Welcome to the youth ministry at Good Shepherd UMC! Laying a foundation of Biblical understanding and Christian character in teenage students as they transition from children to young adults is the focus of the youth ministry. As you take a look around our website and get familiar with our ministry and programming, we would like to invite you to join us for any of our times of worship, fellowship, study, and service. We look forward to the opportunity to get to know you and your family! If you have any questions about our ministry, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Youth Ministry Staff
Jeff Dunbar (Director), email@example.com
Heather Turquette (Jr. High Director), firstname.lastname@example.org
Susan Lawyer (Youth Assistant), email@example.com
Our Vision / Purpose
The Vision of the Good Shepherd Youth Ministry is to assist in the successful transition of our students into adulthood as committed followers of Christ. The Purpose of the Good Shepherd Youth Ministry is to SHARE Christ with those who don’t know Him, to LIVE together in God’s love, to GROW as disciples of Christ, to PRAISE God through our lives, and to SERVE in ministry to all of God’s people.
Hang Time (all Youth completed 6-12th grades) Join us on select Tuesdays & Thursdays from 11-2pm for a time to hang with other youth and our youth interns! Pizza is served ($3.00/youth & $.50 soda). See church calendar or Youth Summer brochure for meeting dates.
Jr. High Pools & Parables (completed 6-8th grades) An opportunity to chill with friends at local family pools and dive into the Word of God. Bring a snack to share! Beverages are provided. Select Wednesday evenings from 4-6pm. See calendar or Youth Summer brochure for meeting dates.
Sunday AM Youth Connection
Sunday mornings, 6th-12th grade students are encouraged to make a soul deep connection. They are given the opportunity to connect with each other, with adult leaders, and with Christ through large and small group gatherings. The time of fun, fellowship, study, and worship is intentionally designed to be a single 2 hour program in order for youth to receive the benefits of both large & small group time.
Jr. High (6-8th grades) - Sunday School – 9:15-10:15am -Worship – Youth Room – 10:45-11:45am
Sr. High (9-12th grades)- Bible Study/fellowship-9:15-10:15am Youth Rm. -Worship – with families in the Worship Center– 10:45am
Combined (6-12th grades) - Hang time/fellowship – 10:15 - 10:45am
High school students can find it challenging to live out their faith in their daily lives. Accountability groups can help strengthen young Christians in the face of pressures, temptations, and compromises. A small group which share joys and struggles, while holding each other accountable to the group and to God for their faith walk can be especially beneficial during the teen years. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get plugged in.
Wednesday Bible Study
Mid - week Bible Study is a great time for students to experience a spiritual refresher as they gather with Christian friends for food, games, and Bible study. On break for the Summer. Resumes Sept. 6th.
6:00pm – Pizza and hang time
6:15pm – Large group time
6:30pm – Small group Bible Study – divided by age & gender
8:00pm – Dismissal
8:15 - 9:00pm Sr. High “Afterglow” – off campus, location TBD weekly
Confirmation class leads 7th grade students to a point of decision about becoming a Christian. The class offers an in-depth study of the foundational Bible teachings about the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Confirmation is a year-long journey that helps young people have a clear understanding of what it means to become a disciple of Jesus. The confirmation class meets on Sunday mornings, 9:15-10:15am (beginning again in Fall 2017) and leads up to the confirmation worship service held Annually in May. Contact Heather Turquette if you have a 7th grader in the 2017-2018 school year, and are interested in your student joining this Fall, email@example.com.
Lunch Lady Visits
Getting to really know the young people in the Student Ministry is a goal of the youth ministry staff, both inside the church and beyond the walls. Cy-Fair ISD welcomes church youth directors to visit their students at school during their Wednesday lunch hour. Parents are required to fill out a permission slip to allow such visits.
CLICK HERE for a Lunch Lady Permission Form.