Youth at Grace UMC
Senior High Class (9th to 12th graders) & Junior High Class (7th to 8th graders): Classes study the lectionary readings and the contemporary issues the readings address from 9:30-10:30am
Confirmation Class (6th graders and others): Confirmation is the decision a person makes to respond to God’s grace with intentional commitment, publicly reaffirming his or her baptismal vows before the congregation. Confirmands learn about the meaning of Christian faith; the history and teachings of The United Methodist Church; and an explanation of the baptismal and membership vows they will be professing. Meets in the McCleskey Center Sunday mornings 9:30am-10:30am.
United Methodist Youth Fellowship @ 12:30-2:30pm
A ministry for grades 7 to 12. Youth eat a snack lunch, play games, discuss contemporary issues in relation to scripture, and pray together.
The youth volunteer their time to serve God in partnership with various organizations. In the past, students have done mission with the North Texas Food Bank, AIDS Interfaith Network, Wesley Rankin Community Center, Amigos Days, and Juliette Fowler Communities, among others.
Once per month, students have events such as a talent show, roller skating, whirlyball, farm days, and seasonal parties.
Civil Rights Bus Tour
Every other year during Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, Grace's youth partner with other youth groups in the conference and travels on a bus to multiple civil rights sites and learns about the history of the civil rights movement in the U.S.
During the last weekend of January, the youth attend a conference-wide camp in Bridgeport, Texas where they bond with other youth groups in small groups, worship, and recreational activities.
On a Sunday in May, the youth lead the congregation in worship.
Summer Swim N’ Scripture
Beginning in July, Grace's Youth visit different church members’ homes with pools.
During the months of June and July, 6th to 9th graders from low-income families participate in a summer day camp program that runs from Monday to Thursday at 9am to 3pm.Components of the program include a book club, recreation, healthy meals, enrichment activities, and family fun nights. 10th-12th graders volunteer to read one on one with the 1st to 5th graders participating in the children’s program.
Every year, the youth take an out-of-state mission trip to experience serving God in a different environment. The youth have been to Alabama, Tennessee, Colorado, Illinois, and Florida. Missions have included children’s programming, soup kitchens, food banks, park restoration, home repair, etc.
Back to School Retreat
In August, Grace youth spend a weekend at a lake to get closer to God and prepare for another school year. Activities include fishing, boating, and tubing, as well as prayer and fellowship.