About Epworth Youth
We gather each week as middle and high school students. We eat a meal together, study the Scriptures, talk through life stuff, and seek to become better disciples of Jesus together in community. As middle and high school students we have an amazing responsibly and opportunity to see God’s mission unfold in our homes, schools, jobs, and wherever else we may find ourselves. We hope that together we will grow to radiate the love of Christ into the world around us and see the Kingdom of God come in Huntsville as it is in heaven.
We have Sunday Morning small groups and then an All Youth gathering every Sunday night! We would love to see you there!
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Sunday 9 – 10 AM
All YOUTH Gathering:
Sunday 5-7 PM
2102 Epworth Dr NE, Huntsville, AL 35811
Our YOUTH space is located downstairs (second floor) beneath the sanctuary
Ryan Cagle – Youth Director – Ryancagle.com
Every Sunday Morning we gather together at 9a.m., grab some breakfast food and then break off into Middle School and High School groups where we typically watch a video, read scripture, (maybe) play a game, and talk about how our weeks have been.
[one-half-first]In today’s world you can stay connected with little to no effort at all! The Epworth Youth Ministry is no exception, you can keep up with whats going on with the student ministry, our events, sermons, trips, and everything else in between through several different channels but, the way I prefer to communicate directly to the parents/guardians of our students is via email. We have a weekly newsletter/update email that gets sent out usually every Tuesday or Wednesday. From this email, you will hear directly from me about the ministry, stay up to date on current events and future events, as well as be able to sign up to volunteer for our all youth gatherings! So if you would like to be more involved, or just have a general idea on what is going on in the world of the Epworth Youth Ministry then feel free to sign up! [/one-half-first]
Every summer we participate in a mission trip with Appalachia Service Project. It is a relational mission trip with construction on the side. We travel together to a small town in Appalachia and work together for a week as we strive to make homes in Appalachia warmer, safer and Drier. This trip is open to all youth ages 14-18. It is the highlight of our summer and something we look forward too each year!
After we serve for a week with the Appalachia Service Project, we come back and share what we’ve done on our trip with the congregation during church. During the sermon, the youth who participated on this trip speak about their experience and how it impacted their walk with Christ.
Every year in May the youth take over our church service for one Sunday. The youth serve as the choir, the greeters, the ushers, the liturgist, the acolytes, and even the preacher! On this Sunday we celebrate the youth of the church and their service to the Epworth and to the community around us! We also recognize our graduating high school and college seniors. It is a Sun-day to show just how amazing the youth of Epworth are!
Mission week is a week each summer where we take time out to serve the people living in Huntsville. We start every day will a small Bible study, pack our lunches, and head out together to work with organizations such as Casa Gardens, Free2teach,Huntsville Inner City Learning Center, The Boys and Girls Club, and the senior center, to name a few. This is a chance for us to be the hands and feet of Christ to all we encounter! This week is open to all rising sixth graders to rising college freshmen.
At the end of each summer before school starts back we take a trip to Outdoor Adventure Rafting for a weekend of whitewater rafting, climbing and rappelling, paintball, community building and spending time worshiping together! This is the end to our summer activities and is a chance to center ourselves on God before the craziness of the school year begins. This trip is open to all rising sixth graders to rising college freshmen.
Each January or February we take a winter trip to have some fun and learn about Jesus together outside of our normal routines. This is a great trip to take time from the business of life and focus on Christ. This trip is open to all youth in 6th-12th grade. This year we are hitting the slopes of Beech Mountain North Carolina!
Every other year we hold a confirmation class for middle school students. Confirmation in the United Methodist Church is a time of intentional preparation, it gives our middle school students the time in the space to reflect and explore the basic tenets of our faith within a safe environment where they’re encouraged to ask questions, grapple with their faith, and truly explore the divine truth and mysteries that are central to out faith. Confirmation is a dedicated time for youth to explore and investigate who they think God is. We end confirmation with a dedicated Sunday where students make a profession of faith and become full members of the church. In confirmation refocus on what it means to be a United Methodist, and more importantly what it means to be apart of the body of Christ.