Tuesday, July 17, 2018
High School Youth

High School Ministry

Growing faith, having fun and making friends.

We’ve designed our high school ministries around a student’s specific phase in life. We love high schoolers and we’d love to be a partner for your family in pursuing real-deal discipleship. Learn how we partner with families during each life phase, by downloading our age-specific phase plan for grades: Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, Twelfth. We recommend many Bibles resources for students to grow in the faith—find the resources available for purchase here.

Join us with HSM (High School Ministry)!

We've got some crazy cool things planned all year long and you won't want to miss a thing! Scroll through our calendar for the school year or download a PDF. Questions? Ask Aaron Thompson,

What's Coming Up?

HSM Summer House Parties – Sundays, 4:00-6:00 pm

During July, HSM will meet in homes around the city. Come connect with friends, and learn more about how to study Scripture with our new teaching series, “My Favorite Verse.” See the HSM email for weekly house addresses or contact Aaron Thompson, Sundays, July 1-29, 4:00-6:00 pm.

Atlanta Mission Trip – July 16-25

This trip is designed for high school students with previous missions experience who are ready to really challenge themselves, grow their gifts and share the good news about Jesus in a cross-cultural setting. This team will spend three days backpacking and team building in the foothills of Tennessee before spending a week leading their own worksite and VBS in the city of Atlanta. This is a student-led trip where the high school students cook, clean, lead the team, plan the VBS and learn leadership skills. Our 2018 trip team is full. For more information, contact Aaron Thompson,

How to Follow Jesus in High School – August 5

For incoming freshmen and their parents to help prepare students to: navigate life in high school, follow Jesus through opportunities and obstacles and connect with the high school ministry of UALC. Sunday, Aug. 5, 12:00-1:45 pm at Mill Run. Register below. 

Ongoing Programs and Workshops:

HSM (High School Ministry) Group – Connect and Grow
Join other teens from UALC and the community for a couple hours of hanging out, eating free food, getting to know each other and talking honestly about the ups and downs of high school life. During the school year, join us on Sundays at Mill Run, 4:00-6:00 pm. New students are welcome any week. Aaron Thompson,

Sunday Morning Experience

We believe that when students reach the teen years, they will thrive by being a part of adult worship with their families. On top of worship, students are encouraged to grow their faith by serving in Kids' Church at Mill Run or Lytham Road. While not offered every Sunday, Next Step Workshops will be a part of the Sunday experience. Contact to volunteer for Kids' Church.

Next Step Workshops – Know and Grow Your Faith

Next Step Workshops are fundamental training sessions designed around a teen's developmental phase of life. They prepare parents and teens to grow and live in the Christian faith. Many are for parents and students to attend together. Parents will be encouraged and equipped as the primary former of faith to take it home and live it out together. Examples include Confirmation Capstone and Apologetics workshops. Offered throughout the year. David White, Here are some of the Core:
Confirmation Capstone – Affirm Your Faith
Delve deeper into the foundations of the Christian faith and learn practical ways to be a daily follower of Jesus. Parents and students attend the first session together while the rest are for students only. Students can do Capstone anytime during 9th-12th grades. UALC celebrates this important season where students begin the adult life of following Jesus. Before beginning the Confirmation Capstone, please plan to attend at least one UALC retreat or camp and one UALC mission trip. We provide scholarships so no one has to miss out on these amazing experiences. Aaron Thompson,
"Can I Ask That?" Part One, Part Two
Do you have questions you'd like to ask about your faith? Join our four-week "Can I Ask That" workshop! We'll work with the "Can I Ask That" curriculum from Fuller Youth Institute, and we'll cover the topics of evolution, marriage and sexuality, violence in the Bible and the imperfection of the Christian church. Cost is $15 and includes book; however if you already have the book, you can come for free. Offered at various times during the year. Aaron Thompson,
How to Follow Jesus After Graduation
Join other high school graduates to talk and pray through the major changes ahead. You’ll also be trained on thinking about how to serve God through your passions as you head into school or the work force, and how to make a successful transition into a faith community as an adult. Aaron Thompson,
How to Follow Jesus in High School
Introducing a new workshop for incoming freshmen! This is a single session workshop for incoming ninth graders and their parents. The goal is to prepare you to navigate life in high school and follow Jesus through opportunities and obstacles. The workshop is free and lunch is provided. Aug. 5, 12:00-1:45 pm at Mill Run. Register here. Aaron Thompson,

Tae Kwon Do

We work on developing self-defense skills and provide regular exercise in an environment that honors Jesus Christ. At Lytham Road. More information. Angie Edmonds,

Vacation Bible School Teens

High school students can apply to be teen helpers or teen teachers during VBS. This is great opportunity to love, serve, and make disciples while having fun and enjoying time singing and dancing with kids! Aaron Thompson,

High School Summer Camp - June 25-30

Students finishing 9th-12th grades join together for one incredible week at summer. This year we are heading to MOVE in Johnson City, TN June 25-30. Our week will be filled with passionate worship, amazing teaching, great conversations, playing fun games and making new friends. More information. Aaron Thompson,

Worship Academy – Raising Up the Next Generation of Worship Leaders

The Academy utilizes private and semi-private lessons, band rehearsals, and Scriptural teachings to train up the next generation of worship leaders from within our  congregation. The Academy is for middle and high school students who desire training in tech teams (audio/visual arts), prayer teams, or worship bands. Next worship academy is planned for fall 2018, but we are gauging participation in each season so please express your interest. Contact David White, More info about the program.

Reach Out and Serve on Missions

Each year, we try to focus on reaching a need within the community or society at large in order to share Christ’s servant love. Trips will be announced throughout the year. Information to come. Aaron Thompson,

Consent and Waiver Form

All parents, or guardians, of children and youth must complete the Consent and Waiver Form to participate in UALC events and programs. Fill out the simple form online here.
Volunteer with Family, Youth & Children

Volunteer on a Team

Join a Family, Youth or Children’s Ministry team and be part of transforming lives. Many opportunities for any skill set, age or schedule. Apply here.
Mission Trip

What Do You Do?

We get together, play and learn; we get crazy and we get serious. We meet in small groups and big groups. We go places and do things for others and for ourselves.
The Gathering

Can I Come Anytime?

Of course! We really want to see you. And bring friends. If you've come before but it's been a while, not to worry. Just come back when you can.