Our youth are encouraged to participate in worship in a variety of ways. Youth are a vital part of our congregation and it is our goal to help them find areas in worship where they may serve regularly based on their gifts and their interests. Many of our youth volunteer as ushers, singers, musicians, greeters and readers. During youth led services our youth offer congregational prayers, deliver the children’s message and give the sermon so that they may have the chance to offer their insights and their voices to whole church community.
Sundays from 5:30-7pm, we have Collide for 7th-12th graders, in the Youth Activities Center (YAC). Collide is the "plug-in" point for Youth in the church, creating a safe, fun and welcoming atmosphere. We have fun playing silly games, participate in a short lesson and hang out. Bring cash for the Snack Shack!
November 19 - no Collide
November 24 - no Collide
December 3 - no Collide, come support the Children’s Ministry at the Children’s Christmas Musical
December 17 - no Collide, Caroling through Keller
December 24 - no Collide, Merry Christmas
December 31 - no Collide, Happy New Year
Journey is our Sunday morning program for Jr. High and Sr. High. We meet during both the 9:30 and 11am worship times to hear a lesson on that day's topic. Jr. High meet in Room 406 and Sr. High in Room 405. Students can still hang out in the YAC for fellowship, hot chocolate and cappuccino. We begin our Advent study this week using the book, Sent,by Jorge Acevedo. Come explore what it means for Christ to be sent by God into our lives and reflect on how we in turn might be sent into the world as the hands and feet of Christ, not just in this season but all year long.
November 26 - Free donuts, cappuccino and hot chocolate 10:30-11:00am in the YAC
December 24 - No Journey, enjoy worship with your family
December 31 - No Journey, enjoy worship with your family
Youth Connection Groups
Youth Connection Groups are small groups for 7th-12th graders where they can foster deeper relationships within the youth program, help build meaningful relationships with other youth and youth mentors, help each other build relationships with Christ and have accountability within the groups. If you are a youth or adult interested facilitating conversations in one of these youth-led groups, contact Martha Houghteling.
Youth Activities – Special Events
Throughout the year we have special events. Students can expect to get to know each other and make new friends while participating in these activities.
Guest Speaker on Human Trafficking
Guest Speaker Rebekah Charleston has to be rescheduled. We will let you know as soon as we have a date!
Jr. and Sr. High Progressive Dinners
December 2, 4-9:30pm, students will have a fun night of fellowship as they are driven to three homes each where they will eat, play games and end the night with a white elephant gift exchange. Drivers still needed. Contact Martha for details! Attire is Ugly Christmas Sweater. There will be prizes given for the ugliest and the most creative outfit in both Jr. and Sr. High categories! Register by December 1!
Service Hour Opportunities
Community Storehouse Thanksgiving Food Distribution
Monday, November 20, Available Shifts - 2-4pm or 4-6pm
Youth are asked to serve by accompanying clients as they pick up their boxes and assist them in loading in their cars.
All activities are eligible for Green Cord hours or NJHS/NHS service hours. Please contact Martha if you have any questions.
Impact Youth Choir
The Impact Youth Choir is for all children and youth 5th-8th grade. The choir sings in 8:15am worship once a month and rehearses the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Sundays each month from 4:30-5:30pm immediately before 5th and 6th Grade Fellowship and Collide Youth. There are also missional opportunities to sing outside of the church including a summer tour. For more information, contact Trey West.
Youth Mission Trips
Watch for announcement for dates and times for 2018
7th Grade Confirmation
Our Youth Ministry's main goal is for students to be able to graduate high school with their own faith journey strongly intact. Confirmation is a wonderful starting point within the United Methodist Church wherein 7th grade students can delve deeply into the tenets of our faith and ask tough questions in a safe environment. The promise parents make at their student's baptism to raise them in God's love is "confirmed" at this time. Students who have not previously been baptized have an opportunity to do so along with their confirmation at the conclusion of the class.
Over the course of the class, we will explore the meaning of baptism, spiritual disciplines, the Holy Trinity, Communion, the importance of grace in the United Methodist Church and any other questions that might arise. At the end of the course, students make a public claim to the title of Christian and United Methodist on Confirmation Weekend at the conclusion of the school year.
Most importantly, this time is meant to truly establish a starting point in the lives of teenagers where they find the questions they have for their faith lead to a deeper relationship with Christ and with each other.
The next Confirmation Class begins September 10. Classes are limited to 25 per session, 9:30 and 11am. Register for Confirmation Class here!
Opportunities in Youth Ministry
We invite parents to serve along with Martha Houghteling in this ministry area as we search for a new Youth Ministries Director. We have multiple opportunities where adults are not only welcomed but encouraged to volunteer. Sunday morning, Journey, at 9:30 and 11am, Sunday evening, Collide, from 5:30-7pm and beginning Wednesday, September 6, we will have Connection Groups from 6:15-7:30pm. Please consider investing in the lives of our students here at Keller UMC. We'd love to have you join this ministry team!