Youth Ministry Calendar
For all Youth Journey morning, evening and special event calendars, please check out our calendar page.
Journey to Confirmation
6th-8th grades attend 9am Sunday School every Sunday. First Sundays or Communion Sundays are included in the curriculum and attendance at 9am or 10:30am worship on Communion Sundays is expected in order to have the opportunity to participate in Communion and intergeneratiional worship as part of their faith formation. If parents are attending 9am Christian Education on Communion Sundays, youth are welcome to gather for fellowship in the Youth Room during that time. All other Sundays, Journey to Confirmation youth will be in their classroom from 9am-10:15am.
All three years of the Confirmation curriculum is for the purpose of preparing the youth for Confirmation at the end of their 8th grade year. Youth and families can make the choice to participate or not in the formal Confirmation rite of passage in the spring of the student’s 8th grade year. All Sunday School studies are beneficial even if the student and family choose to not enter into the formal process. We believe that these classes begin to build a foundation on which a young person can claim the name of Christian for themselves.
The class rotates through a three-year cycle of curriculum called Confirm, which is the new approved United Methodist confirmation curriculum currently available.
The Youth Journey Students (9th-12th grades) attend 9am Sunday School every Sunday. First Sundays or Communion Sundays are included in the curriculum and attendance at 9am or 10:30am worship on Communion Sundays is expected in order to have the opportunity to participate in Communion and intergenerational worship as part of their faith formation. if parents are attending the 9am Christian Education on Communion Sundays, youth are welcome to gather for fellowship in the Youth Room during that time. All other Sundays, Youth Journey will be in their classroom from 9am-10:15am.
As in years past, curriculum will follow the Lectionary so that there is alignment with the church worship message each week. In addition, we have added the United Methodist Core curriculum which will enhance our studies. We will offer thematic studies throughout the year and adjust our classes to meet the relevant needs of youth as they question and wrestle with the challenges of the secular world. This may include a video series geared towards youth, as well as themes on peer pressure, dating, music and more. In response to God’s amazing, unconditional love, youth will be challenged to put their faith into action.
Youth Journey Fellowship
(6th-12th grade evening meetings): Separate from our Sunday morning offerings, we offer regular afternoon or evening meetings that mix fun, relationship building and fellowship with youth, in age-appropriate groups and settings. Usually, they will continue to be separated by age groups. Youth journey is an opportunity for experiential experiences such as games, activities, field trips and more that tie the Sunday School messages to real life and give them an opportunity to put their faith into action.
Youth Journey and Journey to Confirmation Retreats
Are all intentionally programmed. While fun is certainly in the mix, we write programming that provides a focus for each retreat. In all cases the overarching purpose of the retreat is for all to experience Christian community.
Our youth programming is underwritten in part through the church’s operating budget. There are still many expenses especially Bike Trip and Reach Workshop that require funds well beyond what the church can support. It is also best for our youth to work together building a sense of team and responsibility.
These two trips require planning well in advance and a group effort and perspective is needed. We need adults to plan and we need people to attend the trip as well.
Reach Workcamp is not on the volunteer sign-up sheet. Support for Reach comes from the families of those who attend workcamp.
Registration for Youth Programming
Each year we ask the youth in our programming to fill out a registration form with their most recent information. We also ask them to read and sign a Covenant of Conduct, an agreement to follow Fairport UMC ministry guidelines. This form is to be signed by both students and their parents. We ask that parents complete a Medical Release Form that we keep on file and take with us on all trips and offsite activities. A $35 per student activity fee is collected at the beginning of each year. Check may be made payable to Fairport UMC and given to youth leaders. Links to all forms are below.
Youth Ministry Student Registration Form – Here
Medical Release Form – Here
Photo Release Form – Here