Our vision for the youth program at Kenton First United Methodist Church is to introduce to students the idea of what it means to follow Jesus Christ, through faith formation and creating an environment of love, faith, and service, our goal is to make disciples of Jesus Christ.
“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” – Proverbs 22:6
Middle School Youth Group
Middle school students will be able to come and learn about God and be surrounded by other Christian students their age. We will learn about what it looks like to be a true follower of Jesus Christ.
High School Youth Group
We eat, play games, and dive into video or book series that relates to being a high school student. We have a message and discussion each week. Our goal is to introduce what it looks like to follow Jesus and what that means when being a teenager.
Lakeside for Youth Christian Camp
his is a weeklong camp located in Lakeside, OH. This camp is for students entering ninth grade up until they have completed their senior year of high school. This isn’t your typical summer camp. We stay in cabin like dorms. This is a week fun of spiritual fun! The week is packed with worshiping God in a variety of ways. There is praise and worship in the mornings followed by a morning message delivered by the camps Chaplin. The same Chaplin gives the message every day. The camp is also focused on giving to a mission project and the past five years the mission has been focused on Camp Sierra Linda in Monterrey, Mexico. The students get to learn about mission work and what it looks like to follow God when he calls us to spread His word. Each evening there is a concert performed by the camps Christian band and following that is an evening program. The programs have varied from Christian poets to Christian magicians and one night there is a dance. Lakeside is a lot of fun, but it also is focused around strengthening our faith and becoming followers of Christ.
Winter Jam is an evening filled with live concert music performed by the top bands in Christian music. It revolves around the center message of encouraging believers in their personal walks in faith, and also for believers to share the love of Christ to those who do not yet know Christ. Date for this years’ Winter Jam is TBD
Our youth group has done a few mission projects in the community as well. We painted the inside of Neighborhood Opportunity Center (NOC) (a local food pantry) in July as well as had a canned food drive for the NOC as well. The students also went to a local nursing home and gave the residents there prayer shawls that had been prayed over by members of our church. We will be planning a short, local mission trip in Ohio for next summer. Stay tuned!
Video Scavenger Hunt
This is a fun activity we do in the fall. We split the students into teams and put an adult with each group. Each group gets a video camera and the list of scavenger hunt items and then we meet after about an hour and each group shows their video and the judges choose the winner. The winner wins the notorious doll head, and bragging rights for the year to come.
Each year we take a retreat with our youth. The location for this year’s retreat is still to be determined. The goal of the retreat is to escape from our busy lives and to have a spiritual get-away in a camp like setting. At the retreat we will have morning devotions, a chaplain to give us a message, and evening devotions and worship. We will also play a variety of different games as a youth group.
If you have any questions about any opportunities for our students please feel free to contact our Director of Youth and Family Ministries, Jacquelyn Stalder.
Phone: Office 419-674-3205 or Cell 567-674-1591
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*All individuals that volunteer for the youth program at Kenton First United Methodist Church have been certified in safe sanctuary and completed background checks.
Making Disciples of Jesus Christ
234 N Main Street, Kenton, Ohio 43326
Phone | 419 673 3205
Monday - Thursday | 9 AM - 4 PM
© 2016 Kenton First UMC.
Contemporary Worship | 9 AM
Sunday School | 10 AM
Traditional Worship | 11 AM