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.

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Per recommendations from the Minnesota Conference of the United Methodist Church and the Bishop, all in-person group meetings have been postponed. Hennepin Avenue UMC is committed to being a supportive presence in the lives of our community throughout the summer.
Confirmation and Youth Fellowship are now meeting virtually on Zoom. Rick is considering additional options for virtual ways that we might safely gather over the summer. He is open to suggestions, so please share any and all ideas that you have:

Calling all potential confirmands!
Two calls: May 17 or 24
Two calls are being held May 17 or May 24 at 2pm (pick one!) for students (and their parents) who are planning to participate in the confirmation program in September. Confirmation will be open to students between grades 8–11 who are interested in exploring their own commitment to faith and the church.
During the zoom call, we will discuss the new structure of the two-year confirmation program, answer questions, and explore what it means for youth to take ownership of their own faith journey. Please email Rick with questions: 

May 17, 2020 2-3 pm Central 
or  May 24, 2020 2-3 pm Central

Meeting ID: 893 5005 0473

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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 GROUP (Zoom call)
Zoom calls: email Rick for meeting ID
MAY 17
(More information to come)
MAY 17 & 24
Ages: All
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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)