Youth Group

Youth News from the Pier

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

As 2023 wrapped up, we look to a new year in 2024, I look back on all the changes and twists in my life over the last year. If I was playing Family Feud on January 1st, 2023 and the question was to name something I would be doing at the end of the year, I am pretty sure that “leading a youth ministry at my church” would not have been in the top five answers on the board. I am so blessed to be a part of this church and to work with our amazing students. We never know what life is going to bring to us, but when we leave things up to God and stop trying to control our lives by ourselves, amazing things can happen.

Speaking of Family Feud, we had a great time at our youth Christmas party playing a holiday version of family feud, exchanging some mystery gifts, and having a great discussion on how different the real nativity scene was through the eyes of a teenager: Mary.

Youth Group resumed on January 7. Earlier in December, we wrapped up our series on “Dear Evan Hansen”. As we move into January, we will began a journey through the Bible that allows us to gain Biblical and historical perspectives on current events and discover how the stories from the Bible apply to our lives in today’s ever-changing world.

Youth Winter Retreat to Camp Berea is here! Included in the fun for January is our Winter Retreat to Camp Berea on January 19-21. We have a great group signed up, and I am looking forward to our first road trip together!

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, but go ahead and block your calendars off now for July 28-August 3, 2024.

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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.