YOUTH MINISTRY

We are junior high and high school youth in grades 7-12. We have Youth Sunday School @ 10:40 AM and we currently meet regularly at the Taylorsville campus on Sundays from 6-8 p.m. and at other times in other places for small group sessions.  We frequently have special activities so be sure to check the  Calendar for the most up-to-date information!
Sunday activities include:

  • Normal youth group meetings (if you could call anything we do normal!), which are a mix of group activities, games, snacks, and lessons
  • Dinner on Faithweavers nights (every other Sunday during the school year)
  • Service projects in and around the community (more about that below)

youth retreatSmall group activities are usually decided by the group, so get involved and make your ideas heard for what you’d like to do!

The church provides youth with a safe, comfortable, dedicated environment with energetic, creative, caring, and sometimes crazy adult leaders (don’t worry, we’re all background-checked, though perhaps not sanity checked…). We know that youth in our culture face tough challenges every day and we strive not only to give them the spiritual tools to deal with these challenges and pressures but also the tools to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ everywhere they go.

Mission-Trip-2014-142Our adult leaders spend lots of time developing deep faith-relationships with the youth, walking with them through their identity-forming years and teaching and modeling lives driven by a love and desire to serve God in all we do. We provide a safe resource, a sanctuary, and a sounding board for their thoughts as they begin to build their individual identities, rooted in Christ.

The youth develop confidence in their faith and the maturity to share it with others. We teach and learn in an environment of acceptance and respect, no matter what beliefs or background anyone starts with. In short, the youth are loved and taught to the best of our ability, to become disciples and lifelong followers of Jesus.

Sometimes we have more fun than should really be allowed! We love to play active games and get our blood pumping (just look at some of our YouTube videos). youth retreat (1)We rarely play the same game twice, so our youth never know quite what to expect! We love to have fun as a group whether we’re at the church, on a retreat, serving dinner to the community, or anywhere else.
Sulphur Grove is a mission-oriented church and the youth group is no exception. Mission Trip 2014 113We do local, state, national, and international mission trips. The youth have the total support of the congregation in their work and are covered with prayer in all that we do.
We find the experience of getting out of the comfort zone of home, school, and our church building opens up new ideas (and minds) in our youth. Talking about Jesus feeding the poor and actually doing it in the inner city, or the poverty of Costa Rica, are two very different things! Missions are a core part of who we are and what we do. Sometimes we have amusing, unplanned adventures, sometimes we serve food, sometimes we build houses, but we always come back changed and more intent than ever to serve Jesus in all that we do.

Our youth group also does monthly service projects both within the church and out in the local communities around Huber Heights.YouthGolf We rake leaves, assemble food kits for soldiers, make blankets for the local Children’s hospital, serve meals to people in need, and a variety of other activities. Some of it is exciting, some of it is hard, but all of it helps build a service heart in our youth.

Our youth participate in a variety of activities besides Sunday night activities. Many of them sing in the youth choir or are part of our youth band, some perform the readings during regular church services, others are members of the scouts that meet at the church, some even help when maintenance is needed on the building. There are always lots of opportunities for involvement, just ask!

The Sulphur Grove youth program embraces the church’s Safe Sanctuaries policy. There are always at least two background-checked adults present and we never post last names online, among other things.

Interested in learning more?  Want to help?  Have an idea or a project the youth could help with?  Visit the Our Staff page to send our youth director a message!

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Sulphur Grove Youth Group added a new photo — at Sulphur Grove United Methodist Church.
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May 29th, 11:21 am

We had a great time serving this past weekend! Thanks to everyone who came out to work with us! ... See MoreSee Less

May 1st, 12:10 pm

Sulphur Grove Youth Group added a new photo — at Sulphur Grove United Methodist Church.
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April 25th, 10:58 am

Do not give up. It’s hard to persevere in doing the
right thing—especially if you feel like you’re the only one or
that it’s not appreciated or noticed. When you grow weary, it
becomes easy to fall back into the pattern of the world and
back into our old habits. But know that God sees your hard
work and that one day in the future, you will be rewarded.
Continue to seek the Lord and let him guide you. Today,
persevere in doing good for his glory. Do not give up.
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April 9th, 1:52 pm

Do not give up. It’s hard to persevere in doing the
right thing—especially if you feel like you’re the only one or
that it’s not appreciated or noticed. When you grow weary, it
becomes easy to fall back into the pattern of the world and
back into our old habits. But know that God sees your hard
work and that one day in the future, you will be rewarded.
Continue to seek the Lord and let him guide you. Today,
persevere in doing good for his glory. Do not give up.

Your heart is the central part of your being. Your
soul is the eternal and spiritual part of yourself. Your strength
is all the energy you can muster physically and emotionally.
Your mind is all your mental capacity. We are to love the
Lord this much—with everything. Loving God passionately
comes before loving others. When you love God this much,
you’ll naturally begin to love all His people. Yes, that means
everyone. But how do you get to the point where you really
love someone? You spend time with them. We have to spend
time with God to love Him. Today, spend some time alone
with God. Read His Word and get to know who He really is.
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March 29th, 3:26 pm

Your heart is the central part of your being. Your
soul is the eternal and spiritual part of yourself. Your strength
is all the energy you can muster physically and emotionally.
Your mind is all your mental capacity. We are to love the
Lord this much—with everything. Loving God passionately
comes before loving others. When you love God this much,
you’ll naturally begin to love all His people. Yes, that means
everyone. But how do you get to the point where you really
love someone? You spend time with them. We have to spend
time with God to love Him. Today, spend some time alone
with God. Read His Word and get to know who He really is.

