University UMC Youth is a community of 6th-12th 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.


Reverend Laura Isaac

Pastor of Youth Ministries and Congregational Care

Interested in planning or leading any of our events, programming, and mission trips for our youth? Apply to be part of our Youth Leadership Team (YLT) for the 2018-19 school year. Must be in 8th-12th grade and willing to serve for the whole year. Applications due May 25th. Reach out to Rev. Laura Isaac with any questions. Apply here.


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

Junior High Gathering: Are you in sixth or seventh 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 and Vickie Huggins.

Confirmation: Do you ever wonder why we spend time on Sunday mornings in worship dipping bread in grape juice? Or why the pastor splashes water on the forehead of someone getting baptized? Do you ever wonder why bad things happen to good people? Or why we say out loud in church that we believe in Jesus? Come discuss these questions and many more in our Confirmation Class this year. All eighth graders (and those older who have not been confirmed) are welcome to join weekly to explore our faith together on Sunday mornings in Basement 3 next to the Fellowship Hall, led by Jenny and Chadd McGlone. Check out the curriculum here!

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 Kitchen (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.


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 join ASP July 22-28, 2018: Sign Up Here.
Our Middle Schoolers go on a trip every summer. Join for the 2018 Summer Middle School Mission Trip as we spend a week with Carolina Cross Connections in uptown Charlotte. Sign Up Here.


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.
“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.