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
Our new Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministries

Youth Mission Trip: Spirit Lake
August 4–9

Last call for the mission trip, limited spots left! If you want to join our great team of 10, then reach out immediately so we can make sure we have room for you! Make it your mission to live through service at the Spirit Lake Ministry Center in Sheyenne, North Dakota. Register today!

INFO SESSION JULY 28 @ 11:30am: Youth and their parents/guardians are invited to gather to hear more about the Youth Mission Trip to Spirit Lake August 4–9. Wondering what to pack, how transportation will work, or what to expect at Spirit Lake? Get answers and meet Rick Belbutoski!


Fore! The First Annual Hennepin Avenue UMC Youth Mini-Golf Invitational will take place on August 18 from 12–4pm. The afternoon will include fun and fellowship as we play a round of mini-golf at the Walker Art Center’s Skyline Mini Golf course. Post-putting, we’ll gather back at church for ice cream and to celebrate the afternoon’s champion.

All students entering grade 8–12 are encouraged to participate and bring friends! No need to register–just show up at church with $10 cash to pay for your round of mini-golf. Contact Rick Belbutoski, Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministries, with questions: rick@haumc.org.

Mark your calendar

SEPTEMBER 6–7: 10th Grader Confirmation Final Retreat
SEPTEMBER 8: Hennepin Expo (formerly “Rally Sunday”)
SEPTEMBER 13–15: 8th–9th Grader Confirmation Fall Retreat
SEPTEMBER 22: Confirmation Sunday
OCTOBER 11–12: Lock-in
NOVEMBER 10: Murder Mystery Party
DECEMBER 15: Youth Christmas Party

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. The first thing we need to do together is to decide what we’re going to call our group!


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 SignUpGenius.com.

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)

Various Dates | Various Locations
8th–12th Graders and Their Families

Church of Youth ministries rely on servants like you to make it happen. Please prayerfully consider how you can be a consistent adult who listens to teens, judgment-free, and keeps them accountable and engaged.

Donut Sale Fundraisers
9:30–10 AM
Sundays in Carlson Hall
Bread Break Meal for 10-20 teens
6:30–7 PM
Sundays in the Social Hall
Table Talk for Teens: Adult Moderators
11:15 AM–12 PM
Sundays in the Social Hall
UMYF: Adult Leaders for Large Group / Small Group
5:30–6:30 PM
Sundays in the Church of Youth Room