Our youth are actively serving several communities of which they are a part of: their church community, their Houston community, and their Texas community, among others.
If there is a massive church event, our youth are there. Whether it is helping to run booths at our annual Fall Family Festival and Sights, Sounds, and Smells of Christmas, being teachers' aids during Vacation Bible School, or participating in Mitzvah Day or Youth Led Service, our youth are encouraged to be involved with the greater St. Paul's community through volunteering their time and gifts.
U.M.Y. Service Projects
At least once a month, we incorporate a service project into our U.M.Y. curriculum. Our youth are humbled to participate in many of these activities that have included but are not limited to: assembling Manna Bags for our homeless, making blankets for patients at Texas Children's Hospital, and hosting dinner for the youth of Covenant House. Come and see what our amazing teens are doing for the Houston community!
St. Paul's Youth Group Sleep Out for Homeless Youth
For the first time ever, St. Paul's Youth Group is hosting a youth sleep out that raises funds and awareness for teen homelessness. The idea is youth helping youth. Our teens will spend all of January 2014 raising money from their peers that will aid homeless youth, and then spend the night on our church lawn on Friday, January 31st to raise awareness that homelessness knows no age. All of the proceeds will go to Covenant House, Texas which is less than two miles for St. Paul's United Methodist Church.
Summer Mission TripsU.M.A.R.M.Y. (United Methodist Action Reach-out Mission by Youth)
Every summer, our high school youth take a week long trip to a Texas (or Louisiana) small town and help repair the homes of those in need. Small work groups are made out of all of the teens from several participating United Methodist Churches. The groups have five days to do as many repairs as possible; but, they soon learn that as much as they are repair the homes, they are also repairing the lives of our clients and growing their personal relationships with God. In short, it is a blast!
J.U.M.M.P. (Junior High United Methodist Mission Project)
The junior high equivalent to U.M.A.R.M.Y. is J.U.M.M.P. Every summer, our junior high travel to a small town in Texas, split into small groups within our own church's youth group, and have three days make as big of a difference as they can for our homeowners in need. It is a humbling and maturing experience for our junior high to work hard on the homes, hear the stories of hardship and gratitude from the homeowners, and create a stronger relationship with God. Each day, the youth are challenged to step up as leaders both within their work team and in leading worship.
Friday Summer Service
During summer vacation, St. Paul's Youth Group hosts many Friday Summer Service Projects where our youth spend the morning volunteering and the afternoon cooling down at a nice blockbuster movie. This summer, our awesome teenagers led arts and crafts projects with the children at The Wesley House, packed items for the Emergency Aid Coalition, and created an outdoor classroom for an H.I.S.D. school through Urban Harvest. Phew! That's a lot of work to go see Man of Steel!