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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.

 

Connect with us

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

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. JOURNEY Weekend is specifically designed to encourage and challenge middle school students (6-8 graders) in their walk with Christ and to provide encouragement and training for the adult leaders that attend.
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This photo was taken at the end of our 2019 Fall retreat at Camp Overlook in Keezletown, VA!


Mission trips connect people with what God is up to all around them, and teenagers are an important part of what God is doing! Missions push students to connect with others, communities, and most importantly Christ! Missions give students the opportunity to see and love people in a the radical way the Jesus did. Here at FUMC we want to provide students with these opportunities, and it is our prayer that they will take the experience of missions and change the way that they live.

 

2020 YOUTH SUMMER MISSION

JULY 5-JULY 10
Contact Kyle Johnson for more information.

LOCATION

Taylorsville, NC in the Blue Ridge Mountains

 

The Summer 2020 Youth Mission Trip is July 5-July 10 for both high school and junior high students. In the Blue Ridge, we will experience the great beauty of both people and nature in the scenic small towns in the majestic mountains of North Carolina. The group will participate in work projects, help run a Kids Club ministry, work at a local nutrition program, and support other ministries. This experience offers the opportunity to make connections with the people of the area while addressing some significant needs. In the evenings, the group will visit a cowboy church, experience the thrill of a homemade water park, hike to the top of Lowe’s Lookout and be a part of a community cookout! These experiences include worship and discussions of how service and missions connect with our faith in Jesus Christ. Our summer mission trip is a joint experience with New Life International.

 

Youth Online Payment Service: if you would like to use the online payment service rather than cash or checks for youth events throughout the year, please use http://bit.ly/fumcyouthevents. On the payment page please type the cost of the event next to “other donations” and then in the next box specify what and who the payment is intended.

 

Give to Support Mission Work

 

Youth Summer 2019 Mission trip with the Rice and Beans Ministry to Costa Rica

 

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.

 

Components, Requirements, Topics & Dates

 

  • Weekly gatherings on Sunday mornings from 9:30-10:30 am in room 310
  • A Celebration Dinner at the end of the program
  • Scripture—Bibles will be given to each youth toward 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.
  • 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 Statement and Rule of LifeConfirmands 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 devotional book, and a cross.
  • Trips—Confirmation will have 1 trip with an optional 2nd. The 1st trip will take place during our regular time on Sunday morning, March 10th, 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 2nd trip is optional, but definitely encouraged—March 13th-15th  all of our Jr. High students are invited to head to Goshen, VA for Journey Weekend with The Jeremiah Project. There is a cost of $150 for journey weekend. It is a wonderful experience that our Jr. High students have been impacted by.
  • Expectations and Requirements—Youth must attend the Celebration Dinner, the prayer trip, and cannot miss more than 2 weekly sessions. Because our program is only nine weeks, missing multiple sessions means the youth misses out on a large percentage of the material and by missing multiple weeks they miss out on church community connections between their peers and adults. 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 literature and articles from a variety of sources that explore that week’s topic. Resources will be sent home so that families can stay in touch with what the student is learning about through their confirmation journey.

 

Role of the Mentor

Mentors will meet bi weekly with confirmand to reflect over weekly lessons. The last 30 minutes of our weekly meeting will be provided on those Sunday mornings at 10:00 AM (February 10, Feb 24, March 10, March 24, April 7). Mentors will also: attend the confirmation dinner, follow along with the readings from the program, pray continually for their confirmand, and help confirmands write a faith statement and rule of life.

 

2020 Confirmation Schedule

Feb 2- Who is God? (The Trinity) (Meet mentors)

Feb 9- Wesley and Methodism

Feb 16- The Bible

Feb 23- Remembrance/Accepting Grace (Focusing on The Sacraments)

March 1- Prayer

March 8- Prayer Journey through the community

March 13-15 No Confirmation (Journey Weekend)

March 22- Worship

March 29- A Loving Church, Missions, Living our faith out in the world

April 5- Writing out of faith statements and rules of life

April 25- Celebration Dinner

April 26- Confirmation Sunday (9:30 service)

Dollars for Scholars

 

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 2020. 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.