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Youth Sunday 2018

Members of our Merge Youth Ministries led us in worship on the Hyde Park campus yesterday. From musical and vocal solos to entertaining skits and poignant messages from the pulpit, it was an enlightening and inspirational service. Thanks to our volunteer and staff...

Small Group Fun Night – April 22, 2018

Youth Praise Team: 12:15-2 p.m. Practice in Magnolia Building 6th & 7th Grade Girls: Meet at 2:30 p.m. at Color Me Mine, 1609 W Snow Cir, Tampa, FL 33606, painting “Giving Plates.” Bring $35 and get picked up at 4:30 p.m. 8th Grade Girls: 4-7 p.m. Movie and Snacks at...

Emily’s Youth Message – Too Busy

Are you busy? Of course, you are. Between work, school, family, and friends, it seems like there’s always something going on. And that leaves you (and everyone else) with little time to focus on anything other than what’s in front of you. You’re so busy thinking about...

Emily’s Youth Message – Am I Missing Something?

Have you ever felt a little crazy? Maybe you cheer for a sports team that no one else likes. Maybe you’re the only person who doesn’t love the new band everyone else is talking about. When you’re in a situation where it seems everyone agrees or understands—and you...

Obsessed Series

Boys will be discussing pornography and sexual temptation. Boys will be separated and given a message by small group leader, Eric Ebersole based on the following scripture: “God’s will is that your lives are dedicated to him. This means that you stay away from sexual...

Emily’s Youth Message – Dating

We can probably all remember the go-to lines our parents used to say to us comparing life from when they were growing up to our lives growing up. And you’ve probably cringed when you heard yourselves saying those same lines to your own kids. Without even trying very...

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 desire...

Merge Small Group Fun Night

Instead of regular Merge, our Small Groups will be meeting off property at different times for some fun! This is a great night to invite your friends! Here’s what everyone is up to: 6th Grade Girls and 6th, 7th and 8th Grade Boys: Join us at the West Shore AMC to see...

Merge Mission Sunday

We will celebrate Missions Sunday by having some of our featured mission partners come and doing hands-on-activities with our students. We have a goal to make 100 hygiene kits together and are asking our small groups to split up the supply list and bring supplies for...

Nicaragua Family Mission Trip Meeting Sept. 24

Make God's love real in Leon, Nicaragua as a family at the 2018 Nicaragua Family Mission Trip! Every year we take a Family Mission Trip to Nicaragua and stay at El Ayudante. The mission site is a beautiful, secluded area, so families will be safe as they travel to do...

Emily’s Youth Message – Self-Esteem

Spending time alone with God changes perspective. Your teen battles so many influences each day. Some are good, but some are not so good. Even the most confident teen will battle periods of low self-esteem or low self-worth. They are constantly facing judgment from...

Emily’s Youth Message – Parental Influence

A quick internet search reveals the worries many parents feel when it comes to their teen’s friends. “How to spot a bully”. “How to spot a bad influence”. “How to spot the wrong crowd”. There is plenty to worry about when it comes to your child’s friends. But what if...

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 photo booth "Alien...

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 in middle school....

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 and volunteers that made...

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 State...

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 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...

Classes for Parents

  Parenting Beyond Your Capacity (6 weeks, For parents of 9th - 12th graders) Sundays, Oct. 9 - Nov. 13, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. , Magnolia 2nd Fl Learn how you can parent beyond your capacity by combining your influence and the church's influence. Sign up here.     The...

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 closer?...

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 Council is a group...

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...

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