“Creating Lifelong Disciples of Jesus Christ”
Starting in late January the programming for the Youth Ministry will be making some significant changes in order to better achieve our goal of creating lifelong disciples. Research says that the number one factor in helping students "stick" to faith is their involvement with the life of a church, and since our current programs tend to seclude rather than connect our teens with the rest of the church we are making changes to fix that concern. More details will be coming along with additional information, but we hope that our church will welcome these changes that are intended to help our students follow Christ long-term.
Starting January 25, the Children's Sunday School classes will be meeting in the Hub (new youth area) for a worship program. We want youth that are excited to spend time with children to help lead in different capacities January- May of 2015. Sign Up HERE! To be a part of this JUMP START program!
- Grades 7-12 begin to connect with the entire church starting in January. Options will include:
- Attending worship or Sunday School with parent
- Facilitating a new Kid’s Worship service in the Youth Center at 9:30
- Serving as an usher, greeter, coffee host, parking lot attendant, choir member, childcare worker, Sunday school assistant, computer or sound technician, etc
- Attending a youth worship experience (scaled-back from our current youth worship programs) as a short-term connection until they can be assimilated into another worship or service opportunity
- Youth Night for Grades 6-12. Begins January 25. Similar to current Youth Worship service but with greater flexibility
- Doors open and meal served starting at 5:30 pm. Program starts at 6:00 pm
- Music, teaching, discussion groups. More options for junior high students
- Sr. High Home Groups continue
- Girls Ministry for grades 6-12 continues
Confirmation- class continues on Sunday mornings from 9:30-11 am with increased participation options on Sunday night. Students are encouraged to worship with parents on Sunday when no class is scheduled
Benefits of This New Schedule
- Provide our youth with better opportunities to establish meaningful, personal connections with peers, adult mentors and other CUMC family members, persons they may serve or serve alongside in missions, younger children & Jesus
- Provide better opportunities to let the youth explore and utilize their spiritual gifts of music, leadership, hospitality, children, serving, etc
- Provide opportunities for our youth to be more visible and active within the CUMC body at large
- Provide regular, age-appropriate and relevant instruction, worship, and Bible study
- Additional use of the newly renovated space by children and students
What You Need to Know:
- This involves no staffing changes
- There will be more opportunities for youth to engage in a greater variety of ways
- There will be greater flexibility to be involved in the youth program even with scheduling demands of school, work, sports, etc
- The entire CUMC body will benefit from these changes
What Steps Were Taken to Come to the Decision to Improve Youth Ministry:
- The conversations leading to these decisions have included CUMC pastors and staff, consultants, leaders from other church youth ministries, as well as our own youth volunteer leadership
- We planned the new format based on significant research, experience and training offered by Youth Ministry Architects and the Fuller Youth Institute as outlined in a books including Sustainable Youth Ministry and Sticky Faith. These experts both point to intergenerational connections as a part of a teenager’s church experience as one of the key differences between students who continue to remain connected in their faith in the years following graduation compared to those who drop out of a faith community
Questions? Contact Scott McDermid at
or Kevin Andrews at
This 3 day, 2 night event will be at Gull Lake Retreat Center. The 2015 Winter Blast will have new and exciting adventures!
Some NEW Activities...
- 40 mph Toboggan run
- Massive Broomball Tournament
- Inflatable obstacle course
- Snowball Cloak and Dagger Competition
And some classic favorites...
- Live Music by a DJ
- Amos Shroll Band Performing
This year's special guest speaker is Garrett Edwards. The theme throughout the weekend is "TRENDING."
Invite a friend and BRING YOUR PHONE! Keep with the "trends" and share your experiences via text, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with everyone on the trip and with those who will missing out at home. The hashtag for the experience is: #WBlast15 use it and use it often!
This year's #WBlast15 has a NEW lower cost of $185. The fee covers transportation, lodging, activities, t-shirt and all meals at the Retreat Center. (meal on the road during travel time are not included).
This will be your only chance to pay via credit card so have it ready. Otherwise, payment can be made by check to the Carmel UMC office. If you have concerns about the cost of the retreat, contact us to find out about confidential scholarships that may be available to you.
Full registration cost is refundable until January 2, 2015. If you are unable to attend after that date, we will do our best to fill your spot and offer you a refund, however, there is no guarantee that we can fill your spot after January 2. If you have questions about the retreat or registration process, please contact Kevin Andrews or call 317-844-7275.