About Youth Ministry
“We believe in developing a stronger relationship with God & in spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”
We have designed a Youth program at St. Michael’s to meet students’ needs, no matter where they are on their faith journey. All of our programs and events are open to youth and young adults of any Christian faith, and those with no particular church affiliation, wanting to learn more about Christianity. Our most popular youth program is “EYC.” We also host Sunday School, Bible studies, various retreats, mission opportunities, and big events! We grow in faith through teaching, prayer, fellowship, worship, and service.
For more information about any of these youth fellowship opportunities, please contact Mike Beam.
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EYC is for our teens, 6th—12th grades. On Sunday nights in the Youth room, middle school meets at 4:30pm – 6pm and high school meets at 5:30pm – 7pm. Everyone shares a dinner and plays games from 5:30pm – 6pm. It is a great environment for young people to grow in their relationship with the Lord and with one another. We make time for fun activities, fellowship, praise, prayer and small group discussions. This is a great time for our students to bring their friends. A typical EYC program starts with prayer, then dinner provided by our amazing parents, games, singing, maybe another game, sing some more, and then our message/lesson. EYC really is the basis of everything we do.
Sunday School is for both students and young adults (out of high school-24 yrs. olds). We meet in the Youth room @ 10:00am-10:45am, starting with free breakfast. We then have prayer, singing, and announcements before launching into our lesson. Typically we’ll dissect and discuss a particular Bible passage. We return to the 10:15am service in time for The Peace and Communion with our families.
Twice a year, our students and young adults lead our worship service. This includes a band playing contemporary music, readers, greeters and ushers, and giving the sermons!
Youth Bible Study
Bible studies are designed for those students who are more serious about their faith, and desire to bring their relationship with Christ to those around them. In our Bible studies, students have the opportunity to lead our discussions, asking questions as to how the Bible affects their lives and where can they find answers. Or we’ll either pick a book to decipher, or relevant topics to their lives.
High School Bible Study is for non-gender specific, and meets on Thursday mornings at 6:15am-7am at Einstein Bros. bagels across from Edgewater High School. Bring money for breakfast.
Middle School Girls Bible study meets in the Airth’s house on Thursdays at 4:15pm – 5:15pm.
Bible Study W a mixed gender/grade meets in Ocoee at 8pm – 8:45pm.
5th Tuesday Club
In a month that has five Tuesdays, on that 5th Tuesday, our young adults and students serve dinner at the Coalition for the Homeless. Typically running from 5:45pm – 8pm, we load food/supplies at St. Michael’s, carpool to the Coalition, set-up and serve dinner before returning to St. Michael’s to put everything away. Students can earn community service hours for their help.
Retreats and Other Events
Maundy Thursday Watch and Lock-in
On Maundy Thursday evening, students gather for a lock-in with games and a movie, before spending time in prayer in our Chapel. This is a great way to stay in the spirit of the Easter season.
Always held on the day before Mother’s Day, this is a chance for mothers and daughters of all ages to spend some special time together. Events have included: high tea, art projects, and making chocolate.
Summer Mission Trips
Depending on the year, we’ll either spend a week helping others either locally while staying at St. Michael’s, or in the Appalachian mountains, or 10 days in Jamaica. This is a great way to be the hands and feet of Christ who has given us so much. Mission trips also include daily devotions, worship, and a fun activity such as a Wet-n-Wild, white water rafting, or swimming and shopping day in a nearby town.
Tubing the Ichetucknee River
An annual trip during the summer, relaxing and having fun while immersed in the real Florida!
Rockin’ Back-2-Skool Lock-N
Held the weekend after Labor Day, this includes going to Universal Studios, Rock the Universe followed by a lock-in full of games, food, and ending with either worshiping at St. Michael’s or The Russell Home for Atypical Children.
Southwind Middle School Retreat
Held in mid-October in a YoungLife camp in the Ocala National Forest, middle school students come to grow in their relationship with Christ through amazing worship, speakers, and small group discussions. We’ll also play wiffle ball, go swimming with a 2-story water slide, go on high rope course elements, and a tacky Homecoming dance!
THE Great Pumpkin Chase
At the end of October, we’ll go on a city-wide scavenger hunt, while trying to find The Great Pumpkin, and ending with an awesome dinner.
Mike Beam Q&A
Favorite dinner – bone-in rib eye from Christner’s Steakhouse, grilled Pittsburgh-style, as rare as can be, garlic smashed potatoes, Guinness on draft, flaming cherries jubilee.
Current book reading – I Am Ozzy by Ozzy Osbourne
Favorite Bible verse – Mark 10:45
What’s on your iPod – Bach to Bauhaus
Favorite movie – The Passion of the Christ followed ever so slightly by The Warriors
Favorite vacation destination – St. Lucia (honeymooned there so natch!)
Who would you like to hang out with for a day, dead or alive – Jesus Christ of course, Bob Marley, Martin Luther King, Jr, Bono
If you could be any animal, what would you be – dolphin
What would surprise people about you – despite being free, Bohemian, and go-with-the-flow, I’m more Sheldon than I want to admit.
A pet peeve – Any trash thrown out of car windows, especially cigarettes! Aaargh!!!!
Job you wanted when you were 5 years old – garbage man
If there would be no restrictions, what would be your dream job – seriously I’m doing it now! B-u-u-t would LOVE to be in a Christian-version of KISS from the ‘70’s!