Youth Ministry

YOUTH MINISTRY

Growing Together in Faith & Fun

Kids are important members of the Body of Christ today! In the youth & children’s ministries, it is our calling to empower young people to lead the Church and the world into a new day.   We explore faith, love, justice, diversity, compassion and service in an open atmosphere that doesn’t fear questions or differences of opinion. This friendly, faithful gathering of kids and youth also manages to have a lot of fun together!

 
Your youth & children are welcome here!

Wednesday Night Pizza and Worship Lab Wednesday nights are an important part of our youth ministry experience. Wednesday night programming starts with pizza and then we move into a worship experience that is meant to be fun, creative, and experimental. It will be high energy some weeks and more thoughtful and contemplative others. Youth, both Confirmation age and Sr. High, will be leading many weeks, through music, reading, speaking, acting, and serving. This is part of the Confirmation Sr. High experience and it is expected that all are in attendance.

Grades 7 to 9

Enrichment Hour
Sundays between services Sunday mornings during the school year our  7 to 12th grade kids gather for a time to connect with each other and talk about how faith intersects with their life. Relaxed and relational, you can find the youth in the youth room at 10:00a.
 
 
Confirmation
Wednesday Nights Confirmation at Lake Harriet is a 3-year program focused on building relationships among the group, learning where God is present in our lives, and developing people who can reflect on their Christian faith with Scripture, tradition, reason, and experience as tools where they grow in their love for themselves, for each other, and for God. Each night starts with our Worship Lab.  This is a required part of Confirmation that all Confirmation students will have a leadership role in over the course of the year.  Following worship, we gather as a large group of 7-12th graders for fun team-building and games to develop connections. The group then disperses to smaller age-based groups for a more focused and intentional experience. For more information, contact Pastor Chris Carr.
 
7th Grade
7th Grade is an introductory time for youth to learn to ask questions, start using the Bible as a tool, specifically in the Old Testament, and then learning about the world of Faith around us.  In 7th Grade, the class looks at Judaism and Islam.  A visit to a synagogue and/or mosque is part of the 7th grade year.
When: Wednesday nights- 6:30-8:15p
Where: Fellowship Hall stage
What to bring: Bibles, notebooks, and folders are provided
 
8th Grade
8th grade digs in deep and looks at Jesus and the New Testament.  There is also World Faith study on eastern religions.  A visit to a Hindu temple is a part of the 8th grade year.
When: Wednesday nights- 6:30-8:15p
Where: Room 206
What to bring: Confirmation Bibles, notebooks, and folders.
 
Youth and Youth (YAY) Nights
This is a ministry where 7th and 8th graders will be broken into groups and paired with a group of Sr. High Youth, who will lead them in a faith based discussion.  This ministry nurtures peer mentoring and leadership empowerment among the youth.
When: First Wednesday of the month, 7:15-8:15p
Where: several rooms around church
What is needed: Discussion sheet
 
9th Grade
As youth enter their final year of Confirmation, this becomes a more intense focus on their own Faith walk as Christians, and as members of the Methodist Church. There are opportunities to connect more deeply with their peers, the Sr. high through a monthly Drop-In experience, and God through study, activity, discussion, and prayer. The first Wednesday of the month is Mentor Night, when each 9th grader will spend time in conversation with the mentor from the congregation.
When: Wednesday nights- 6:30-8:15p
Where: Rm 4 (across from Youth Room)
What to bring: Bible, notebook, folder
 
 
 

Up North Ski Trip

January
In January, our youth set out on their annual Ski Trip up north.  Snow, chalets, games, and all the skiing they can handle…the ski trip has something for everyone.
 
 
Out & About in a Larger World

 

Vacation Bible School Youth Team

Summer Jr. High youth are invited to explore leadership roles in the Church through the VBS Youth Team.  Our youth form the backbone of the volunteers that lead children through a fun, safe and meaningful week.   Jr. High Mission Trip Summer 7th & 8th graders can explore what it means to be a servant through the Jr High Mission trip.  This week is an awesome way of building teamwork, compassion and faith.

 
 

Grades 10 to 12

Enrichment Hour Sundays between services We will be gathering to have meaningful discussion, take on service projects, and even have some fun!  We will also meet to discuss planning for upcoming events and Wednesday Night Worship When: Sunday mornings at 10:00a
Where: Youth room
What to bring: YOU AND FRIENDS

 

Drop-in Wednesdays Wednesday Nights During the School Year Sr. High Drop-In: 10-12 Grade Drop In is a space for young adults from 15-18 (10-12 grade) to connect, to be challenged, to feel supported, have fun, and meet God in new ways.
When: Wednesdays at 6:30p
Where: Youth Room
What to bring: YOU AND FRIENDS
 

Ski Trip

In January, our youth set out on their annual Ski Trip up north.  Snow, chalets, games, and all the skiing they can handle…the ski trip has something for everyone.
 
 

Youth Summer Opportunities

Youth grow together as a community, find purpose through their work & deepen their faith.

 
  

Sr. High Mission Trip

Our youth look forward to a week of service and fun each summer on the Sr High Mission Trip through Appalachian Service Project. Youth travel to Appalachia where they learn about poverty, construction, and service.
 
 
 
Vacation Bible School Youth Team

Sr High youth are invited to explore leadership roles in the Church through the Vacation Bible School  Youth Team.  During Vacation Bible School our youth form the backbone of the volunteers that lead children through a fun, safe and meaningful week.

 
 
 
 

Youth Ministry Staff