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Youth Weekly Devotional

Our first cyberDevotional is up on our Lakeside Youth YouTube channel! These will be uploaded every Wednesday night. Throughout the last two months we’ve been discussing different spiritual practices during our UMYF meetings. These are ways that we can connect with the Living God in our everyday world, something that suddenly seems more essential than ever. While this is oriented toward youth, the practice knows no age-range. Adults, feel free to use this to encourage your own connection with the spirit.

This week’s devotional can be found here.



Lakeside Youth Update

Lakeside Youth Update

Hello Friends,

It is my hope and prayer that everyone has settled in, at least somewhat, to this new normal we are currently PART OF. I emphasize part of, because in the midst of the anxiety, grief and chaos – there is beauty in the fact that somehow the majority of the world can band together to fight for each other’s well being by undertaking uniform measures to preserve the health of those in our population that are most vulnerable. God is rejoicing in our resolve to love our neighbor. So, when you’re in the depths – remember that the one who created it all is smiling on YOU, yes, YOU.


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Youth Parent Meeting

Our summer trip sign up deadline coincides with our next parent meeting. Come and find out what our summer schedule is and register your student for a mission trip or beach retreat. Parents of future 6th graders are invited to attend!



Summer Trips

The deadline to register and pay for all summer trips is Sunday, April 5.

UM ARMY : June 28 – July 4, $275

Big House : July 9 – 12, $135

Beach Retreat : August 6 – 9, $200



Break-Thru 2020

Sign up for Break-Thru (April 24-26, $150 cost) by March 1stEmail Madison to sign up or for more information.



Lakeside Youth

United Methodist Youth Fellowship

 
United Methodist Youth Fellowship (UMYF) is where it all begins for our Youth disciples as they gather each week to have a ton of fun, learn about God and the importance of Christian community. Each meeting begins with a check-in and a biblically-based lesson and ends with a game or fun activity. Every week is unique and designed with a purpose by our Youth Director, Madison Wentworth. Students from nearly every surrounding Middle School and High School are regular attendees and you are welcome, too!
Meets Sunday Night 6:00 pm Middle School Aged (6-8th Grade), 7:00 pm Meal (Middle School and Senior High Together) and 7:30 pm Senior High (9-12th Grade).
 

Serve. Eat. Play

 
During the summer months and occasionally throughout the school year our students participate in purposefully designed activities that center around service projects. The name of the event speaks for itself, the students begin the day in service (past project locations include: Houston Food Bank, HAAM, Step Healthy Day, Arbor Terrace Retirement Community), then share a meal together and usually end with some time in fellowship doing something recreational like mini-golf or attending an improv comedy show.
 

Confirmation

 
United Methodists use the term “confirmation” to mark the first time a baptized Christian publicly “confirms” their intention to live the vows of the baptismal and membership covenant and so becomes a professing member of the local congregation and The United Methodist Church. At Lakeside we typically suggest that confirmation occurs when a student is in Middle School. Currently at Lakeside we host a series of classes, service projects and fellowship opportunities on alternating years. Upon completion of this term the students are then confirmed (and sometimes baptized, if this hasn’t occurred for them yet) as professing members of Lakeside UMC. Our next confirmation class will be held during the 2020-21 school year.
 

Big House

 
Each summer students who have completed 6-8th grade attend a 3 night retreat that focuses on mission work. Typical locations for this trip are within the surrounding cities of Houston (i.e., Baytown or Livingston). Students stay at a UM church locally and provide two days of work for that community. Projects include yard work, painting and minor construction. Each work day is followed up with evening activities like swimming, bowling or large group games and nightly worship.
 

Breakthru

 
This annual weekend retreat takes place each spring at Camp Pineywoods in Groveton, TX. Lakeside joins several other Methodist youth groups for a weekend of fellowship and worship. The camp ground is equipped with all kinds of recreational opportunities like a pool, gaga ball pit and basketball courts. Students will also attend two workshops of their choice that center around modern Christian living.
 

Beach Retreat

 
This annual weekend retreat occurs at the end of each summer before the new school year begins. It is a time for bonding and relationship building within our youth group and has served to cement strong friendships among the students that attend Lakeside. We schedule many fun activities like visiting the Pleasure Pier and playing mini-golf. We also serve each year at an urban farm called Seeding Galveston and attend Sunday morning worship at Galveston Central UMC.
 

UMARMY

 
The U.nited M.ethodist Action Reach-Out Mission by Youth (U.M. ARMY) is a week-long mission trip that occurs each summer for students who have completed 9-12th grade. Typical locations for this trip across the eastern portion of Texas (i.e., Athens, Madisonville, West Columbia). Students stay at a UM church locally and provide five days of work for that community. Projects include building porches, steps and wheelchair ramps. Each work day is followed up with evening activities like swimming, bowling or large group games and nightly worship.