Small groups for our children and youth exist to provide a safe place to explore and grow in their faith and in relationship with one another and their church family.
Our hope is that you and your family will join us and connect with a group that interests you.
Here's a sample of the groups your child can join:
Kind Hands is an example of how we teach our children and youth to serve and grow together in ways that are comfortable for them. Founded by Mary Ana Smith when she was only 8 years old, her mission was to help girls her own age to learn more about Jesus, serve others, and build lasting friendships. Kind Hands meet on the 2nd and 4th Sunday during the fall and spring. They host bake sales and participate in mission projects to raise money for charity. And, on any given Sunday, you can find the girls studying a bible passage and learning to help it come alive in their life.
Swift Feet teaches our children to follow Jesus, serve others, and build friendships with children their own age. With a focus on activities that are more hands-on, they'll learn everyday life skills needed to help out in our community. It's a great way to get involved and develop into a young man in Christ.
There's nothing sweeter than the sound of our children singing their praise to the Lord. Your child doesn't have to be great at singing to join. The desire and passion to sing for God is all they need. They meet Sunday afternoons at 4:00pm and perform during certain Sunday services and holiday services, including Christmas.
UMTF helps our youth navigate the world and lead a more spiritual life. They meet on Sunday nights and will either focus on a lesson from the bible or discuss a current topic and learn how to apply it to everyday life. We take 2 retreats each year and seek to grow in Christ together as we learn and serve.
UMYF also serves their community by participating in year-round and seasonal mission projects. Each summer, our middle school group heads to Wilmington to work with Vigilant Hope, a ministry that serves the poor and homeless in Wilmington. Our high school group (grades 9-12) travel outside of North Carolina through Reach Mission Trips.
Community-wide fundraisers such as our Annual Chili Cook Off and Spaghetti Dinner and Dessert Auction help to offset costs for participants in these mission trips. Our congregation also partners with the youth as "Trailblazers" to offer support to each team member who serves.