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Youth

WBL UMC Youth Ministry


 

WHY WE GATHER TOGETHER

youth ministryWe are committed to supporting students and their families in a journey of faith exploration and development. Students in 6th and 7th grades encounter God through discussion, service projects, prayer, teaching, and games. During the Confirmation journey (8-9th grade), students are challenged to deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ, and decide how they will live out their own faith. During high school, students are offered opportunities and mission experiences to take their faith to the next level.

 

WHEN WE GATHER TOGETHER

Sunday Mornings

Sunday school for students in grades 6-8 and 9-12 is offered only during the 9:00am service and runs mid-September through mid-May. Students start the morning in worship with their families.

Middle school students are invited to leave for the youth room downstairs after the Children's Message. Middle school students encounter the Bible through re:form Ancestors, a youth Bible study that explores the ancestors of our faith by exposing the real, unpolished, and unexpected personalities of Bible characters. This fall we’re meeting key people from the Old Testament. We are off for Thanksgiving and Christmas Breaks (11/26, 12/24, 12/31).

High School Students meet on Sunday mornings following the sermon in the first service. In the youth room upstairs they meet together, check-in on each other's lives, and discuss applying the sermon to everyday life.

 

Wednesday Nights

Connect 

Connect for students in grades 6th-9th meets 6:30-7:30 pm in the youth space downstairs. Our focus is "connecting" with God, each other and the world through hands-on faith activities, group-building games, service projects, and prayer practices. Students in grades 8-9 who are not in Confirmation are invited to stay with us the whole evening. Programming runs mid-September through mid-May.

Confirmation

Confirmation students (8th -9th grades) meets 6:30-7:30 pm beginning with Connect at 6:30 for games before splitting off. We focus on exploring and practicing our faith together as we prepare to become official members of the church. Interactive classroom lessons taught by a pastor; mentor & parent nights; service projects; and worship leadership prepare our youth for building relationships with each other, the greater church, and the world around them.

Confirmation & Connect Schedule  |  Confirmation Service Project Form

Register for Fall Programs

 

Special Events

Throughout the year, we offer students in grades 6-12 opportunities to participate in various events and service projects with local service organizations, e.g., Feed My Starving Children, Simpson Shelter, Solid Ground, and local food shelves. These events will be posted in the Events list on the right side of this page.

 

Solid Ground

Wednesday, December 6th | 6:15 -7:30 pm

Grades 6-12, families and mentors shop for Solid Ground’s Santa Shop. We carpool to Target to help holiday wishes come true for families in our community

On Wednesday, December 6, students in grades 6-12, their families and mentors are all invited to Christmas shop for Solid Ground’s Santa Shop. In groups, we will carpool to Target to shop for specific age groups to help holiday wishes come true for families in our community. Drivers and participants need to sign-up with Linnea Uhler in person or by email ( ) by Sunday, December 3rd. Permission slips can be found HERE.

 

Appalachian Service Project

Appalachia Service Project is Kentucky July 21-29th, 2018. For the ASP trip, students completing grades 9-12 and college students are invited to serve. Register HERE . First meeting will be at the end of January.

 

Stay Updated

To learn more about youth opportunities or sign up for e-mail updates, contact the church office.