Middle School Youth

Click HERE to view the Middle and High School Ministries Calendar

LifeGroups are forming for the Fall Season.  Click HERE for an Informational Slide Show.

Click HERE to view the Confirmation Schedule for 2018

PARENT RESOURCES

Emergency Form:

To participate in a Messiah-sponsored youth event, each participant must have a Emergency Medical Authorization Form on file. To print out a copy, please click here for a PDF version of the form . The forms are kept on file for a year and are updated each August.  They need to be turned in to Xema Whitley or the main office at church.  

Parent Cue:

Our Curriculum called Orange XP3 includes information for parents about what we are talking about during Sunday morning's Youth Gathering events and how you can keep the conversation going with your kids.  Download the App "Parent Cue" for weekly updates.

YOUTH GATHERING-WEEKLY

YOUTH GATHERING is our Middle School Sunday morning option. We meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. in The Gathering Place, which is the Church-owned building directly across State Street from the church.  Youth 7-12th grades meet for an opening, food, prayer, a game and announcements then break into smaller age level groups for discussions.  Our curriculum is from the reThink Group (aka Orange) and it's called XP3.  Our current series is called The Greatest:  about how Jesus kept faith simple-focusing on the "greatest commandment."  It's based on Matthew 22:37-39.

PUPPET TEAM - Meets every Tuesday starting Aug. 22nd through December  

YOUTH MUSIC -  Choir and Bell Rehearsals Every Sunday - for 6-12th grades.  Middle and High School Bells starts at 12:15 p.m.   Lunch Break starts at 1:15 p.m.    6-12th grade Choir starts at 1:45 p.m.  Bell Ensemble starts at 2:45 p.m.

SPECIAL EVENTS - MONTHLY

TRUNK OR TREAT - Oct. 28th from 5-6 p.m. in the Gathering Place parking lot.  Help us set up, host and clean up this outreach event to our uptown neighborhood.  Games, crafts, food and a puppet show are included as parents and go with their children between decorated vehicles to collect treats.

Mission trips

In the summer of 2018 we served at Manos Juntas Ministries in Rio Bravo, Mexico and in the Columbus area with Transformation Zone Work Camp hosted by Marysville UMC.  Stay tuned for news of next summer's plans.  

CONFIRMATION - January through April

In 2019 we will offer Confirmation class for 7th grade and older youth from January through April.  The class is for youth who are ready to learn what it means to be committed publicly to Christ and the church.  The class meets on Sundays from 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. in the Gathering Place which is across State Street east of the church.  The class is led by clergy and lay leaders including mentors who lead the small groups within the class.  The experience features various visits to other congregations in the Columbus area, service projects and a Methodist heritage trip to St. Simon's Island Georgia during the 1st part of Spring Break.  Registration is required.  

Click HERE for Confirmation Registration Form

Click HERE for Confirmation Invitation and Information Letter

Click HERE for Confirmation Heritage Trip Flyer

Click HERE for Confirmation Heritage Trip Cost and Registration 

Click HERE for Confirmation Heritage Trip Out of Area Medical Form

Confirmation Friend Instructions for Letter Writing:

  •  A Confirmation Friend is asked to simply write 2 letters of encouragement to the Confirmand that they know.  The first letter is due Jan. 31 and the 2nd is due March 31st.  You can send both at the same time if that is easier for you.  The letters are delivered during class.  The letters are to share the role the Bible has had in the Confirmation Friend’s life and to encourage the Confirmand in his/her spiritual journey. This is a great way to get family or friends involved who live out or town.  Confirmation Friends can share their favorite verse, story from the Bible or memories of times they had important spiritual milestones.
  • Confirmation Friends can be parents, grandparents, siblings, family members or any friend that has an interest in the Confirmand’s spiritual growth.  It can also be the Confirmand’s Banner Carrier during the Confirmation service.
  •  Confirmation Friend’s letters to their Confirmand can be emailed to xwhitley@messiahumc.net or mailed to (Your Confirmand’s name) c/o Xema Whitley – Church of the Messiah – 51 N. State St.  Westerville, OH 43081

 

 Entrance to Christian retreat center on St. Simon's Island, Gerogia

Entrance to Christian retreat center on St. Simon's Island, Gerogia

 Training for High Ropes/Challenge Course at the retreat center.

Training for High Ropes/Challenge Course at the retreat center.

 Kayak trip on the inter-coastal waterways near St. Simon's Island.

Kayak trip on the inter-coastal waterways near St. Simon's Island.

 Group at the John Wesley Oak where islanders say the Rev. Wesley preached while in America.

Group at the John Wesley Oak where islanders say the Rev. Wesley preached while in America.