Changing the world one person at a time
As disciples of Christ we are called to care for one another, to share our gifts, and to embrace an attitude of benevolence. Part of the faith journey for JCUMC youth includes participation in a variety of mission projects throughout the year. By reaching out to others and sharing their time and energy, JCUMC youth discover the meaning of joy that is found in giving through first-hand experience.
Helping Our Community:
Middle school and high school students both have an annual in town retreat that includes a Saturday dedicated to local mission projects. After a church sleepover on Friday night and breakfast in the morning, groups of students are transported to various community organizations and local assistance agencies. Building repairs, painting, landscaping, clean-up projects, and food packaging are among the services our youth have provided. The Great Day of Service provides yet another opportunity for students to team up with others and help with various projects wherever there is need.
Sacrifice and Support
Students also take an active role in supporting local food banks by participating in periodic food drives and volunteering to raise money for assistance organizations. During the holidays, instead of exchanging gifts at the annual Youth Christmas Party, they bring new toys to donate to children in our community who might otherwise go without. Through fundraising activities and participation in the annual Wesley Walk for Others, students also raise money to help serve the needs of both seniors and young people in the Atlanta area.
Every December the Youth Ministry presents The Live Nativity. By reaching out to the community in this very special way we are all reminded of the true meaning of Christmas. Through song, scripture, and performance the story of Jesus’ birth in a manger is brought to life. This memorable event has become a Christmas tradition that neighborhood families look forward to year after year.
Reaching Out to the World:
High School Mission Trip
High school students spend a week each summer lending hands-on assistance to organizations in need of help and to those who are struggling with the effects of poverty or natural disasters. Students travel by church bus and are housed in nearby Methodist facilities while working in Georgia or neighboring states. A willingness to share time, energy, and hope are the only skills required.
Supporting Special Needs
Each summer JCUMC hosts Camp Hollywood. This one-week day camp for disabled children is sponsored by FOCUS (Families of Children Under Stress). JCUMC youth volunteer to buddy with a child and pair together in games, crafts, and other camp activities. Partnering with a special needs child, who might not otherwise have this opportunity, can be a life-changing experience for all.
Shoe Box Ministry and Operation Christmas Child
Every Christmas our youth participate in The Shoe Box Ministry. The church-wide effort collects empty shoe boxes and age-specific toys. Later, students have the opportunity to volunteer a few weekend hours at the Operation Christmas Child facility where they help pack the toys into boxes for distribution.
Soup and Chili Cook-off
The Soup and Chili Cook-off is an annual event hosted by the Youth Ministry in early February. Volunteers bring a pot of their best homemade soup or chili to the chapel on a Sunday morning. Between worship services, students set up and serve the food and help with the clean-up afterwards. Donations from this event go to the David Adair Mission Fund to help support the annual high school mission trip.