Bridgewater United Methodist Church believes a key part of its mission is discipling young people. We journey together with the youth of this community as they each work toward an active faith in Jesus Christ.
For young children up through fifth grade, we have space at the front of the sanctuary with coloring books, toys, and more because we believe worship without the voices of children is incomplete. From September through Memorial day, there are Sunday School classes at 9:15am every week. There are also opportunities for young children in the church’s music ministries to include singing in different children’s choirs, ringing in bell choirs, and more.
Youth in sixth grade through high school are invited into one of our youth fellowships. For sixth through eighth grade, youth are a part of the Junior Youth Fellowship (JYF). The JYF meets weekly on alternating Wednesday nights during the school year for youth group as well as monthly service opportunities in Bridgewater and beyond. We hold fun activities like laser tag and more, and a week long mission project in July.
This past summer, the JYF returned from their annual Mission Trip. The youth, along with their advisors and director, visited the Philly Project. Together, they worked on repairing a home! What a wonderful way to work in mission together and share Christ’s love with those around them!
High school students get to be a part of the Methodist Youth Fellowship (MYF). The MYF also meet on alternating Wednesday nights during the school year for youth group, while having even more opportunities for service and fun throughout the year. The MYF are a part of several overnight retreats both in and out of New Jersey throughout the year as well as a week long service project every June. This past year, our MYF participated in a mission trip to West Virginia.
We support our college students and young adults through ministries of prayer, sending reminders (edible and otherwise) that they aren’t forgotten through the Guardian Angels program, and also opportunities to reconnect with their home church back in Bridgewater wherever they may live.
It all adds up to a community that believes young people matter in the body of Christ and works to build Christians who live into the love and grace of God in a way that stretches us all beyond our comfort zones for the glory of God.