Youth Ministries

Events and News

Youth Sunday! February 22, 2015

This is our yearly opportunity to lead worship in all of the adult Traditional Services (8:30, 9:30, & 11:00am). We want a lot of student participation - that's what it takes to make this happen and there are many ways to be involved! You are welcome to sign up for more than one service and you can mix and match your talents to what job you'd like to do at each service!


“Creating Lifelong Disciples of Jesus Christ”

Check out some of the Special Guests lined up for Intersect on Sunday Evenings!

February 8Special Music

Ryan McGee

February 15No IntersectPresident's Day Wknd
February 22Movie NightSon of God @5:30 (no dinner)
March 1Special MusicAmos Shroll
March 8Special MusicRyan McGee
March 15Special MusicIan M-Z
March 22  
March 29

April 5No IntersectSpring Break
April 12No IntersectSpring Break
April 19Special MusicRyan McGee
April 26

May 3Special MusicMicah Beckwith

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 

Sunday Mornings 
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

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