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Youth Ministry (7th-12th grade)

Our mission at TFUMC is to Share Christ, Build Disciples, and Send Ministers and this is the mission for the youth group as well. We want to make sure that our lives are centered around Christ and that our youth group can face those challenges together that can sometimes distract us from God. We look at Scripture, what Jesus has to say to us today, we pray together and worship together each week to keep ourselves accountable. We try to find ways to serve in our community, in our state, and around the world.
Please feel free to contact Jacob Hinckley with any questions, comments, or concerns you may have regarding our youth program!

Email – jhinckley@tfumc.com 

Phone (call or text) – 229.393.7521 

Scroll Down For Information Regarding Our Summer Mission Trip


1)    Student Events

a.     If you would like to see your youth supported by this ministry at their upcoming events (sports, concerts, recitals, competitions, etc.), please send me those details, including dates, times, and locations. I (and even Floyd) would love to be able to show our love and support of your kid’s endeavors, but we can’t know everything that’s going on with all of the students unless we’re told about them. Thank you.


2)    Weekly Programming

a.     UMYF’s (Sun. 5-6:30pm) last night before Summer will be May 20th and will also not meet April 1st (Easter).

b.     Wednesday Night Bible Study (Wed. 6-7pm) will finish up its series on The Bible this week and start a new series on Genesis (The Beginnings) next week, which would be a great time to encourage your student to join with us. It will have its last meeting before Summer on May 9th.

c.     Youth Band (Wed. 4:30-5:15) will continue to meet if we have the numbers. So, I will need confirmation of student participation each week prior to meeting or that week will be canceled. Unfortunately, this is the case as we have not had consistent numbers weekly. However, SPRC will hopefully hire a new Contemporary Music Director very soon bringing stability to the Youth Band program. I will keep you updated as this progresses.

d.     Additionally, we have sadly had a lack of consistent adult leadership volunteering to be present at our weekly programs. So, if you or someone you know feels like they could contribute to the youth ministry in this way, please let me know.

e.     Snack Supper volunteers are needed for all of the upcoming meeting dates other than April 1st and April 8th. I will also be asking Sunday School classes and Small Groups to volunteer. Please let me know if you can help.


3)    Upcoming Events

a.     Church-Wide Bingo is this Friday, March 16th, at 6:30. It would be great to have the youth group represented to participate and help out.

b.     Senior Recognition – Parents of Seniors, please let me know by April 1st (Easter) whether or not your child will be participating in Senior Recognition Sunday (May 13th), Senior Recognition Wednesday (May 16th), or both.

c.     Spring Break – I’m trying to set up a service project that the youth group can do for our church April 3rd-5th. I’ll send more details as that gets decided. Also, we will be having Breakfast Club Wed. April 4th from 9am-noon; Again, more details as we get closer to Spring Break.


4)    Summer Programs

I’ll be sending out a more detailed calendar of events for Summer in the next week or so, but here are some things you need to keep on your radar.

a.     Breakfast Club will be meeting Wednesdays at 9am. We will be going to breakfast together, coming back to the church for a student-led devotional, and then just hanging out in fellowship together including potentially going to the movies. Dates will be on the forthcoming Summer Calendar.

b.     Vacation Bible School is June 18th-22nd. Students will be needed as helpers during this fun-filled week. At the conclusion of each VBS day, the youth will go to lunch together.

c.     Additional Events – More Summer events are being planned such as an Itchetucknee trip, Movie Nights, etc. and will be un the forthcoming Summer Calendar.

d.     MISSION TRIP – Our Summer Mission Trip (July 6th-13th) this year will be to Northeast Georgia to serve in community outreach opportunities. We will be staying at the Adventures In Missions (AIM) headquarters. And we will have a fun excursion planned for our last day; tentatively, we will be whitewater rafting in Columbus, GA. The cost of this trip will be $450 per student with scholarships awarded situationally. There are a limited number of openings for this trip! In order to reserve your spot, you must notify me by April 8th with a $75 deposit. However, keep in mind that this will be first come first serve, so the sooner you reserve your spot, the better. Once we have our roster set, more details regarding mission training dates will be set.

Weekly Programming
Sunday School – Every Sunday from 10-10:45am we meet in the YAC. We dive into scripture and figure out together how it applies to us as youth. Two of our AWESOME dads lead this time for us!

UMYF – (United Methodist Youth Fellowship) – We meet on most Sundays from 5:00-6:30pm in the YAC. We eat dinner, worship, hear a message, play games, and have scripture-based small groups during this time! Check the calendar below for special events that may occur in addition or in place of UMYF. Join us!

Mid-Week Bible Study – Every Wednesday night we meet from 6:00-7:00pm in the YAC. We gather together to explore the Bible through lessons and discussions.

Youth Bands – Every Sunday that we have UMYF, our Youth Band gets together from 4:00-5:00pm in the YAC to practice leading worship for UMYF and sometimes for the Sunday morning contemporary service.
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