Youth

Our youth programming facilitates opportunities for our young people to participate in worship, community, and outreach that introduces them to God’s amazing love.

Sunday Programs

Sundays, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

At the end of our all-church intergenerational praise and worship time, youth in grades 6 – 12 are invited to join our relevant and engaging Youth Worship Service (except on the 1st Sunday of the month, when we celebrate All Church Worship).

Youth Worship

6 – 12 grade | Youth Room (Upper Level)

Sundays, 10:15 – 11:30 a.m.

Youth are invited to join Youth Worship Service at the end of our all-church intergenerational praise and worship time. 

All Church Worship

6 – 12 grade | Sanctuary (Main Level)

Frist Sunday of each month, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Youth remain in the sanctuary on the first Sunday of every month for an intergenerational, family-friendly service and communion. Youth volunteers help lead congregational readings and worship time.

Weekday Programs

Youth Gathering

6 – 12 Grade | Youth Room (Upper Level)

Wednesdays, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Youth gather midweek for a time to hang out, build friendships and develop their faith within a supportive community.  Under the leadership of our youth pastor and special guests, youth discuss how Jesus’s teachings apply to their everyday lives.

Confirmation

6 – 12 Grade | Youth Room (Upper Level)

Confirmation is an opportunity for youth to learn from pastoral staff and mentors what it means to live out their faith in Christ. Students engage weekly in topics of personal faith and church history, and learn what it means to be an active member of Christ’s family and the church body. Students also meet with a mentor during the confirmation process. In the end, students will be invited to confirm or reaffirm their faith in Christ during a confirmation ceremony with the whole congregation.

The 2019/2020 confirmation session is underway.

Spirit of David Youth Choir

6 – 12 Grade | Youth Room (Upper Level)

Sundays, 8:45 – 9:55 a.m.

Spirit of David is a choir for youth in grades 6 – 12 who love singing and learning about God through musical expression. The Spirit of David Youth Choir meets weekly and sings in Sunday service approximately once a month. 

Summer Programs

Biennial Mission Trip

9 – 12 Grade 

Every two years high school students have an opportunity to stretch their ideas of what it means to serve, love, need and give. In the past, students have gone to New York City, Denver, and Montreal to learn from local residents, support projects identified by the community, and engage their faith in action. Participating youth have the opportunity to engage in fundraisers to raise money for their trip.

2021 Mission Trip dates and location coming soon.

Vacation Bible School Youth Volunteer

6 – 12 Grade 

Vacation Bible School is a much loved annual event for children 4 years – 4th grade held one week each summer from 9:00 a.m. – noon. Youth support this successful event by  organizing activities and skits for the children. This is a wonderful opportunity for youth to build confidence, develop leadership skills and work alongside other adults in the church community.  

2020 VBS volunteer info coming soon.

Summer Camp

Entering 4th grade – 12th grade  | Clearwater Forest

Each summer, youth can attend a week of camp at Clearwater Forest. Each session is rich in outdoor activities and engaging spiritual formation. From learning to paddle a kayak to completing the high ropes course to journaling in a hammock, camp provides an environment that helps campers stretch and grow in a safe, Christian community.

Park Avenue UMC sends our youth off to camp as a group and with a staff member or parent volunteer who stays at camp the entire week to provide support. We also provide transportation to and from camp and scholarships to help with registration fees.  

2020 Summer Camp dates coming soon.