Youth Ministry

The mission for the Youth Ministry at Hyde Park Community is to provide a safe, welcoming place where young people can experience God in amazing ways. Every person matters in God’s plan for this world and we hope to lead and empower the next generation of church leaders and Jesus followers. We are on a journey to love God and love others.

The Youth Ministry at Hyde Park Community seeks to partner with parents to help youth develop in all aspects of life while preparing for college and careers. Youth are given opportunities to explore their gifts and talents through worship, discipleship, and leadership while focusing on becoming life-long disciples of Jesus.

We’d love to talk with you more about the Youth Ministry and find ways for you to connect. And, by the way, our staff and adult leaders are bilingual, we speak both parent and teenager!

Contact Pastor Kate Smith at with any questions and to get connected.


During the School Year (September – May)


Confirmation (October – April)

Confirmation is one of the most exciting and rewarding times for the young people at Hyde Park Community to explore their faith with their peers, family, and mentors friends. The goal of Confirmation is to learn, wrestle, and grow in their Christian faith in order to prepare students to take the confirmation vows and commit to a lifelong journey as a disciple of Jesus. Students who are at least in 7th grade are eligible for Confirmation.  Confirmation will begin in October and will end in April and will include classes on Sunday morning and retreats.



Youth Sunday School 

At the 9:30a worship hour during the school year, students in grades 7-12th are encouraged to gather together for Youth Sunday School on the 3rd floor. The time will be focused on topics and issues relevant to teens in order to see and reflect on where God fits in and what the Bible teaches us. Always great conversations and lots of laughs. Open to students in 7-12th grade who are not in Confirmation.

November and December’s Theme: Sent – Delivering the Gift of Hope 

God sent Jesus at Christmas. In turn, Jesus sends us into the world to be his hands and feet, head and heart. Youth will discover how, where, why we are sent as a way to prepare for Christmas and beyond.
*Will not meet on 11/18, 11/25, 12/23, or 12/30

Youth Group 

During the school year, join us Sunday evenings in the Little Theater (2nd Floor) from
5:30p.m. – 8:00p.m. for Youth Group!

All 7th-12th graders are welcome as we gather together for a time of sharing a meal, worship, teaching, discussion, and games.

One of the ways people can support the youth ministry is to provide a meal for the Sunday evening gatherings. The meal could be homemade or catered. Pastor Kate will contact you to coordinate the meal details.

November and December’s Theme: Kickin’ It Old School 

We are starting from the very beginning: The Old Testament. We will explore the ancestors of our faith by exposing the real, unpolished, and unexpected personalities that God uses to do extraordinary things. Youth will discover the similarities between themselves and the unlikely people God selected.

November 4 – Abraham: Believe It or Not
November 11 – Joshua and Caleb: Bucking the Majority
December 2 – Esther: Right Woman, Right Place, Right Time
December 16 – Daniel: No Fear

Retreats, Trips, and Events

Teens get enough classroom learning during the school week. We want to teach, show, and encourage an active life with God at the center and that’s exactly what our retreat, trips, and events do! Our goal is that all of these experiences are times that students can connect with God and each other in ways that make it easy to invite their friends.


Local Service Focus – Knock Out Hunger for…
October 28 – Our neighbors on the streets (see above)
November 18 – Thanksgiving (see retreat below)
January 6 – TBD
February 3 – TBD
April 7 – TBD

This year, the youth will be focusing on helping with hunger issues for a variety of populations (children, elderly, people experiencing homelessness, poverty, illness, etc.).

In Ohio, 1,758,310 people (1 in 7 people) are struggling with hunger – and of them 528,960 are children (1 in 5 children). In Cincinnati, 18.5% of people and 21.1% of children in Hamilton Country are food insecure. A common misconception is that people facing food insecurity are generally populated in the inner city. The reality is that hunger does not know a zip code. A person is food insecure when they cannot afford food, can’t easily access food for geographical reasons, or are unsure about where they will get food in the future.


Fall Lock – In & Knock Out Hunger for Thanksgiving 
November 17 – 18
5:00p Saturday to 2:00p Sunday

Youth grades 7-12th will be spending the evening at the church enjoying dinner, games, and activities. We will also get a good night’s rest because Sunday morning we will be “Knocking Out Hunger” for Thanksgiving! We will join with the church family packing hundreds of Thanksgiving Basket for our neighbors and delivering 40 of them! We will end our time together with lunch.

Cost: $25*

*If you bring a friend not already connected to HPCUMC – this event will be FREE for BOTH of you!


Youth Collective Snow Tubing at Perfect North

Sunday, December 30th
3:30p – 9:00p

Let’s celebrate the end of the year by joining with other Cincinnati UMC youth groups at Perfect North!

We will have snow tubing passes for 3 HOURS! Thanks to the district grant – we will cover the cost of tubing and $10 towards food/drinks – you are welcome to bring more $ for food/drinks if wanted.

In order to plan for rides – registration closes on Sunday, December 23. 

We will meet at Hyde Park at 3:30p and return by 9:00p.