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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.

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!

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November  16-18

Fall Retreat at Camp Highroad in Middleburg, VA.

 

Why Youth Missions?

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.

 

2019 Youth Missions

 

July 6-12 Costa Rica, Alajuela – Rice and Beans Ministry

We had the opportunity to travel with our team of 17 to the community of Alajuela, Costa Rica to serve with the Rice and Beans Ministry. During the week we had delivered food bags to families and had the privilege to pray with them. We participated in a VBS with students in the community, and played a lot of soccer with them! We also assisted with some construction projects. It was an absolute blast to serve with and love on the people of Costa Rica!

 

July 21-26 Savannah, GA – Youthworks

We took at team of 13 students to the community of Savannah, GA where we participated in a number of local ministries. We did a number of paint jobs on local community member’s homes, served with the Salvation army, and volunteered at a local animal shelter! We served with 3 other churches from North Carolina and Florida. This mission was an awesome renewal of faith for our students.

 

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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 2019

Confirmation 2019 will last from Feb 3–April 14 with Confirmation Sunday being on April 14 at the 9:30am service. Our confirmation program is open to all students in 7th-12th grade. We will meet every week from 9:30-10:30 am in room 310. 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.

 

  • Weekly gatherings on Sunday mornings from 9:30-10:30 am in room 310.
  • One Dinner—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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Confirmands will receive a variety of gifts during the confirmation journey including: A Bible, a devotional book, and a cross.
  • 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 15-17 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 two dinners, the prayer trip, and cannot miss more than 2 weekly sessions. Because our program is only ten 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 (February 10, Feb 24, March 10, March 24, April 7). Mentors will also: attend both confirmation dinners, follow along with the readings from the program, pray continually for their confirmand, and help confirmands write a faith statement and rule of life.

 

2019 Confirmation Schedule

Feb 3- Who is God? (The Trinity) (Meet mentors)

Feb 10- Wesley and Methodism

Feb 17- The Bible

Feb 24- Remembrance/Accepting Grace (Focusing on The Sacraments)

March 3- Prayer

March 10- Prayer Journey through the community

March 15-17 No Confirmation (Journey Weekend)

March 24- Worship

March 31- A Loving Church, Missions, Living our faith out in the world

April 7- Writing out of faith statements and rules of life

April 27- Celebration Dinner

April 28- Confirmation Sunday (9:30 service)

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