Messiah Youth Ministry
Students in grades 6-12 have opportunities to connect with peers and grow in their faith at Messiah Church with several youth programs. Wednesdays are about fellowship: Middle School youth meets on Zoom or in-person at 6:30-7:15 pm and High School youth meets on Zoom or in-person at 7:30-8:15 pm. On Sunday mornings, Zoom Middle School Sunday School (9:30 am) and Zoom Confirmation (11 am) classes provide opportunities for students to study scripture and what it means to follow Jesus and be part of the Church.6-8th Grade Sunday School
What does being a follower of Christ look like? How can we be more like Jesus every day? Each week middle schoolers look at how our attitudes and actions reflect Christ through a video teaching the day’s lesson, small and large group conversations, and lots of fun games.
Messiah 6-8th grade Sunday School meets Sunday mornings during the school year at 9:30 am on Zoom.
Each week looks different at Middle School Youth group as we study a new Bible story each month. We unpack the story, get to know the characters, watch movies, do crafts, play games, make food, and grow in our understanding of scripture while getting to know each other better.
Messiah Middle School Youth Group (grades 6-8) meets on Wednesday nights during the school year at 6:30 pm either on Zoom or in-person.
Faith + Life is a weird intersection in high school. We gather each week to study the stories of Jesus, his disciples, and God’s people. Understanding how their stories affect your life might help make sense of things. We do large group games, discussion, and meet in small groups – always striving to better understand God and each other.
Messiah High School Youth Group (grades 9-12) meets on Wednesday nights during the school year at 7:30 pm either on Zoom or in-person.
Confirmation allows youth an opportunity to take a closer look at the inner workings of Christianity and the United Methodist Church. We study the Bible, the life of Jesus, what it means to be a disciple, the early church, and basic tenants of the United Methodist Church. We learn about other world religions, and grapple with some tough questions. We approach this through experiential activities, class meetings, discussions with mentors, church visits, service projects, and retreats.
Messiah Confirmation meets the first and second Sunday of each month at 11 am on Zoom, with additional activities throughout the year.
Each Summer, Messiah Youth have two opportunities to spend a week serving others. Middle School and High School students can participate in STORM Camp (Service To Others in Relational Ministry), where they will do two things: work and worship. Groups of five youth and one adult spend the day serving in the community – building, painting, cleaning, weeding, etc. Each evening is spent in worship, complete with music, testimonies, and preaching.
High School students also have the opportunity to serve for a week with YouthWorks. They’ll travel out of state and spend a week serving in various ways, while also learning about the community they are serving. Each evening there is an opportunity to engage with members of that community.
Messiah Church never wants finances to prohibit a student from participating in summer missions. Partial and full scholarships are available.
Let’s Talk Teens
Messiah Church is concerned about the mental health of our teens. In response, we have created a free community seminar series about this important subject. Let’s Talk Teens: Understanding Mental Health in Our Teens is a multi-event speaker series, hosted by Messiah, focused on adolescent mental health and well-being. From anxiety to depression and suicide, we have invited speakers to share their understanding and experiences surrounding adolescent mental health. For parents, coaches, educators, Scout leaders, ministry leaders, grandparents and all caring adults who engage with teenagers and pre-teens.
We love partnering with families to nurture young faith. We also realize that sometimes families are looking for more parenting resources. We’ve collected a few of our favorites to share with you: