Youth News

 

 

Merge Back to School Night Aug. 6

All youth and parents are invited to an “Out of This World” Back to school night 5:30-8 p.m. Aug. 6 in the Harnish Activities Center. It’s a fun evening full of food and activities to kick-off the new school year. Acitiives include: Space-themed...

Giving Matters April 2017

Thank You for Your Faithful Stewardship Thank you, Hyde Park United Methodist, for your faithful stewardship, which supports ministries like our recent Confirmation class. We celebrate these kids as they chose the words below to describe what following Jesus means to...

High School Summer Intern

Guess who’s going to be our High School Summer Intern? Welcome home George Carr! “Hi, my name is George. I’m almost 22 and will be a senior studying sociology at FSU in the fall. I grew up in Tampa and have been a member of Hyde Park UMC since I was...

Celebrating Youth Sunday

Sunday, our youth showed us that saying yes to God’s work in you does not start at a certain age as they led us in worship at all services. This year’s theme was “Have No Fear”. We are thankful for the hard work and dedication from our youth...

New Assistant Youth Director

Meet our new Assistant Director of Youth Ministries, Megan Eldredge. She wrote a special note to everyone at Hyde Park: “Hi everyone! My name is Megan Eldredge and I am so excited about joining the team at Hyde Park UMC. I’m a recent graduate of Florida...

Celebrating our 2017 Confirmation Service

During the 11 a.m. Sanctuary service April 2, we confirmed 25 students and 2 were baptized. These students affirmed their faith in Christ and became members of our church. These students have attended confirmation classes faithfully since January of this year to learn...

Youth Attend Confirmation Retreat

Recently, Merge Youth Ministries took 17 of our 27 youth in our Confirmation class to our Confirmation Retreat at Warren Willis Camp. Confirmation is an important time in the life of our youth as they learn about what it means to be a Christian and a member of the...

Emily’s Youth Message – Grateful for Dave

We are filled with gratitude for his ministry over the last two years and acknowledge that Dave will be missed by many.  We send him off with love and hope for his future, along with many blessings for him, his family, and St. Andrews! We will have a time of...

My Christmas Gift to Jesus

On Sunday Dec. 4, students in our Merge Youth Ministries talked about ways they could give something to Jesus for his birthday coming up. We had a big present on the alter and asked the youth to write on an index card ways they could grow in their relationship with...

Emily’s Youth Message – Teen Seasons

Our video this month discusses the three seasons of being a teenager. In it you hear about a season of calm waters, chopping waters, and storms and how understanding what season a teen is in will help make sense of where your teen is coming from. Watch here. You may...

Emily’s Youth Message – Temptation

How do we help our students avoid temptation? We all want our students to avoid temptation. We want them to eat right, make healthy choices, drive cautiously, be responsible and avoid things that will hurt them. But knowing how to help them navigate temptation can be...

Youth Pray Over Worship Spaces

The Rev. Kim Uchimura spoke at Sunday Night Merge to our students on Oct 9. During her talk, she shared her testimony of how she became a pastor. As she shared her incredible journey, she consistently used one word to describe how she came into ministry,...

Youth Ministries Summer Mission Trips

Family Mission Trip – El Ayudante “The Servant” Leon, Nicaragua If you have ever felt called to serve the poor, this is a wonderful opportunity for you.  No special training or particular skills are required.  You need only to have a kind and loving heart and a...

Youth Celebrated Missions Sunday

On Sunday, Oct. 2, students with Merge Youth Ministries had a unique opportunity to make an impact on Missions Sunday. The students met face-to-face with representatives of different ministries in the church, in the community and around the globe.  Then, they...

Merge Missions Sunday

This Sunday we are emphasizing our Mission partners across the city of Tampa and around the world. We have been talking for the past three weeks about how serving is a lifestyle. This Sunday we are going to put our lessons into practice. We have six mission partners...

