RIDGE YOUTH MINISTRIES Oak Ridge United Methodist, Oak Ridge, North Carolina

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Discipleship and Fellowship Opportunities

(Assume weekly meetings are always on, unless otherwise noted in Schedule section at bottom of page...)

Sunday Morning Discipleship Hour 10:05-11:05am

Middle and High School Students invited to Bible Study classes for their respective age groups. Studies feature a rotation of teachers and can include video curriculum and occasional "hands-on" projects. Middle School meets in room F-216, while High School meets in the Youth Lounge.

Confirmation Class and Program

Currently for any 6th-8th grader who is interested and ready to explore what a deeper commitment to Jesus and his Church might mean for them. Involves a semester-long commitment to classes held during Discipleship hour and bi-weekly meetings with a chosen mentor. Contact Harrison for more details!

Sunday Night "Ridge Youth" Meeting 6:00-8:00p

Our MAIN EVENT for fellowship, worship and study! We gather for food, games/activities and occasional service work before launching into some singing, devotional teaching and small, age-specific breakout groups. Every Sunday has a different twist! 6:00-8:00pm in the ORUMC Gym and Cafe!

Tuesday A.M. Prayer Breakfast (Currently NW High) 7:50-8:20am

We meet to pray up before school and take in some scripture to fuel us for the day ahead. NWHS students meet at McDonalds in Oak Ridge. Other schools' PB in the works!

Thursday OPEN RIDGE 4:00-6:30pm

A safe and free environment to come hang out after school and play basketball, gaga-ball, dodgeball, create art or bible doodle, study (tutors available upon request), play video games or board games with friends. Snack food is provided and we pause for a brief devotional and prayer time each week! 4:00-6:30pm in ORUMC Gym and Cafe.

Service Opportunities

Local Service Projects: At least Once/Month

Jan 4: Serve Dinner at Greensboro Urban Ministries 5:30-8:45pm

February 22: Serve Children at ORUMC's Parent's Night Out (Limit 12 youth helpers) 4:45-8:15pm

Mar 30: Serve at Good Samaritan Ministries (Food Pantry), meet at church 8:20am, back 11:30am . Check out this video for an interview about what we'll do!

Out of Town Mission Trips

High School Summer Mission Trip (Current 9th-12th Graders): Slidell, LA, July 7-13 .

Middle School Summer Mission Trip (Current 7th-8th Graders): Charleston SC, July 28-Aug2

Scroll through next section for more details or to register...!

Notable Upcoming Events/Trips

Sat April 13, 10:00am: EASTER-EGG HUNT OUTREACH

Help our Children's Department host an incredible event!!


If you are a Senior, we want to celebrate you well! We will have a slideshow and a recognition in the worship service, but after that we would like you to join us for a very special luncheon in your honor. More details soon!


A coastal retreat that's way more than just a beach trip - come join us as we rest in and explore God's creation, while talking with each other about the next phase of our life journey. Open to all ORUMC 12th graders - if interested, need to get your name on the list by April 30, preferably sooner! Contact Harrison for full details...


We have 35 confirmands this year, and attending any of our three services on June 2 should give you an opportunity to stand with these incredible young folks as they commit to Jesus publically at ORUMC!

June 24-28: Weekday School VBS

Need as many as possible to volunteer for this as it is always a difficult one to staff! Let us know your availability soon!

July 7-13: High School Mission Trip = Slidell, LA!


Get excited!! Come join us for an incredible time working on home repair projects, meeting locals who still deal with the long-term effects of the monster hurricane that hit 15 years ago. Sightseeing the city of New Orleans, enjoying several recreational activities and even a tour of Honey Island Swamp are in the plans! Throw in the community programming the mission offers with worship sessions, guided group building and staff-directed home repair projects, you will certainly never forget this trip! You are going to love the work opportunity, organization and new place we will be serving!

Open to all students currently in 9th-12th grade!

July 21-25: ORUMC Children's VBS!

Volunteering open to 8th grad and up!!! Let us know your availability soon!

July 28-Aug 2: Middle School Mission to Charleston, SC!

$235.00/person. Come join us for an incredible time serving alongside several other youth groups; working with non-profit organizations, children’s ministries, senior-living centers and neighborhoods hosting back yard bible school. Sightseeing downtown Charleston and enjoying a couple of the area’s gorgeous beaches, among other recreational activities, are definitely in the plans! Our host organization, Group Missions, will also be taking care of worship and programming for us.

Open to all ORUMC students who are CURRENTLY in 6th-8th grade!

SpiritUs 2019!! - AUGUST 9-11, Caswell Beach

Beach Camp! Ridge Youth's most attended trip each year, SpiritUS is an incredible way to encounter the Lord through conference. Many other youth from accross Central to Western NC will join us in this event that is both an exciting worship experience and incredible fun at the beach! Go ahead and get your name in now by signing up with Harrison through text! More details to come!

Much more summer stuff to come, including regular local outdoor adventures and some other opportunities for service... stay tuned!!


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As always, if any questions, please feel free to text or call Harrison at 423.507.7492!


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