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Youth Ministry

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Welcome to the youth group of Fairfax UMC!

Here at Fairfax UMC, we love our middle- and high-school students! 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.

 

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

Weekly Meetings

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! During the school year, we gather weekly at the church on Sunday nights from 6-8pm for games, faith formation, prayer, small group conversations, fellowship and more. Contact Kyle Johnson for details.

 

In addition to our Sunday night meetings, the youth also get together each week at Freddy’s Frozen Custard on Fairfax Boulevard on Wednesdays at 7:00pm. This is a time for us to get together, catch up and pour into each other during the week and dig into and be encouraged by scripture. The frozen custard is on us!

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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 reflect on what God is doing in our lives. Our ministry attends annual fall and spring retreats in a variety of locations and also takes our middle schools students on JOURNEY Weekend, a retreat specifically for them.

 

Our Fall 2021 retreat will be held November 5–7 at Camp Highroad, where we’ll spend intentional time examining how to find our identity in Christ — as well as enjoying the high ropes course, zip line, and team challenge course! You can sign up using the form linked at right.

 

Learn more about youth retreats and register for upcoming retreats.

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.

 

Learn more about the confirmation process. 

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Missions Trips

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.

 

In summer 2021, we held a missions week right here in Northern Virginia, allowing students to serve their neighboring communities in many ways.

 

Learn more about Youth Mission Trips.

Leadership

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.

 

Kyle is joined by several church members who help lead the youth.

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