We want you to come just as you are and feel comfortable and included. Most Youth times are all about fun, energetic games and meaningful conversations. We build friendships and make a real difference in our community through acts of service. We want to support you in your faith journey and allow you to explore what you believe without pressure or judgment. We believe in putting our faith in action, connecting with others, and loving one another. Together we create memories to last a lifetime. If you have any questions or you need anything, feel free to connect with us.
WHAT WE DO
Come join us for:
Activities & Outings
We talk about topics teens like you really care about. We explore faith while building friendships and having fun! We usually meet on Sunday mornings from 10:15 to 11:30 am. Youth in grades 6 through 12 are welcome.
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We always have adventures planned
October 29th - 10:15 am
We are setting up and running a Mini Halloween Carnival with spooky games, fun activities, and a cake walk. From prizes to candy this carnival has it all. The kids will join us after Children's Time and stay until 11:30 am. Wear kid-friendly costumes and remember we will be cleaning up until about 12:30 pm today. Happy Halloween!!
Mission Project 2024
Theme: Help in Healing
We have so many people in our congregation and in our lives who are battlingcancer. This project is all about offering our love and our help in their time of healing. We will be putting together Busy Bags for people who are undergoing cancer treatments and kids who are undergoing long-term stays for treatments at Children's Hospital.
We are doing a series of programs based loosely off C.S. Lewis's The Screwtape Letters. These programs cover a variety of topics and how they relate to teens. We just finished programs on the challenges of church, dealing with istractions, and exploring Christians and Jesus. Upcoming programs: Entitlement, Enjoying Life and Relationships.
Fall Kick Off
We will kick off the year with fun games over Zoom. If COVID-19 concerns are no longer an issue, we will revisit this plan. For now, we will plan on a virtual night of connection, laughter, and ridiculousness!! Party Time is coming soon!
While we have been in quarantine, we have been doing Youth Group in a Bag. Alex has brought snacks, activities, and challenges to the youth as they shelter in place. Check out the videos for the footage and for inspiring messages found in the community.
Lock-In at the Church
We lock ourselves in at the church to play games, eat together, and watch a movie before sleeping in sleeping bags in the Youth Room. The next morning we go to church together for worship.
Every year we take a night to go play at Boondocks Fun Center. We ride go-karts, play putt-putt golf, spray each other with the bumper boats, bowl, team up for laser tag, and play arcade games. The fun never ends!
When the holiday season comes around, the Youth Group shops for those who cannot afford to. In 2018, we went grocery shopping and created 11 Thanksgiving baskets for families in need. Last year we went shopping for 7 children on the Salvation Army Angel Tree.
The Youth Group produces a Youth Sunday service each year. Complete with music, ushering, greeting, liturgy, and a message, the Youth run the service. We value the voices of our youth and offer public speaking opportunities.
In 2019, we went with Group Workcamps Week of Hope in Loveland, CO to serve the homeless community, adults who were disabled, and children with disabilities. We had planned on going on a Mission Trip to Colorado Springs with Next Step Ministries in 2020. COVID-19 delayed all trips, but we'll plan another Mission Trip for 2021.
Check out some of our YouTube content. These videos explore prayer through a past Youth Sunday message.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT?
Come as you are
We usually meet on Sunday mornings from 10:15 - 11:30 am at the church. We have a teen-friendly Youth Room with foosball, couches, a pool table, air hockey, and snacks. For programs, we usually start with a couple games and then explore discussion questions on teen topics such as: bullying, social media, stress management, self-esteem, and more. Then we conclude the program with devotions as an opportunity to share our highs and lows and ask for prayers. At times we change the day or time of Youth Group for outings and special events. Join us for all kinds of safe shenanigans.
OUR AWESOME TEAM
Get to Know the Youth Sponsors
All of our volunteer Youth Sponsors are background checked and have been trained through Safeguarding God's Children. We keep at least two adults with the Youth at all times to ensure the safety of our teens.
Alex has been the Youth Director at GMUMC for over 6 years. She has worked with youth in various settings for more than 13 years and she has been attending GMUMC for over 3 decades. She brings energy and compassion to everything she does.
Lisa has a Masters in Social Work, a Bachelors in Developmental Child Psychology, and has served as Youth Director at GMUMC in the past. She offers unconditional love and a heart of service to our Youth.
Jen is a Youth parent and she inspires us with her willingness to contribute and her reliable spirit. Jen is truly patient and understanding.
Eric is a Youth parent and High School Cross Country coach. He shares his love of running and his active listening with us.
Taylor grew up in the GMUMC Youth Group and now he lends his unending energy and his generous heart as a Youth Sponsor.
Cara is a teacher and loves working with young people. She supports us with her gentle guidance and eye for organization.