Youth Summer Trip to Nashville June 15-20!
Register NOW to be a part of a life-changing week serving residents of Nashville, Tennessee. You'll want to experience the fantastic road trip, mind-blowing food, and unforgettable moments spent with friends! Plus, God will use this week to shape you into the compassionate person He created you to be!
Cost of the trip is $315 ("Early Bird Pricing) and includes lodging, transportation, meals, project supplies, free day activities, highlight DVD and poster. If you could use some financial assistance, please contact us for a confidential scholarship application. This will be your only opportunity to place a $50 deposit via credit card (not tax deductible) or you can submit a check to the church office at your earliest convenience. Register soon as space is limited!
Early Bird Pricing: $315 through April 29
Price Increases to: $340 April 30th
Why: Mark 10:45 “The son of man came not to be served, but to serve and give his life…” We want to live as Jesus lives, through a life of service to our neighbor.
What: Meet needs in the international and low-income communities in Nashville, TN. Our capacity has expanded to serve the needs of the elderly, disabled, refugee and immigrant communities, pre-school, elementary school, adult-illiterate, at-risk youth, and low-income families.
CONNECT, GROW, SERVE!
“Creating Lifelong Disciples of Jesus Christ”
Check out some of the Special Guests lined up for Intersect on Sunday Evenings!
|February 8||Special Music|
|February 15||No Intersect||President's Day Wknd|
|February 22||Movie Night||Son of God @5:30 (no dinner)|
|March 1||Special Music||Amos Shroll|
|March 8||Special Music||Ryan McGee|
|March 15||Special Music||Ian M-Z|
|March 22|| || |
|April 5||No Intersect||Spring Break|
|April 12||No Intersect||Spring Break|
|April 19||Special Music||Ryan McGee|
& Special Music
Bill Farrar (fountainsofhope.org)
& Hannah Foust (CUMC student raising $
for wells being dug in Africa!
Special Music: Garrett & Ashley Edwards
|May 3||Special Music||Micah 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
- 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
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