We feel it is important for young people to work on developing their faith in such a way that it will become a solid resource for coping with the challenges and triumphs of life. The goal of our Junior High Ministry is to build these resources and, in the process, make Disciples for Christ.
There are many ways that the Church community teaches its members how to be disciples. Students are invited each Wednesday evening to explore the Bible, discuss theological topics, and apply components of faith to their daily lives. Seventh graders explore an overview of the Bible through a curriculum called "Echo the Story" while Eighth graders explore theological topics through a curriculum called "re:Form". In addition, students are required to volunteer within different areas of the Church community in order to form a more complete understanding of what it means to be a part of an active and vibrant faith community.
Responsibility of Parents
Please think seriously about enrolling your son or daughter in “Onward Bound” this year and, with him or her, make a commitment to work on your faith. As parents, you are a crucial part of your child’s journey. There are a variety of opportunities for parents to help with the Onward Bound program, including: helping acolytes on Sunday mornings, teaching a section of the confirmation class, assisting with Wednesday evening meals, and assisting with the PADS program. Most importantly, have your child at Onward Bound every Wednesday and Sunday and be positive and supportive about our Church and the Onward Bound program.
Expectations for 7th and 8th Graders
Confirmation is important! There are expectations for our youth as they gather each week, which include:
- Attend Onward Bound each Wednesday evening.
- Be ready to listen and contribute to the class discussion
- Show respect for yourself, other students, teachers, and shepherds.
- Participate in PADS at least one Tuesday throughout the year
- Serve as an acolyte at least two times throughout the year
- Participate in one long term service activity (Sing in the Connection Choir, help with our Sharing Our Skills Saturdays or help with Sunday School)
The Connection Choir offers service to the Church community by sharing in some of the Sunday morning worship services, the Ash Wednesday Worship Service and through the Spring Cantata.
Acolytes process in with the ministers at the beginning of Worship, light the altar candles, sit on the pews to the sides of the altar, extinguish the candles at the end of Worship and recess out ahead of the ministers following Worship. There is a training session during Onward Bound and students will acolyte for the 9:30 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. services.
Onward Bound Fees
The fees for “Onward Bound” are $225 per year. This covers the Wednesday evening dinners, materials and retreats.The remainder of the program expenses are supported by the Church through the Education Work Area. Payment should be payable to the First United Methodist Church and brought to the Registration Session.
Eighth graders will be confirmed at the 11:00 worship service on Sunday, April 23, 2017.