Youth Ministries Connect Retreat

  Connect Retreat: How to #Church Warren Willis UMC Camp A new fall retreat for middle and high school students to learn together what it means to be a Christian and do the work of the church in this digital age. We are more connected than ever, but are we any...

Youth Council Positions Open

Would you like to be a leader in Merge Youth Ministries? Would you like to have a say in what we do at Merge weekly, monthly and yearly? We need your help lead other youth through this ministry as we “Merge Real Faith with Real Life.” Merge’s Youth...

Emily’s Youth Message – Keys to the Good Life

Is your family too stressed out? Are you over involved, over scheduled? Is your schedule so booked that your missing out on enjoying life? If you answered YES, join us  for Keys to the “Good Life” in an Extra Busy World: Strategies to Increase Happiness and Reduce...

Youth Ministry Events 2016-17

2016  September Night of Joy – Disney’s Magic Kingdom & ESPN Center We are now reserving spotsfor this epic night of Christian entertainment. Featured bands for the night are: Newsboys, for KING &  COUNTRY, Hillsong Young & Free, Switchfoot, RED,...

Emily’s Youth Message – SIFAT

  What is SIFAT? SIFAT (Servants in Faith and Technology), a nonprofit Christian organization, provides training in community development in hard places in our world. Where is SIFAT? SIFAT is located on a 176-acre farm in rural Alabama. What do students...

What Parents Should Know About Bullying

Hey Parents, I know that we have had students in the last couple of years’ experience bullying in a very real and heart breaking way. Now that school is out, does that mean you don’t have to worry about it anymore? What Parents Should Know About Bullying What is...

Emily’s Message – Talking about terror

Hey Parents, This weekend’s tragedy in Orlando has left a lot of us shocked and saddened. How do you go about talking to your kids about terror? What emotions are you as an adult and your family going through? Outrage. Fear. Confusion. Judgment. All of these emotions...

Youth Hold Messy Game Night

Merge Youth Ministries hosted a Messy Game Night on Sunday, June 12. The night gave students an opportunity to unwind and kick off summer while playing tug-o-war, Quidditch, and more. The event also served as a way to welcome the rising 6th graders into Merge Youth...

Youth Sunday is May 22

We don’t usually consider ourselves idolators. Yet for a lot of us, we are busy and distracted by many things. The question is, “what effect does that have on our lives, both physically and spiritually”? Join us Sunday and be challenged by teens from our church on...

Honoring Our High School Graduates May 21

We will be honoring our high school graduates at our May 21 9:30 a.m. Sanctuary service. This is what we need from you by MONDAY, MAY 1: Baby and graduation photos scanned and emailed and Answer the following questions: College you’ll be attending...

2016 Confirmation Service April 3

All are welcome to celebrate the commitment of the 2016 confirmation class 6 p.m. April 3 in the Sanctuary. Confirmation is a significant step in the journey of faith for youth as they profess their own intent to live as faithful disciples of Jesus Christ. The 2016...

Emily’s Youth Message – Identity

This week we are addressing a tender subject you will likely face as a parent of a teen: Looking for an Identity. Who your teen is in Christ is one of the most important things they can learn and believe. The Bible says they are God’s workmanship, created in Christ...

2016 Confirmation Class Reflects on Retreat

Last weekend, the 2016 Confirmation class headed off to the Warren W. Willis United Methodist Youth Camp for a weekend of fun while learning more about themselves, God, and the church. From small group sessions around the camp grounds, to the inspiring worship in the...

Emily’s Youth Message – Survey

Hi Parents, Hyde Park United Methodist Merge Youth Ministries wants to partner with you to make real the message of God’s love to your teenager. It is always a privilege and joy to walk with them on their journey of knowing and loving God and others more as they grow...

Seder Meal

Rabbi Nathan Farb from the Congregation of Schaarai Zedek will officiate. When: 6-8 p.m., March 20 Where: Harnish Activities Center Who: All parents and youth RSVP: Click here to register....

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