Jamestown Youth Ministry

Welcome to Jamestown Youth Ministry or J.Y.M. for short. At Jamestown UMC, our goal is to lead students to encounter Jesus Christ and respond to God’s call for their lives. We hope as students participate in the life of JUMC, they will continue to build on the foundation laid in our children’s ministry and develop a deep faith in Christ. The more students get plugged into discipleship groups, mission trips, retreats, camps, and other events and programs, the more opportunities they have to encounter Christ, to discern God’s voice, and to respond.

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Vision and Core Values

Vision Statement:

To collaborate with youth, parents/guardians, and ministry leaders to co-create a safe space for youth to explore their faith as part of a Christian community where they are loved, accepted, and can participate in God’s mission in the world through: Community, Mission, Bible Study, Worship, and Connecting with the Life of the Church.

Get Plugged In

  • Sunday Evening meetings

    We hope that your students will find friends on Sunday nights through sharing in a time of fellowship, Bible study, and small groups. We meet weekly throughout the school year (with exception to holidays and school breaks).

    5:30pm - 7:00pm - Dinner, Bible study, small groups and games

  • Retreats and missions

    In addition to weekly activities, the youth participate in several retreats and mission trips throughout the year.  All of our retreats are discipleship based and all youth have the opportunity to attend at least one mission trip during the summer and two retreats throughout the year.   

    For more information on our plans for upcoming trips and retreats, click the image to the left.

  • Confirmation

    Confirmation is a time of intentional preparation that gives youth the opportunity to reflect on the most basic elements of our faith. It is a special time to begin a journey of faith that nurtures and challenges youth to think about the nature of God, the life of Christ and learn about United Methodist beliefs.   

Safe Sanctuary

We are always interested in having more volunteers!  If you would be interested in working within our Youth Ministry, we'd love to have you!  Safe Sanctuary Training is required for all volunteers that work with our children and youth.  This training ensures the safety, not only for our youth, but our volunteers alike.  For more information see our Safe Sanctuaries page HERE or contact Erin Betlej or Pastor Wendy Barnes.


Below you will find a number of forms we need on file for your student.

*If your student plans to participate in any of our youth activities, events or trips we must have the JUMC Liability form on file.

Our ministry leaders would like to know more about your student.  The Family Form will help by letting us know about their school,  sports and hobbies.

Intergenerational/Family Fall Mission Retreat

All persons in 4th grade – through adults are invited to attend our Intergenerational/Family Fall Mission Retreat through Harvest of Hope on November 3-5 in Chapel Hill, NC.  This faith-based, experiential, service & learning opportunity provides the opportunity to take action, get involved in hands-on activities, and rescue and share good food with people in need.  We will glean and distribute produce remaining in fields after harvest each morning and learn about the realities of hunger each evening.  Bible study and dynamic worship round out days of Christian community and service, providing a basis for ongoing commitment to end hunger.

Through the generosity of the Missions Committee, this trip is only $100 per person which includes housing, food and travel. All 4th and 5th graders attending require at least 1 related adult to also participate.  

Registration and a non-refundable payment is due no later than October 1st.  

Sign up and pay HERE  or through the mobile app.