Sunday School meets between our two worship services throughout the school year. Our sixth grade students continue in the model of our elementary Sunday School classes. Our 7th and 8th grade students are combined in one class, meeting downstairs in the youth room, in which they use Bible Lessons for Youth curriculum. Our 9-12 graders meet downstairs in thedining room for the Breakfast Club, in which they employ the Wesleyan Quadrilateral to examine modern day issues and dilemmas while sharing a delectable meal of mixed and matched cereals. We have over ten adults volunteering as part of our teaching teams on Sunday mornings.
United Methodist Youth Fellowship is open to all youth in the church from grades 6 through 12. We meet each Wednesday of the school year for discipleship training, fellowship, and fun! We have 13 adult volunteer small group leaders working with our youth on Wednesay evenings.
6:45pm Middle School UMYF
6:45pm Senior High UMYF
We run a two year confirmation process for students in 8th grade and above. We meet together as a group for one hour every Sunday evening with classes led by our Associate Pastor, Rev. Andy Bartel, and the Bishop's assistant Dianne Axlund.
The first year, we use Cokesbury's Credo study for confirmation as well as pairing each student with a mentor using the Mentor-Confirmand manuals. The students set up meetings throughout the year with their assigned mentor from the congregation to meet in a public place (to fulfill our safe-sanctuary guidelines) in order to grow in relationship and faith together.
Our second year confirmation students enage in a more rigorous course of study. Throughout the course of the school year, we study five books together and discuss the implications for our own discipleship. The five books are: 1)This Holy Mystery: A United Methodist understanding of Holy Communion, 2) By Water and the Spirit: A United Methodist understanding of Holy Baptism, 3) Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations, 4) Accountable Discipleship, and 5) Irresistible Revolution
The real focus of our confirmation program is training our youth in the practice of being in accountable small groups that meet weekly to lift one another in prayer, engage in study, and go forth as the hands and feet of Christ, an amabassador of the church, in a world that needs God's radical transformative love.
In the Dakotas UM Conference we are blessed to have three church camp facilties:
We know that the summer Bible camp experience is incredibly formative; indeed, many of our pastors have received their call into full time ordained ministry at a summer camp. Because of this, our church pays over half the tuition for any of our young persons desiring to go to a program at one of our three camp sites, and for those whom the remaining balance would be an undue financial burden, full scholarships are available.
Christian camping is not only a wildly fun time away from home, but it is also an intense immersion in Christian community and discipleship training. We highly value our conference camps and those who work so diligently to support this ministry. To learn more, visit our conference camping website at http://www.dakcamps.org