Rev. Charlie Baber

University UMC Youth, fondly named U-Crew, is a community of sixth through twelfth graders who love Jesus and are fueled and challenged by this love to Love God, Serve Others, and Build Christian Community. ALL are welcome here.

What is happening in Youth group? What events are coming up? Click on the 2019 Calendar for more information or to print.


Sundays 9:50-10:50 a.m. from September through June

Middle School Gathering: Are you in sixth, seventh, or eighth grade and looking for your own space at University UMC? Gather in our Youth Lounge to chat about what’s going on in your lives, and how God is working in you and your community. There’s always a sweet snack to enjoy too! Sunday mornings from 9:50-10:50 a.m., led by Carol Walker, Vicki Huggins, and David Templeton.

Breakfast at Sonrise: Currently in High School? Take a break from class and homework to have breakfast together Sunday mornings between worshipservices, and chat about life. Conversations will be led by Meredith Dangel and Kevin Huggins. We will gather and eat in the Hyde Hall Cafe (across the driveway next to the Fellowship Hall) each Sunday from 9:50-10:50 a.m.


Nearly every Sunday evening in the school year, we gather to share a meal, play some games, and either learn about God through scripture, serve God through mission, or see God in one another by meeting in small groups. Come for a free dinner and fellowship starting at 5:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday evenings. Sign-up here to provide U-Crew meals!


One of the ways we love God is by serving others. Our University UMC Youth serve throughout the year in various ways and on mission trips in the summer.

University UMC Youth Group does a variety of missions throughout the school year.

Appalachia Service Project (ASP): Every summer, our high schoolers and adult leaders go to rural Appalachia to aid local homeowners in repairs. Attendees witness God’s handiwork in their lives and in the lives of those they are privileged to work alongside.

Sign up here for ASP: July 7-13, 2019

ASP 2019 Permission and Medical Form 


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Our Middle Schoolers (sixth through eighth graders) go on a trip every summer. During the 2018 Summer Middle School Mission Trip, participants spent a week with Carolina Cross Connections in uptown Charlotte.

Sign up here for SLAM: August 5-9, 2019


Many of our Youth sing in the Youth Choir, led by Tim Baker, Director of the Ministry of Music. We also have a strings group that plays in worship and occasionally accompanies the choir. Interested in getting involved? Email Tim Baker for choir or Graham Dyck for strings. Sign up here to be a Youth Choir parent volunteer one night.

“Praise God with the blast of the ram’s horn!

Praise God with lute and lyre!

Praise God with drum and dance!

Praise God with strings and pipe!

Praise God with loud cymbals!

Praise God with clashing cymbals!”

Psalm 150:3-5, Common English Bible


Our Youth worship either at 9:00 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. and participate in leading worship by singing in the choir, serving communion, reading scripture, bringing in the cross, or on some Sundays, share testimonies.


Are you interested and called to work with our youth? We would love to explore that calling with you and have you serve. Whether it is one time or every week, ways to serve include: Sunday School teacher, Confirmation Mentor, U-Crew Counselor, or at a specific retreat or event.

Below you will find a copy of our Safe Sanctuary Policy you will need to read, as well as forms you will need to fill out. Please email Rev. Charlie Baber, Youth Minister to let him know you are interested!

Authorized Driver Form

Background Check Form

Medical Release Form

Participation Covenant

Safe Sanctuary Policy

Youth Covenant