Grades 5 and 6
Fifth and sixth graders tend to fall into that in-between time in life where they’re really too old for curriculum geared toward early elementary-age students but not quite developmentally ready for Confirmation. Using the Connect curriculum by Sparkhouse (written specifically with tweens in mind), the students grow spiritually through the use of hands-on projects, videos, games and Bible exploration. We meet in the Art Room (downstairs in the children’s wing) from 6:45-7:45pm on Wednesday nights during the school year.
Grades 7 and 8
Seventh and eighth grade students typically make up our Confirmation class (though we confirm older students too). We meet from 6:30-7:45pm on Wednesday nights when school is in session. Service projects, large group activities and fun are built into our two-year Confirmation program, but most nights, students are divided into small groups led by adult mentors. We use curriculum that our pastor has put together (some original material, some borrowed from other curricula), spending one year focused on the Bible and the other, on United Methodism and theology. We conclude the night together as a large group. The pastor leads the large group in a lesson summary before students are encouraged to stump the pastor with questions about the Bible, faith, United Methodism--most anything is fair game. (There is a fun, edible surprise if you successfully stump the pastor!)
Our youth group is comprised of ninth through twelfth graders who meet from 6:30-7:30pm on Wednesday nights during the academic year and periodically throughout the summer. We love to play games like Spicy Uno, talk about life’s hard questions, grow in our faith and offer one another support in this challenging time of life. We have some amazing volunteer leaders who love us and keep coming back to spend time with us.
We haven’t met a high school student we didn’t like, which means we hope you’ll join us too! We like to get together for coffee at Caribou before school most Thursday mornings and go on a mission trip to a YouthWorks site every year. Recently, we've served in New Orleans and Kansas City. This year, we went to Benton Harbor, Michigan. Please keep us in your prayers as we prepare for our trip to Alabama next summer.
We exist for students to be transformed by the ferocious love of God into new creations marked by healthy relationships with God, ourselves, and others.
We ask that parents/guardians complete a new Child/Youth Participation/Permission Form and Medical Release at the start of every school year. All provided information will be kept confidential and used to ensure the safe participation of our youth.
United Methodist Church Camps
Learning and growing spiritually with other Christians in an immersion experience can be pivotal for the development of a person's faith. In fact, Pastor Carrie has said before, "Church camp is where I really fell in love with Jesus." If you want this for yourself and/or for your child(ren), we hope you'll consider registering for a United Methodist Church camp this summer.