There are all kinds of ways for youth, 6th -12th grade, to make friends, have fun, and grow in their faith through the ministries here. We invite students in our congregation and community to come check it out. All of this youth ministry happens because of great student and adult leaders! Director of Student Ministries, Debbie Cali, and our adult small group leaders are passionate about young people's faith lives. The students on Youth Council work with staff and adult Youth Leaders to plan great events that help young people in the community and the church grow in their faith. Our youth also serve in mission and they help to lead worship as acolytes, musicians and readers. A few times each year, the students go on youth retreats for Middle School and High School for spiritual growth and fun times. Friends and visitors are welcome all the time!
To ensure their health and safety while participating in Grace's Youth Ministries, all youth must have an updated Registration Form and Student Covenant for each ministry year. These forms provide leaders with important contact, allergy, and other medical information.
Our main youth event is the weekly Youth Group gathering (Sunday evenings 6:15-8:15 pm during the school year). In the summers, we also gather on a regular basis. Youth Group offers students a chance to meet other students and have fun while growing in their faith. Youth Group is different each week, but always includes a snack supper—your first visit is on us, but after that, please bring $3 for dinner if you can. 2016-2017 Calendar
Our Youth Council meets over the summer to pick Youth Group themes from issues students face. We then follow a four week planning rotation for each theme.
- Week 1 is for Small Groups to meet to discuss the topic. Small groups are typically divided by grade with two adult leaders.
- Week 2 presents a way for the topic to come alive through a mission project. It could be something like packing college care packages, painting trash cans for a community, caroling for older adults or random acts of kindness.
- Week 3 is Youth Worship Week. our small groups take turns leading all parts of Youth Worship, and our youth praise band, Got Hymn?, provides awesome music. We pray about the
- topic of the month, discuss ways to grow in faith, share testimonies and thoughts, and grow in their faith.
- Week 4 is for friendship and fellowship. This week lends itself to students inviting a friend to join us in a relaxed environment. Students play games, go on scavenger hunts, ice skate, do things that strengthen their bond, and encourage others to join in the fun!
Youth Sunday School is a great time of learning and fellowship! Wonderful, committed teachers lead these groups to explore issues, learn the Bible and think about faith. Join us at 9:45 am on Sunday mornings.
- 6th grade students meet in Room 203 on the upper level.
- 7th and 8th grade students meet in Room 205 on the upper level.
- High School students meet in Room 206 on the upper level.
Confirmation Class is a special winter-spring class for students in 7th grade and up who are ready to explore what it means to claim their own identity as Christians. Students are matched with adult mentors, and the pastors lead classes for students and parents that help convey what it means to have faith and live as a Christian person. If you are interested in learning more about Confirmation, please contact the church office. New class to begin January 2017.
In addition to Youth Group, many students participate in the Wesley Singers youth choir which sings regularly in worship as well as for concerts and special events. Each summer, the Wesley Singers go on tour, singing for other churches and visiting children’s homes, nursing homes, and other people who need an extra measure of grace! Wesley Singers meets Sunday afternoons before Youth Group, from 4:45-6:00 pm, and Director Lynn Jost is glad to welcome all students, throughout the year, regardless of previous musical experience.
Got Hymn is Grace's contemporary youth Christian music ensemble for both singers and instrumentalists. This group of middle and high school students leads Youth Worship and plays at events and worship around the church and beyond. Practices are on Sundays, 12:00-2:00 pm. For more information, please contact the church office.
Youth Missions are a huge part of youth ministry at Grace! As United Methodists, we believe that personal and social holiness always go together, and we work to build mission skills and spark mission passion in the students. In addition to Sunday night Youth Group mission projects, our youth lead evenings of service in the food pantry at the SERVE community shelter every month on the third Wednesdays, starting at 6:30 pm. Each year, the group leads the church in fasting through the 30 Hour Famine during Lent, raising money and spiritual awareness about issues of hunger and justice. Special events like a “Box City” to learn about homelessness also round out the special events for youth missions during the school year. Click here for ongoing service opportunities.
Grace is the Chartering Organization for Boy Scout Troop 670, which is part of the Bull Run District of the National Capital Area Council. Troop 670 and its leaders belive strongly in the character-building that comes from the Scout Oath, Scout Law and the many outdoor activities the troop participates in. Troop meetings are held on Tuesdays 7:30-8:45 pm in the Fellowship Hall on the lower level. Please check out the Troop web site for more information.