Category Archives: Youth

Information about youth programs at Sterling UMC.

Confirmation Sunday

Confirmation Sunday

According to “A Dictionary for United Methodists.” Confirmation is “the act by which persons who were baptized as infants or young children (or, because of other special circumstances, could not make the baptismal vows themselves) make their first public statement of their declaration or profession of faith. In this sense they confirm their faith. Confirmation is performed in preparation for reception into full membership in The United Methodist Church. Persons who declared their faith in Christ for themselves at baptism are not confirmed inasmuch as they previously made their profession of faith when baptized.”

It is the first time that these young people will publically declare their intention to live out the vows of the baptismal covenant and it is also a time for the congregation to celebrate their young people’s commitment to “live as a faithful disciple of Jesus Christ,” and to renew their commitment to do the same.

Confirmation includes three aspects summarized by This Is Your Baptismal Liturgy:

  • God confirms the divine promise to those who were too young to grasp what God was doing in their baptism,
  • they respond by professing their own acceptance of the grace they have received and their own faith in Christ,
  • the Church, as represented by this congregation, confirms the commitments they make

According to paragraph 217 of the Book of Discipline, the vows of professing members, including confirmands, are:

  1. To renounce the spiritual forces of wickedness, reject the evil powers of the world, and repent of their sin;
  2. To accept the freedom and power God gives them to resist evil, injustice, and oppression;
  3. To confess Jesus Christ as Savior, put their whole trust in his grace, and promise to serve him as their Lord;
  4. To remain faithful members of Christ’s holy church and serve as Christ’s representatives in the world;
  5. To be loyal to Christ through The United Methodist Church and do all in their power to strengthen its ministries;
  6. To faithfully participate in its ministries by their prayers, their presence, their gifts, their service, and their witness;
  7. To receive and profess the Christian faith as contained in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments.

On Sunday, April 8 our 7th Grade Confirmation Class will be completing their year of study and will be celebrating their Rite of Confirmation during Sunday morning worship.

Hey If You Missed Last Night’s SUMC Players, “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown…”

Hey If You Missed Last Night’s SUMC Players, “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown…”

If you missed Friday evening’s performance of “You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown,”  you don’t want to miss today’s show or Sunday’s matinee.  Tickets are still available before the shows in the lobby “at the door.” Tickets are $9 at the door for adults; $7 at the door for kids under 12; kids under 3 are… Continue Reading

Tonight’s Friday Evening Performance Will Go On As Scheduled

The Sterling United Methodist Church Players’  presentation of their youth musical “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” scheduled for this evening at 7 PM will be performed as scheduled.  Tickets will be available for tonight’s performance in the lobby before the show.  Tickets are also still available for Saturday’s show at 7 PM, and Sunday’s… Continue Reading

Sterling UMC Presents the 2018 Summer Mission Trips, Local Missions Program, and Fundraiser

(Updated March 8, 2018) Sterling United Methodist Church has kicked off its 2018 Summer Mission Trip and local mission program schedule; and Sunday March 11 will kick off its first fundraiser for the 2018 efforts with its Red Envelope Campaign.  The Red Envelope Fundraiser involves red envelopes with donation denominations from $1 to $100 printed on… Continue Reading

Join Us for the Second Sunday of  Advent and the Celebration of Christmas!

Join Us for the Second Sunday of Advent and the Celebration of Christmas!

This Sunday December 10 we will celebrate the Second Sunday of the Advent Season at Sterling United Methodist Church.  Our new sermon series, A Night for Rejoicing continues with Part Two: There Will Be Singing! But even before we get to Sunday there is opportunity for service and fellowship! We will be setting up for… Continue Reading

New Drop Off and Pick Up Procedures for Sunday Children’s Program

New Drop Off and Pick Up Procedures for Sunday Children’s Program

9 AM Kids Worship Hour Ages 2 & 3                                                               Room 100 Ages 4-Grade 6                                                     Gallihugh Hall   Drop Off – Children will be dropped off to their assigned room-either Gallihugh Hall or Room 100-before you go to your  worship service. Pick Up – Parents please pick up your child or… Continue Reading

Sterling Kids

Sterling Kids

  “Train a child how to live the right way.  Then even when he is old, he will still live that way.” Proverbs 22:6   The New Sunday Experience coming September 10 to SUMC includes some changes to our children’s and youth programs as well. Our Sunday School program is now called “Sterling Kids” and… Continue Reading

Life Signs Youth Group

Life Signs Youth Group

Sunday evenings 5:30-8:00 PM Wednesday evenings 7:00-8:00 PM  Our Focus LifeSigns youth ministry is always exciting because of all we have to look forward to as we follow in the steps of Jesus Christ.  With Him as our foundation, each individual youth fits uniquely in as we grow and learn together and enjoy fun activities… Continue Reading

Church Activities for Wednesday, March 15

Due to Loudoun County Schools being closed, the church office is closed today. The CrossWalk meal, children’s activities (J.A.M.), and youth activities are canceled for this evening. The Aldersgate Choir and Contemporary Worship Team will rehearse as scheduled. Other Wednesday evening adult activities/studies will meet at the discretion of the leader of each group.  Please contact your group leader for information. There will be limited child… Continue Reading

Life Signs Youth Group

Life Signs Youth Group

Sunday evenings 5:30-8:00 PM  Wednesday evenings 7:00-8:00 PM LifeSigns youth ministry is excited for all we have to look forward to in 2017!  With Christ as our foundation, each individual youth fits uniquely in as we grow and learn together and enjoy fun activities and music. Click here for more information.        … Continue Reading

Youth December Activities

Youth December Activities

Sr. High Retreat, Dec. 9-11, Camp Caroline Furnace. We will be hanging out with old friends/making new friends while teambuilding and relaxing.  A time for fun and worship and listening for the voice of God. Musical Rehearsals: Tues, Dec. 6, 6:30-8:00 PM Thurs., Dec. 8, 6:30-8:00 PM   Christmas Party:        Sunday, Dec. 18, 5;30-8:00… Continue Reading

We are happy to announce that this year’s show will be “Shrek, the Musical.”  It’s funny and family friendly and will make for another amazing show. Calling all actors in 6th-12th grades (experienced and not so much). You are welcome to join us! Musical Workshops:   November 7, 6:30-8:00 PM November 8, 6:30-8:00 PM. These workshops… Continue Reading

This Year’s Musical

This Year’s Musical

Are you ready for this year’s Musical announcement?  …Well, you will have to wait a little bit longer! We are working out all the details behind the scenes to make another fantastic show. As always, we are looking for cast members to be in this year’s production.  If you are between 6th-12th grade, you are… Continue Reading

LifeSigns Youth Bonfire

LifeSigns Youth Bonfire

October 23 5:30 PM All Middle School and High School students are invited to the LifeSigns Youth Bonfire. Bring a friend! Contact Nick Yother *protected email* 703-430-6455   Bonfire image by Alanah Heffez, 9/6/08.  Used under creative commons license from www.flickr.com. Continue Reading