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
quick links for youth ministries
in-person & virtual events
Youth Book Club: Meeting Date To be rescheduled
New this fall, The Hennepin Youth program will include a Book Club! Youth are able to join the book club, by signing up to read the month’s book, then join in the scheduled conversation for that book. Each student who signs up will have the book sent to their home.
Each book will touch on an important social issue, and provide an opportunity for youth to discuss their thoughts while sharing in a great story.
In September/October, the Youth Book Club will be reading Who Put This Song On? by Morgan Parker.
To join the group reading this month’s book please register at:
REGISTRATION > > > CLICK HERE
october 30 @ 6pm
Individuals, families, and local organizations are invited to decorate trunks. Local organizations will have the opportunity to share information about their services with those who attend. All trunks will be entered to win the prize for “Favorite Trunk, “Scariest Trunk”, and “Funniest Trunk,’ as voted on by those who attend.
Weekly Faith Series for Youth & Young Adults on Sundays
Walk the Walk–a new weekly series of short episodes by Rick Belbutoski, Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministries at Hennepin–will help you carry your faith into the week with you!
Tune in on Instagram for a weekly faith series, posted on Sundays and available all week.
Mark your calendar! Invite your friends!
In addition to our weekly online events, there will be several in-person opportunities offered throughout the fall. These events will be held outdoors and are certainly not mandatory to participate in, for anyone who is unable or uncomfortable with group activities due to the Corona virus.
(Hennepin Parking Lot)
Congratulations 2020 Confirmands!
DUE TO COVID-19, MANY OF THESE EVENTS ARE BEING HELD VIRTUALLY. WE WILL RESUME THE FOLLOWING PROGRAMMING WHEN IT IS SAFE TO MEET IN-PERSON AGAIN. LOOK IN THE EVENTS SECTION ABOVE FOR CURRENT MEETING INFO.
Sunday Morning Small Group
Sundays 10–11 AM | Church of Youth Room
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
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
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.
We break bread together with a meal, $2 each. Families sign up to bring a meal at SignUpGenius.com.
Journey Rehearsal | Choir Room
Directed by Rev. Stephanie Escher, new voices are always welcome!
Sundays 6:30–7:30 PM | Choir Room
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.
Various Dates | Various Locations
• Lock-ins (Timeframes Vary)
• Murder Mystery Party (November)
• Christmas Party (Mid December)
• Ski Trip (President’s Day Weekend)
• Confirmation Retreat (March)
• LYFE Camp (Summer)