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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! We gather weekly on Zoom on Sunday nights from 6-8pm for games, faith formation, prayer, small group conversations, fellowship and more. Contact Kyle Johnson for details and a Zoom link.

 

We are excited to announce that, starting April 18, we will return to in-person gatherings! All in-person meetings will be outdoors under the church portico. In the event of inclement weather, we’ll gather virtually.

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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.

 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we were forced to suspend our annual youth retreat in 2020. We hope to resume this wonderful tradition in 2021!

 

Learn more about youth retreats and register for upcoming retreats.

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.

 

For summer 2021, we are planning a missions week here in Northern Virginia that will run July 19–23. More details are to come!

 

Learn more about FUMC youth missions or register for a missions trip.

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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. 

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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