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Youth Ministries
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Welcome to Youth Ministries!

All youth ages 6th through 12th grade are welcome to PUMC's Youth Ministry programs. The Mission of our Youth Ministry is to be a supportive community for all youth, equipping them to be faithful disciples of Jesus Christ, growing beyond themselves carrying the love of Christ into the world, serving others now and in the future.

 

We believe in the importance of growing as disciples of Christ through engaging discussions, activities, worship, service, and interpreting scripture, and we have fun while living the disciple’s life. We strive for an open and safe environment that is welcoming to all and appreciate that we all come from diverse backgrounds.

 

The youth at Plainfield UMC are a family in Christ. Youth and adults strive to hold each other accountable and grow together as followers of Jesus. If you have questions or would like more information about the PUMC Youth Ministries or activities, please contact Pastor Sherry Steele at sherry.steele@plainfieldumc.com or by calling 815-436-9651.

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Things We Want Every Youth to Know

  1. This is a safe zone. All are welcomed, all are loved without regard for: LGBTQ identity, physical or mental ability, ethnic heritage, immigration status or socio-economic standing.

  2. There is always room for you.

  3. Come as often as your schedule allows.

  4. There are no requirements of faith.

  5. We are here to support you, comfort you, challenge you and accompany you on your life journey.

  6. This is a judgement free zone – JUST BE YOU!

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You're Invited!

Youth Group 

September through May, all youth are invited to Youth Group usually held on the 2nd & 4th Sunday of the month at 6:30PM to 8PM. A typical Sunday night’s Youth Gathering includes food, fun, and fellowship. Each Sunday night provides youth light-hearted occasions to laugh, learn, and grow. Youth play games, hang out, ask questions, have a prayer circle, and enjoy a short Bible study. Junior High Youth (grades 6 to 8) and Senior High Youth (grades 9 to 12) meet together for about 15 minutes for a brief mixer/message and then they separate for fellowship time. In addition to Youth Group, we have an additional fun outing or service project each month. Check out the weekly enews or the church calendar for the most up-to-date information.


Senior High Coffee House

All Senior High Youth (grades 9 to 12) are invited to Coffee house usually held on the first Sunday of the month at 6PM to 8PM in Friendship Hall! Stop in for coffee, hot cocoa, tea, snacks, games, music, and more!

Service Opportunities

All youth are invited for monthly service opportunities to help the community. Service hours are available and students can use this opportunity to build their resume. Check out the weekly enews or the church calendar for the most up-to-date information.

Retreats

We have a retreat each year for all Senior High Youth in February and for all Junior High Youth and Confirmands in the fall at Dickson Valley Camp and Retreat Center in Newark, IL.

2023 Junior & Senior High Youth Fall Retreat Weekend

All junior and senior high youth are invited to the Youth Fall Retreat Weekend on November 10 to 12, 2023 at Dickson Valley Retreat Center in Newark, IL. We will depart on Friday afternoon at 4:30PM and return to church Sunday morning by 11AM.

 

We’re heading back to Dickson Valley (about 35 min. from the church), a favorite spot for everything — laser tag, archery, all-weather tube slide, a climbing wall, gaga ball, and much, much more. Woven into the fun will be opportunities to connect with God. Junior and senior high will be retreating the same weekend, but activities will be separate. The confirmation students will have a special component with Pastor Dick. Friends are welcome! Space is limited, register ASAP to save your spot! 

The cost for each participant is $130.* Additional siblings are $75.* This is a significant discount from the actual cost of the weekend (includes two nights lodging and five meals per person). Payment can be made online or by turning in a check made out to PUMC Youth. A few parent chaperones are needed. If interested, please contact MickeySue at 815-585-0889. 

* PUMC has a policy of No Youth Left Behind. If you need scholarship funds to attend this retreat, please let Pastor Sherry or MickeySue know. 

Youth Mission Trip 2023

In July 2023, 30 youth and chaperones travelled to Beverly, KY to Red Bird MissionThey worked on some roofing, painting, and light repair projects including floors, shelving, and building dog houses.

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Youth Mission Trip 2022

In July 2022, we travelled to JOSHUA in Steubenville, OH to help the residents with rehab work on the homes of those who cannot afford to pay for it themselves. We also served at the community kitchen, food pantry, and community garden. Thank you to all those who supported our trip with their donations, gifts, and prayers! 

Testimonies from the Youth Mission Trip

“The best things I liked about this trip were the ability to help others, create meaningful connections and enjoy new experiences.”
“The best things I like about this trip were inside jokes, singing songs, ripping out floor tiles, being with kind people.”
“I loved being able to help with my best friends and establish new relationships. It was gratifying to watch the progress we made on the houses. I enjoyed breakfast crew and the talent show was really cool.”
“There was a lot of love seen on the trip – joy from everyone around”
“Time to hang out with people I don’t see a lot. The work was fulfilling and I learned stuff doing it; cooking breakfast early in the morning was cool.”

 
What did you learn/discover about yourself on this trip? 
Helping people is fun.
I discovered a newfound love for puzzles and put myself out there.
It’s good to do things that terrify you, it makes you stronger.
I love helping people.
I am less patient than I thought.
That I can talk without being judged.
I’m a control freak.
That I can make friends being myself.
I like to help people.
I learned I REALLY love painting.
Putting yourself out there will always have some sort of positive outcome.
We have great kids in our church.
How useful I am.
I don’t have to be someone that is not myself.

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Youth Ministries Values Statement

Relate

  1. Time – We commit to building relationships with our youth by spending both quality and quantity time with them.

  2. Love – We commit to relating to our youth by loving them unconditionally, cheerfully, and faithfully, and expressing that love in appropriate ways.

  3. Prayer – We commit to faithfully praying for and with our youth and their families.

  4. Mentoring – We commit to investing in our youth by mentoring them through their questions of faith and daily experiences in “one-on-one” or small group settings.

 

​Equip

  1. Equipping – We commit to equipping our youth to help them grow spiritually and to lead healthy, wise and meaningful lives.

  2. Modeling – We commit that in order to inspire our youth, we must be passionate followers of Jesus Christ and consistently live healthy, wise, and meaningful lives.

  3. Challenging – We commit that in order to inspire our youth, we must challenge them to live for Christ with all of their hearts and to join us in taking “faith-filled risks” for Christ.​

 

Serve

  1. Mobilizing – We create opportunities for them to participate in worship, serve the Church, and express their faith in specific, tangible acts of service, particularly to those in need.

  2. Launching – We commit that in order to ignite our youth and properly “launch” them into their future, we must prepare them for service to God, life’s challenges, for healthy relationships, and for leadership.

  3. Service – We help our youth discover their gifts and talents, exploring how they can apply them in service to others.

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