Our prayer, as we extend an invitation to each of you, is that you would come with a seeking heart, eager to know Jesus Christ and a desire to be part of our amazing community.  We know our world is so full of opportunities and choices that it is so easy to be involved in many different things.  We hope what you will find here at Centenary Youth Ministry is a place to belong, be you, and be loved.

Our Youth Ministry is intentional about loving you where you are and encouraging you to grow deeper in your relationship with God by giving you space and tools to encounter the living, loving Jesus so that your life may be transformed.

Please scroll through our website, pick an activity or two... or three and invite a friend to come with you.  You can also follow us on our Instagram page @centenary_youth. We can't wait to meet you and to have be a part of our awesome Centenary community.

We are looking forward to meeting you and knowing you.  Please contact Tammy Pollock, Director of Youth Ministry, to find out more information about our Youth Ministry.

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Our Mission

“To love youth on behalf of Jesus in hopes of loving them to Jesus.”

Our Beliefs

The Centenary United Methodist Church’s Youth Ministry’s mission is founded on the biblical vision of the human person who is created in the image and likeness of God and whose deepest longing is for communion with God and others in love. In response to Christ’s invitation to abide in him (John 15:4), we believe that the central purpose of youth ministry is to invite the minds and hearts of young people to an intimate relationship with God in Christ through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. We seek to fulfill our mission through Sunday School, worship, music, youth programs, Confirmation, retreats, missions & outreach, and relationships that live out a contemplative approach to youth discipleship. A contemplative approach to youth ministry is based on our commitment to cultivate attentiveness to God’s presence of young people and in is supported in the following seven ways:

Sabbath

Just as Jesus led a life of simplicity with times for rest, solitude, and silence (Matt. 14:22-23), we also are committed to helping our youth find rest and balance in a hyperactive, overcommitted, dangerously busy culture. A life that honors Sabbath rest helps us to be more in touch with our heart and soul, more aware of the Spirit of God and more available for relationships to love. Youth blossom in the midst of adults who know how to savor the life through a Sabbath rhythm of rest, work, relationships, and play. Companions of our youth ministry seek to maintain the simplicity and sacred balance in their own lives and ministry.

Prayer

Just as Jesus’ life and ministry were grounded in a desire to be at complete union with God (Mk 6:46; Jn 17:1), we also seek to ground all life and ministry in a prayerful relationship with God in Christ. We practice and teach many forms of prayer but are particularly committed to regular periods of contemplative prayer in order to be healed, inspired, and guided by the Holy Spirit. Contemplative prayer invites us to attend to God’s mystical presence dwelling silently within the depths of our hearts opening our whole being to ongoing conversation and freeing us for an ever-deepening awareness of that presence in all persons, things, and events in our lives. Companions of our youth ministry seek to practice contemplative prayer with scripture each day as well as at regular times in the church life.

Covenant Community

Just as Jesus called and ministered with others in a community of spiritual companions (Matt. 10:1-4), we also encourage, support and practice in a small Youth Leadership Team, in which we all have common call to spiritual growth through Christian living and ministry to our youth. This group offers witness to a way of life that is creatively resistant to the seductions of the market culture and the dullness that can inhabit Christian institutions. Companions of our youth ministry commit to meeting each quarterly with our Youth Ministry Team for sharing, prayer, scripture study and discernment in service of our ministry to our young people.

Accompaniment

Just as Jesus sought to form disciples through a relationship of love and invitation to follow him (Mt. 4:18), we also seek to initiate young persons into the Christian faith through relationships with elders (Confirmation Shepherds, Sunday school teachers, mission trip leaders, Hoops4Him coaches, & Adult Youth Leaders) who join them in living the way of authentic discipleship. Young people are searching for spiritual guides who are alive in Christ to help reveal to them their deepest identity and beauty as beloved daughters and sons of God and to assist them in discerning their unique gifts to be lived out in service to God. Companions of our youth ministry seek to be compassionate elders in the faith who seek our regular accompaniment for themselves and who actively model the disciplines, virtues and fruits of the spiritual life.

