Youth are 7th to 12th graders who meet Sunday nights for a snack meal, fun, group activity or mission work. For some, Youth should be about the Bible & Jesus only, we have a different approach. It’s about Christian community = church family. Learning the Bible can be tough, even for adults, and we tackle it at Sunday school & on Wed nights., so at Youth, we use its guidance on topics such as friends, social media, parents, selfishness, and how we treat others.
If Christians would treat each with no judgement, trust the Lord, & know they are loved, this world could be turned upside down. The Youth goal is to create this person. At JUMY, we create a non-judgemental environment. Since most of us don’t encounter each other on a daily basis (we represent over 10 schools), we don’t have to wear our “school mask.” We are our true selves. We share without concern of gossip. We congratulate each other with joy & show concern with sympathetic tears. We are a family.
The other important focus in the Jefferson Youth, by our choice, is missions. Each month we serve those in need. Our regular missions are dinner for & fellowship with St. Anthony’s HIV Home, homemade cookie delivery to those needing a pick me up, plant give aways, and Spring Landscape for those in need. This summer, as we do each year, we choose to take a week out of our schedule to serve through a Youth mission program, and internationally every other year for our upper classmen.
Last, although we have a “leader,” she’s more a guide. Our group is run by elected Youth holding various positions.We choose and approve our activities & fundraisers, as well as our mission trips. We lead a Sunday worship too. As our own leaders, we’re responsible for our successes & failures - like a true leader.
Summer mission trips
JUMY is pleased to offer multiple summer trip opportunities throughout the many years of youth. The goal is to allow our high schoolers to experience Christ outside our region (up to 500 miles away) and internationally (Guatemala in 2020).
The cost of the trips is split between fundraising events and the Youth's family.