Teenagers in grades 8-12 have a multi-faceted ministry in Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church. You’re encouraged to join Pastor Nate Melcher 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.


Sundays at 9 AM – 9:45 AM | Church of Youth Room
8th-9th Graders Graders | September – May

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 Pastor Nate Melcher.

UMYF Youth Fellowship

Sundays at 5:00-8:00 PM | Church of Youth
8th-12th Graders | September – May
On many first and fifth Sundays, we serve at Community Meals.

5:00-6:00 PM | UMYF (United Methodist Youth Fellowship)
Large-group activities (art, videos, games, service, etc.) and LYFE Group-style small group check-in

6:00-6:30 PM | Bread Break
We break bread together with a meal, $2 each.
Families sign up to bring a meal at SignUpGenius.com.

7:00-8:00 PM | Journey Rehearsal | Choir Room
Directed by Rev. Stephanie Escher, new voices are always welcome!

Volunteer Sign-Ups

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
9:30-10:00 AM | Sundays | Carlson Hall

Bread Break Meal for 10-20 teens
6:30 PM – 7 PM | Sundays | Social Hall

Table Talk for Teens: Adult Moderators
11:15 AM – 12 PM | Social Hall

UMYF: Adult Leaders for Large Group / Small Group
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM | Church of Youth Room

Journey Choir

Sundays at 7:00-8:00 PM | Choir Room
8th-12th Graders | Beginning September 11, 2016

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. Please contact Bill Mathis, Director of Music and Fine Arts, to get involved.

Special Events

Highlights include:

  • Tot-Lock (October 13-14, 2017)
  • Trunk-or-Treat (October 29, 2017)
  • The Event (formerly JUMYs) (November 3-5, 2017)
  • Christmas Par-TAY (December 17, 2017)
  • Ski Trip 2018 (President’s Day Weekend, Feb. 16-1, 2018)
  • Confirmation Retreat (March 2-3, 2018)
  • LYFE Camp (June 24-30, 2018)