Front Street UMYF
Front Street has an active youth ministry that provides many opportunities for youth involvement in the life of the church.

What We Do



Front Street youth are not only active within the church, but within the community of Burlington and Alamance County as well. This past summer, our Senior High missions team served at the Appalachia Service Project center in Cocke County, TN (Newport) for a week, and our Junior High team served at the Middle School Missions workcamp in Hendersonville, NC.

Below are some pictures of some of the other service opportunities Front Street youth participate in. From supporting Loaves and Fishes to shopping for Christmas presents for area needy families to hosting lunches for our own faith community, the UMYF is very intentional about ways to serve others.



The youth of Front Street reach out to others in many ways. Whether it's hosting a Trunk or Treat event for the community, serving hot meals at the homeless shelter, shopping for Christmas presents for needy families, raking yards for elderly church members, packing shoeboxes of Christmas goodies for impoverished children, or raising money for local charities, service continues to be one of the strongest aspects of the youth ministry at Front Street.




Sunday school is organized for both the Junior High and Senior High youth at Front Street UMC. These classes meet each Sunday morning. Youth coordinators work with church staff to provide structured teaching by well-prepared instructors.



Confirmation class at Front Street for youth in the 6th grade will take place during the winter of '14. During the evenings, the Confirmands are given the opportunity to integrate with the UMYF program, and we are thrilled to welcome our newest youth members into the UMYF program!

United Methodist Youth Fellowship (UMYF)



An important part of the youth ministry at Front Street is the United Methodist Youth Fellowship, known as UMYF. The UMYF provides youth opportunities for:

  • developing personal faith and a commitment to Christ.
  • experiencing Christian fellowship in a peer-group situation.
  • developing leadership skills through planning and leading United Methodist Youth programs.
  • giving support to and sharing concerns with one another and with adults in a caring Christian community.
  • developing personal relationships with adults who show characteristics of Christian maturity.
  • participating in service, outreach and study activities, such as serving at holiday soup kitchens, mission trips, and other volunteer opportunities.

The Front Street UMYF is divided into two age groups on Sunday evenings: The Junior High UMYF for those in grades 6-8 and the Senior High UMYF for those in grades 9-12. Both groups meet at 5:30 p.m. for a snack supper and then meet separately for the program, which is based on either Bible Study/discussion, service, worship, or recreation from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Our youth are also actively involved in the connectional opportunities that being part of the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church offers. Every year, we have had youth represent our church as delegates to the Youth Annual Conference Session at Methodist University in Fayetteville, and we also currently have youth who are members of the Conference and District Youth Councils.

Small Groups (SGs) and Breakfast Club

Youth are assigned a group depending on their grade. Together with their leaders, they meet twice a month and plan a variety of fellowship and service projects. This is our 5th year of continuing with the Small Group ministry. These groups meet on a flexible schedule set by their leaders and members, and meet outside of church, be it at a leader's home or for a fellowship meeting at a local restaurant/coffee shop.

Currently, FSUMYF also has two active Breakfast Club groups that meet on a weekly basis (when school is in session) on Wednesdays before school Food and fellowship before heading off to begin a new school day. What could be a better combination?

Music and Worship


Music and worship opportunities for youth include the Youth Handbells, who play regularly in worship. No prior musical training is necessary, although some experience is helpful. Under the leadership of Front Street's music director David Ratchford, the group practices on Sunday afternoons. Informal short-term music groups form from time to time for special occasions, and a youth choir also sings for special occasions.

This fall, we are thrilled with the addition of a Youth Choir, under the leadership of Laura Sam, who brings a vast repertoire of experience as a chorale leader to Front Street UMC.

We have also added a youth liturgical dance group, and they have been utilizing their talents during worship on special occasions at church.

Youth are also involved in worship-leading opportunities at Front Street, from serving as Crucifers and Acolytes to leading prayer to reading Scripture. This is an important and simple way for the youth of our church to be involved with the worship life of the larger faith community, and we remain committed to providing avenues for the young people of our church to serve.

Last Published: March 24, 2014 10:55 AM
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