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 YAAB
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.: Youth Choir
6:00 - 6:30 p.m.: Group Dinner
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.: Combined Youth Fellowship
Family First Sunday: First Sunday of Each Month
On the first Sunday of each month, our talented youth will be leading worship at The Gathering at 5:00 p.m in the Ward Fellowship Hall. They will play with the worship band, be our scripture readers, and assist in other areas to make the service run smoothly. Following the service, a community dinner will be served for all those in attendance. We will provide the main dish, and ask that others bring sides.
If your last name is A-I, then bring a hot side.
J-R, then bring dessert.
S-Z, bring a cold side (such as salad or fruit)
Parent Gatherings: Every 2nd Sunday at 6:15 p.m. in the Village during UMFY/Choir
Join other Youth parents to discuss challenges and life with middle and high school students on the second Sunday evening of each month. We will gather in Emory Village for a meal and fellowship with other Youth Parents to build and maintain connections. Younger siblings not yet in Youth are invited to attend. Contact Susan-Anne MacKenna for more info.
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.
We are excited to partner with you in your child’s spiritual development! Confirmation focuses on exploring and understanding basic Christian theology and the call to discipleship, as well as our specific United Methodist heritage and understanding. Members of the congregation will be involved as “Friends-in-Faith,” as well as our high school youth, walking along side Confirmands to provide a broader scope of congregational support.
By choosing to be a part of Confirmation, youth will have the chance to learn, ask questions, make friends, and have fun. Participation does not mean that youth will have to commit to join the church. Our faith journeys are lifelong and we encourage youth to explore God, faith, and the church with openness.
Confirmation will begin in January of 2020. We will meet Sunday mornings during the Sunday School hour, 9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. in the Choir Room, 208. We will also have a day retreat in the spring. Youth are asked to commit to coming to Sunday lessons, as well as our Confirmation Day Retreat, March 4. Youth may miss up to 3 lessons, but please make all efforts to join our one night retreat. The last lesson is “decision day” and each youth will meet with our pastors.
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.
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.
Through basketball leagues and cheer/tumbling, we strive to provide a fun and safe space for children and youth to learn basics skills, teamwork, and respect. We focus on sportsmanship and fun in a family friendly environment. We welcome you into our newly renovated space - the Youth and Activities Building (YAAB) - complete with new wood floors, an elevator, additional bathrooms, and more. Learn more here.
Want to learn more or have any questions about Glenn Youth? Contact Associate Pastor for Youth and Hospitality Rev. Connor Bell.