Join us for Sunday School each Sunday from 9 Am to 10 AM in the Senior High and Junior High rooms on the second floor of Epworth. In Sunday school we work together to really dig into Scripture. The Senior High students are using LINC curriculum, which takes the current events going on around us to make us think about what it means to be a Christian in our culture. The Junior High Students are using Ancestors curriculum which uses creative videos and discussion to really place students in the stories of the Bible so they can grow in understanding of God’s continual redemptive story on earth!
We meet on Sunday Nights from 5 PM to 7 PM in the youth rooms on the second floor of Epworth. On Sunday night we spend time in community eating, playing games, growing together as disciples of Christ, and playing some dodgeball! Each Sunday night a family provides us with dinner, and we spend about 30 minutes eating dinner and catching up on what is going on in everyone’s lives. We then spend time together growing as Disciples. We will often have a lesson with small group discussion, followed by a time of contemplative prayer or worship. We end that time with prayer, and then go downstairs and play, dodgeball, soccer, or some other game until 7 o’clock. It is a lot of fun!
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! This year we went to Rutherfordton, North Carolina.
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 trip to a youth ministry conference. Each conferences has a major speaker, a band for worship, and students from around the south-east who are actively seeking Christ, just like we are. This is a great trip to take time from the business of life and focus on Christ. In years past we have been to Behold at Camp Sumatanga, Encounter in Gatlinburg, TN, and Warmth in Winter in Nashville. This trip is open to all youth in 6th-12th grade.
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.