Youth Ministry


The youth ministry at Bishop Janes UMC provides a space for youth in grades 6-12 to experience community within the church. Our program seeks to give youth the opportunity to experience social, spiritual, and service activities throughout the year. In a world where there is so much pressure on youth, we provide a space for them to learn and grow into their identity as beloved children of God.

Please see the calendar page for more information about monthly gatherings.

We meet weekly on Sundays for small groups during worship and have monthly events and gatherings.

Please see the calendar for more information. Our groups are usually split up by age: Junior High (6-8) and Senior High (9-12). Even when we do big group events together, we usually split by age to do specific activities.



On Sunday mornings, students begin in worship for the first 10-15 minutes and then are dismissed to their classes. We have 3 classes for youth at Bishop Janes:

 Senior High (Grades 9-12) – A discussion based small group class that will talk about themes in the bible and how it can be made relevant in today’s society.

Confirmation (Grade 8) – CREDO! See below section about Confirmation.

Junior High (Grades 6 -7) – Using the CONNECT curriculum, we explore different themes of the bible beginning with Genesis in the Old Testament and finishing in the New Testament with Revelation. We do crafts, watch videos, and discuss the bible.



Confirmation class begins this September for students in 8th grade. Using the United Methodist Curriculum CREDO we explore themes of the Bible, what it means to be United Methodist, and what it means to be confirmed. We take field trips and do several mission projects throughout the year as well as get involved in various church activities. Remember — this is only the beginning!


Each year, the youth in senior high embark on a mission trip to help make this world a better place. In past years, we have worked with RISE (a program in Steuben County, NY) and have traveled to Washington, DC to work with homelessness and poverty. Mission trips are life-changing experiences where youth grow closer to God and can be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ in a world that so desperately needs it. Keep your eyes peeled for more information about the summer 2015 mission trip!