Silver Spring UMC Youth Group
Youth ages 6th-12th grade are invited to participate in all youth group activities. During the pandemic, we met via zoom from 5-6pm on Sunday evenings for a little social time and for reading and exploring Bible stories and big questions together. Eventually, we began some masked, socially distant outdoor activities, and are looking forward to an even more “normal” year in the 2021-2022 school year. Summer 2021 is dotted with some outdoor activities, including some service projects.
One other fun part of our programming in 2020 was devotional creative projects that Jen prepped for families. If you haven’t picked up a youth group goodie bag with supplies in it yet, email Jen to get connected with one! I’ve made videos of how to do the projects and my ideas for different ways to turn them into ways to reflect and grow in your faith, which you can find below. Do these on your own time, when you need a brain break or something creative to help you relax and find a centering.
See below for our “normal” types of programming
The youth group meets once a week, September through May. Our meeting times vary, depending on the activity planned and whether it’s a middle school meeting, a high school meeting, or a combined event! Our regular meetings consist of games, creative reflection, devotions, Bible study, fellowship, and much more. We also plan retreats, service projects, fundraisers, lock-ins, and fun trips to amusement parks and other attractions. Our youth are also encouraged to be active in the ministries of the church. They participate in worship as liturgists, scripture readers, acolytes, crucifers, and ushers. They also volunteer at Vacation Bible School and participate in summer mission trips. We welcome all youth who are in grades 6-12 to participate! We strive to create an inclusive and supportive community where youth can explore the relationships between themselves, God, and the world. Also, we play a lot of cards.
For more information regarding any youth ministry opportunity, contact Jen Kidwell, Director of Youth and Adult Discipleship at email@example.com.
Middle School Sunday School Class
During the school year, this group meets on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month during the 11am service, on non-special event Sundays. We use a curriculum designed to introduce or reinforce topics also covered in confirmation.
This group is open to any middle school youth who has not yet been confirmed. We meet weekly from January-June on a day and time that is set by participating families. In 2018, that was 4-5pm on Sunday afternoons; in 2017 and 2019 that was 9:30-10:45am on Sundays. In confirmation, youth have the opportunity to claim the questions and learn the practices of a life of faith. They are encouraged to explore what church membership means to them and to decide whether and how to embrace that for themselves.
8th grade and up
Starting November 2017, on the third Sunday of the month, we host an 8th grade and up Unplugged Worship service at 11am in Room 22 (basement level). This service is led by some young adults and includes some reflection, communion, and prayer time for this lovely group of teenagers!