Education - Youth

“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity” - Paul in 1 Timothy 4:12


Ready to Own Your Faith?

Who are YOU with God, with your peers, with your faith community, with the world? What does it mean to be a Christian and why?



Contact Gina Dawson, Director of Christian Education

301-881-1881, ext. 2006

group of middle school youth
Crossroads: An Older Elementary/Middle School Question Study

5th-8th Grade

Sundays, 10:00am, in Room 205

Remember when you were little and you were so curious that used to ask “Why, why, why…?” Maybe you don’t, but your parents do! For some reason, we don’t do that as much, but why? Are we not curious anymore? Do we not still have questions about life, about growing up, about the world around us? This year, let’s have some fun asking questions! With goofy videos, a weird anti-workbook, and a group of strange friends and guides, let’s tackle some serious questions and see what we learn. In 2019, you can choose which questions from the anti-workbook you’d like to tackle with the group. Keep asking why!

Sep 9-Oct 7, Questions About the Bible - Who wrote the Bible? Is the Bible true? Why does the Bible contradict itself at times? Is the New Testament more important than the Old Testament? Why are there so many versions of the Bible?

Oct 14-Dec 16, Questions About the Creed - Can it be proven that God exists? Is God male? How can God be “three-in-one”? Does God still create stuff today? Am I really supposed to believe Mary was a virgin? Why did Jesus go to hell? Is the Holy Spirit a person or wind or fire or what? Why do we say we believe in “the holy catholic church” if we’re not Catholic? Do cremated people go to heaven?

group of high school youth
The Well: A High School Bible Study

9th-12th Grade

Sundays, 10:00am, in Room 206

This year we will continue our deep dive into the story of God that we find in the Bible. We’ll encounter Scripture filled with inspiration and encouragement, and we’ll also explore passages that are more complicated and challenging.

Each week we will focus on one passage, but will also launch into the larger context of how God’s story is being told through that passage. More importantly, each week we will explore how God’s story is intimately tied to our own stories, and how a God who is beyond our imagination can also be a God who loves us deeply and personally.

Sep, The Broken Kingdom - We will experience the story of Israel’s fall and eventual exile from 1 & 2 Kings and the prophets. Throughout these four lessons, we will learn about the consequences of failing to trust in God as well as the redemption offered by God in even the worst of circumstances.

Oct, Exile & Return - Our focus shifts to the prophetic proclamations offered to the people of Israel while they were in exile in foreign lands. Based on passages found in Hosea, Esther, Ezra and more we will explore what it means to be in exile, and how our lives are changed when we follow a God that reminds us that we are not alone and not forgotten and who promises to restore us.

young man looking onto the horizon

One of the most important rites of passage for young people in the United Methodist Church is Confirmation - the opportunity for young people to take the next step on their faith journey, and make a commitment to God and to being a part of the Body of Christ.

Confirmation is open to youth in at least 7th grade.

Our next Confirmation Class will be in the spring of 2019.

Contact Gina Dawson if you are interested., 301-881-1881, ext. 2006.


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