Discernment

Just as Jesus prayed to know and follow God’s desire (Lk. 22:39), we also seek to discern and respond faithfully to the call of the Holy Spirit on our lives and in ministry with our young people. We practice and teach the disciplines of individual and group discernment so as to be fully available and responsive to the movement of God’s grace in our covenant communities, allowing anxiety-driven youth ministry to become Spirit-led youth ministry. Companions of our youth ministry seek to learn and practice the spiritual disciplines of discernment as the basis for opening, listening and responding to God’s call in our youth ministry.

Hospitality

Just as Jesus exhorted his disciples to “let the children come” (Mk. 9:35; 10:13), we also seek the full inclusion of young people and the many gifts they bring into every dimension of the church life: worship, teaching, proclamations, fellowship and service. Young people often suffer marginalization in the church and suffer the pain of not feeling accepted and appreciated for who they are. As elders in a covenant community, adult companions of our youth ministry seek not only to accompany young people individually on the way of Jesus, but also advocate for them in finding theirs place as fellow ministers of the Gospel in the larger community of the church and its mission in the world.

Authentic Action

Just as Jesus came out of prayer and solitude to heal the sick, welcome the outcast, and celebrate with friends (Lk. 4:18-19; Jn. 12:1), so we also seek to cooperate with the Holy Spirit in a way of life rooted in the Beatitudes that witnesses to Christ’s love, passion, and joy. Communal practices of Sabbath, prayer, discernment, and accompaniment find their fulfillment in actions with youth that make visible the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Young people desire opportunities to participate in Christ’s healing and liberating activity within the world (ex. mission trips, Love thy Neighbor, etc.). Companions of our youth ministry seek to support youth and adults in becoming instruments of God’s grace who courageously resist the principalities and powers that oppress life and creatively reveal the reality of God’s love.

Our Invitation…

Our Youth Ministry at Centenary United Methodist Church is intentional about offering youth and adult youth leaders space and tools, through these seven movements, to encounter the living, loving Jesus so that we may all be transformed into the likeness of Jesus Christ. We invite all young persons into this youth ministry community as we strive to life out the way of Jesus and love in our world.


Regular Events

Sundays:

  • 9:00 am: Worship (Memorial Auditorium) 

  • 10:00 am: Sunday school on the 4th Floor  

  • 11:00 am: In-person & Live Stream Worship (via our YouTube channel)  

  • 5:00 pm: Middle School Youth Group (@ Middle School room 4th Floor) 

  • 6:15 pm: ALL youth dinner (@ Youth Commons) 

  • 6:45 pm: Senior High Youth Group (@ Senior High room 4th Floor) 

Mondays:

  • 7:15 pm: Boy Scout Troop #920 (@ CUMC's Annex on 5th St)

Tuesdays:

November 2023 - February 2024

  • 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Twin City Conference Boys Basketball (@ Fulton YMCA)

Wednesdays:

September 13 - November 15, 2023

  • 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Nourish Youth Bible Study

  • 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Dinner @ Memorial Auditorium; 6:00 pm-7:00 pm Bible Study @ senior high youth room) 

January 3 - May 19, 2023

  • 6:00 pm-7:30 pm Confirmation (@ Youth Commons)

Thursdays:​

  • 7:30 pm: Youth Band practice (@ Memorial Auditorium/Central Building)  

Monday - Thursday:

  • 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm: Lunchtime!  Stop by between Career Center and getting to school for a bite to eat. Bring your lunch!

Middle School

“Come to Christ, who is the living cornerstone of God’s temple… And now God is building in you, as living stones, into His spiritual temple.” - 1 Peter 2:4-6

Middle Schoolers, youth group is a time of fellowship, fun, focus on scripture, encounters with God, prayer, and small groups. Middle school is one wild & crazy time in your life and our hope is that at Centenary you will find a place where you can just be exactly who you are and know you are seen and loved! All youth 6th-8th grades are invited to join us for this incredible assemblage of awesome students! It won’t be the same without you!

