Middle and High School Youth

It’s fun to be a young person here at Lynnewood. 6th-8th graders meet for Confirmation and Discipleship training at 10:30 am Sundays during the school year, where they bond together. 6th and 7th graders work with their parents and 8th graders work with adult mentors who help them ask questions and learn about the Christian faith.

Souper Bowl of Cariing

Souper Bowl of Cariing

Both middle school and high school groups have fun events in addition to Sunday school. They meet for movies, discussions, scavenger hunts, and field trips. Eating is usually a part of youth activities — no surprise about that!

Work crew at SSP

Work crew at SSP

Both groups can attend the summer  Sierra Service Project (SSP), a hands-on mission trip building homes and bringing hope to people in need.


In 2016, middle school youth went to “Urban Immersion” Stockton, CA for SSP, and senior high youth went to Smith River, CA.


SSP Work Crew

The youth can also participate in World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine, where they “go hungry, so others don’t have to” (see Lynnewood 30 Hour Famine).

Our high school youth attend worship service at least once a month, usually at the 10:30 first-Sunday-of-the-month informal service, where they often help serve communion and read scripture.

See the Lynnewood Lines in Resources to find information about this month’s Youth events.

On Sunday morning, May 21st, five youth from various religious and cultural backgrounds shared their experiences as part of a panel called “This Is Us.”  Twenty-six youth and adults were on hand to learn from the diverse experiences of others. Three Lynnewood youth are part of the Interfaith For Youth group which sponsored the event.



Beginning Sunday, June 11th, Lynnewood’s Human Library will be open to youth during the 9:30 a.m. Sunday School hour. Each summer Sunday School session will feature a different living book who will share their story and respond to questions. Each human library book has a story to tell that will challenge stereotypes and invite questions and learning. On June 11th youth will hear a living story titled Black and White which is being written everyday by the Kaiser family. Here is the description of Black and White:

We are the Kaisers.  We are an interracial family – a black man married to a white woman with a biracial baby girl. We’ve been married for 4 years and our daughter joined our family in February 2016. We both grew up in the Kansas City area in a predominantly white neighborhood, where Mr. Kaiser faced unique challenges being one of the only black guys in the school. Since he is light skinned, people often don’t know that he is black and make assumptions about his cultural background. We are an “open book” kind of family and are happy to answer any questions you may have about what it is like to be married to a person of a different race and raise a biracial child.

Other human books on loan during Sunday School this summer will include living books being written by a transgender person, a Deputy Sherriff, and a person raised in a household where communism was a strong influence. There’s a world of humanity writing their own unique stories. Come to summer Sunday School and experience the diversity of human experience and the sacredness of every life.

Vacation Bible School volunteers are needed! If you enjoy working with children, you are needed July 31 to August 4 at St. Clare’s Church on Hopyard for Vacation Bible School. Let Diana know if you would like to help.

Communion Servers and Scripture Readers are needed on June 4th, July 2nd, August 6th, and September 3rd. Can you help?

MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS ARE INVITED TO USE THEIR VOICES TO CHANGE THE WORLD AT UNSTOPPABLE MISSION U. There is a 2-day Unstoppable Mission U event at Asbury UMC in Livermore on Aug. 11-12. The intent of the event is to enable girls to learn about issues, find their voice, and change the world.

Each event is a time for fun, worship and music, learning and service.  Participants will take part in group activities, inspiring presentations about real issues they can do something about, and hands-on mission experience. 

The youth will have several class sessions and in between they will participate in   activities designed for fun, fellowship and service. All young women (ages 12-25) are invited to attend. See Diana to learn more.

Safe Sanctuary:
Our Safe Sanctuary Guidelines are strictly enforced. Everyone who works with children and youth has all been cleared through the United Methodist Trak 1 system of background checks.

All photos of children and youth printed by permission of parents.

Bible Sunday 6th grade receive new The Message bibles

Bible Sunday – 6th graders receive new The Message bibles


Our own Cathy, SSP construction coordinator

Our own Cathy, SSP construction coordinator

Youth bowling

Youth and Diana at bowling

St Pats dance with RADD

Youth at St Pats dance with RADD (Recreational Activities for the Developmentally Disabled)