Youth Ministries

Events and News

Christmas Tree Sales

You don't have to be an expert lumberjack or salesperson to participate as there will be instructions on site as well as a supervisor to train you.

Here's your chance to give back to the CUMC Youth Ministries. Consider donating some of your time and energy selling trees at the annual Christmas Tree Sale Fundraiser. Simply sign up as an individual, family or group of friends to give assistance to shoppers looking to buy a tree and donate to a great cause.

Proceeds of the Christmas Tree Sales help fund a variety of youth ministry events, especially retreats and mission trips that would otherwise be too costly for students to attend.

Get in the Christmas spirit by serving! You may discover, like others have, that it is a lot of fun and becomes part of your holiday traditions!

Register NOW for a weekend of thrills as we take a road trip to Michigan!

This 3 day, 2 night event will be at Gull Lake Retreat Center. The 2015 Winter Blast will have new and exciting adventures!

What's planned?

Some NEW Activities...

  • 40 mph Toboggan run
  • Massive Broomball Tournament
  • Inflatable obstacle course
  • Snowball Cloak and Dagger Competition

    And some classic favorites...

  • Airband
  • Rock-Climbing
  • Dodgeball
  • 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!

Parent Information:

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.

New & Improved Youth Program

This year, Carmel UMC Youth Ministry is adopting a new format to better reflect our priority of

“Creating Lifelong Disciples of Jesus Christ”

Fall Semester 

     Fall Semester

Sunday Mornings

  • Youth Worship at 9:30 am. Our new Youth Center opens in mid-October!

Other Opportunities

  • Sr. High Home Groups starting October 30. Small groups for senior high students to deepen the connection to God’s Word and to peers
  • Grades 6 – 12 Girls Ministry events for better connectivity and engaging on age-specific topics.
    See the full schedule here 

Spring Semester 

     Spring Semester

Sunday Mornings

  • 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

Other Opportunities

  • 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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Kevin Andrews at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it