Youth Ministries

Let no man despise your youth, but set the believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.
II Timothy 4:12

United Methodist Youth Fellowship (UMYF) – Our youth group here at SCUMC is called Ohana, which means family.  We are a family of youth members and adult volunteers who meet twice a week to fellowship, worship, learn, eat, and play together!  We are led by Krissy Tallent, SCUMC Youth Director.  Ohana Youth meets on Sunday and Wednesday evenings in the Family Life Center, throughout the entire year.  From 4:30-6:00 PM is open gym/free time.  From 6:00-8:30 p.m. is a structured time of Scriptural lessons, dinner, and activities with a purpose.  Grades 6-12 are welcome, and youth are always encouraged to bring a friend!  In addition to regular youth meetings, the Ohana Youth participate in local service projects and missions, spiritual retreats such as Fall Retreat and Resurrection, enjoy special events such as lock-ins and Winter Jam, and fund them through the church budget and group fund raisers.  There is always something exciting going on with our youth!  Volunteers are always welcome for food, activities, and fellowship!  See the volunteer signup sheets outside the youth office near the side entrance, or call 365-6324 for more information.  Check us out on Facebook and Instagram!

Youth Choir – Youth Choir meets Wednesdays from 5-6 PM in the Sanctuary under the direction of Angela Jackson.  New takes on old favorites, as well as contemporary worship songs are practiced weekly and presented to the congregation on a monthly basis and at Fifth Sunday Sings, and additional opportunities are planned for our youth choir to shine in worshipping our Lord!

Puppet Ministry – Puppet Ministry is alive and well with our new youth puppeteers!  Our puppets sing along to worship songs geared toward younger children, in a unique and fun way to teach them about Christ.  Puppet Ministry practices in the youth room on Sundays from 5-6 PM.

Classifieds – Our youth have a perpetual fundraiser classified ad system, which means they are always available for hire to perform various jobs around your home or business.  The funds earned are used for the specific youth performing the work to pay for their mission trips and retreats, and is a great way to teach them responsibility and the benefits of a job well done!  Stop by the bulletin board outside the youth office and fill out a slip, or call the church office at 365-6324 with the job description and amount you determine that the job is worth, and a youth will answer your ad.

Education – Sunday School meets at 9:45 a.m. Other educational opportunities are planned through the UMYF and the larger church programs.

Confirmation – Confirmation is the process by which youth confirm their faith in Christ and recognize their relationship with God through baptism, if not previously baptized, and church membership. Confirmation Classes are formed approximately once a year and will be announced. This year’s Confirmation Class takes place during Sunday School every week for 16 weeks, with Confirmation Sunday scheduled for Pentecost, June 4, 2017.  There are 10 youth being confirmed this year!  Please pray for them on their journey to become adult members of the Body of Christ.

Boy Scouts – Spring City Boy Scouts Troop 187 meets in the Fellowship Hall every Monday from 7-8 PM throughout the entire year, as well as various service projects, campouts, fundraisers, and other events throughout the year as planned by the Troop. Scouts also participate in many events provided through the Cherokee Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, based in Chattanooga. Boy Scouts attend annual summer camp at Skymont, a week-long campout filled with adventure and fun. Boys grades 6-12 (ages 11-18) are welcome to join Boy Scouts, with a Boy Scouts of America application and a membership fee of $24 per year per Scout. Leaders are always needed, and anyone is welcome to help. Leaders are required to submit an application and undergo a background check by the BSA. Troop leaders are present at all meetings and activities, with two-deep leadership as required by the BSA. Check out the Troop 187 Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BoyScoutTroop187SpringCity

Youth Service Fund (YSF) – Youth Service Fund enables youth to raise and contribute money to youth projects throughout the Holston Conference and beyond. It is one way in which youth can respond to the mission of our church and more importantly to the call of our Lord to care for His sheep. Ohana Youth Group contributes to the YSF annually at Resurrection and as other opportunities arise.