All youth are welcome at Hennepin!

Teenagers in grades 8-12 have a multi-faceted ministry in Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church. You’re encouraged to join Youth Director Rick Belbutoski and other adult leaders for a variety of ministries, events, and ways to serve your neighbor in the name of Jesus Christ. Read on to learn about Confirmation, Youth Fellowship, Bread Break meal, and Journey choir rehearsal, plus field trips, service projects, and special events.

Meet Rick Belbutoski >>>
Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministries

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in-person & virtual events

A New World: Virtual Seminar
July 27–30
As a part of Hennepin’s work to become an anti-racist congregation, we are offering a unique experience for youth and adults to participate in a four-morning virtual social justice seminar.
Door Network, partner for our now-cancelled youth mission trip to Chicago, is offering an online seminar full of conversation and inspiration to fuel our social justice work. We’ll gather virtually the mornings of Monday, July 27, through Thursday, July 30, from 9 to 11:45am.
Many topics related to social justice will be discussed and we will explore how these issues have impacted the lives of people of color in Chicago, where Door Network is doing mission work. These conversations will help us better understand the issues facing people of color in the Twin Cities.
We will also have the opportunity to put together a campaign to benefit a local charity doing work to dismantle systemic racism in Minneapolis.
Register online here, and we will email you the details for joining the sessions. Those signing up for this event are encouraged to participate in all four mornings of conversation.
Questions? Email Rick Belbutoski, Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries.

In-person get-togethers are back!
Youth Group will still meet via Zoom, but we’re also starting to bring back some in-person hangouts, too! Masks are required and social distancing will be enforced. Following are the in-person events:
Youth Hangout 12-3 pm, hosted by Dave Johnson
– RSVP Here –

Daily Meditation with Rick: 6:30am Mondays–Fridays
Start your day with Rick Belbutoski, Hennepin’s Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, on Instagram!
Catch Rick live at 6:30am (almost TOO early)–he will share encouragements and experiences to ground and center you for the day. You can also catch his message any time of day on Hennepin’s Instagram Story; each message will be live for 24 hours.
Follow @HennepinAveUMC on Instagram and click on Hennepin’s profile photo. The story will be updated daily.
Join the conversation (in the comments) and share YOUR perspectives! See you in the morning!

Mark your calendar! Invite your friends!
5pm Youth Game Night (Zoom)
5pm Youth Game Night (Zoom)
JULY 27-30
A New World: Social Justice Virtual Seminar
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Sunday Morning Small Group

Sundays 10–11 AM | Church of Youth Room
8th–12th Graders

This is a group for youth who are interested in gathering together on Sunday mornings during the 10am Traditional Worship Service. Join us!


Sundays 9–9:45 AM | Church of Youth Room
8th–9th Graders

Eighth and ninth graders taking part in the confirmation program will meet on Sunday mornings from 9-9:45 in the Church of Youth Room. Confirmation will take place every Sunday morning with the exception of the first Sunday of each month.

Our mission is to help youth feel and share the love of Christ in order to confirm the vows taken at their baptism and become full members of Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church. Teens will learn something new about Jesus, themselves, and have fun and deepen friendships along the way as we explore ways to tie together faith and everyday life.

In Year A, we focus on The Word, becoming more comfortable, knowledgeable, and practiced with the Bible as a way to get to know God and ourselves. In Year B, we focus on The Church, becoming more comfortable, knowledgeable, and practiced with being a member of the United Methodist Church.

Families who want to be part of Confirmation this year should please contact Youth Director Rick Belbutoski.

UMYF Youth Fellowship

Sundays 5–8 PM | Church of Youth
8th–12th Graders

On many first and fifth Sundays, we serve at Community Meals

Second Sundays 5–6 PM

Second Sunday ” is all about fun and games. Every month, we dedicate Second Sunday to providing our youth group time to get away from the weekly stresses and just have fun.

All Other Sundays 5–6 PM

Large-group activities (art, videos, games, service, etc.) and LYFE Group-style small group check-in. Youth Group runs from 5–6pm every Sunday in the Church of Youth Room.

6–6:30 PM
Bread Break

We break bread together with a meal, $2 each. Families sign up to bring a meal at

6:30–7:30 PM
Journey Rehearsal | Choir Room

Directed by Rev. Stephanie Escher, new voices are always welcome!

Journey Choir

Sundays 6:30–7:30 PM | Choir Room
8th-12th Graders

Journey sings a wide variety of music and offers the gift of its music in worship and in special concerts. The choir is always open to new voices.

Contact Mark Squire, Director of Music and Fine Arts, to get involved.

Special Events

Various Dates  |  Various Locations
8th–12th Graders

• Lock-ins (Timeframes Vary)
• Murder Mystery Party (November)
• Christmas Party (Mid December)
• Ski Trip (President’s Day Weekend)
• Confirmation Retreat (March)
• LYFE Camp (Summer)