Youth Ministries

Saint Paul Youth will have multiple opportunities to meet throughout the week during the school year. Lead by our new Youth Intern Pastor, Carly Kinney, the youth will meet during our Sunday morning Faith Formation Classes at 11 a.m. and our Wednesday evening Youth Group meetings at 6 p.m.

We strive to create a welcoming and encouraging environment by providing shared learning experiences, active community engagement and opportunity for fellowship while also simultaneously growing in our faith. This is a safe place for all youth, and everyone is welcomed and loved here.

Additional Information

Youth group is a fundamental experience in the journey of faith for all young people. This youth group is a safe and accepting place for all youth to come and build connection and grow in their faith. We hope to create an environment where the youth want to come and spend their time and enjoy what they do. Our youth program will be a place where the youth come to learn valuable life skills and lessons, a place of comfort and peace.

 Each month will be a separate theme based in faith. The first youth group meetings will be focused on team building, getting to know each other, and gathering the youth’s input on our plan for the year. They will have an opportunity to be directly involved in creating this program so that it’s a place where they want to be. We will have a monthly youth gathering or activity that is either a mission, fun, or fellowship.

Join us at Saint Paul on Wednesday evenings at 6pm in the Youth Room in the West Tower. Bring a friend! Everyone is welcome! Dinner will be served from 5pm-6pm on Wednesday evenings so the youth will have the opportunity to have dinner provided for them.

When a child is baptized, his/her parents reaffirm their profession of faith and pledge to guide and establish the child in faith. Some parents choose not to baptize their infants preferring baptism to take place when the child is ready to make their own profession of faith. Either way, sometime during adolescence, youth are given the opportunity to make their own claims regarding their faith. We call this Confirmation.

Before making a personal response of Christian faith, youth explore what that means through classes, discussions and activities. I believe all youth should be engaged in these foundational teachings as they enter the youth group in their Middle School years.

Our Confirmation program this year will be part of our Sunday morning Faith Studies class. During our class time, we will systematically review the main tenants of our faith: God, Jesus, Holy Spirit, Grace, Salvation, Bible, Mission, History of UMC, John Wesley, Worship & Sacraments, Prayer, Spiritual Practices, Service, etc. On the Sunday after Easter, the 8th grade students will be given the opportunity to Confirm their intent to follow in the path of Jesus and continue the Christian journey. Those who have not been baptized would be baptized as part of that service; those who have been baptized will confirm the vows of their baptism. They may also officially join the church as a full member that day. Each year the 8th graders, after their middle school years of preparation, will celebrate this step of faith.

Our first class will be on September 11 at 11:00 in the Youth Room; parents are invited to join the class with their student this day as we review the year ahead, set expectations and answer any questions you may have. Confirmation Sunday this year will be April 16, 2023. Please reserve that date.

Confirmation is a meaningful time of spiritual growth; We hope you will be part of our journey together. Parents are encouraged to find a Faith Studies class to attend as well while your students are deepening their faith experience on Sunday morning.

Hey Everyone!

My name is Carly Kinney, and I am the new Youth Intern Pastor at Saint Paul United Methodist
Church. I am so excited and thankful for this new opportunity. I am currently a student at the
University of Nebraska Lincoln and plan on graduating in the Spring of 2023 with triple majors
in History, Classics and Communications. At UNL I am involved in Campus Connect, which is
the on-campus college ministry group through Saint Paul. I plan on attending Law School and
Seminary after I graduate with the hopes to work in family court law focusing on helping
children and minors in unfortunate living situations. My passion for wanting to improve the lives
of children comes from a personal place. I was in foster care growing up and I’ve had a variety
of life experiences that have contributed to me being the person I am today with the goals that I
have.

Ultimately, I want to become the person I wish I had growing up. I want to give kids a safe place
to feel loved and wanted and to be an advocate for those who don’t yet feel they have a voice. Our youth program will be a place where the youth come to learn valuable life skills and lessons while also growing in their faith.

Growing up, youth group was one of the only safe places I had and so I looked forward to it
every week. Through it I was able to learn how to be a leader, a friend, and a Christian. I learned
how to speak for myself and work with others. Through my journey of faith, I learned that God loves me and I want to emulate that experience as much as possible.

I am creating this space for everyone. I know that sometimes kids don’t feel comfortable coming
alone, so I want it to be known that all friends are welcome to attend; you do not have to be a
member at the church to come. The doors are open, and all are loved and welcomed here.

Each month will be a separate theme based in faith. The first youth group meetings will be focused on team building, getting to know each other, and gathering the youth’s input on our plan for the year. They will have an opportunity to be directly involved in creating this program so that it’s a place where they want to be. We will have a monthly youth gathering or activity that is either a mission, fun, or fellowship.

Join me and be a part of Saint Paul Youth this year. Sundays at 11am and Wednesdays at 6pm. (Dinner will be served from 5pm-6pm at Saint Paul on Wednesday).

If any parent or youth has any questions about anything I’ve mentioned, please do not hesitate to reach out. The best way to contact me is email. My office is located in room 126 at Saint Paul United Methodist Church. Email: [email protected] or Phone: (402) 477-8456

I am so excited for what this year will bring. I am excited to meet everyone, and I hope to see you there!

With Gods love,
Carly

Carly Kinney

Intern Youth Pastor