We are committed to the spiritual development of all students and encourage youth to have a thriving relationship with Jesus Christ.
Committed leaders, who love God, are part of our team to make sure that students feel loved and cared for. Being a parent can be lonely, exciting and scary. We want you to know that you are not alone. We would like to invite your youth (grades 7th-12th) to join us at any of our weekly or special events to be a part of what God is doing at Faith’s Youth Ministries. Questions? Contact our Director of Youth Ministries, Jeff Ackenback, at .
In-Person Youth Group
We have restarted in-person weekly Youth Group, meeting on Sundays from 5:15 - 7:00 pm. For safety purposes, masks will continue to be required, and we will continue to meet in the CLC, as it provides a better atmosphere for social distancing. Jeff will share his message at 5:30 pm which will also be live streamed to include anyone at home. During the second hour we will do small groups and activities (games, etc).
Youth Parent Meeting
Following both the 9:30 and 11:00 services on Sunday, August 8, Jeff Ackenback, our Director of Youth Ministries, will host a parent meeting in the CLC. The meeting is for all parents of current teens, as well as teens coming into the youth group and/or confirmation. Jeff will discuss the upcoming year for Confirmation, the youth group, Gravity, and more.
Special Youth Class
Youth "The Cheat Code" - Girls' Class - Middle school and high school can be scary and overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be! Join Jenna Waugh as she leads "The Cheat Code: How to Navigate Middle School and High School as a Daughter of Christ." This is a four-week study that will take place at 4:25 pm in room 204 on Sunday afternoons starting August 8. All girls entering 7th, 8th, and 9th grade are welcome as we discuss friendships, stress, self-worth, and how to maintain and grow your relationship with Christ through it all!
Upcoming Youth Events
Youth Kings Island Day - July 29
On Thursday, July 29, all Youth are invited to meet at Kings Island for a day of fun and fellowship. The park opens at 11:00 am, so Youth Director Jeff will wait at the drop-off area of the parking lot (before the entrance) from 10:30-10:50 for any teens being dropped off. Then we will walk to the main entrance to connect with the rest of the group. Questions? Contact Jeff at
Youth - A Midsummer Night's Lock-In - July 29/30
Following our day at Kings Island for those able and willing, we will have a lock-in at the church from 11:00 pm on Thursday, July 29 - 6:00 am on Friday, July 30. This will be our way to say "see you later" to summer, as well as to the graduates. Food will be provided, and there is no cost. We will play some games, watch some movies, and have some fun and fellowship. Contact Jeff at with questions.
Youth Back-to-School Bash - August 14
On Saturday, August 14, we will begin the 2021/22 school year off right with our annual Back-to-School Bash from 2-5 pm. There will be games (including a nerf war), food, music, and fun. It's a wonderful time for the incoming 7th graders to check things out, as well as for everyone to bring a friend and get the year started with a blast. Or a bash. There is no cost. Contact with any questions.
We are working on a July trip to Cedar Point for our incoming and outgoing seniors. Stay tuned for more information soon. Questions? Please contact .
Stay in Touch
If you'd like to sign up for emails or text messages from Jeff, please click the "Stay In Touch" link below. Thanks, and we are looking forward to seeing you in person soon!
Ongoing Ways to Connect Virtually
Students are invited to join us weekly online to grow in your faith.
- Sundays @ 5:30 pm - Every Sunday night Jeff will share his message at 5:30 pm. Watch it live on our LiveStream page or facebook live. These messages are also available in the Youth hub on our app under the "Watch (Video Archives)" section.
- Ongoing - Jeff posts his messages on the "All Things New" podcasts. You can listen to them on the Youth section of our app (or download the podcast directly to your phone).
- Ongoing - Jeff is also doing "Stevie's Sidequests" bonus messages. These are also included in the "All Things New" podcasts.
Recent Messages from Jeff
Faith’s Confirmation program is a way for students in 9th grade or above to learn more about their faith and the Methodist church. Classes run from August – February at 3:30 pm each Sunday, with dinner at 5:00 pm with our Youth Group. Students are encouraged to stay after dinner to enjoy Youth Group with everyone.
In February, we host our annual Confirmation Dinner where students share their personal statements of faith. The following morning is Confirmation Sunday where the students are confirmed during worship.
Jeff Ackenback, our Director of Youth Ministries, will host a youth parent meeting following both the 9:30 and 11:00 services on Sunday, August 8 in the CLC for more information regarding dates for our 2021-22 Confirmation Class. Questions? Contact Jeff at
NOTE: Due to Covid, Elevate is currently on hold. Elevate is held every Tuesday night from 6:30 - 8:30 as part of our Stepping Forward program, and is open to grades 6th–12th.
NOTE: Due to Covid, Worship Arts is currently on hold. Our Worship Arts Student Ministry programs encourage students to share their musical gifts at Faith Community. All students are welcome! Opportunities include:
- Christmas Cantata (singing and instrumentalists)
- Instrumentalists (solos and combos)
- Praise Teams in contemporary worship (singing and instrumentalists)
- Gravity - A student-led praise band for those who enjoy sharing their musical gifts to lead worship. We practice right after youth group on Sundays from 7-8:30 pm. If interested in joining, please email Mary Schambow at .