The purpose of HUMC youth ministry is very simple; Make Disciples. When our youth graduate we want them to leave equipped with the necessary tools to be world-changing disciples of Jesus Christ. We have weekly programs, yearly retreats, summer mission trips, special events, and many other opportunities for youth to come together.
Thanks for taking a moment to check out all that we offer here at Harmony UMC for Middle School and High School students. We are excited about the future of Youth Ministry at HUMC and we look forward to your active participation in our youth programs. If you would like to receive additional information about our youth programs, please be sure to contact Amy Beckwith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Harmony United Methodist Youth Ministries New School Year, New Design 2018-2019
ACTS 29 Youth Ministry
Beginning September 2018
- Adventure Youth Group and Sunday school
- Converge Middle School Bible Study
- Transit Youth High School Small Groups
- Synergy Youth Missions
“Whom should I send, and who will go
for us?” I said, “I’m here; send me.””
Adventure Youth Group and Sunday School
The journey of faith is not so much about the destination. The one that we take together is more about loving more deeply, living more abundantly, and being the people that God created us to be. Discipleship is an adventurous journey in trusting and knowing that we follow the One who guides our steps and invites us into a community of love and joy. No matter where we are; stopped by the wayside, traveling in circles, moving forward or moving backward; it doesn’t matter. There is an adventure that awaits.
“The journey not the arrival matters… Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go…To do the useful thing, tosay the courageous thing, to contemplate the beautiful thing: that isenough for one man’s life..”
~T. S. Eliot
Youth Sunday School will meet each Sunday. Sunday School is worth waking up for! Fill-up on God’s Word and great Christian fellowship each week. Take a look at what Jesus’ love means for our lives. Each week there is a Middle School and High School Sunday School Class during the school year. In the summer we combine the two classes. The classes meet at 9:45 am-10:45am, Sunday mornings. Our Classes and Teachers:
- Middle School: Rob & Rene’ Pettit, Third Floor Loft
- High School: Ric & Margaret Humphreys, Third Floor Loft
Beginning this year Harmony United Methodist Youth Group will meet every other Sunday. Youth Group offers a unique time where youth participate in mission projects, play games, and have discussion about the adventure God takes us on in our everyday life as faithful Christians. Each time we meet, a meal is provided. All Youth 6th-12th grade are welcome to join us on the Adventure from 5pm-7pm.
Youth Group Schedule September 2018-May 2019
October 7th & 21st
January 6th & 27th
February 10th & 24th
March 10th & 24th
April 7th & 28th
May 5th & 19th
September 2018-December 2018 Youth Group Special Events Schedule
November 2nd-4th Momentum Retreat (Middle and High School)
December 29th, Pancakes and Pajamas 9am-12pm
“Faith is the reality of what we hope for, the proof of what we don’t see.”
Converge (5th-8th Grade Program)
This year we are starting a new program in our youth ministries for 5th-8th graders every other Wednesday night. Our focus for this group will be Converge: Where Life and Faith Meet. During our time together we will explore relevant topics for the 21st century to see how faith comes into play in our everyday lives. All Youth 5th-8th grade are welcome to join us on the Adventure from 6:15pm-7pm. Most weeks our church will serve dinner prior to our program.
October 2018 through May 2019 Converge Schedule
October 3rd & 17th
November 7th & 28th
January 9th & 23rd
February 6th & 20th
March 13tth & 27th
April 10th & 24th
May 8th & 22nd
“Let no one despise your youth, but set the believers an example
in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.”
-1 Timothy 4:12
Transit Youth (Boys Small Group and Girls Small Group)
The road through 9th through 12th grade may be bumpy—but it doesn’t have to be lonely. Transit students are surrounded by a community helping them on the journey to discover a faith of their own. These groups are designed to create a safe environment for students to share what’s going on in their lives and ask questions about faith and about navigating the high school world.
On Tuesday mornings each week a Boys Group will meet at Chick-Fila and Girls Group will meet at Petite LouLou, both in Purcellville. All Youth 9th-12th grader are welcome to join us 7:50am-8:40am each Tuesday beginning October 9th, 2018 and continuing through May 14th, 2019.
“We know that all things work together for
good for those who love God,
who are called according to his purpose.”
