Youth Connections, the Sterling UMC Youth Group, has a foundation built on the teachings of Christ and a desire to reach the youth of Sterling, Virginia. Our goal is to provide a community where youth can feel comfortable to express who they are, feel loved where they’re at and grow stronger in their faith. Youth Connections meets from 5:30 to 8:00 each Sunday evening, with special Saturday events once a month. Youth Connections is open to all youth, ages 6th to 12th grade, and includes dinner, games and a time of short worship. This program is not designed to replace a church service, but rather it is a time to build relationships with peers who are also learning about what it means to be a preteen or teenager pursuing a relationship with Jesus in our culture today.
The Confirmation process is a period of intensive study about the Christian faith in preparation for full membership in the church. Confirmation class starts with the simple question “Is there a God?” and works its way through a brief overview of Christian theology, an outline of the Old and New Testaments, Church history, Christian living, and the development of a personal faith statement.
Confirmation is open to students in the 6th and 7th grades or higher. The curriculum includes a attending and reflection on one of our worship services, the creation of a confirmation banner and the writing and presentation of a statement of faith. Each confirmand will be assigned an adult sponsor (or mentor), whose responsibility will be to pray for, encourage, and guide their confirmand through the process. Because the confirmation class is designed to challenge our youth to wrestle with their faith, and to deepen their knowledge and understanding of God, it is important to offer them guidance along the way. The sponsor, who is a member of our church, but not an immediate family member of the confirmand, serves in that capacity.
Youth Bible Studies
One thing we take very seriously in our youth ministry is helping teens grow deeper in their faith. We do this through Bible study, discussions and conversation. We currently have two different opportunities for Youth Bible study – Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings.
Sunday mornings from 10:00 to 11:00, 8th – 12th grade youth meet to revisit some of the fundamentals of Christian faith which they may not have thought about since their confirmation year and recognize what it now means for them as teenagers.
Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 8:00 youth of all ages meet for a more in-depth study about the Bible. Understanding how to read and study the word of God is fundamental to living a life centered on Christ. So, in this class we dive into the Bible and learn how to study a text that can be confusing if we don’t understand how to interpret it.
The youth musical has been a long standing and beloved tradition of Sterling UMC. Over the years, we have produced 14 musicals with casts and crews of youth from the church and surrounding community. This year, we are excited to announce musical number 15 – Godspell!
About this production, one of our co-directors Sharon Rosenfeld says, “We’re taking it back to the beginning with this year’s production, yet it will be anything but a rerun. Godspell has been the beginning of many magical things for SUMC, and I believe this year will be no different.”
There will be auditions for the show on October 21st from 3:30 to 5:30 with an audition workshop on October 7th at the same time. Auditions are open to everyone, youth inside the church and the surrounding community, and all who audition are guaranteed a role.
Mark your calendars for March 1st – 3rd so that you won’t miss what will surely be another amazing production by the SUMC players!