Here a number of ways that youth are encouraged to be in fellowship, service, and discipleship throughout the year.
Each fall, our middle and high school students travel together for a retreat. During our time away from the church, our students engage in worship, fellowship, and discipleship. These retreats are a great way for youth to get be surrounded by their friends in the faith and to meet new people.
Each spring, we offer an opportunity for our students to be engaged in missions while still in the Atlanta area. Our middle school weekend incorporates a night of fellowship, sleeping at the church, and mission projects after breakfast the next day. The day ends with a fun activity.
Our high school students are trying something new this year. We are partnering with an organization called Restoration Atlanta (RATL). RATL was started by a United Methodist pastor, Jim Ellison. RATL is a ministry that encourages groups to be WITH the women and children they serve. Instead of bringing things to pass out to those in need, the ministry is about the time we share with one another. This will be a two day retreat at the shelter downtown and will be a time of fellowship, discipleship, and fun.
Each summer, we offer an opportunity for our students to head out of town on mission trips. Our middle school students are invited to participate in a journey to a destination around the Southeast as they grow in their faith by being the hands and feet of Christ through helping others in VBS programs and light construction work.
Our high school students are invited to join on a similar journey around the Southeast and beyond! In the spring of 2017, we took our first international mission trip with the youth as we ventured to the Bahamas with Bahamas Methodist Habitat. In future years, we look to expand our opportunities to serve at home and beyond.
We will be hosting a benefit concert with Abe Parker in March of 2018 to raise money for our missions projects!
Every Christmas season, JCUMC youth bring to life the story of Jesus’ blessed birth through music, scripture, and performance. The Live Nativity is complete with live animals and hot chocolate. It is an annual event the entire community enjoys.
The time to start planning our annual Live Nativity is upon us. We are looking for subcommittees. It’s open to the whole community, Live Nativity is one of the greatest outreaches our church does to share the story of Jesus’ birth in a creative way. If you are interested in learning more about what volunteering for this event entails, contact Amanda Jacobs (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Halloween, Christmas, and Super Bowl Sunday always provide opportunities for parties, pizza, and plenty of fun!
An event registration form is turned in each time a student wishes to participate in a specific event throughout the year. It must be signed by a parent, have the activity fee attached, and be turned in during the designated registration period.
Hard copies of event registrations are available on the youth floor registration tables and may also be printed at home via links in the Youth News Update.