Youth Group

Youth News from the Pier

Bill Dorfner, director of children, youth, and young adults

It’s almost Christmas! I absolutely love this time of year, and this year has been extra special to me with the addition of my new church family. I honestly can’t remember the last time I have been so excited in the anticipation of Christmas. As we gear up for our Christmas celebrations, decorating, visits with family, and presents under the tree, let’s all try to remember the reason for the season; the newborn King!

I have truly enjoyed getting to know everyone in our student ministry, and am looking forward to celebrating with you, and for all the great things we have coming in the new year. Here are just a few things on the horizon:

Sunday night youth group is back! After a couple weeks off around the Thanksgiving holiday, it is time to get back to the games, the food, and the great talks. We will soon be wrapping up our discussion series on Dear Evan Hansen. This has been a source of some great discussions, and is certain to prompt some even better questions and challenges as we wrap things up this month. We meet Sunday nights from 5:30-7pm in the Youth Center (back side of the church). All youth in grades 7-12 are welcome to attend. 

Our Winter Retreat at Camp Berea is January 19-21. We have a number of youth signed up for this annual event, and I am looking forward to a weekend of fun, group bonding, and spiritual growth. We only have a few spots left, so please go to and sign up on the events page!

Our Sub fundraiser is coming soon. We will be discussing this more at upcoming youth meetings. This is a great annual fundraiser leading up to the Super Bowl.

Our summer mission trip to Harrisburg, PA is a long way off, but will be here before we know it. More information will be coming out in the new year, but go ahead and block your calendars off now for July 28-August 3, 2024.

Check out our NEW YOUTH WEBSITE at


The John Wesley United Methodist Church Youth Group is an environment for youth grades 5 and above to come together in a relaxed and comfortable setting to learn about who God is in their life while having fun with their peers. The Youth are taught Christian principles, such as faith, hope and love, which in turn are implemented into their life through games and activities.

The Youth are taught to love one another no matter their race, gender, religion, sexual orientation or anything else that makes people unique. The group enjoys serving the community, the church and each other through various service projects ( such as the monthly Youth Serve Saturday projects, MLK Day of Service, Mission Trips, etc.)

The Youth also enjoy special events throughout the year where they can bond with one another and just have good, clean fun. Some events include: Winter Ski Retreat, Summer Mission Trips, laser tag, bowling, miniature golf, 20-Hour Famine, Geo-caching, Halloween Party, Christmas Party, Super Bowl Party, Easter Egg Hunt, etc.