The intentions of Youth Ministry at Southminster Presbyterian Church are to help all youth feel welcome as children of God and loved by their church family.
Together we study scripture, ask big questions, play games, spend time in prayer and just enjoy being with each other.
Middle and High school students meet every Sunday morning during the school year for Sunday School at 9:15 a.m. in the Family and Youth Ministries Room. Using the PCUSA Follow Me curriculum, youth and their leaders explore different practices and beliefs that Jesus teaches in the Gospels, discussing how those beliefs have been lived out in the past, and how we can continue to live them out today. Youth Sunday school meets in the Family and Youth Ministries Room.
Youth also meet on Sunday nights with the Birmingham Youth Group (BYG) for a time of fellowship, prayer, study, and sharing a meal together. Throughout the school year the group will also go bowling, attend a Birmingham Barons game, and other fun activities together. BYG consists of youth from five PC(USA) churches: Southminster, First, Edgewood, Oakmont Chapel and Cahaba Springs. BYG meetings rotate quarterly between Southminster and Edgewood. BYG offers our youth the chance to grow their faith with peers from all across Birmingham.
Wednesday nights are a time for our youth to enjoy fellowship and one another’s company! Youth join our church family for dinner at 5:30pm. After dinner youth either participate in that night’s program, or head to the Family and Youth Ministries Room for games and conversation. This time is also used to prepare for Jazz Vespers, and Bright Sunday, our youth-led worship services.
Summer youth ministry at Southminster is a fun time filled with service and trips to conferences! Our summer schedule includes activities such as:
Mission Thursdays: Twice a month we serve with a local mission partner, and then we go out to lunch, in search of the best food in Birmingham! Each summer has a theme (hamburgers, pizza, tacos, etc.)!
Vacation Bible School: Each summer youth volunteer to help lead our Vacation Bible School Program, and then, on the last day we all go out to lunch to celebrate a fun week!
Montreat Conferences: Each July our youth participate in two weeks of Montreat Youth Conferences with youth from around the country! Our 9th-12th graders attend the high school conference in Montreat, NC, and then a week later our 6th-8th graders attend the middle school conference in Maryville, TN. Montreat is a highlight of our summers each year!
Throughout the year youth also have the opportunity to participate in the following:
Mission and service projects
Presbytery retreats at Living River
Lake days and other fellowship times
For more information on our Youth Ministry, and how you can be involved, contact Robert Newman in the church office!