SLAM Bible Talk Retreat
Join other followers of Jesus in studying God's Word. You will be challenged to dig deeper in your understanding and application of Scripture and discuss the implications in a close-knit community. This is not a simple task but the reward for your hard-work will be valuable in stretching your ability to trust God with your entire life.
Created by God Retreat
October 23-26 (not overnights) for 5-7 grade students
Cost: $50 (covers sessions, materials and meals)
Created by God is designed to teach sexual development and reproduction from a biological and biblical perspective to students in fifth to seventh grade. It will be taught by Dr. James Ritchie, the author of the curriculum who has been involved with sexuality education with tweens and their parents for over 20 years.
The goal is to educate students in a way that will facilitate ongoing conversation with parents who can form meaning in the midst of this time of transition.
Thursday- Session 1 (Parents) 7-9:00 pm
Friday- Session 2 (Tweens) 6:30-8:30 pm
Saturday-Sessions 3 & 4 (Tweens) 9-NOON & 1-3:00 pm (lunch provided in-between)
Sunday- Session 5 (Tweens) 2-5:00, Family Dinner 5-6:00 pm, Session 6 (Parents/Tweens) 6-8:00 pm
We ask that students and at least one parent (preferably both) attend all relevant sessions
We will ask you to bring a snack to share. If you prefer to pay by credit card, this registration will be your only chance to do so. Otherwise, you may pay by check or apply for a confidential scholarship at a later date.
To register click here
This year, Carmel UMC Youth Ministry is adopting a new format to better reflect our priority of
“Creating Lifelong Disciples of Jesus Christ”
- Youth Worship at 9:30 am. Our new Youth Center opens in mid-October!
- 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
- 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