Welcome to the Youth Group!

We are excited to meet you, and we pray you find this to be your church home!

Our youth ministry focuses on outreach, discipleship, mission, worship, and leadership. We offer a wide range of activities from fun retreats to mission projects, and large group events to small group discipleship studies. Regular groups meet from September through May, and there’s special programming during the summer.

All persons serving with children and youth have completed Safe Sanctuaries Policy Training and successfully passed a background check.

Lakeside Institute youth camp

Registration is OPEN for Lakeside Institute summer camp July 21-27!

These Are Our Bodies:
Talking Faith & Sexuality
at Church & Home

Youth Sexuality Retreat February 23 & 24 at HUMC

We partnered with Northwest UMC to offer a retreat that is centered around sexuality & spiritualty. Eight youth and six adults from two churches participated, and it was amazing! This is the first time we’ve ever offered a retreat of this style.

We offered the program, These Are Our Bodies: Talking Faith & Sexuality at Church & Home to our middle and high school youth. It is a program developed by Church Publishing Incorporated that is based on the needs of both youth and their parents. To honor and lift up parents as the primary sexuality educators to their children, the program involves parents as an integral part of the program.

The program is a developmentally appropriate, creatively interactive, faith-based approach to sexuality that places human sexuality in the context of spirituality. Direct and indirect teaching around concepts such as God’s creation, scripture, and sexuality as a gift from God are intertwined throughout the sessions. Conversations and teaching around the stewardship of gifts, responsible behavior, and God’s grace and love abound in this program.

Topics of discussion include but are not limited to:

For Participants:
·       Made in the Image of God
·       Body Image
·       Self-Image and Media
·       Love
·       Friendship and Infatuation
·       Relationships
·       Communication
·   Biological Sex, Gender Identity, Gender Expression, Romantic Attraction, and Sexual Attraction
·       Affirmative Consent
·       Sexual Harassment
·       Sexual Violence and Abuse
·       Sexually Transmitted Infections
·       Contraception
·       Facts and Myths around Sexuality
·       Decision Making
·       Listening Skills
·       Value Clarification

For Parents:
·       Understanding Sexuality
·       Scripture and Parenting
·       How to Answer Your Child’s Questions
·       How to Listen

Youth Sunday Morning Small Group

Small group conversation based on the teachings of Jesus. Each week stands alone, so join when you can!

WHO: Youth (grades 7-12)

WHEN: 10:30am-11:30am every Sunday

WHERE: Sanctuary building, room 303 (upper level, education wing)

We follow the Hilliard Schools and Youth Group schedule, so no meetings on holiday weekends.

Youth Ministry Areas

Click or tap the Youth Group & Camp images for more info on those programs.

Sign up to make sure you hear about last minute updates or cancellations to youth plans…

Parents: Text @aandrick to 81010

Youth: Text @youthhumc to 81010

Serving Others

Mission & outreach work is an integral part of the Hilliard UMC Youth Group. Throughout the year students serve with various organizations around Columbus, such as collecting food for the Hilliard Food Pantry, caring for animals at the Humane Society, serving with Vacation Bible School and children’s ministry, and much more.

Youth Ministry Info Request

Submit this form to reach out to our Youth Ministry staff, sign up for the youth programs email list, and get information about youth group, youth Sunday school / small groups, camp (Lakeside Institute), youth serving opportunities, and other Youth Ministry happenings.

Staff Contact

April Andrick, Director of Youth Ministry
614.876.2403 (church office)