Youth Ministry
at hennepin Avenue UMC

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 Events & Activities

Summer Parking Fundraisers
Start June 22

Please take a brief moment to sign up you and your family for as many parking lot fundraiser shifts as possible. Sign up here!

JUNE 22: Pride is our BIGGEST fundraiser, as it has the most in/out traffic. We really need full crews for this!

JUNE 29: We are holding the lot for a wedding in the first part of the afternoon, then a short shift for Rock the Garden.

JULY 12-13: We have two short afternoon/ evening shifts for the Basilica Block Party.

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!

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: Trail of Terror & Lock-In
NOVEMBER 1–3: The Event at Craguns (formerly “JUMYS”)
DECEMBER 20–21: Service+Cinema Lock-In (Star Wars IX: The Rise of Skywalker)

Youth Programs


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

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

5–6 PM
UMYF (United Methodist Youth Fellowship)

Large-group activities (art, videos, games, service, etc.) and LYFE Group-style small group check-in.

6–7 PM
Bread Break

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

7–8 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 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

Journey Choir

Sundays 7–8 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

• Tot-Lock (Timeframe Varies)
• Trunk-or-Treat (Halloween Weekend)
• The Event/JUMYs (November/December)
• Christmas Par-TAY (Late December)
• Ski Trip (President’s Day Weekend)
• Confirmation Retreat (March)
• LYFE Camp (Summer)