BJUMC YOUTH GROUP
The youth ministry at Bishop Janes UMC provides a space for youth in grades 6-12 to experience community within the church. Our program seeks to give youth the opportunity to experience social, spiritual, and service activities throughout the year. In a world where there is so much pressure on youth, we provide a space for them to learn and grow into their identity as beloved children of God. All youth in our community are welcome to attend, you do not need to be a member of this church, or any church, to participate in youth group. We do ask all participants to abide by our behavioral expectations, to ensure a healthy, nurturing, open, judgment free, bully free, environment that will allow all students to explore and grow in their own identity with Christ. Youth group is a safe place even for inquiring minds, everybody is at a different place in their faith, and we applaud those who take the first step to just come learn what faith is all about.
WHAT IS YOUTH GROUP (Grades 6-12): We welcome any middle or high schoolers to join us for youth group Sunday evenings at 5 PM. Youth group generally consists of a period of fun and games, a lesson, and prayer. This year, we will have a short time of snacks, in prepackaged containers, but no communal meals, using this time for conversation, relationship building, and checking in with one another. Following our snacks, Lessons are designed to be life-centric, focusing on the biblical approach to current life situations of our youth. We encourage our youth to bring a friend, churched or un-churched, all are welcome, and will be made part of our group of inquiring disciples.
SPRING SEMESTER SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
NOTE: Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, this is a tentative schedule. We do presently intend to meet in person in our youth room at 5pm on sundays, however, this is subject to change. If you are a youth, or youth parent in our area, and would like more information on our protocol for safety, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2022 Spring Semester Youth Group Dates, and Activities/Lesson topics
Feb 20 Games, Welcome Back, Fellowship Time
Feb 27 Testimony - What is it, why do we do it?
Mar 6 Word - Thats an interesting word
Mar 13 Off site activity
Mar 20 Worship
Mar 27 Bible
Apr 3 What is Easter?
Apr 10 Off site activity
Apr 17 Easter -- No Youth Group
Apr 24 Spring Break No YG
May 1 Self
May 15 Game night
May 22 Ask the Pastor - Submit your questions in advance, Pastor Matt will do his best to answer any questions you have about Christian/Methodist faith.
May 29 Memorial Day No YG
June 5 End of Term party
Congratulations to all the Ridge High School graduating seniors — but a special congratulations goes to Melissa Johnson, Stanley Chou, and Gagan Singh. All three of them have been hardworking, dedicated members of Ridge Against Alcohol & Drugs (RAAD) for the past 4 years. All three have achieved the role of Youth Advisory Council member at the Lindsey Meyer Teen Institute and served as role models for students all over New Jersey. Under their leadership RAAD received the Motivation Award and the Knowledge Award twice! All three were also very involved with helping create the annual "Empowerment Day" at William Annin Middle School (with Melissa naming "Empowerment Day"!).
Melissa is also our first ever RAAD Secretary and spent the past year organizing and keeping the group in tip top shape. Stanley served this year as co-President. All three members were integral in RAAD’s mission this year to increase knowledge of vaping devices and to destigmatize mental health. Melissa led the mental health initiative working closely with the RHS Guidance Department and by helping to implement an important video on mental health into school curriculum. Gagan and Stanley helped create the program “The Nicoteen Generation” and presented vaping information to a group of parents back in April.
We also would like to take a moment to acknowledge Kyra O’Dwyer who would have been a member of the class of 2019. Kyra passed away in 2016 but still remains a vibrant memory in the hearts of all RAAD members.
It’s not “good bye” it’s “see you soon!” to all of our graduating seniors. Good luck to wherever life takes you and remember we’ll be here for you if you ever need it!