Advent Students Summer Events

Advent Studens has some exciting events planned for the summer beginning in the month of June! Use the link to see a full list of events, learn more, and register!


Sharing The Journey

Advent United Methodist Church’s mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Advent Students embraces this mission and believes that students are not only the church of tomorrow; they are the church of today.

Advent offers students the chance to connect with each other and God through programs designed specifically for them — Advent Students Sunday Night worship, worship ministry, LifeGroups, missions, and retreats. Advent also offers Boy Scouts.

Advent Student Worship

Ministry for 6th-12th grade students

Sunday Nights from 5:45 - 7:45 pm in the Christian Life Center

During their youth, students are on a journey from childhood to young adulthood. Our desire at Advent is to be partners on the journey with students and their parents. We strive to create opportunities to allow students to know and claim:

  • I am created to pursue an authentic relationship with my creator.
  • I belong to Jesus Christ and define who I am by what he says.
  • I exist every day to demonstrate God’s love to a broken world.

Our Advent Student Worship on Sunday nights provides students a place to connect in community, engage in worship, grow in faith and have fun!

Detailed Schedule

  • 5:45 Check in and Gathering Time 
  • 6:00 Worship and Message
  • 6:40 LifeGroups
  • 7:20 Closing and Sending
  • 7:25 Dismissal


Sunday Morning LifeGroups and Weekday LifeGroups are not currently meeting at this time due to COVID-19. Below are examples of our typical Sunday morning and Weekday LifeGroup schedule.

LifeGroups provide students with an opportunity to develop deeper relationships, to dig into God’s word, and to grow as both individuals and as a community. Advent offers Sunday and weekday Student LifeGroups from September – May.

SUNDAYS @ 9:55am

Who: High School Students
Where: Youth Room, Christian Life Center

What: In this LifeGroup, students gather for conversations around the table. Discussions may be topical or based on a book of the Bible. The hope is to engage students in conversations and community while growing in faith.

SUNDAYS @ 9:55am

Who: Middle School Students

Where: Girls – Room C206, Boys – Room C207 of the Christian Life Center

What: LifeGroups of 6th – 8th graders study our call as Christians to a life of discipleship. Students explore what it means to live a transformed life and how to live practically in daily relationship with God. The desire is for students to take this and apply it in daily living.

SUNDAYS @ 11:10am

Who: 6th-12th Students

Where: Youth Room, Christian Life Center

What: This mixed LifeGroup of middle and high school students, called PEAK, explores stories of the Bible through short videos followed by conversation. It is our hope that community and Bible knowledge will be created during this hour.

SUNDAYS @ 5:45pm

Who: 7th-12th Graders

Where: Education Building

What: During Elevate, students meet in LifeGroups to deepen community and dive deeper into the teaching from Elevate worship. These LifeGroups are divided by grade and gender.

TUESDAYS 7am – 7:47am

What: “Bro”-Votions

Who: 11th-12th grade boys

Where: Bojangles on Woodruff Road

TUESDAYS 7am – 7:47am

What: “Chicks”-fil-A

Who: 11th-12th grade girls

Where: Chick-fil-A on Woodruff Road

WEDNESDAYS 7am – 7:47am

What: Fiesty Filets

Who: 7th-8th grade students

Where: Chick-fil-A on Woodruff Road

THURSDAYS 7am – 7:47am

What: Fearless Filets

Who: 9th-10th graders

Where: Chick-fil-A on Woodruff Road

Student Missions

A vital part of growing faith is servanthood. At Advent it is our hope to provide students a variety of local, regional and international opportunities to transform the world.

Mission Opportunities

  • March Mission Madness – March
  • Salkehatchie Summer Service – June & July
  • Middle School Mission – Summer
  • Vacation Bible School – Summer
  • Annual Senior Class Guatemala Mission Trip – Summer

Release Forms

Every student is required to have an updated liability form for every school year and media release form.

We also ask you fill out our Media Release form (because we like to show off the dedication Advent youth have for service on our website and elsewhere!), as well as the Liability and Release form (because insurance requires it).


