Youth Group Schedule
Youth Group Mission Trip Information
Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Youth Ministry
- To see young men and women transformed into the image of Jesus Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit.
- To make and mature disciples of Jesus Christ through the leading of the Holy Spirit.
- Matthew 28:16-20, "Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Youth Group is Sunday nights from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the church (89 Canyon Rd). It consists of an hour of games and an hour lesson. The hour of games helps the youth grow closer together as they build friendships with each other. These friendships become the backbone of the community of young believers. Christianity is not a religion focused on individuals but a faith requiring community, a group of people joined together in life sharing the joys of life as well as the sorrows this world has to offer. Friendships are formed through shared experiences and time together; the hour of games helps to create an atmosphere where the youth are able to have those shared experiences so that a community can be formed that will exist outside of the youth group as well as within it. It is this time that builds the community so that the young Christians know they are not alone in their faith.
The second half of youth group is a lesson. These lessons are all geared to helping the youth grow closer to Christ through strengthen their personal relationship with Him. No matter where someone is in their faith journey, the lesson will help to push and challenge their faith. The goal of these lessons is not to provide information and knowledge but to help the youth personalize their faith. Thus, taking the knowledge that they have learned and applying it to their everyday lives. Christianity is not a religion about knowing all the right answers, but a faith centered on a personal relationship with Christ through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. This relationship means that our faith is something that must be lived out every hour of everyday; it becomes the center of our lives. So in the lesson we spend time in scripture, spend time talking about our lives, and spend time in prayer. The heart of the lesson is to challenge the youth so that they can grow closer to Christ.
The entire heart of youth group, in the games and the lesson, is to develop youth that have a personal relationship with Christ and center everything in their lives around Him, changing the way that they view school, friends, sports, family, and everything else in their lives. This is done through the development of a small community of young Christians, in game time and training how to view life and understand life through the lens of Christ which is done in the lesson.
Message from Naylor
CYF is the highlight of the summer. It is something that I push very strongly for the youth to attend as it is a time that they can be around other Christians their own age and experience God in a new and powerful way. During the week at camp the youth experience what it is like to be in the Kingdom of heaven as they worship the triune God together. It is a time to experience true Christian community and God in a way like no other. It is a camp that I have been attending since I was in high school and have always experienced God in a new and different way each year.
About the Camp
Each summer, for one incredible week, teenagers come together at Malone University in Canton OH to join together in creative worship, intense prayer, passionate service, lifelong relationship-building and compelling Bible study: in short, authentic Christian community.
CYF has been reaching teens for the past 47 years, with the last 12 years at Malone University in Canton, Ohio. We are camp that is committed to teaching and showing the way of Christ as displayed in the Holy Bible. Our aim is to enable teens to deepen their relationship with Jesus through experiential worship, study, fellowship and prayer. It’s an exciting opportunity for young people to come together and experience authentic Christian community.
June 17-23: Event #82651
Cost: $325 Early Bird $300
(CYF is part of East Ohio Camps)
A Little about the Director
The Director of Youth Ministries at Mount Pleasant UMC is Jonathan Naylor. He graduated from Carrollton High School in 2007 where he participated in track, cross country, and soccer. In addition to these extracurricular activities, he was an active member in Carrollton First UMC youth group. It was during this time that he first heard his call to ministry and desired to connect his love of sports with his passion for Christ. Upon graduating high school, he started his theological education at Malone University where he graduated in 2011 with a double major in Youth/Sports Ministry and Bible/Theology. During his time at Malone, he played soccer and led a small youth group in Waynesburg, Ohio. After graduating from Malone, Jonathan decided to continue his theological education at Ashland Theological Seminary and took a full time job as a youth pastor in Cardington, Ohio, where he also started coaching track and cross country. During this time, Jonathan married his high school sweetheart, Kelsea Mapes, who shortly after started her schooling at Ohio State University to become a Doctor of Optometry. Jonathan graduated from Ashland Theological Seminary with a Masters in Divinity in 2015.
After Kelsea’s graduation in 2016, the couple moved back home to Carrollton where she became a partner at Fair Vision, and Jonathan started as the Director of Youth Ministries at Mount Pleasant UMC, an assistant track and cross country coach at Carrollton High School, and adjunct professor at Malone University. Jonathan brings ten years of youth ministry experience (fall of 2007-present), six years of coaching (fall of 2011-present), and a passion for Christ to our church family at Mount Pleasant UMC.