November 12

Many kids are struggling in today’s competitive world of sports, academics, and extracurricular activities, constantly hearing how they must achieve at a high level lest "awful things" happen, such as not going to the college of their dreams or letting their parents down. The pressure is high and judgment feels like it is all around them. Parents are worried and need tools to help manage the rising problem of teen depression and to prevent further tragic losses due to suicide. 

All parents are invited Sunday, November 12, at 2 p.m. in the Student Center for a presentation that will provide education on signs of depression, anxiety and suicidal ideation. Parents will learn what to look for in their kids as well as pointers on how to talk to kids with appropriate amounts of motivation measured with love and grace. Light refreshments will be served.


Confirmation is a program for students, 6th grade and older, September through March, where students discover a knowledge of the Christian story, our core beliefs, practices, and an understanding of United Methodist doctrine, to affirm faith and ensure a strong foundation in Jesus Christ.

Parents of the Confirmands attend a study at the same time that covers the same material and allows for a better understanding of the Methodist faith in Jesus Christ.


  • 9:15 a.m. Confirmand Class in the Student Center
  • 9:30 a.m. Parent Class in Fellowship Hall Classroom
  • 10:30 a.m. Student Breakfast and Fellowship
  • 11:00 a.m. Student Worship




Sundays are a great time for BUMC students to grow and worship!

  • At 9:30 a.m., students attend Worship in the Sanctuary.
  • At 10:45 a.m., ARK studies take place in the Student Center (on Birmingham Highway). A light breakfast is served before a time of musical worship and small groups.
  • ARK studies for parents also meets at 10:45 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

About ARK

The ARK program for youth and parents will begin Sunday, September 10th. The ARK is a Sunday morning, spiritual formation program in which teens learn to tell their own story as they do the important work of identity formation and preparation for the adult world. Teens meet at 10:30 a.m. in the Student Center/Chapel.

Parents meet separately at 10:45 a.m. in a classroom off the Fellowship Hall. Their study teaches them to create a supportive environment in which their teen can grow and manage freedom responsibly. The adult and youth curricula work together to create family conversations around crucial topics.

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All Middle and High School students are invited to Rooted, BUMC's mid-week discipleship event for students. Rooted is a place where kids become deeply rooted Christian disciples through worship, study and fellowship alongside one another.

"Be firmly rooted and built up in Him and established in your faith, overflowing with gratitude, just as you were instructed" (Col 2:7).

Rooted for Middle School students is on Sundays, 5:30-7:00 p.m., and for High School students on Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Help Provide Meals for Rooted

The Middle School and High School Rooted programs need volunteers to provide meals on Wednesday and Sunday nights when the students meet. If you are available to help, click the link below for more information or contact Peggy Graab at



The Youth Council at BUMC is a diverse group of 8th-12th graders who gather about once a month to evaluate ministries, determine needs of the community, and form plans in making ministry happen for the entire youth program. Leadership on this team is more than just standing up front and telling people what to do. In fact, it's a whole lot more. It's working with others to determine the direction for the ministry, offering ideas and listening for needs, and serving people for the glory of God. 

This team is a team that is growing in leadership and serving others to create a closer, more tightly knit community of students. Their desire is to grow on a personal and communal level with the intent of seeing the hearts of those they serve come to know and love God more as well. They help the Student Ministry's vision and goals as well as assist in creating a welcoming environment for the rest of the student body.


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