Children & Youth

  Children & Youth  



Sundays from 10:15-10:45 AM  
Sunday school is an amazing opportunity for children kindergarten through 6th grade to learn about the Bible and God's love for them. Our Sunday School teacher, Kelsey Fernandez is INCREDIBLE at teaching and supporting our kiddos as they grow in their faith. Every child has the opportunity to interact with Scripture through hands-on activities and crafts. Children's Sunday School meets after Children’s Time in the 10 am worship service (about 10:15am) downstairs in the Noah’s Ark Room (in the education wing). For more information, email our Associate Pastor, Angie Dornisch. Thank you! 

Sundays from 10:45-11:15 AM
We have an amazing Children's Music Director, Susanna Jacobson! She comes to us with lots of knowledge and experience in directing both children and adults, and is also a section leader in our adult choir! Children's Choir meets every Sunday from 10:45-11:15am. Susanna will get the children from their Sunday School classroom, and bring them to the Children's Choir classroom (down the hall in the Garden of Eden Room in the education wing). For more information please contact, Susanna Jacobson.

The nursery is available Sunday mornings (for 8-week old infants to toddler age) from 9:00-11:00 AM, or anytime upon request. You will love the open and airy “Winnie-the-Pooh” nursery room. If you would like to request the nursery for a special event (outside of Sunday worship), please email Pastor Angie.

All of our staff and volunteers working with children and youth have received background checks and we practice safe sanctuary procedures. Your child is sure to leave here smiling!





Our Youth Group is THE DREAM! Together, we laugh, serve and experience God in many different ways. We meet every Sunday during the school year and have LOTS of fun events and activities coming up this fall semester. If your student is in middle school or high school, then youth group is for them! Please check the schedule below for all the service projects, bible studies and activities we have coming up...



Friday, April 19th — Easter Egg Packing/Prep Work… 2:00-4:00pm 

Sunday, April 21st — Easter Egg Hunt Set Up/Tear Down … 8:00-10:00am 

Sunday, April 28th — Puerto Rico Cultural Immersion Session …11:30am-1:00pm

Sunday, May 5th — Youth Volunteering with After Hours Ministry ...11:00am-1:00pm

Sunday, May 12th — Mother’s Day/No Youth Group

Sunday, May 19th — Julia and Bailee’s Graduation Party…11:30am-2:00pm

Sunday, May 26th — Photo Scavenger Hunt/Last Youth Group of the Semester… 11:30am-1:00pm 

Saturday, June 1st to Friday, June 7th — Mission Trip to Puerto Rico!

Sunday, June 16th to Thursday, June 20th —VBS (Youth Need to Volunteer)

Sunday, June 23rd — Pastor Angie’s Last Sunday at Applewood Valley UMC

Core Values for Youth Ministry:

Intentional Individual Discipleship
We believe in the importance of mentors and leaders entering into each student's story and journeying with them on their personal walk with Christ. This means meeting with them outside of the usual Sunday mornings and youth group evenings, going into their homes, attending their extra curricular events, and sharing meals with them. 

Authenticity All Around 
We believe if students are going to be able to be their true, authentic selves in our community, we as leaders and mentors need to practice authenticity with them and with each other. Everyone is expected to work at unmasking their false selves and trusting that this is a safe place to practice vulnerability. 

Holistic Gospel Transformation
We believe that the Gospel of Jesus Christ can and will transform every aspect  of our students lives: spiritually, relationally, emotionally, and physically. As each student grows deeper in their relationship with Christ, this sanctification will affect them on a holistic basis and will transform every area of their life (including school, extracurricular, family and friends). 

Celebrating Diversity 
We believe in not only unconditionally loving, but celebrating each student as a unique image bearer of Christ. This is especially imperative to do during their tender and difficult years as a student. We want to embrace, explore and exalt each student and their individual giftings, wirings and uniqueness.

Integration of Grace and Truth 
We follow the example of Christ by holding grace and truth in a delicate balance. We believe that ministry is meeting people where they are (grace) and journeying with them to where God wants them to be (truth). 

If you have any questions about youth ministry at AVUMC, email our Associate Pastor, Angie Dornisch

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