FUEL MINISTRIES

Our Mission Statement: FUEL Student Ministries exists to form middle and high school students as disciples of Jesus Christ by achieving the following: Focus on God, Unite with other Christians, Explore life as a disciple, and Launch into serving the church and world.


FUEL Student Ministries is the youth program of Garber UMC. We partner with parents and the whole church to minister to middle and high school students. In Matthew 28:16-20, Jesus gave his disciples, and all Christians, a mission to "make disciples of all nations." A disciple is a person who follows Jesus Christ. A true disciple seeks to think and act like Jesus in all areas of life, regardless of the cost. We seek to make disciples in our youth program.


Garber UMC believes that Jesus Christ is Lord of Heaven and Earth; and that the Bible is the authoritative and divinely inspired Word of God, which we see Jesus affirm in the Gospels. So in our youth program, we teach from the Bible and engage students with questions that challenge them to think deeply about their faith and how to live out their faith in the world.


To be clear, 'FUEL' is the name of our youth group time for middle school students on Wednesdays and high school students on Sundays. But 'FUEL Student Ministries' is the name of our entire youth program, which has a number of weekly programs including FUEL, Lab, AMX, 180, Joy Bells and Bovotions. You can read more about these programs in the following pages, but the purpose of all of them is to make disciples of Jesus Christ by achieving what 'FUEL' stands for:

  • Focus on God,
  • Unite with Christians,
  • Explore life as a disciple, and
  • Launch into serving the church and world.

God invites all people to faith and new life in his Son, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us. Our youth programs provide a space for students to learn and grow in their faith with one another. All students are welcome, and we hope to see you there!

For more information about FUEL Student Ministries at Garber, please contact our Youth Minister, Drew Demarest. He can be reached on his cell 262-498-6701 (area code is 262, not 252), the church 252-637-4022, or his email ddemarest@garberumc.com

WEEKLY SCHEDULE

Below is the weekly schedule for our programs during the school year. AMX (youth Sunday School) goes all year, including the summers. Students meet in the FUEL room for all of the programs except for Bovotions and Handbells.


Sunday

9:30-10:30am - AMX - grades 6-12

5:30-7:30pm - High School FUEL


Wednesday

3:10pm - Pick-up at Epiphany

3:30pm - Pick-up at HJ MacDonald and Grover

3:45-5:00pm - Middle School Lab

5:00-7:00pm - Middle School FUEL

5:00-7:00pm - High School 180

7:10-8:10pm - Youth Handbells (Sanctuary building)


Thursday

6:50-7:15am - Bovotions (meet at Bojangles near NBHS)

Overview


  • AMX (Sunday School)

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  • Middle School FUEL

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  • High School FUEL

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  • Bovotions

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  • High School 180

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  • Confirmation

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TRIPS & EVENTS

FALL

High School Camp Don Lee Retreat

Pilgrimage Conference


WINTER

Spaghetti Fundraiser 

Soup 'R Bowl Fundraiser

Church Lock-in


SPRING

Middle School Retreat OR Confirmation Retreat

Youth Handbells trip

Seniors retreats

High School Graduate Recognition Sunday Luncheon - For graduating high school students and their families.


SUMMER

Kingsfest

ASP (Appalachia Service Project)- Open to rising 9th grade students and up

Day in Durham (Defy Gravity, Mellow Mushroom, and Durham Bulls Game)

FORMS

Please download and print this form, fill it out, have it notarized, and leave it for Drew at the front office. This is a required form to participant in all trips and events requiring transportation.


If your student is 18 or older, please download and print this form.

CONFIRMATION

Confirmation is a rite of the United Methodist Church in which young people become full members of the church by going through the Confirmation class and making a public affirmation of their faith to the congregation. Our Senior Pastor, David Banks, teaches and leads Confirmation, and Drew assists. It consists of multiple lessons and group discussions throughout the school year and will always include at least one weekend retreat. 


This school year, Confirmation will be offered to any 6-12th graders who are interested in participating. Please stay tuned for more information this fall in the church bulletin on Sunday mornings.


Please contact Pastor David with any questions.