Youth of Union are a welcoming and open-hearted group of Christian disciples who are chosen, holy and dearly loved. We welcome all of our brothers and sisters into our Youth of Union family, where we strive to know Christ, share faith and show grace!
For more information contact Union’s Youth Director, Mrs. Eleanor Cannon.
Eleanor Cannon, Director of Youth Ministries
Eleanor is honored to be on this Spiritual Journey with you and your student(s).
Please feel free to reach out at any time for any reason.
Eleanor's cell phone number is 912-332-2606.
Youth of Union's Student Leadership team acts as an advisory committee to Eleanor Cannon, Director of Youth Ministries. This team is an official committee of the Church and serves in leadership roles within the Youth Ministries and throughout the Church.
Youth of Union Sunday School focuses on Biblical Education with life application. We utilize Orange Strategies Curriculum and have a variety of Sunday School leaders that offer such amazing faith stories and role models for our students.
Every last Sunday of the month is Youth Pancake Breakfast in the Underground.
Youth of Union:
Youth fellowship meets on Sunday evenings from 5-7:15 p.m. beginning in the FMC Gym for group games and dinner, followed by worship, teaching and small group breakout sessions in the Underground. Sunday evenings are dynamic, fun and laid-back gatherings where we "do life" together as a Christian community. This time is so valuable in building relationships with each other and developing that "village" that helps to guide each of our students on their faith journey.
Youth of Union Small Group leaders are amazing adults who are committed to pouring into the lives of our students and being part of their daily and spiritual lives. We utilize Orange Strategies Curriculum as a guide for teaching and leading Small Groups, and Parent Cue App for keeping parents in touch with what our students are learning and working through.
Students typically begin Confirmation classes in the 6th grade, but are welcome to join anytime thereafter as the Spirit guides them!
Confirmation classes run January thru May and run in conjunction with Sunday Night Youth Fellowship. Confirmands participate in Youth of Union large group games and dinner, then go to Confirmation Class to finish out the night with Rev. Sara Relaford, who teaches the Confirmation program.
Led by Don Kirkindoll, Director of Music Ministries, the Youth Choir meets prior to Sunday Evening Youth of Union. Choir rehearsal takes place in the Union Choir Room (LL110) from 4-5 p.m. weekly, and is open to 6th-12th grade students. Prior music or vocal experience is not required!
Leaps of Faith Dance Team:
Leaps of Faith is a liturgical dance team that performs in worship services and is open to all 6th - 12th grade students with or without prior dance experience. Rehearsals are held weekly on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Led by Linda Caldwell and Gloria Stansell, Leaps of Faith is a beautiful way to contribute to worship services for those who feel led to worship through movement.
Wednesday Nights (Seasonal):
Youth of Union meets on Wednesday Nights during the seasons of Advent and Lent to allow for Spiritual Practice of these holy seasons. Spiritual practices include Bible Study and Mission or Outreach Projects. Please see the Church calendar for exact dates.
Basketball season begins in November each year and runs through February of the following year. Youth of Union Basketball offers teams for Junior Girls (6th-9th grades), Senior Girls (9th-12th grades), Junior Boys (6th-9th grades) and Senior Boys (9th-12th grades). There is no fee to join Basketball at Union, and no experience is required. Basketball at Union is an outreach and a ministry that we value highly as a means to help young athletes grow in both their spiritual disciplines as well as their basketball skills.
October 10, 2021 - Mid February 2022
UNION BASKETBALL REGISTRATION OPEN NOW!
Teams are available for girls and boys in 5th - 12th grades. Friends/non-Union members are always welcome and encouraged to join! Basketball season runs October 10, 2021 - Mid February 2022. Mandatory parent meeting to be held on Sunday October 10 at 3pm. There is no fee to play.
Youth Fall Retreat
Youth Fall Retreat:
All Youth are invited to attend our Fall Retreat to Awanita Valley Christian Retreat Center. Awanita offers tons of amenities, including Hummer Rides, horseback riding, canoeing, paddle boating, lake with zip line, swimming, bonfires & more! On this retreat, we will also be going whitewater rafting on the Nantahala River! Don't miss out on a weekend of Jesus, worship, friends, memories and loads of fun! Friends are always welcome and encouraged to attend! Cost is $175 per person and financial assistance is available.
Youth Christmas Outreach Project
Youth Christmas Outreach Project:
Christmas Toy Drive for Sharing God's Love will begin on Sunday, October 17th and run through Sunday November 21st. Please bring a new and unwrapped toy for a child of any age! Rolls of wrapping paper, scissors, tape and bows are welcome also! Please leave all donations in the wrapped bin in the Underground or Narthex. Toys will be put on the shelves of "Santa's Shop" at Sharing God's Love so that parents who otherwise could not afford to have Christmas for their children will be able to do so, and do so with dignity.
October 17 - November 21, 2021