High School

"Those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.” -John 4:14

High Schoolers, we know how very busy you are and want to honor all that you have going on in your lives…  just as Jesus came to the well to rest, get water, and be refreshed, we too need to rest and receive the living water that only He can offer. We invite you to come to youth group for food, fun, fellowship, intentional spiritual community, prayer, and nourishment for your souls so that you can go out into the rest of your week refreshed, renewed, seen, heard, and loved! All youth 9th-12th grades are invited to come and be a part of this incredible community!

Confirmation (For Our 7th Graders)

Confirmation, by definition, is faith formation.  Forming one’s faith is an ongoing journey throughout life…however, our hope is that through this Confirmation process, you will be given the opportunity, tools, support, and inspiration you will need to build your faith on a firm foundation (Matthew 7:24-25).  The book we use to help us through the process is called “Way to Live”, edited by Dorothy Bass.  This amazing book was written by youth (& adults) for youth to help them consider how their faith changes the way they live their lives.  We, as Christians, are called to live a life that is different than that of the world, built on the foundation of what we know about God, and whom He created us to be.  What better way to prepare our young people to live out their faith in this world than to help them realize that our faith is tangible?! 

Our Confirmation classes will begin on January 3, 2024. Each class will begin with dinner (provided by Confirmation parents) in the Youth Commons in the Central Building of the church at 6:00 pm followed by class at 6:30 pm in the Middle School Room.  Confirmation class will be over by 7:30 pm (unless otherwise noted).  We will spend each week going through a chapter in our book, engaging in discussion, prayer, journaling, and considering how our faith is lived out in our everyday lives.  Every Confirmand is asked to pick (and personally ask) a Shepherd (see details in the brochure) who will journey through the process with them, meet outside of class once a week to further our discussions, grow in relationship with each other, and pray together.  There are two retreats and a couple of field trips as well!  The hope is that through these experiences, you will come to encounter the living, loving Jesus Christ and will be transformed by that relationship. 

Please contact Tammy Pollock with any questions you may have.  We are super excited for our next class of Confirmands!

Love Thy Neighbor

Love Thy Neighbor, led by Centenary's youth, is a ministry of outreach to those who find themselves homeless and marginally housed in downtown Winston-Salem.  We invite our downtown neighbors to join us for a hot lunch, BINGO, and fellowship once a month during the school year.  We also offer a free medical clinic and pharmacy that provides care and help for our neighbors experiencing illness, pain, and who long to be seen, heard, known, and loved. Our hope is as they find Christ-like hospitality, love, and grace here at Centenary, our neighbors will also find a worshipping community to be a part of.

We share this ministry as an expression of Christ’s unconditional love for all of us.  Our hope is for this ministry to transform our community through the love of Jesus and draw others into the presence of the living God and into serving Christ.

Love Thy Neighbor Through the Years

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Each week we send out an email of all our upcoming events and activities! Contact Tammy Pollock to get added to the list.

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Summer Mission Trips 2024

As followers of Christ, we believe we are invited to go out into our community, and the world at large, to be the hands and feet of Jesus though mission work and serving others! Each summer our Youth Ministry goes out into the world, serving the Lord, in two different places. Our ‘ALL Youth’ in Mission Trip (6th - 12th graders) head to Mountain TOP (Tennessee Outreach Project) in June and our Senior High Mission (9th-12th graders) Trip partners with YouthWorks to work in a different city or country every July.  These trips are life-changing, giving you the opportunity to encounter Jesus and truly live out the Gospel message to “love God and love Neighbor.” 

What is Mission? 

Webster defines mission as “a body of persons sent to perform a service or carry on an activity.”  In the Gospel of Matthew 25:31-46, Jesus tells us that what we do for one another, we do for Him. So, mission is sending people out to serve others on Jesus’ behalf-clothing those who need to be clothed, feeding those who are hungry, helping those who are sick, visiting those who are in prison. That is mission! It is an outward response to and inward desire to go and do as Jesus calls us to. 

We hope you will pick one OR both of our trips and plan to join us!

