The Youth Ministry at Oak Hill United Methodist Church exists to welcome and encourage all youth to experience and embody God’s unconditional love. In partnership with families, our mission is to train youth to live independently in Christ and to send them out as exceptional Godly men and women of integrity.
Oak Hill UMC offers a total of four worship opportunities during the week, three of which are on Sunday morning. Many of our youth and their families attend the 10 a.m. Pathways contemporary worship service, but if you are without your parents (or if you’d just like to sit with us!), the youth can usually be found sitting together on the right-hand side of the sanctuary, between the interpreter for the deaf and the sound board. Please, come and sit with us! We’d love to worship with you!
At present we have an hour for Sunday School. At 10 a.m., youth gather in the Youth Lounge for topic-based discussion as well as in-depth Bible study.
Our youth choir meets weekly in the Choir Room, located in the Adult Education Building on the left side of the breezeway. Choir is a great way for everyone to be involved in a fun musical outlet. Don’t play an instrument? No problem!! Can’t really carry a tune? No problem! We welcome all ages and abilities. For more information about our youth choir, contact our assistant choir director and youth choir director, Kati Cox, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday nights are the best way to be involved with the youth ministry at Oak Hill! We meet at 5 p.m. in Fellowship Hall (in the Main Building) for dinner and then a game. Around 6 p.m., we head into the Youth Lounge for worship, lead by our youth band. This is a time for worship, study, discussion, and praise. We finish with joys and concerns and prayer as a family at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome to join us on Sunday nights, and everyone is encouraged to bring friends! For more information, contact our Director of Youth Ministries, Matt Villegas, at email@example.com.
Don’t miss Wednesday nights from 5:30-8 p.m. We start with our weekly community dinner in Fellowship Hall. After dinner, we head into the youth lounge for faith-based discussion and Bible study geared toward engaging and equipping teenagers. We close with prayer and then spend an hour in intentional fellowship with games, discussion, and sometimes even dancing! It’s a great way to spend some more time with friends who are more like family.
This 16-week journey encourages students to encounter the faith narrative from creation to Christianity, embrace the essential beliefs and practices of The United Methodist Church, and embody the confirmation vows and embark on the Christian discipleship journey. Confirmation takes place each year for 7th grade and up in the spring semester.
We aren’t very good at math, but we do know that one youth + one caring adult = really great stuff. At the Oak Hill Youth Ministry, we have a variety of ways to get involved and to change the life of a teenager, because we realize that not everyone has the same spiritual gifts, and we think that’s GREAT! Because not all of our teenagers are the same, but they do all have one thing in common: They need amazing adults to show them how to live a life that honors God by investing in them.
Beyond Our Walls
Our youth are involved in service in a variety of ways within our church, our community, and our world. During the year, we offer many ways to serve locally, including serving at the FreeStore, participating in local mission trips with our community ministries team, visiting assisted living homes, and much more. Every summer, we take two mission trips, one each for middle school and high school. These are incredible opportunities for our students to serve and bring hope where it’s needed. Our high school trip is out of state and is geared for interaction through a variety of ministries. The middle school trip is in state and consists of light construction projects.
Our summers start at the very beginning of June with a super fun week of activities called Youth Week. It’s an awesome way to get connected, get involved, and have a great time kicking off summer fun! We also volunteer to assist with Vacation Bible School each year in June. Youth also have the special opportunity to attend mission trips, camps, and other great activities over the summer months.