Youth Ministry

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Youth Ministry


Carmel UMC Youth Ministries serve youth in 6th-12th grades. We exist to help youth CONNECT with Jesus, GROW as disciples, and SERVE Jesus by making a difference in the world.  Our goal is to meet every student right where they are both socially and spiritually, and help them take the next steps that God desires.  We work hard to create a ministry where every teenager can belong.  We will welcome you if you’re just checking out this whole Jesus thing, and challenge you if you have been following him for your whole life. We hope to see you soon!

Our Message
YOU ARE LOVED
Our Mission
To lead teenagers toward the TRANSFORMING
love AND MISSION of JESUS ChrisT
Our Vision
TO BE A CHURCH THAT INVESTS IN THE NEXT GENERATION AND EQUIPS WORLD CHANGING DISCIPLES OF Jesus Christ 

REGULAR PROGRAMMING:

Our age-specific large and small group programming is carefully designed to:

  • Help students connect with Jesus
  • Support students as they grow in their faith
  • Teach from the Bible to help students develop a biblical worldview
  • Equip students to lead and serve in the church, community and world
  • Help students develop a healthy concept of mission and service
  • Provide incredibly fun opportunities for youth to experience biblical community
  • Partner with parents and guardians to help connect church and home

Intersect


Intersect - EVERY SUNDAY 

INTERSECT is meant to be a place where you can belong, learn about Jesus, and bring your friends. We always include high energy games and a fun craft or hands on mission activity, a meal, time to hang out with friends, and worship.  We teach from the Bible on topics relevant to teenagers, like friendship, dating, stress, parents, self-image and more.  We launch as a full group, then split into separate middle school/high school groups for age appropriate conversation.  

Our hope is that INTERSECT exposes you to who Jesus is and helps you fall more and more in love with Him.  We hope to see you Sunday!  

Intersect Schedule

5:00-5:30 PM    Dinner
5:30-6:15 PM    Games/Mission Project
6:23-7:15 PM    Worship
7:15-8:00 PM    Small Group Conversation

NEW INTERSECT Parent discipleship opportunity!

Parents are invited to join us for dinner, then head to a parent Bible study based on the current youth worship series. These studies are designed to help parents get connected to other parents and youth ministry staff, and study the same scripture and topic their teenagers are learning about. Childcare is available for younger siblings after dinner.


Youth Grow


Grow Groups

Being involved in a Grow Group is a great way to connect with other students and grow closer to God.  Grow Groups will spend time laughing, praying, learning, and serving together.   Grow Groups are made of approximately 10-12 students (same grade and gender) and a caring adult leader. 

 

SIGN UP for a Middle School Grow Group
SIGN UP for a High School Grow Group


SPECIAL EVENTS:

We plan events to help build community, lasting friendships, provide an opportunity for students to bring friends, grow in their faith, and serve.

MIDDLE SCHOOL EVENTS & RETREATS

HIGH SCHOOL EVENTS & RETREATS


youth serve


YOUTH SERVE OPPORTUNITIES 

1THING MISSION FOCUS
The needs in this world can be overwhelming, and often seem so big, we don't know where to start! Sometimes, we do nothing because the problems seem too big. Every month, we will learn about 1Thing - one need in our community or world - and give students the opportunity to respond with acts of service and generosity. If we all provide 1Thing, we will make a BIG impact! We know that Jesus can take small things and turn them into big miracles! 

NOVEMBER 1THING - Help the Homeless, Chapstick Collection
DECEMBER 1THING - Angel Tree
JANUARY 1THING - Clean Water 

Student Leadership Team

The Student Leadership Team is a ministry made up of students who help plan for and  serve on the INTERSECT team! Assist the CUMCyouth community by speaking, sharing announcements, planning games/activities, welcoming students, passing out brochures, sitting with first-timers, assisting with special events, and helping clean up after event.  APPLY HERE

Student Worship TEAM

The Student Worship Team exists to empower you – as a musician, worshipper and follower of Jesus – to grow in your gifts so that you can honor God with them and help lead others to worship Him.  APPLY HERE


ADULT SERVE OPPORTUNITIES 

Say YES to the Next Generation! Help us create a safe, warm, fun and life-changing program for teenagers to grow in their faith.

Click HERE for a listing of all adult leader opportunities.

Click HERE for an adult leader application. 


YOUTH MINISTRY STAFF 

We have awesome, caring, committed youth ministry staff and adult volunteers, who love teenagers and will make this big church feel like family! 

Kevin Andrews

Kevin Andrews
Minister of Youth

BIO: Kevin has been on the youth ministry staff at Carmel UMC since 2007. He believes following Jesus makes a world of difference in the life of a teenager and survived middle and high school because of that reality. Besides encouraging students to trust Jesus in new and bigger ways, he enjoys spending time with his wife and four kids, tinkering in the garage, and piloting airplanes or other flying contraptions. Need to easily spot Kevin in a crowd? Look for the balding man with the slider phone (a.k.a. “dinophone”) from circa 2009.

YOUTH MINISTRY VOLUNTEERS
NATALIE OEHLER HIGH SCHOOL
GROW GROUP LEADER
LORI HOBERTY HIGH SCHOOL
GROW GROUP LEADER
CHRIS SNYDER HIGH SCHOOL
GROW GROUP LEADER
ELLEN BAKER MIDDLE SCHOOL
GROW GROUP LEADER
KAREN KYDD MIDDLE SCHOOL
GROW GROUP LEADER

CONFIRMATION
MENTOR
LISA WILLIAMS MIDDLE SCHOOL
CONFIRMATION
MENTOR 
KARLA GOMEZ MIDDLE SCHOOL
CONFIRMATION MENTOR
AARON CARLISLE MIDDLE SCHOOL
GROW GROUP LEADER
 
CONFIRMATION
MENTOR
KRISTY WALTERS INTERSECT VOLUNTEER / MENTOR
LAYLA SPANENBERG INTERSECT
MEALS COORDINATOR