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 grow in their own identity with Christ.

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 will have the occasional guest speaker throughout the year to address particular issues that are particularly important to the development of our youth.


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

September 19th                       Welcome back and Overview

September 26th                       What is Prayer, How and why to we Pray?

October 3rd `                           What is Testimony?  How and why do we share our faith?

October 10th                            Off site activity – Fire pit night

October 17th                            Word Study

October 23rd                           Memory

October 30th                            Worship, what is it, why we do it

November 7th                           No Youth Group -  Teachers convention

November 14th                        Off site activity

November 21st                        Bible Study, why is it important?

November 28th                        No Youth Group -  Thanksgiving

December 5th                          Self Esteem, where we find our hope in hopeless times.

December 12th                        End of Term Christmas 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!