Youth Staff

Jennifer Burke

Youth Director

Cameron Wetzel

Associate Youth Pastor

Big Stuf 2020

June 26th-30th (Friday-Tuesday)
Cost: $475
Deadline to sign up: May 6!

Big Stuf is a week long worship experience at Panama City Beach, FL! Students will experience high energy and heartfelt worship, student relevant messages, small groups, and free time at the beach! Big Stuf rents out the Boardwalk Beach Resort for students only for the week. Students will request room mates at the May 31st Parent Meeting at 5PM. For more information, contact Jen Burke at [email protected]

To pay via credit card, Click HERE!

To pay via echeck, Click HERE!

The Highway


Sunday Mornings | 9:45am | Junior & Senior High

High school and junior high students are invited to come be part of a service geared for teenagers. Our staff understands students are at various places along their spiritual journey. With messages that are relevant and engaging, along with music that is heartfelt and inspiring, The Highway helps “prepare the way” for students today by offering a space that is not only inviting, but also challenging, as we encourage students to move deeper into an authentic relationship with Jesus Christ.

Crossroads


Sunday Evenings | 5 – 7pm | Junior & Senior High

We believe that this is a space for all students to come – no matter where they are on their faith journey.  Crossroads is a great place for students to invite their friends! From 5-6:00 PM we hangout and participate in recreation.  At 6:00 PM students can share a meal with one another. The heart of Crossroads is relationships. We hope that students will be able to build community here in a safe and loving atmosphere.  

Life Groups


Various Times | Junior & Senior High

Life Groups really are the heartbeat of our ministry. We believe that authentic transformation and connections are made in these smaller groups. Life groups are a safe context in which students can get face to face with peers and trusted adults to ask the real-life questions they have about themselves, the world, and, ultimately, about God–not to mention, sharing tons of laughs along the way. A life group exists for each grade and gender. If your student is not involved and would like to be, please contact us, and we will get you connected to your student’s adult leader.

Weekly School Meets


We are excited to share that students have the opportunity on many of the school campuses to come together and discuss their faith while either having pizza or donuts! Encourage your student to get involved at either Next Generation or High Impact! These students really are making a difference on their campuses! If you would like more information, feel free to ask!

MHS | Wednesday | Lunch-Choir Room

LHS | Wednesday | 1st Lunch-Ms. Vignes Room | 2nd Lunch-Mrs. Picous Room

FHS | Friday | Lunch | R. 302

FJHS | Thursday | 8:15 AM | Gym

Highway Crew


If you are interested in serving in the youth ministry in any capacity, we encourage you to sign up for the Highway Crew by signing up at our welcome table at the front of the Highway or emailing us. We would love to talk to you about how you can get plugged in to what area of our ministry best fits your gifts and your commitment level! Our crew is for youth and for adults. Some of the areas include the tech team, the praise band, crossroads, welcome team, life groups, roadwork, donut pick up, drivers, and chaperones!

Safe Sanctuaries – Key Reference September 2018

Students and ministry are our top priority. These key procedures are needed to maintain safe and healthy boundaries:

Screening: Everyone serving in the children or youth area – volunteers and staff – must have a background check, interview, and references in order to interact with them, as well as Safe Sanctuary training with an annual review.

The Rule of Two: Those serving with children or youth are not to be alone in private with them.

Transportation: It is never appropriate for a student to be driven anywhere without parent/guardian permission and two adults in the vehicle. Preferably with more than one student.

Counseling – In instances necessitating a one-on-one basis:
• Written approval of parent/guardian
• Written notice to other youth pastors or staff
• Presence in building of other adults
• During operational hours where other adults are in proximity
• Preferred location: Youth Office or Highway Breakout rooms

Electronic Communications:
• Neither Snapchat nor other forms of private communications are to be used.
• Text or other electronic communications by STUMC employees with children or youth will only be done by approved methods to include archiving and administrative review.
• Text or other electronic communications by Volunteers with children and youth will only be done within a group context with the parent/guardian or screened adult included.

We encourage you to report any perceived violation of these safeguards to the Senior Pastor, Executive Pastor or SPR Chairperson.

Full Policy

Parental Consent Form

Each year, we need you to fill out a new parental consent form for your student.  You can download one to fill out for 2020 by clicking HERE.