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
This summer, our students are heading back to camp! The dates are listed here, but you can use the button below to find out everything you need to know about camps for middle and high school students.
High School Camp (8-12th grade)
Date: June 24-29, 2019
Location: Student Life Camp in Orange Beach, AL
Middle School Camp (5-7th grade)
Date: June 23-28, 2019
Location: Camp Adventure in Pierceton, IN
Current Series - Famous Last Words
f you knew your time on Earth was coming to an end, what would you want to say to the people in your life? For Jesus, the days leading up to His death were filled with meaningful conversations with the people around Him. In this series, as we look at some of His famous last words, we’ll discover what Jesus really wanted His followers—both then and now—to know.
Week 1: Remember what God has done for you (Luke 22:19-20)
Week 2: Unity starts with you (John 17:20-23)
Week 3: Trust who God is, even when you don’t understand (Luke 22:39-44).
Week 4: Because of Jesus, we can be close to God (John 19:30b; Mark 15:37-38; 1 John 2:2)
Week 5: God’s grace is unfairly good (Matthew 26:33-35a; John 21:15-17).
“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:35 NIV
Parents, do you want to keep up-to-date with the current series we are working through at youth group? Do you want to have some ideas on how to talk with your kids about what we are talking about? Then check out the "Parent Cue" by clicking the button below.
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 Grade Guys:
9th Grade Guys: Ryan Humphrey
10th Grade Guys:
11th Grade Guys: Matt Baker
12th Grade Guys: Perry Montgomery
8th Grade Girls:
9th Grade Girls: Anita Ridolfo and Susan Arnold
10th Grade Girls: Laura Miloshof
11th Grade Girls: Tracy Ridings
12th Grade Girls: Jen Dell
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 2018-2019 Confirmation Class will look like? Download the Family Information Packet.
Confirmation Prayer Partners Needed Can you pray? Of course, you can! We are looking to provide each student with someone in the congregation who has agreed to pray for him or her throughout the year. Your identity is a secret until the end of the school year. Want to help? Of course, you do! Contact Jon Ellegood (firstname.lastname@example.org) and he'll get you connected.
Sunday School is an opportunity to go deeper into God’s Word and connect with other youth and adults in the congregation. Currently, we offer youth Sunday School options during the school year during the 9:30 worship service for our middle school group (7-8th grade).
New for the 2018/2019 School Year
On Sunday mornings, high school students are invited to join their family in worship or find an area in the church to serve. We want students to know what it's like to be part of a community that worships together. We also have the desire that the practice of corporate worship becomes familiar as students grow older and prepare to live life on their own. As a way of facilitating discussion on the way home from church, our Sunday morning bulletin will soon include an area called, "For the Ride Home." This area will include a quote from the morning sermon and 2-3 questions for reflection and conversation.
We'd also like students to have opportunities to serve on Sunday morning - maybe that's every week or on a rotational basis. Below is a list (not exhaustive by any means) of areas in the church where you can serve on a Sunday morning. We have also provided contact information for the people in charge of those areas.
If you have any questions about the class offered for middle school students or what we are inviting high school students to be part of, please contact Jon Ellegood (email@example.com), Director of Youth Ministries.
Looking for a place to serve on Sunday morning? Take a look into these possible opportunities:
ZUMKidz - Tracy Vermillion (firstname.lastname@example.org)
MS Sunday School - Jon Ellegood (email@example.com)
Sanctuary Media Booth - Andy Symons (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Usher - Dawn McKnight (email@example.com)
Greeter - Valerie Neagle (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Soup's On @ Robert's Park - Stacy Holdsworth (email@example.com)
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
Confirmation Table Leader
Senior Send Off Leader
Confirmation Rehearsal Dinner Coordinator
Summer ZYouth Leader
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), 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.