Grow in Faith thru Sunday School
Sunday School for youth is a vital part of the Sunday School time (9:45-10:45 Sunday mornings). Contact Amanda Heeren for more information about Youth Sunday School.
Middle School (grades 6-8) youth use “Claim the Life – Journey.” This lively group learns about God and each other, with Brenda Allen and Darra Johnson providing leadership. The middle school class meets in the youth room.
Youth who are in high school (grades 9-12) meet in the youth room in the Annex (SW of the main building). They use “Claim the Life – Promise” to guide discussions about faith, God, and navigating high school. Mindy Gelder and Amanda Heeren lead this class.
In the United Methodist Church, Confirmation is an important time in the life of youth when they claim the faith and promises made at their baptism for themselves. It is also when they become full members of the congregation.
Most youth take Confirmation during their 8th grade year, though older youth can also participate. Confirmation is led by Scott Grotewold and John Jacobson. Generally, it meets the first Saturday of the month, 9:00 AM to noon, September through April.
Life of the Church
Join us on Wednesday nights. Both the Middle School and High School groups meet from 7:00-8:15 PM. There are great discussions, crazy games, service projects, and often snacks. Both are high-energy groups.
Youth Bell Choirs
Come play our 5-octave set of Schulmerich handbells! No previous experience is required, though a minimal ability to read music is helpful.
- Chorister Bells (6th-8th grades), Wednesdays, 5:30-6:15 PM
- Chapel Bells (9th-12th grades), Sundays, 6:30-7:30 PM (link to music part and back)
Coming soon: Sign up to help lead worship by being a liturgist, serving communion, or sharing music.
- Great fellowship happens on Wednesday nights at 6:15 PM during our congregational Soup Supper. Come be fed and nourished and still have time for youth group.
- Yes, we have lock-ins!
- Other fun-and-fellowship activities are scheduled based on the time and interests of the youth.
Serving Our Neighbors
- About once a month, youth have the opportunity to do a local service project. Past projects have included such things as making and serving a meal at Food at First, caroling to residents at retirement centers, and “Trick or Treat for UNICEF.”
- Something to look forward to each summer is the youth mission trips. Youth have gone on trips all around the United States building homes, working with children’s programs, helping with disaster relief, and learning to advocate for social justice. Both middle school and high school groups have their own trips.