How do you love God? You can buy a gift, write a
note, or spend time with someone to show most people
love. But it doesn’t really work the same way with God. You
can’t just mail Him a card on His birthday to show Him love.
As it turns out, the best way to show God we love Him is by
loving the people around us. When we love others with our
words and actions, we’re basically telling God, “Hey, I know You don’t need anything, but I love You so much I’m treating
the people You created with love.” Today, ask yourself this
question: How well am I loving the people around me?
Honestly answering this question is the first step in loving
others—and God—more.
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March 28th, 11:45 am

How do you love God? You can buy a gift, write a
note, or spend time with someone to show most people
love. But it doesn’t really work the same way with God. You
can’t just mail Him a card on His birthday to show Him love.
As it turns out, the best way to show God we love Him is by
loving the people around us. When we love others with our
words and actions, we’re basically telling God, “Hey, I know You don’t need anything, but I love You so much I’m treating
the people You created with love.” Today, ask yourself this
question: How well am I loving the people around me?
Honestly answering this question is the first step in loving
others—and God—more.
Sulphur Grove Youth Group added a new photo — at Sulphur Grove United Methodist Church.
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March 27th, 2:28 pm

Do you have an enemy? Maybe a group at school
excludes you or a coach makes you feel stupid. Maybe
you’ve been bullied, abused, or hurt. Even in those difficult
situations, Jesus calls us to love our enemies. But how can
God ask this of us? Doesn’t He know what they’ve done to
us and how they’ve treated us? It may feel like an impossible
request, but thankfully, God gave us an example to follow.
The Bible says that, before we were reconciled to God
through Jesus, we were enemies of God. But through Jesus’
death and resurrection, we no longer had to be enemies of
God. And now today, we can love our enemies through Jesus
as well. With Jesus’ help we can love and pray for those who
hurt us. It’s not easy, but with the strength of the Holy Spirit
and with the example of Jesus in our mind, we can do it.
What enemy do you need to love and pray for today?
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March 27th, 2:27 pm

Do you have an enemy? Maybe a group at school
excludes you or a coach makes you feel stupid. Maybe
you’ve been bullied, abused, or hurt. Even in those difficult
situations, Jesus calls us to love our enemies. But how can
God ask this of us? Doesn’t He know what they’ve done to
us and how they’ve treated us? It may feel like an impossible
request, but thankfully, God gave us an example to follow.
The Bible says that, before we were reconciled to God
through Jesus, we were enemies of God. But through Jesus’
death and resurrection, we no longer had to be enemies of
God. And now today, we can love our enemies through Jesus
as well. With Jesus’ help we can love and pray for those who
hurt us. It’s not easy, but with the strength of the Holy Spirit
and with the example of Jesus in our mind, we can do it.
What enemy do you need to love and pray for today?

It’s easy to love people who love you back. It’s a lot
harder to love someone who annoys you or makes you angry.
But if we really want to follow in Jesus’ footsteps, then we
need to figure out how to love the people around us who
seem unlovable. And if your friends, family, and sports team
sees you loving people who are difficult to love, then they
might take a long hard look at this Jesus guy you follow.
What person or what group of people is hardest for you to
love? Whoever it is, try writing their names down and praying
for them. Ask God to help you love them by showing you the
positive things about them. Over time, you just might find
your thoughts and actions softening toward them.
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March 26th, 2:09 pm

It’s easy to love people who love you back. It’s a lot
harder to love someone who annoys you or makes you angry.
But if we really want to follow in Jesus’ footsteps, then we
need to figure out how to love the people around us who
seem unlovable. And if your friends, family, and sports team
sees you loving people who are difficult to love, then they
might take a long hard look at this Jesus guy you follow.
What person or what group of people is hardest for you to
love? Whoever it is, try writing their names down and praying
for them. Ask God to help you love them by showing you the
positive things about them. Over time, you just might find
your thoughts and actions softening toward them.

Most people spend the majority of their time thinking
about themselves. If that’s you, you’re completely normal.
But what would happen if we started spending some time
thinking about others, if we started valuing others above
ourselves? What might happen if we started focusing more
time on our family, friends, and community? Now, this
doesn’t mean you should be thinking less of yourself. That’s
not the point. The point is to be thinking about yourself less.
Today, pick one person—maybe someone at home or at
school—who you can spend some time thinking about and
serving. You never know what two minutes of your serving
might mean to someone in your life.
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March 23rd, 9:10 am

Most people spend the majority of their time thinking
about themselves. If that’s you, you’re completely normal.
But what would happen if we started spending some time
thinking about others, if we started valuing others above
ourselves? What might happen if we started focusing more
time on our family, friends, and community? Now, this
doesn’t mean you should be thinking less of yourself. That’s
not the point. The point is to be thinking about yourself less.
Today, pick one person—maybe someone at home or at
school—who you can spend some time thinking about and
serving. You never know what two minutes of your serving
might mean to someone in your life.
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