YOUTH MINISTRY

At Aley Church our youth (grades 6-12) are important to us! We believe in providing a strong foundation of beliefs for our youth. They are encouraged to discover and develop their faith and understanding of the bible on a personal level. At Aley we understand that not everyone will agree on everything, and that's OK! We encourage youth to develop and take hold of their faith as their own with the Bible as the foundation.

Youth At Aley (YAA)

Each Wednesday night from 6:30-7:30, youth gather to have fun while deepening relationship with God and each other. A typical youth group gathering includes snacks, games, lesson, and application. We focus a lot on serving and justice within our communities. It is a great time to be with other youth in a positive and encouraging environment. We meet in the upstairs youth area behind the sanctuary. Enter doors 1 or 8 on for YAA Wendesdays.


We also gather for YAA on Sunday mornings, 9:40-10:20 in the upstairs youth area behind the sanctuary. We gather to look a little deeper dive into Scripture and talk about how it applies to our lives while also enjoy some fun activities together. 

YAA Spring Retreat

Register by February 28!

Click here to register!!


Event: March 8 @ 5:30pm - March 10 @ 1pm at Kirkmont Retreat Center (6946 County Road 10, Zanesfield Ohio 43360)


Join us as we head to Kirkmont Retreat Center for a Youth Spring Retreat! March 8-10 we'll be having a Spring Retreat for all ages of YAA @ Kirkmont Center, cost is $35 per student, financial assistance available if needed. 


Our retreat will offer an opportunity to get away, connect with God and each other, be in nature, and have lots of fun! Kirkmont offers lots of outdoor space for exploring/playing, basketball courts, and indoor game space. Once students are registered, they'll have a chance to vote on what additional activities they'd like to do, such as archery, a guided hike, canoeing, fishing, or low ropes. Youth are encouraged to bring friends! 


Click here to check out Kirkmont, we'll be staying at the Croft House

Summer Camp

SAVE THE DATE: July 15-20, 2024


Each summer youth are invited to attend Tar Hollow Church Camp. This Camp is open to all youth entering grades 7 through those who just graduated high school. College age students and adults are encouraged to volunteer as staff.  Tar Hollow is a locally led camp that has been in place for over 60 years and is open to all denominations.  The camp was originally founded by Sidney First United Methodist Church but has grown to include campers and staff from over 40 different churches. We spend a week together in fellowship, worship, learning, growing, sharing, and discovery.  It is an excellent opportunity for youth to connect with God and each other.


For more information about Tar Hollow, click here.

Youth Serving in Kids' Ministry

Youth serving in Kids' ministry is awesome to see and we're grateful for every youth that signs up to help serve the kids of Aley UMC! To allow opportunity for all youth to serve, please only sign up for one nursery and/or one kids' church spot per month. If we are in need of additional serving, Susan or Pastor Abby will reach out to see if you're available for additional week(s). Please make every effort to be here on the weeks you sign up for; we're counting on you! If something comes up and you're not able to make it, please let Susan and/or Pastor Abby know as soon as possible so we can find other coverage. Youth servants will need to be safe sanctuary trained as well. 

Click here to sign up (This sign up is only for youth who are signing up to serve, adults should contact Susan Grinkemeyer)

Wesley Christian Scholarship

Graduating seniors or individuals pursuing higher religious education who are active in the mission and ministry of Aley Church are eligible to apply for the Wesley Christian scholarship. This scholarship was developed in 1984 as a way to honor Wesley Christian, a faithful member of Aley Church who was always willing to help out and serve the church, and pay it forward to active youth of the church. Applying for the scholarship is not guarantee of receiving funds, all applications will be reviewed by a committee; the number and amount of scholarships awarded varies each year.


Completed Applications are due to Pastor Abby by April 15, 2024. 

Any awarded scholarship(s) will be presented May 26 during Sunday morning worship.


Click here to download the application