At OUMC, our goal is to help students grow in their relationship with God. We believe in relational ministry, where students interact with each other and leaders to experience the love of Christ in a safe environment where they can ask questions, be encouraged, and grow spiritually. We believe the youth are an integral part of the larger church and local community, and encourage them to be active in service. We believe in deep biblical teaching and discussion. And finally, we believe that there’s no way that these goals can be met alone; partnering with parents and the larger church body is essential to helping students grow.
Here are some of the regular programs of the youth group that we hope will help us reach our goals and uphold these principles.
Youth Group: Our regular youth group night is Sunday night. MS (grades 6-8) meets 4:30-6pm and HS (9-12) meets 6:30-8pm. From 6-6:30pm, the groups overlap for a meal we call Snack Supper ($3), provided by parents. Generally, we play games, Brad gives a lesson, and then we break up into small groups led by our adult volunteers.
Other weekly groups: Donut Hour meets each Sunday 10-10:50am in the youth suites (main floor, down the hallway, doors on the right), one for MS and one for HS. We catch up on prayer requests, discuss the sermon, and eat donuts! Tuesday mornings, 7-8:15am, a small group called Catching Fire meets at the Bojangles in Hillsborough. Wednesday evenings a small group called Hunger Gang meets at Pop’s Pizza, 6:30-7:45pm.
Special Events and Trips: Each month, we try to do one service project (homeless ministry, visiting elderly, etc) and one big fun event (holiday parties, Frankie’s, etc). We also do several trips each year (Beach Retreats, Ski Retreats, Mission Trips, and more).
Communication: This really just scratches the surface of everything the youth group does, so the best way to keep up to speed is by being added to the email list. You’ll generally get two emails each week—one that summarizes that Sunday’s youth group lesson and one that gives details on upcoming events. We also have a calendar link below and profiles on Facebook, Instagram, and even Snapchat!
If you have any questions or would like to be added to the mailing list, email Brad at firstname.lastname@example.org
The youth always have lots of great events planned. Stay up-to-date with all the fun things we have going on with our Youth Calendar.