MERGE brings real faith and real life together in the lives of 6-12 graders.

  • Youth-led worship
  • Grade-level small groups
  • Practical Bible study
  • Fun monthly events
  • Building relationships with God and each other
  • Serving in the city and in the world

Events + Activities

Sunday Evenings

Middle and High School Merge

5:30-8 p.m. Sundays, Magnolia Building

Enjoy games, large group discussion, small groups, and end the evening with worship led by our Youth Praise Team. Friends are always welcome!

Dinner is served 5:30-6 p.m. ($5 for youth)

Wednesday Evenings

Youth Choir
5:45-6:25 p.m. Wednesdays, Knox Hall Room 158
Email Michael Dougherty for more information.

Middle and High School Bible Study
6:30-8 p.m. Wednesdays, Magnolia Building

Grow in a deeper understanding of God. Bring your Bible with you, and invite a friend. We play fun games to get your student more familiar with their Bible and connected to each other. Dinner is served 5:30-6 p.m. ($5 for youth).


High School Bible Study

6:30-8 p.m. Wednesdays (Seasonally)
Magnolia Building

During Advent, Lent and Summer for High School students. Includes a home cooked meal, games and Bible study.

Contact Emily Felgenhauer for next specific dates.

Sunday Mornings

Worship is an important part of our life together. Students are encouraged to worship in one of our six services.

Want to sit with other Merge students?

  • Join Emily in the Courtyard at 9:10 a.m. to grab snacks and drinks before the 9:30 a.m. Sanctuary service.

Youth are also encouraged to serve on Sunday mornings if they are here for more than one hour.


Experiences for Youth and Parents

Middle School

Teach important markers of faith for an important stage of life.


Seventh Grade and up
When: Jan. – April 2020
Confirmation is the beginning of a life of Christian discipleship with the church. Students in Confirmation classes will learn to fully engage in the life of the church through worship, service, a retreat and small group study.

Important Dates:

  • Jan. 5: Confirmation Kick-Off (students and parents)
  • Feb. 14-16: Confirmation Retreat, Warren Willis Camp, Fruitland Park, Florida
  • April 19: Confirmation Service during 11 a.m. Sanctuary worship

Sign up by Jan. 9, 2020 using this form.

Warren Willis Camp

Summer 2020
Make unforgettable memories and lifelong friends at Warren Willis Camp, Fruitland Park, Florida! Students will grow in their relationships with others and God while zip lining, tubing, sailing, making crafts and more.
Learn more

Parenting Beyond Your Capacity - Online Resource

When parents work in tandem with the faith community to raise their children, they increase their parenting capacity exponentially. Most parents have so many demands on their time that they can’t be the kind of parent they desire to be. They need to know the Orange Factor: Two combined influences will make a greater impact on kids than just two influences. And it’s true. Parents who partner with the faith community are the best way to bring the next generation into the family of God — and keep them there.
Learn more.

Space Between - Online Resource

For many parents, raising children seems pretty manageable until the teenage years. Then fear, confusion, frustration, and lack of understanding begin to invade the hearts and minds of these once-confident parents. The “normal” changes of adolescence seem to be nothing but abnormal to parents who begin to feel like helpless bystanders. But parents don’t need to feel alone or paralyzed by these feelings. With empathy and practical tools, parents will address several important issues.
Learn more.

Middle School Mission trip—Jacksonville, FL

The summer mission trips at our Jacksonville location offer several amazing and meaningful opportunities for youth groups. Part of our outreach ministry will be in a community just south of our camp. This is an impoverished neighborhood where mission teams will minister to the children through our children’s outreach program and work to repair dozens of homes to bring them back to livable conditions. There is so much need and so much to be accomplished in this community that we can’t help but be excited about the impact your group can have showing the love of Christ to the families and children who live there. 

Lodging: Groups involved with our summer missions trips to Jacksonville will stay at a facility with bunk style cabins, chapel, dining hall, recreation areas, lake with swimming docks, canoes & paddle boats, basketball & volleyball courts. All meals are included except two lunches and two dinners during free time.