We are not currently offering student retreats during COVID-19. However, below are examples of retreats our students typically participate in during the year. Retreats offer students an opportunity to grow deeper in faith and community. During the 2019-2020 school year, the following retreats were planned:

Class of 2021 Retreat

Who: Class of 2021
When: March 27-28th

RISE Conference

Who: 6th – 12th Grade Students
When: March 19 – 20th

Want More Info on Advent Student Ministry?

To learn more, contact the Student Ministry department.


Confirmation is a season of teaching and spiritual preparation for students who desire to take on the baptismal vows that parents or guardians made on their behalf at their baptism as a child or infant.  It is not a final destination, but more of a way station—a place where the students renew their commitment to the Christian journey they have been traveling under the care of others.

During the year, Confirmands will commit to the study and exploration of the foundational truths of Christianity, and in the process, gain insight into their own faith and claim it for themselves. It culminates in a worship service where they can choose to publicly declare their own intention to live out the vows of the baptismal covenant.

Confirmation at Advent is transitioning from 6th grade to 8th grade. Therefore, the next confirmation year will be the 2022/2023 school year. However, we will be offering shorter confirmation programs for all age groups periodically before the fall of 2022. For more information, please contact our Director of Student Ministry, Nick Fergerson, at [email protected]

Advent Students Worship Ministry

Advent Students Worship consists of student-lead worship teams to empower students in music and leadership. ASW Teams serve on Sunday nights during Advent Students Worship, which is held from 5:45 – 7:45 pm in the Christian Life Center.

ALL students are welcome to serve, regardless of experience! ASW Teams are always in need of:

  • Vocalists
  • Drummers
  • Guitarists
  • Keyboardists
  • Bassists
  • Tech Team members

If you have a passion for music and worship, please contact Maddie Bowser, Assistant Director of Student Ministry, at [email protected] for more information!

Boy Scouts

BSA Troop 776 has been helping boys learn the tenets of leadership for thirty years. The Troop started out with only a handful of boys and has grown into one of the most recognized and distinguished Boy Scout Troops in the Blue Ridge Council.

The Troop is patrol-based and boy-led, with adult leaders facilitating the program and providing guidance and advice. Many boys in the Golden Strip area have benefited from the positive scouting experience gained in Troop 776 which strives to teach the principals of scouting with the key focus being on the Scout Oath and Law.

We are very proud of the fact that over 70 Scouts have earned the rank of Eagle Scout. We expect that in the next 30 years there will be at least that many more! These achievements are a testimony to the hard work and dedication of our scouts, parent volunteers, and adult leaders.

Troop 776 is a very active troop that meets year-around on Tuesday nights from 7:00 until 8:30 in the Christian Life Center of Advent United Methodist Church. The second Tuesday of each month is the Patrol Leader’s Council (scout leadership) and Troop Committee (parent-leader) meetings.

In addition to the regular Troop meetings, the Troop participates in many activities including merit badges, service projects, rank advancements, fundraising opportunities, and monthly outings which include, but are certainly not limited to camping, caving, white water rafting, canoeing, hiking, snow skiing, an annual trip to a BSA summer camp, and more.

We welcome anyone who is considering joining Scouts to come and visit. Webelos are welcome to visit as a Den or individually. You do not have to let us know you are coming, just show up. If you are a Webelos Den Leader and are bringing your entire den, please let the Scoutmaster know via email so we can be prepared for your Scouts.

The troop web page is at  The Scoutmaster’s email is [email protected].

Safe Sanctuary

We provide Safe Sanctuary training and do background checks on all those who are in ministry with our children. Please contact Nick Fergerson, Director of Student Ministry, for further information.


What does Advent have for you and your students?

Advent is an inclusive community that has something for everyone, including your middle and high school students. Stay informed and get connected.

Join us online or in-person for worship this Sunday at 9:00 am or 10:30 am.Learn More

Vacation Bible School – July 18th – 22nd

VBS – Press Play

We are very excited to invite families to 2021 VBS at Advent Five Forks. The week’s focus is to not press pause, but PRESS PLAY.

When you register, you’ll be saying YES! to a time of games, crafts, Bible stories, and more.