Youth

We have an active youth program at OUMC which focuses on learning together from the Bible, safe and real conversations about our faith, and being involved in the whole life of the church, along with lots of service project opportunities. Middle and high school ministries are organized by Paul Bratsch, OUMC Director of Christian Discipleship (discipleship@onalaskaumc.org or 608-783-3380 x23).

Sunday Mornings  |  SOAR  |  Confirmation  |  Youth Mission Trips

Sunday Mornings

Youth in grades 6-12 have Sunday Morning classes during the school year from 9:45-10:45am. The 6th & 7th graders meet in their room just off the Fellowship Hall, while the 8th-12th graders meet in the Youth Room on the lower level.

For the 2016-2017 school year our youth will be participating in our church-wide study of “The Story.” The youth are also active in mission and service projects, and sometimes they slip out to a coffee shop.

High school kids at coffee shop.
High school youth slip out to the coffee shop.

SOAR

Our Wednesday evening youth program at church is an energetic, fun, and popular opportunity for all youth, 6th-12th grade, to get to know each other, play some creative games, and grow in their faith! We begin with dinner together at 6:00 pm and then break off into age-specific classes. We emphasize knowing and loving God, youth-appropriate worship, and plenty of opportunities to discuss questions of life and faith. We often engage in fun, life-changing service projects. Newcomers and friends ALWAYS welcome!

Confirmation

Students in eighth grade participate in a year-long exploration of their faith guided by the pastor, individual mentors, and parents. Confirmation activities take place during SOAR on Wednesday evenings. Our emphasis is on helping kids learn to think about their own personal faith in Jesus Christ, rather than on rote memorization. After one-on-one discussions with the pastor, students may choose to confirm their faith and claim the vows made on their behalf in baptism. This usually happens in a special Sunday worship service late in April.

We also welcome older youth and adults who wish to explore their faith, learn about Christianity and Methodism, and renew their vows.

For more information about confirmation, contact Pastor Park Hunter (pastor@onalaskaumc.org or 608-783-3380 x22).

Confirmation students enjoy a cookout at Rowe Park as they study Jesus' "Sermon on the Plain" (Luke 6:17-49).
Confirmation students enjoy a cookout at Rowe Park as they study Jesus’ “Sermon on the Plain” (Luke 6:17-49).

Youth Mission Trips

Every summer, our senior high youth group travels to a different mission site around the country for a week in order to bring the love of Jesus to a very needy community. We also offer periodic weekend mission trips for our middle school youth.