Youth

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Welcome to the youth group of Fairfax UMC!

 

If you are in middle school or high school, we already love you! We are here to journey with you through the joys and challenges of your teenage life. Through weekly youth group with dinner, games, worship and small group conversations to retreats, mission trips, mid-week dinners and a whole lot more, there are lots of opportunities to grow, serve and find a home in community.

 

Our youth group is open to ALL youth in 7th-12th grades. We desire to be an open and inclusive group extending God’s radical hospitality and love to all teenagers.

 

We have a thriving youth ministry at Fairfax UMC and look to provide a holistic approach to youth discipleship by teaching discipleship, praying, developing friendships and having fun! We gather weekly on:

  • Sunday mornings from 9:30-10:30am we get together for conversation and faith formation.
  • Sunday nights from 6-8pm we meet for dinner, games, worship, prayer, offering, small group conversations and more.

 

In addition we have retreats, serve in our community, go on mission trips and do fun events.

Youth Retreats

 

We love retreats and we believe they are vital to our ministry! Retreats offer opportunities to rest and renew, to spend time with friends, and to slow down enough to hear God’s whisper in our lives.

 

Continue to check back for up to date information about costs, sign up dates, deadlines, registration forms and other details. If any youth is in need of a scholarship, please contact the Director of Youth Ministries, Kyle Johnson—we want all youth who are interested to be able to go!

Youth Retreats Sign-up

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November  16-18

Fall Retreat at Camp Highroad in Middleburg, VA.

 

Youth Mission Opportunities

 

Missional Witness Opportunities 2018-2019

More information coming for 2019

 

2019 Mission Trips

More information coming for 2019

 

Give to Support Mission Work

Performing Arts

 

ALIVE! Youth Drama Ministry

Be a part of this group on Tuesdays from 7-8:30pm in the Youth Activities Room (316). Unleash your inner thespian as you plan, prepare and perform in plays, films, and dramas for the church and community. Stay current with what’s going on by joining us on our Facebook ALIVE! Fairfax UMC Drama Ministry page.

Confirmation

 

Confirmation is an important part of our journey of faith and an important time in the life of the church. It is the time when one takes ownership of their faith and decides if they are ready to make a public commitment to love God, follow Christ, participate in the life of the church, and join in God’s missional work in the word. Confirmation is not about helping youth check something off their list, but is about helping create a foundation for a lifetime of discipleship. At Fairfax UMC it is our joy to journey with each confirmand, surround them with love, and to help them discover what it means to claim the name Christian. We aim to help youth see how Methodism can be a faithful way to live as a Christ follower in the world. We are so excited to be on this journey with you and look forward to how God will shape our faith and community together during this adventure.

 

Confirmation 2018
Confirmation 2018 will last from Jan 6–May 19 with Confirmation Sunday being on May 20 at the 9:30am service. Our confirmation program is open to all students in 7th-12th grade. We will meet every week from 9:10-10:45am in room 312. Please read below to see all the components, requirements, topics, and dates of our program. Let us know if you have any questions—we look forward to being on this journey with you.

Register here.

 

Our Confirmation Program

Weekly gatherings on Sunday mornings from 9:30-10:45am in room 312.

  • Two Dinners – One at the beginning so the youth can meet their mentors, and one at the end of the program as a time of celebration.
  • Scripture – Bibles will be given to each youth at the beginning of confirmation so that during our time together, we can discover how to engage scripture. Youth are expected to bring their Bibles each Sunday.
  • Prayer – Students will be given the book Wonder, Fear, and Longing: A Book of Prayers by Mark Yaconelli, on week 4. Throughout the following 10 weeks we will journey together through this book. The book invites us into a reflection on a topic, scripture mediations, written prayers, and several prayer practices.
  • Mentors – Each confirmand will be paired with an adult mentor who will be a guide during confirmation. See more information about the role of the mentor below.
  • Faith Statements and Rule of Life – Confirmands will write a faith statement and rule of life. A faith statement is a reflection of what the youth’s theological beliefs are at this point in their faith journey. A rule of life is a set of practices that the youth will do as a way of continuing to grow and live out their faith.
  • Gifts – Confirmands will receive a variety of gifts during the confirmation journey including: A Bible, a journal, 2 prayer books, a devotional book, and a cross.
  • Trips – Confirmation will have 2 trips with an optional 3rd. The first trip is a service weekend retreat where we will spend Friday through Saturday (February 16-17) serving in Washington, DC with Center for Student Missions. The 2nd trip will take place during our regular time on Sunday morning April 15—we will be participating in a prayer journey through our community, driving to several spots around Fairfax that represent different aspects of the life of our community and together we will learn what these places represent and pray for the people who are impacted by these places. The 3rd trip is optional, but definitely encouraged—March 16-18 all of our Jr. High students are invited to head to Goshen, VA for Journey Weekend with The Jeremiah Project.
  • Expectations and Requirements – Youth must attend the two dinners, the retreat, the ceremony, and cannot miss more than 3 weekly sessions. Because our program is only a few months, missing multiple sessions means the youth misses out on a large percentage of the material and by missing multiple weeks the church community connections between their peers and the adults are greatly impacted. Lastly, youth need to be active in another area of the church such as attending congregational worship, youth group, or volunteering to help in another area/ministry.