Synergy (Youth Missions)
When people come together to serve others in the name of God so much can be accomplished. Synergy Youth Missions are opportunities youth will have throughout the year to serve in the community and the world. The mission opportunities will include Operation Christmas Child, Teens Opposing Poverty, Christmas Caroling, 30 Hour Famine, and other activities where youth can reach out to the Harmony community and DC areas. We also will send youth teams on at least one mission trip every summer. There is always an opportunity for middle and high school students to go on a mission trip.
October 2018 through December 2018 Synergy Schedule
October 6th: TOP Berryville 1pm-4pm
October 28th: TOP DC 12:30pm-4:30pm
November 11th: Veterans Day Lunch (Sign Up to Volunteer for this Lunch Here)
December 16th: Christmas Caroling 4:30pm-8pm
When: July 1-6, 2019
Where: Eastern University, Philadelphia, PA
Who: Rising 7th graders through 12th graders and adult chaperones
Cost: $450 (Deposit: $100)
Registration Form: MFUGE Release Form
Registration Forms and Deposit due by January 13, 2019
First Team Meeting will be on Sunday, January 13, 2019, 12:15pm-1:15pm
About: Youth will have the opportunity to participate in one of these ministries: (the first night we are at camp, youth will pick their top 3 choices and be placed in a group focused around 1 of those 3 choices)
Children’s Ministry: This ministry track involves working with children in a variety of settings including: Vacation Bible Schools, Backyard Bible Clubs, Day Camps, and other site-specific work with children. Groups may work at churches, community centers, apartment complexes, children’s homes,
Games and Recreation Ministry: This ministry track is designed to help students use their athletic ability and willing hearts to share the gospel through sportsmanship and Christ-like attitudes. These tracks are located in children’s centers or homes, apartment complexes, community centers and boys and girls clubs.
Homeless Ministry: This track is designed to minister specifically to the homeless population. Students will spend each day visiting with the homeless in shelters, building relationships, serving meals, leading games with children, etc.
Painting, Construction, and Yard Work Ministry: Students in this track will spend their time doing yard work, repairing, cleaning, painting, and light construction work. These tracks work with various organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and local housing authorities to meet the physical needs of churches, schools, families and individuals.
Social Ministry: This ministry track provides students a variety of ministry opportunities for meeting the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual needs of people. Students in this track may minister in: mentally/physically handicapped centers, nursing homes, homeless shelters, soup kitchens, food banks, clothing closets, furniture distribution centers, refugee ministries, prison ministries, Baptist Centers, Salvation Army Sites, and other community organizations with similar purposes.
Confirmation October 2018-April 2019
The confirmation journey that we embark on here at Harmony will probably be filled with more questions than answers, and more seeking than finding; and that’s okay! That is what this time in one’s faith life is all about; making sense of what you believe, asking questions, and wondering about God’s place in your life. It’s about taking an active role in looking at your own faith and then claiming it as uniquely your own.
Our confirmation class will provide a foundation of support, help and resources as we walk through your faith journey. Our meetings, activities and thoughtful discussions will help you discover your own strengths, questions and path as you find and build on your beliefs, discovering how your faith fits into and supports your day-to-day life.
All 7th through 12th graders are invited to join us on this journey. We will meet each Sunday, 9:30am-10:45am and we will have a retreat in January.
October 7th: Traveling Together
October 14th: Created in the Image of God
October 21st: John Wesley
October 29th: The Growth of Methodism
Our Life Together
November 2nd-4th: Momentum Retreat (optional)
November 11th: Prayers, Presence, Gifts, Service & Witness
November 18th: What’s so important about Thanksgiving?
December 2nd: Worship and Service
December 9th: The Kingdom
December 16th: The Gift that Changed Everything at Christmas
Our Beliefs and Our Theology
January 6th: The Holy Trinity
January 13th: Sin and Grace
January 20th: Redemption Verses Salvation
January 25th-27th: Confirmation Retreat: Discipleship and Spiritual Gifts
February 3rd: Faith and Prayer
February 10th: The Sacraments
February 17th: Renounce, Reject, Repent
February 24th: Accept and Confess
Our Faith and Calling
March 3rd: A Faith to Decide: I Believe
March 10th: A Call to Follow and A Spirit to Find
March 17th: A Story to Tell
March 24th: The Easter Narrative
March 31st: A Journey to Continue
April 5th: Confirmation Banquet 6pm-8pm
April 7th: Confirmation Sunday
Click here for a printable schedule of all youth activities for Fall, 2018 through Spring, 2019: Fall 2018 Schedule for Youth