We strive to lead students to become passionate disciples of Jesus Christ. By partnering with parents and trained leaders, our mission is to teach and inspire the next generation to be founded in their faith and confident in their Creator. We encourage students to walk boldly towards Christ, apply His truth to their lives, and develop strong, life-changing relationships with the God of the universe. We want our students to know Jesus so that they will make Him known to others.
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YFI is our Tuesday night youth gathering. Students will connect and have fun with each other and their small group leaders. We do this because fun breaks down walls and makes relationships go deeper. They also spend time learning and every message is written with a middle schooler or high schooler in mind—how their brains work, how they learn, what their biggest needs and most pressing questions are, and, most importantly, what they need to know right now about the God who made them, who loves them, and has a plan for them. And because we’re convinced that some truths are best processed in the context of relationships, and that students need adults (besides their parents) who can come alongside them to influence and care for them, small groups, for us, are the point. They’re the thing, in our opinion, that everything else in our program leads to.
These reading plans give students a deeper look at the teaching series from our YFI meetings. They can set up the plan using the YouVersion Bible App on their phone to read 5 daily readings for each week of the lesson series. Click the photo of the teaching series to access the reading plan.
The lesson series we are teaching during YFI and Confirmation are now available for families to go through to together at home. Each series includes a 15-20 minute video and discussion questions to help parents and teens talk about their faith together. Click the series image to locate the series.
You can also CLICK HERE to download the Family Discipleship Workbook from our Family Matters Sermon Series.
We offer traditional Sunday school for students at Cox Memorial Hall from 10:15 am to 11:15 am and at South Campus from 9:30 am to 10:15 am. By connecting relationally to their peers and Sunday school teachers students experience life on life discipleship. These classes are for students in grades 6-12 and are taught by Rick Griswold and Arika Winborne.
Rick Griswold’s teen Sunday school class break for the summer.
We’ve missed seeing your children and teens! Our hope was that during our time away we could help you disciple your children at home. While we’ll still be providing the Continue the Conversation Guides to help you talk about the weekly sermon at home, we recognize the influence that peers and caring volunteers have in your children's faith journey. So we’re so excited to be able to start children and youth ministry programs again.
We’ve talked with teachers and nurses in both Jackson and Cape schools that attend our church. They have given us great insight on the safety measures that our school leaders have taken so far that are allowing school to be in session. After consulting the Cape and Jackson School Covid-19 Re-Entry Plans and the Eagle Sky Camps CDC Implementation Summary, we came up with a plan. Our church leadership team has approved that plan and we’re ready to give this a go! We hope this guide helps you feel safe about your children attending our ministry activities. If you have any questions please just give me a call!
Director of Next Generation Ministries
Our children and youth groups at New McKendree have sponsored Jackline Agrey from Tanzania through Compassion International since June 20, 2011 - just over 10 years! That's $4560 of financial support that has helped her and her family receive spiritual nourishment, food, healthcare, education, clothes, school supplies and so much more. We have written countless letters back and forth over the years. We share scripture and prayer requests. Please pray for her when you see this and consider making a financial donation so we can continue to support her until she graduates the program.
Our children and youth Sunday school classes currently have the opportunity to give weekly. We'll soon be launching a children's giving moment during South Campus worship with a special offering table for children to give!
If you would like to make a contribution to support Jackline's sponsorship, you can make a check to New McKendree UMC with "Jackline" in the memo line or you can CLICK HERE to use PushPay at this special link.
We hope to maintain a regular personal contact between college students and their church family. Our team sends students encouragement and reminders that God and their church family love and care about them.
CLICK HERE to sign your student up to receive these mailings or to update any address changes.