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Sunday Morning Opportunities:

Middle School

6th – 8th graders will meet from 9:45-10:45 in the East Youth Room – E201. See youth news from Brooke for more details.

High School

9th – 12th graders will meet from 9:45-10:45 in the West Youth Room – W202. See youth news from Brooke for more details.

Up With Puppets

The group meets from 11:00-12:00 in room W203. The puppet ministry is one expression of God that truly makes our understanding of scripture fun. Opportunities for youth to speak out through the puppets in worship here and at other churches abound. Practice, practice, practice, and lots of fun help the youth bring God’s message of love in a way that everyone can understand. This group is open to youth in grades 7-12. Those out of high school who are interested in helping can contact the group leaders at

Wednesday Evening Opportunities:

Pizza, Praise & Prayer

Join us Wednesday nights between Labor Day and Memorial Day from 6:00-6:30 for Pizza, Praise and Prayer.  All ages are welcome to enjoy some pizza (salad, fruit, dessert also provided), participate in some praise songs and prayer before going to our various evening faith formation opportunities.  We will meet in the Multipurpose Room- W201.  Suggested donation $1 per slice.

Confirmation Class, Wednesdays from 4:30-6:00 p.m., East Youth Room (E201)

Pastor Cephas and Carol Miller will lead the confirmation class again this year. The group will meet from 4:30-6:00p.m. on Wednesdays beginning September 13. Contact Pastor Cephas for the specific schedule as the group does not meet every Wednesday. Confirmation is open to youth currently in 8th grade and up.

Contact: Cephas, 515-232-2750,

Middle School & High School Youth

Middle School and High School Youth gather in small groups for fun and fellowship on Wednesday nights. Other opportunities, such as lock-ins, leading and participating in worship, and weekend workdays at Camp Wesley Woods round out the experience.

Time: Wednesdays at 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Middle School in Room E201, High School in Room W202

Contact: Brooke, 515-232-2750,

Kids on a Mission

What a great group of leaders we have with Kids on a Mission! They worked hard (even in the rain!) weeding the Main Street Gardens and picking, washing, and bagging the produce to give to Food at First for the Free Market. They learned about the Ames Interfaith Refugee Alliance group and how they could help the new family who recently moved to Ames. They had a lemonade stand and bake sale in which they were able to raise money towards helping the refugee family and to purchase school supplies. They gathered and sorted the donated school supplies that have so far been given to 12 families in need who have directly contacted the group with the remaining supplies going to the schools in the rural Story County communities as well as to UMCOR. Be sure to check out their website at to learn more about their efforts.

Also, be on the lookout for information about their upcoming fundraiser which will be on Monday, September 18 prior to and during the Ames High Homecoming parade. They plan to grill and have burger or hot dog “baskets” for $5. The baskets will include burger or hot dog, chips, cookie, and bottled water. All proceeds will go to their continued efforts in assisting children and families of the district who are homeless or living in emergency housing. Children in kindergarten through 12th grade are welcome to join this group at any time.

Contact: Nicole,

Liturgical Dance

This group seeks to incorporate dance into worship as a way of praising God. We meet every other week and dance into worship as a way of praising God. We dance in worship 3-4 times a year. All ages are welcome.

Contact: Nicole,