Senior High Mission Trip
NIAGARA FALLS, NY
July 20-27, 2024

If you are a Senior High youth (rising 9th-12th grader) this trip is for YOU! We invite you to join us for a nine-day trip, July 20-27, 2024, with YouthWorks to Niagara Falls, NY. Each year we partner with this incredible organization. YouthWorks essential core values are being youth-minded and relationship-oriented, focusing on servant leadership, and believing in the life-change that Christ offers us all. All of the very things we value in our youth ministry at Centenary.

As our group partners with those seeking to bring hope, you’ll have the opportunity to see the changes and challenges the community of Niagara Falls is facing. Our group will come alongside existing organizations to meet ongoing needs through food and clothing distribution, home repair projects, community beautification projects, and youth programming at a local community center. After the service day, we will learn more about the community by participating in Evening Activities where you’ll experience some of the hardships of those living in poverty, visit the beauty of the Falls and share a time of fellowship with partners and community members. YouthWorks has been serving Niagara Falls since 2003.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION 

The cost of our trip is $1850 per person.  

The cost includes your YouthWorks registration fee, transportation (flights, van rental, gas, etc), trip

t-shirt, and evening activities. It also includes your cost for the extra fun activities we have planned in Niagara Falls...including a Major League baseball game! It DOES NOT include your food on the way to and from New York or extra spending money you may want to have. 

The payment schedule: 

  • November 1: REGISTRATION OPENS! Requires your completed registration and $250 non-refundable deposit (through Realm) 

  • January 3: $500 due

  • March 6: $500 due 

  • June 5: $600 due 

(As always scholarships are available. Please contact Tammy Pollock

Register

Mountain T.O.P. Mission Trip
ALL YOUTH in Mission trip to Mountain TOP (Tennessee Outreach Project) 
June 16-22, 2024 

Some of my fondest memories growing up in youth group were getting to participate in summer mission trips. There is something amazing and mystical that happens when a group of people come together for the common purpose of working hard, laughing out loud, making new friendships, and growing their relationship with Jesus Christ. 

If you are a Middle Schooler, this week is for YOU! If you are a graduating High School senior, this week is for YOU! Whether you are just beginning mission work for the first time or if you have served a hundred times, this invitation is for YOU! Our prayer is that we can not only help make someone’s life a little easier through our mission work but that each of us can be drawn into a deeper relationship with Jesus and one another. 

Why Mountain TOP (Tennessee Outreach Project)? Mountain TOP is an interdenominational, non-profit Christian Mission affiliated with the Tennessee Conference of the United Methodist Church.  Their foundational objective is to meet the physical, spiritual, social, and emotional needs of the people of the Cumberland Mountain region. They see all four needs as equally important. Through home repair and day camps, Mountain TOP seeks to meet all those needs. They serve in partnership with other agencies, churches, local government, businesses, and community leaders to help develop the communities in which they work. 

Mountain TOP is an all-encompassing mission experience. From the moment we arrive on Sunday (June 16) until we leave on the following Saturday (June 22) we will be immersed in the Mountain TOP community. Not only will we be working on houses and sharing the love of God with our homeowners, but we will also be growing as a community of brothers and sisters in Christ.  The whole experience is designed to help us grow in our faith and our love for others. 

On Saturday (June 22) when we leave Mountain TOP, we will travel to Asheville to spend the night and take in an Asheville Tourists baseball game. Sunday morning, we will head to Marshall, NC for a day of white-water rafting at French Broad Adventures before heading home that evening.

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION 

The cost of our trip is $800 per person.  

The cost of our trip includes your Mountain TOP registration fee, construction materials, food at camp, trip t-shirt, van rentals, gas, white-water rafting trip, and our activities and our hotel stay in Asheville on Saturday night. It DOES NOT include your food on the way to and from Tennessee or any spending money you may wish to have. 

The payment schedule: 

  • November 1: REGISTRATION OPENS! Requires your completed registration and $250 non-refundable deposit (through Realm) 

  • April 3: $300 due 

  • June 5: $250 due 

(As always scholarships are available. Please contact Tammy Pollock

Register


Boy Scouts

Interested in joining the Boy Scouts of America? Centenary is home to Troop 920 and we are always open to new Scouts. If you are interested in our Scouting program, please contact Scoutmaster, Michael Myers at the link below.

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