ADVENT STUDENTS

Sharing The Journey

Advent United Methodist Church’s mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Student Ministry at Advent 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 — Elevate worship, music ministry, LifeGroups, missions, and retreats. Advent also offers Boy Scouts.

ELEVATE

Ministry for 7th-12th grade students

Sunday Nights from 5:45 - 7:45 pm in The Zone
Room E110 of the Education Building

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 Elevate Student Ministry provides students a place to connect in community, engage in worship, grow in faith and have fun!

Detailed Schedule

  • 5:45 Snack supper
  • 6:10 Elevate worship
  • 7:00 Age-level breakout LifeGroups/community building
  • 7:40 Prayer/benediction

STUDENT LIFEGROUPS

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

  • College Care Packages
  • SOUPer Bowl Offering – February
  • March Mission Madness – March
  • Salkehatchie Summer Service – June & July
  • Middle School Mission – Summer
  • Vacation Bible School – Summer
  • Class of 2019 Guatemala Mission Trip –Summer

Registration & Forms

Registration for student missions is not required for all events and in some cases can be completed at the event. But if you know you want to attend we recommend getting registered.

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).

Retreats

Retreats offer students an opportunity to grow deeper in faith and community. During the 2019-2020 school year, the following retreats are planned:

High School Retreat

Who: High School Students
When: November 15 – 17th

Class of 2020 Retreat

Who: Class of 2020
When: October 27-28th

Revolution: Winter Retreat

Who: 7th and 8th Grade Students
When: January 24-26th

Want More Info on Advent Student Ministry?

To learn more, contact the Student Ministry department.

Confirmation

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.

Beginning in September and ending in late April, Confirmation is targeted for sixth graders.  However, any students who are older than sixth grade are welcome to participate. We also offer a shorter, 10-week program for students who are older than sixth grade and have not gone through confirmation. This group begins meeting in January, and is offered every two years. The next time this class will be offered is 2021.

Crescendo Music Ministry

Students express their love of Jesus through music.

When: Sundays when Elevate meets from 7:45 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: Education Building in The Zone

CROSS Worship Band

Another opportunity, specifically for high school students, is CROSS Worship Band. CROSS Worship band leads worship at Elevate, our Sunday night, student-led service.

For more information on either of these opportunities, contact Chad Turner, Director of Contemporary Music Ministry at [email protected].

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 www.bsatroop776.com.  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 Ellen Edwards, Assistant Director of Student Ministry, for further information.

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