Glenn Youth seeks to be a safe space for 6th through 12th graders to be themselves, ask questions, have fun, and learn. We understand youth development and promote an environment that focuses on growth. We emphasize trust and building relationships with one another. Glenn Youth is open, accepting, and welcoming to all, and we strive to serve others in our community and abroad.
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9:45 - 10:45 a.m.: Gather for fellowship and study in the Youth and Activities Building (YAAB). And yes, there are donuts!
6:00 - 6:30 p.m.: Combined Dinner in the YAAB
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.: Mid-High United Methodist Youth Fellowship (UMYF)
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.: Chapel Choir (Sr. High)
7:30 - 8:30 p.m.: Altar Choir (Mid-High)
7:30 - 8:30 p.m.: Senior High UMYF
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.: Following Wednesday Night Supper, youth will either participate in the programming in the Ward Fellowship Hall or meet across the street in the YAAB for community building and fellowship.
Goals and Milestones
6th Grade: Our hope is that youth feel welcomed and comfortable and are excited about the opportunities to get involved. This is the first year of Confirmation where 6th graders are partnered with a Big Brother or Sister in the program. Youth are given the opportunity to participate in Sunday Worship as an acolyte, communion server, lay reader, or musician. Youth will also be asked to serve on one of our Youth committees: Missions - Local, Missions - Outside of Atlanta, Sunday Nights, Retreats, Confirmation, Musical/Play, or Fundraising.
7th Grade: 7th grade youth will continue to be integrated into the programs of Glenn Youth and the larger congregation. This is the second year of Confirmation where youth will learn about the Christian faith, discipleship, and United Methodist theology and polity. Our goal is for youth to claim their faith and make an informed decision on whether or not they will be confirmed. 7th grade youth will be paired with an adult "Friend-in-Faith" who will serve as a mentor.
8th Grade: 8th grade youth have the opportunity to attend our Spiritual Life Retreat in the Spring and serve as a Big Brother or Sister to our 6th grade youth. Our goal is for our 8th grade youth to be the leaders of our mid-high ministry, setting examples of love, service, and hospitality. 8th grade youth are also highly encouraged to participate in worship services and may serve on one or more of our ministry committees. "Beyond Confirmation," our casual confirmation series that is driven by youth questions, is available to 8th - 12th grade students.
9th Grade: As they integrate into the senior high youth program, youth are given the opportunity to serve as a Co-Chair on one of our youth committees. Youth may also participate in Bite Nite, a city-wide scavenger hunt, and are expected to be leaders of this fun event. Youth may continue to participate in "Beyond Confirmation."
10th Grade: As they integrate into the entire life of the congregation, touth are expected to participate in Sunday worship services, serve on a committee, help plan worship The Gathering at 5:05 p.m., and volunteer for service and outreach events outside of Glenn Youth. Youth are encouraged to ask deep questions about their faith and begin to form a faith language.
11th Grade: Our hope is that 11th grade youth would be able to clearly articulate the WHY in how their faith shapes the decisions they make. Youth are expected to serve their community outside of Glenn Youth and be leaders in the community.
12th Grade: Seniors are given the opportunity to give back to Glenn. Seniors together create, organize, and lead "March Madness," a series of Sunday evening services. Seniors are given the opportunity to share their "Senior Reflection" on Youth Sunday, the 100% youth led worship service every May at 11:00 a.m.. Seniors have the responsibility of driving our culture of love, service, and hospitality.
All youth entering 6th grade and older who desire to explore their faith, grow in their relationship with Christ, and get involved in United Methodist Youth Fellowship are invited to join confirmation.
Our two year structure is set up to first help youth assimilate into youth group. The first year focuses on fellowship and integrating youth into UMYF. Confirmands are paired with high school youth who will be “Big Brothers and Sisters” and who have committed to help their younger “Brother and Sisters” feel comfortable and engaged at UMYF. If you would like to sign up for Confirmation, contact Rev. Blair Setnor.
In the second year of Confirmation, the focus is exploring our United Methodist heritage and understanding and practicing faithful Christian discipleship. Members of the congregation are involved as "Friends-in-Faith," walking along side Confirmands to provide a broader scope of congregational support. This Glenn member will be active in many of the Confirmation activities as well as acting as a mentor for the Confirmand throughout the process. To participate in the second year of Confirmation or to nominate a Friend-in-Faith, contact Rev. Blair Setnor.
Service & Mission
A large part of the identity of Glenn Youth is service. Each year our youth partner with a local non-profit to build relationships and work to impact change. We commit to working with this organization at least two Saturdays in the fall and spring, with additional summer dates. This year our youth have chosen to partner with Trinity Community Ministries.
Youth also have the opportunity to serve throughout Atlanta for one week in June. During this week youth may volunteer to help with Vacation Bible School in the morning at Glenn and then will travel throughout Atlanta serving in the afternoons.
Additional service and mission opportunities include a yearly week long mission trip in June or July. Summer of 2016, our youth will travel to Toronto for their Choir Tour and also work stateside with Servants in Faith and Technology.
More opportunities for Youth at Glenn
Want to learn more or have any questions about Glenn Youth? Contact Minister for Youth and Hospitality Rev. Blair Setnor.
Workshop: Social Media and Youth
Sunday, September 11, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m., Ward Hall
Parents of youth, both in the congregation and community alike, are invited to another informative workshop by Dr. Lauren Edwards. Focusing on social media and our younger generation of users, this session is sure to be insightful. Childcare provided.