Welcome to Weddington Youth Ministries! At Weddington UMC, we believe adolescence provides a window of great opportunity and potential for discipleship. We passionately seek to serve God in a way that embraces this huge responsibility! It is our hope that through all we do we can equip young people with the foundational faith development necessary for a life long relationship with God and a passion to serve the Lord!
Be sure to follow us on Instagram (@weddingtonyouth), join our Youth Facebook Group, and sign up to receive our weekly Youth News emails. If you are not already receiving these emails, please email Tonya Tapp.
Upcoming Events – Spring/Summer 2021
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Youth Ministry Calendar
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Mission and Values
Our Mission: Building foundations for lifelong discipleship.
- Discipleship is our core. We intentionally create, plan and implement programming centered around the process of discipleship for everyone involved in our Youth Ministry.
- Relational ministry is essential. Healthy intergenerational relationships are an integral part of developing exceptional disciples of Christ.
- We are your home away from home. The development of an environment where students can be comfortable being themselves is vital to authenticity, vulnerability, and belonging.
- Everyone is a unique creation full of great purpose. As a ministry, it is important for us to develop and encourage self confidence in our students so they can be the disciples God created them to be.
- Challenge is vital. We believe that great potential for growth and perspective comes from the times when we are pushed outside of our comfort zones. Although our ministries will have levels of comfort we will not prioritize comfort over the fulfillment of the Gospel.
Sunday Night Youth: 4:00 – 7:30 p.m.
We have separate programs for Jr. and Sr. High, which covers a wide range of topics, games, etc. Middle School Youth meets from 4:00-5:30 p.m. in the Family Life Center Gym. Bring a lawn chair and wear your mask. High School will meet from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the Family Life Center Gym. Be sure to bring a chair and wear your mask. Please contact Anna Plyler, Andrew Haylett or Tonya Tapp with any questions.
Youth Bible Studies
Bible Studies are typically Wednesdays from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the Youth Center. Doors are open from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. At Bible Study we will typically read through a book over several weeks breaking it down by chapter.
Sunday Classes for youth are offered for both Middle School and High School each Sunday. Middle School Sunday School meets in-person Sundays at 10:10 a.m. in the FLC Gym. Don’t forget to bring your lawn chair and wear your mask. High School Sunday School meets in-person Sundays at 10:10 a.m. in the Youth Center. Don’t forget to wear your mask.
Our Life Groups at WUMC are one of the most important aspects of ministry. While youth group and Bible Study give the youth tools for discipleship and time for fellowship, small groups give them the opportunity to get real with one another about life. It gives youth a chance to open up about daily struggles and build close relationships with a group of youth their same age. Rising 6th grade groups will form this summer.
Life group times and places are subject to the leader. If you are interested in getting involved in a small group, please contact Tonya Tapp. We are expanding the small group ministry and are in need of leaders for new small groups. If you are interested, please let us know.
Retreats and Missions
In addition to weekly activities, the youth participate in several retreats and mission trips throughout the year. All of our retreats are discipleship based and all youth have the opportunity to attend at least one mission trip during the summer and two retreats throughout the year. Our church helps to offset the cost for all of these trips and the participant cost to attend all of them is less than $750 annually. Click here to view more information on our 2021 trips.
Graduation Sunday 2021
Weddington UMC will celebrate our graduating High School Seniors on Sunday, June 6 at our outdoor worship service! Please fill out the Graduation Sunday Information Form for each Senior. As part of our celebration, we show a slideshow highlighting our grads at each service! We ask that you provide the church with 3 pictures of each student growing up over the past 18 years. Preferably a baby picture and a Senior picture, with another of your choosing. We would love them digitally, but you can also drop off photos at the church office if needed. Please email photos to Anna Plyler by May 28 at the latest to provide us time to get the slideshow perfect!
Confirmation is a time of intentional preparation that gives youth the opportunity to reflect on the most basic elements of our faith. It is a special time to begin a journey of faith that nurtures and challenges youth to think about the nature of God, the life of Christ and learn about United Methodist beliefs. The classes are offered annually starting in January to youth, 6th grade and above with the Confirmation Service on Palm Sunday. Please contact Andrew Haylett, or Tonya Tapp with any questions.
Parents and Adults
You are a vital part of the Youth Ministry and we would love to have you volunteer. Please contact Anna or Andrew for more information.
Anna Plyler, High School Youth Minister
Andrew Haylett, Middle School Youth Minister
Tonya Tapp, Youth Ministry Assistant