ZYouth exists to connect youth and families with the mission of ZUMC to Lift Lives – Live Love, Inspire Hope, Fill with Faith and Transform the World. We offer an outlet for youth to worship, spend time with their friends, serve others, and grow in their faith.
Youth ministry at ZUMC (7th-12th grades) meets regularly on Sunday evenings during the school year from 5-7:30pm and in the summer from 6-8pm. During our time together we play games, eat dinner, worship, dig into scripture, and break into Life Groups. While our 8-12th graders are in their Life Groups, 7th graders meet with each other for confirmation.
Throughout the year we also go on mission trips, travel to summer camp, and head to offsite locations for fun events.
Upcoming Retreats & Events
Over the past several weeks, our local community and country have been witness to moments of crisis. As parents, how do we process these events ourselves and how do we talk about them with our families? How do we make sure our children know who is available to talk with before tragedy even comes?
Parents, please join us Sunday, September 17 at 10:45am in room C109 for a time of discussion. Anita Ridolfo will lead our time and provide an opportunity to share concerns, ask questions, and discuss recent events in our community.
Anita has a master's degree in Counseling Psychology and has worked as a child and family therapist for 10 years. She is a nationally certified counselor, board certified coach and works for a health care company providing health coaching.
2017 Car Hop
The annual Zionsville UMC Youth Car Hop is coming up on Sunday, October 1 from 4:30-7:30. Once again we'll transform the parking lot into a 50's style drive-in where you'll be served by youth in their best 50's attire! Burgers, hot dogs, french fries, onion rings, and root beer floats! You can eat in your car or at the dining area we'll have set up.
Your participation in the Car Hop allows our youth to go to summer camps, conferences, and retreats as well as serve others through mission trips.
If you would like to serve during the Car Hop (especially set up and clean up!) please use the button below.
Current Sunday Night Series
How do you normally introduce yourself? Maybe you start with, “Hi. I’m (insert your name here).” But what comes after that? Sure, you can talk about where you go to school, or what hobbies you’re into, but that doesn’t really introduce anyone to you, just facts about you. When Jesus talked about Himself, He would make statements like, “I am the Good Shepherd” and, “I am the bread of life.” As strange as they sound, these statements give us a better picture of who Jesus is. Because if He is a shepherd, then we are His sheep. And if He is the bread of life, then we can be satisfied in Him. In this series, we’ll discover that the way Jesus described Himself, gives us a clue into who we are as well.
Life Groups are at the heart of what we do in ZYouth. Each grade level (8-12th) has a guys and girls small group who meet on a weekly basis during the youth group time. They meet to talk about their week, share joys and concerns, and discuss the theme of the night for youth group.
Once every few weeks, we have Life Group Nights. On these nights, Life Groups spend our entire youth group time together. Groups can meet at someone’s home, do something at church, go out into the community, or work on a service project together.
Each Life Group is led by at least one adult who has passed a background check and participated in a training event that covers ZUMC’s Children and Youth Protection Policy. Life Group leaders for the 2016-2017 school year will be:
8th/9th Grade Guys: Ryan Humphrey
10th Grade Guys: Matt Baker
11th Grade Guys: Perry Montgomery
12th Grade Guys: Todd Markley
8th Grade Girls: Anita Ridolfo and Susan Arnold
9th Grade Girls: Laura Miloshof
10th Grade Girls: Tracy Ridings
11th Grade Girls: Jen Dell
12th Grade Girls: Jenny Ellegood
Confirmation is not only a time for youth to critically examine their faith but also functions as a transition time and introduction into what we do on Sunday nights as a youth group. Confirmation is open to any youth 7th grade or older who has not yet been confirmed. There is no age limit to confirmation, only an age minimum.
Confirmation at ZUMC meets together on a weekly basis throughout the school year. Youth participate in the entire evening of youth group, starting at 5pm. They will start with the large group and then later in the evening will be divided into table groups where 1-2 adults will lead the table in activities and discussion based on the topic for the day.
Want to know what the 2017-2018 Confirmation Class will look like? Download the Family Information Packet.
Sunday School is an opportunity to go deeper into God’s Word and connect with other adults in the congregation. Currently, we offer youth Sunday School options during the 9:30 worship service. Please see below for where different youth classes meet. If you have any questions about the classes offered, please contact Jon Ellegood, Director of Youth Ministries.
Middle School (7-8th grade) in the Café with Ken Narva, Amy Montgomery, and Julie Carriere
High School (9-12th grade) in B105, off the gym, with Sarah Billings
Parents & Volunteers
We believe that parents and families are the main motivators and influencers in the life of a youth. There is no possible way we could ever replace the impact a parent or family member can have in the home. In all that we do throughout ZYouth we want to partner with parents and families; we want to stay connected to parents and families. There are several ways we do this: parent meetings, weekly emails, and providing opportunities to serve together as a family.
A few times per year parents are invited to attend ZYouth with their son or daughter. During this time, parents meet with Jon in the cafe to hear about upcoming events, share their family highs and lows, and offer feedback on how ZYouth events are impacting their families.
We have the expectation that, whenever possible, families with youth who are active participants in ZYouth events should also have parents who are also investing volunteer hours into ZYouth events. There are always many ways to serve:
- Youth Council Member
- Sunday School Leader
- Life Group Leader
- Sunday Night Dinner Team
- Volunteer Appreciation Party Coordinator
- Christmas Party Coordinator
- Car Hop Coordinator
- Car Hop Supply Coordinator
- Car Hop Director of Operations
- Spaghetti Bowl Coordinator
- Believe Conference Coordinator
- Confirmation Table Leader
- Senior Send Off Leader
- Confirmation Rehearsal Dinner Coordinator
- Summer ZYouth Leader
- Fall Open House Coordinator
- ZYouth Creative Design Team Member
- Weekly Office Help Volunteer
To receive a job description for one or more of these opportunities, please contact Jon Ellegood, Director of Youth Ministry.
Want to stay up-to-date on whats happening with ZYouth? Use the form below to provide us with your contact information. You will receive weekly reminders of what’s happening when, how you can plug in, changes in the schedule, and how you can serve.