Youth News

 

 

Family Camping Trip – Oct. 26-28, 2018

The Ft. DeSoto Campground offers swimming, a nature trail, fishing, the Quartermaster Storehouse Museum, canoes, and many other water activities. An evening worship service with Communion will be held Saturday night. The cost is $20 per family. All youth must be...

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? You can help lead other youth as we "Merge Real Faith with Real Life." Merge's Youth Council is a group of students chosen to serve...

Family Game Night

Craving more family connection time? Join us for Family Game Night!   6:30 - 8 p.m. Wednesday Sept. 5, Harnish Activities Center RSVP here!   Conversation starters, board games, pizza and more - fun for the WHOLE family!   We know that families are busy with school...

Back To School Bash

Say Aloha To A New Year Calling all middle and high school families at 5:30 p.m. on August 12. Come out as a family and enjoy the fun! Some highlights: Dinner Games Giveaways Picture Station Meet your Small Group Leader Don't miss out - RSVP today!...

Emily’s Youth Message – Father’s Day

Mother and Father’s Day can give any person a range of emotions. For some, it represents a day that is difficult when they think of their parents. Maybe they’ve lost them at a young age, didn’t have a good relationship with them or are going through a difficult time...

High School Graduates Recognized

Many of the over 100 high school graduates were recognized in our 9:30 Sanctuary service on Sunday, May 20. Parents joined their students at the altar rail for a prayer of thanks and blessing. Watch the video...

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 – The Antidote to Greed

We’ve all heard the word greed. And even though we don’t want to admit it, we’ve all probably experienced it in our own lives. You’re happy with your phone until the newest model comes out, and then you have to have it. You like the car you drive until your best...

Emily’s Youth Message – Do You Shame?

Consider whether you grew up in a “Toxic Shame” environment and to consider how you react when you are hurt. We encourage you that though shame-based parenting is often learned, and may be the way you were parented, it can be unlearned as well. Shame, if you recall,...

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...

Emily’s Youth Message – No Perfect Parent

No matter how great a parent you are, how many books you read on the subject of parenting, how many conferences you attend, and how much you pour into your child’s life, there is no recipe for perfect parenting. There are amazing, godly couples who have a child in...

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...

Reserve Your Christmas Tree by Nov. 17

Reserve a beautiful, fresh-cut Christmas Tree and support our youth! Merge Youth Ministries is selling fresh Fraser Fir Christmas trees with the proceeds helping to provide mission trip scholarships. The trees are delivered only 48 hours after they are cut. The trees...

Youth Ministries Summer Mission Trips

Family Mission Trip - Bahamas —  Bahamas Methodist Habitat (BMH) is a nonprofit outreach ministry dedicated to disaster relief and home repair in the Bahamas. Founded in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew in 1992, BMH has since served as a catalyst for disaster relief...

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...

Emily’s Youth Message – Their Safe Place

There are so many places and environments your teen has to hold his or her emotions together, and their home is the one place they feel safe to let down their guard and release what may be pent up inside. For you as the parent, however, this is a test of faith and...

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...

Emily’s Youth Message – Shake It Off And Step Up

There was once a farmer who owned a mule. The mule had served him well for a number of years but he was getting old. One day, the mule fell into the farmer's well. The farmer heard the mule crying in distress. After carefully assessing the situation, the farmer...

Emily’s Youth Message – Their Safe Place

Teens are notorious for saving their raging fits for you and your home. Friendship issues, stress from school and hormones on hyper-drive can make your teen seem like they have transformed into a alien from another galaxy. No, your teen hasn’t been abducted! They are...

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...

2017 Scholarship Application – Now Available!

At Hyde Park United Methodist, we believe it is important to invest in higher education for eligible high school, college and seminary students. This page serves as a hub for scholarship opportunities provided by the church and by other United Methodist agencies.  ...

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 – Advent

When it comes to Christmas, there is a lot to look forward to. Candy canes, tinsel, twinkling lights, and oh, right - the gifts. If you’re like most people, you’ve probably spent some time thinking about the gifts you’re hoping to receive this Christmas. Maybe you’ve...

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...

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