 Area Attractions: Beaches, St. Augustine, Hanna State Park, water parks, amusement centers
When: July 9–15
Cost: $400

Register Now

High School

Get support at this transitional time for parents and teenagers.

Warren Willis Camp

June 2020
Make unforgettable memories and lifelong friends at Warren Willis Camp, Fruitland Park, Florida! Students will grow in their relationships with others and God while zip lining, tubing, sailing, making crafts and more.
Learn more

Slow Fade - Online Resource

A discussion of the most overlooked and underdeveloped facet of the modern church—how to keep college-aged people engaged in faith. Many churches and families have programmed a youth ministry finish line at twelfth grade. They become less and less involved in church and faith and, eventually, absent altogether—they slowly fade away. A senior pastor, a college pastor, and a twenty-something—rethink one-on-one mentorship as the way to end the slow fade. They offer insights and suggestions that will help anyone get started fighting the fade.
Learn more.

High School Mission trip—San Ramon, Alajuela, Costa Rica 

Our mission trips are designed to be a cross-cultural adventure of sharing Jesus Christ. We provide your team with training materials to equip them for the trip. From the moment you book a trip with us we concentrate on praying for, equipping, encouraging and empowering your team to do ministry in Costa Rica and in your home town. We emphasize teamwork so that your team will return home stronger than ever before. We help your team discover God’s vision for how they can serve the Kingdom of God when they return to their local church and community.

Schedule: Arrive early afternoon in Costa Rica on Sunday. Work full days of construction Monday—Wednesday, have a half a day of work on Thursday and enjoy local site seeing in the evenings along with Worship. Friday morning travel to Volcano where we will be staying until Sunday.

Construction Projects: We are currently helping a local Pastor (Pastor Carlos) build a church in a very poor area call Linda Vista. We also build bunk beds for families and home repairs.

Fun Days: Arenal Volcano in La Fortuna is a beautiful place to unwind in a 2 night hotel stay (Friday & Saturday). We will experience their Hot springs that are naturally heated by the Volcano. We’ll spend a day Zooming over the jungle canopy on a zipline tour or paddle the rapids on a rafting adventure.

When: July 23- 30
Cost: $1,500—Everything included!

College Ready - Class and Online Resource

12th Graders | Spring 2018
College will be filled with all kinds of eye-opening moments. This group will help you anticipate what’s ahead of you and develop a plan and personal vision for starting college right and finishing it well.

Interested to help your 2017 graduate transition to college?
College Ready can help you make the most of your college years. The six sessions of this high impact, DVD-guided series are designed to help you navigate the college maze, recognize the key areas where you’ll need to succeed, and craft your own plan and personal vision. You’ll be able to start right and finish well with no regrets. This series is biblically based and includes spiritual principles and practical applications. Learn more.

Belong Retreat

9th and 10th Graders
When: May 5-7, 2017
Explore what being a child of God means for the next stage of your life: Learn about having fun in high school. Learn that sex isn’t dirty. Understand yourself and God’s desire for your life.

Register Now

Money Matters - Online Resource

Want to have this conversation with your teenager now? Online resources available below.

The Bible talks about money more than any other subject. In fact, there are more than 800 Scriptures in the Bible that address the topic of wealth. We want you to understand the biblical way to manage the financial resources God gives you. This is simply one of those life skills that you can’t afford to miss. If you understand how to manage money God’s way, it will help you so much as an adult.

Class Outline | Money Module 1 | Money Module 2 | Money Module 3 | Money Module 4

Youth Praise Team

  • The Praise team leads worship weekly at Merge on Sunday evenings with a variety of contemporary music.
  • They lead worship for the congregation, and our Children’s Ministries some Sundays during the year.

Praise Team Practice
4-5:30 p.m. Sundays

Meet the Merge Youth Ministries Staff

Emily Kuche
Director of Youth Ministries

Mac Charalambous
Assistant Director of Youth Ministries

Kim Apthorp
Administrative Assistant

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