 

Curriculum

On Sunday mornings we will be using Confirm as our guide for confirmation lessons. Each confirmand will receive a student book that invites them to actively engage throughout the lessons. Parents and mentors will also receive a small book as part of this curriculum that offers helpful wisdom about their roles in the confirmation journey.

 

Role of the Mentor
Mentors meet once a month with confirmand to reflect over weekly lessons. The last 30 minutes of our weekly meeting will be provided on the last Sunday morning of each month (January 28, February 25, March 25 and April 29). Mentors will also: attend both confirmation dinners, participate in the reading of Wonder, Fear, and Longing, pray continually for their confirmand, help confirmands write faith statement and rule of life.

 

Confirmation Schedule

Jan 6 – Welcome Dinner and time to meet mentors (Bibles/Journals)
Jan 7 – Living Together/Loving Together (Student Book)
Jan 14 – Wesley & The Methodists
Jan 21 – The Growth of Methodism
Jan 28 – Simple Worship/Intro to Wonder, Fear, and Longing – A Book of Prayers (WFL) (meet with mentors)
Feb 4 – Remembrance/Accepting Grace – Focusing on The Sacraments [WFL Ch. 1]
Feb 11 – A Loving Church (UMC Social Principles and Guide for Missional Action) [WFL Ch. 2]
Feb 16-17 – CSM Retreat
Feb 18 – Video/Film TBA [WFL Ch. 3]
Feb 25 – Experiencing God – The Wesleyan Quadrilateral (meet with mentors) [WFL Ch. 4]
March 4 – The Bible [WFL Ch. 5]
March 11 – Prayer [WFL Ch. 6]
March 16-18 – Journey Weekend/No confirmation
March 25 – Who is God? (meet with mentors) [WFL Ch. 7]
April 1 – Easter – no confirmation
April 8 – Who Is Jesus? [WFL Ch. 8]
April 15 – Prayer Journey through the Community – Trip
April 22 – The Holy Spirit [WFL Ch. 9]
April 29 – The Image of God {meet with mentors} [WFL Ch. 10]
May 6 – A Spirit to Find
May 13 – A Faith to Decide/A Faith to Live
May 19 – Celebration Dinner (Cross and Prayer Stones)
May 20 – Confirmation Sunday (Generation Change & Pray in Color)

Scholarships

 

Fairfax UMC offers $1000 scholarship opportunities to qualifying student members attending one of the 100+ Methodist-based colleges and universities. High school seniors, enrolled college or graduate students may apply in December 2018. Candidates are evaluated and selected based primarily on candid responses to faith-based prompts and active church involvement. Once selected, students become eligible to receive up to an additional $2000 in scholarship funding through the Dollars for Scholars program of the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation. FUMC promotes higher education at Methodist-related institutions and the faith journeys of our students.

Leadership

 

Kyle Johnson
Director of Youth/Missions Ministries

Kyle grew up in a rich culture of Methodism as the the grandson of a United Methodist pastor, and his current pastor described him as having a heart and passion for Christ.

 

Kyle is a graduate of Young Harris College in Georgia where he earned a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in Interpersonal Communication, Psychology and History, along with a minor in Philosophy. Kyle gained significant youth and mission experience during his tenure with Youthworks where he served in Milwaukee WI, New Orleans, LA, Denver, CO and Leech Lake Reservation, MN.

 

Boy Scout Troop 187

 

Troop 187 is one of 5 Boy Scout Troops in Fairfax City and one of 16 troops in the George Mason District, which also encompasses Vienna and Falls Church. The oldest Troop in Fairfax, Troop 187 dates back to the 1920’s. As did most Troops, the original Troop disbanded during World War II. Our current Troop was re-chartered on October 31, 1952.

 

Troop 187 maintains 50 to 60 Scouts and numerous registered adult leaders, and has one of the highest percentages of Eagle Scouts of any Troop in the National Capital Area Council. During the year 2010, when the Boy Scouts of America celebrates its 100-year anniversary, Troop 187 expects to celebrate its 100th Eagle Scout.

Connect with us

 

Kyle Johnson
Director of Youth/Missions Ministries
703-591-3120| ext. 111