Our youth program at Whitehouse UMC is open to all students in 6th-12th grade. Anyone is welcome to attend. All adult volunteers are Safe Sanctuary certified. Our youth group is led by Keith Schmidt.
Youth Sunday School meets at 10:45 on Sunday mornings, after the main worship service. Sunday School is centered around a lesson that encourages our students to grow in their relationship with God and in their understanding of Christian teachings. Outside of lessons and discussions, it’s also a chance to catch up with friends and have some fun!
Family Ministry Night –
Every Wednesday, Whitehouse UMC gathers for Family Ministry Night beginning at 6:00 pm. The evening starts off with Bible study; we have classes for children, youth, and adults. The youth study is open to anyone in the youth age range. After our Bible Study groups are finished, we all get together for dinner! After dinner, the youth (and anyone else who wants to join!) get to play some games! If the weather is nice, we usually go outside for a game of Ga-Ga Ball, Volleyball, Basketball, Baseball, or Football.
Church Camp – Lakeview Methodist Conference Center in Palestine, Texas, District Camp offers an incredible opportunity for youth of all ages to engage one another in their faith walk. This week-long camp is filled with games, worship, bible study, and an opportunity to work with mentors trained to guide students into a deeper relationship with Christ. Anyone can attend any of the four week-long sessions, but we always try to go to one session as a church group. Check with Keith to see which session we’re going to this year!
Texas Conference Choir and Worship Arts Camp – This camp (also at Lakeview) provides students an opportunity to draw more closely with Christ and one another through the gift of worship. Course offerings include liturgical dance, sign language, instrumental music, hand bells and choral singing. Additionally, there is an All-State choir track that senior high students can enroll in giving them a head start on the Texas All-State choral audition music.
Big House – Designed for students grades 6th – 8th, this four-day mission driven camp gives students an opportunity to engage with the community around them while working with youth groups from other churches. Students participate in neighborhood restoration and small building projects for community members needing assistance. Check with Keith to find out about this year’s trip!
UMARMY – Designed for students in grades 9-12, this week-long mission camp builds on what the students learned through Big House. Students spend a week working in a Texas community to assist those in need alongside youth groups from other churches. From building wheelchair ramps and decks, to painting and yard maintenance, students learn how to be a blessing to those in need and discover they are the ones truly blessed.