects are part of this course.
Each confirmand will be given a mentor to assist them and help answer questions during this process, as well as reading and discussing one of the gospel books together. Parents may recommend a mentor for their youth, or one will be appointed for them.
The summer schedule includes meetings on Wednesdays or Thursdays for events, discussion and fellowship. Various other activities are kayaking, hiking, swimming, camping and games. Local and broader mission activities are also scheduled.
Sharing some youth group examples:
Below is a short slide show presentation of some youth group experiences. For updated examples, please click on the “Youth Ministries” posting category on the left of the website pages.