The Central United Methodist Church Youth Ministry exists to foster loving relationships and nurture Disciples of Christ, in order that the youth and families of Central UMC may reach out in service to others.


Sunday School

Sunday school classes for youth in grades 7th - 12th take place in the youth wing located on the second floor over the administrative offices. The classes are designed to help youth study the Bible and talk about their faith in ways that are real and relevant to them. Central has a comprehensive 6-Year Sunday School Learning Plan using LIVE Curriculum. The plan outlines what will be taught each year.

Friends are always welcome! Materials will be provided for all participants. Youth are encouraged to bring their Bibles to class, but are not required. Please come and join a class for fellowship, fun, and discussion. Parents are always welcome too!


Sunday Night United Methodist Youth Fellowship (UMYF)

UMYF meets most Sunday nights from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (September through May). A typical UMYF evening will include three components: recreation, worship, and small groups.

One Sunday per month, UMYF will have an outreach event including Underground Church, concerts, and other fun, large-group events geared towards reaching out to students in the community. Other annual special events, such as Trick-or-Treating for Canned Goods and the Paint War, will also take place on the appropriate evenings.

There will be a few special events taking place on Sunday nights this fall. Please visit the Central Youth Ministry website often for up-to-date and accurate information pertaining to these events. As always, parents are welcome to participate and/or observe.


Youth on Wednesdays! (YOW!)

The youth hall opens at 6:00 p.m. for youth to hang out, talk, or play any of the games provided. The program lasts until 6:30 p.m. Most weeks the programs will include prayer, games, Bible study, and discussion. There are always a few Wednesday nights during the fall and spring that YOW! does not meet so the youth and adult volunteers can participate in or attend major congregational events such as the Talent Show or Ash Wednesday service.


Confirmation

Confirmation refers to the decision a person makes to respond to God’s grace with intentional commitment, publicly reaffirming his/her baptismal vows before the congregation. Confirmation is not required for church membership. People join the church at their baptism and become a professing member at confirmation. Confirmation does not have to happen at a certain age, but Jr. High and older youth are encouraged to go through the Confirmation Preparation Process (CPP) prior to making their first public profession of faith. Confirmation is not a one-time occurrence, but the first time is a milestone in a person’s life. Youth do not learn everything they need to know about the Bible, the church, their faith, and how to be a “good” Christian during the Confirmation Preparation Process. Confirmation is part of a life-long journey of faith and understanding. 

Learn more about the United Methodist Church’s beliefs about confirmation here.


7th - 9th Grade Girls Bible Study

This group will be held each Tuesday starting October 2 at 7:30-8:30 p.m. at the church. They will begin with the study, "Dream Big." What kinds of dreams and desires does God have for your daughters? How can you encourage your daughter to find God's plan for her life? The Dream Big Bible study featuring Jennie Allen talks about ways teen girls can use their unique gifts, spend time with God, and share His love - both now and into the future. This group is led by Molly Lee and Audra Coble with team leaders Kingsley Grich, Grace Anne Brown, and Carolina King. 


Youth Choir

Central's Youth Choir is comprised of 6th through 12th grade singers. The ensemble leads worship at the 9:00 a.m. sanctuary service approximately once a month throughout the academic year. Singers explore various music styles, learn about elements of worship through first-hand experience, and acquire knowledge of the basic rudiments of music. The choir members also have the opportunity to participate in events such as the South Carolina United Methodist Youth Choir Festival. Rehearsals are held Wednesday evenings from 6:30-7:15 p.m.


Youth Handbell Choir

This ensemble is for youth in grades 6-12. Rehearsals are held Sundays from 5:00-5:45 p.m. in Handbell Room #290.


Basketball

Central has many teams participating in a church league for children and youth. The teams range from 8 & under to 17 & under, and include teams for boys and girls. These teams encourage children and youth to compete as Christians with good sportsmanship, stiff competition, advanced skills, and lots of fellowship! 


Outreach

Central's youth are involved in many outreach projects including Santahatchie Youth Mission Project, Salkehatchie Youth Summer Mission, Trick-or-Treat for Canned Goods, Costa Rica Mission Project, and more. For more details on these projects, click the "Learn More" button below.


Questions about youth ministries or want to get involved?