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.

Current series: #JesusJanuary 

Jesus was born, now what? Why does that matter to me? We will start off the year by encountering the basic truths about who Jesus is and why that matters in your life!
*Will not meet on 1/20

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.

January’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.

*1/6 is Knock Out Hunger Event (see below)

*Will not meet 1/20

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
November 18 – Thanksgiving
January 6 – Our sick and homebound neighbors
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.

Ski Trip 
January 19 – 21
8:00a Saturday to 5:00p Monday

We are taking the annual Ski Trip and transforming it! It will be a weekend of skiing while staying on a farm. That’s right – a FARM – Marmon Valley Farm! We will enjoy team challenges on Saturday and horse back riding and cowboy church on Sunday in addition to skiing for three days at Mad River Mountain! We are adding an extra day of skiing (Monday) this year thanks to being a shorter distance away (Zanesfield, Ohio).

Can’t be away the whole weekend but still want to be part of the fun? You can register for one or two days and join the group (parents need to provide transportation to and from Zanesfield)!

Register by December 31 for an early bird rate! Registration closes on January 9.



Youth Collective Confirmation Retreat 
February 8 – 9

This is the United Methodist focus of Confirmation packed into one 24-hour retreat with other youth in the area hosted at St. Paul Community UMC in Madeira.

Topics will include the connectionalism of the UMC, Wesleyan Theology (grace, social holiness and personal piety), what defines us as a United Methodist, and how we are all called into ministry.

Friday night is all about fun and games in order to bond with the group. Saturday will be learning all about the United Methodist Church through a mix of breakout sessions, games, joint sessions, activities, worship, and of course good food! There will be a variety of youth leaders who will present the information in a fun, yet informative way.

For more information and to register:

Youth Collective Spring Retreat 
March 8-10
Camp Wesley 

Join other youth from across Cincinnati for a Spring Retreat at Camp Wesley in Bellefontaine, Ohio. Over the weekend, we will “spring forward” thanks to daylight savings time so the focus of the retreat is exploring how we can Spring Forward in our faith.

The weekend will be one of worship, games, discussion, food, and camp activities.



Youth Collective 5th Sunday March Event at Hyde Park Community UMC 
Sunday, March 31st
5:00p – 8:00p

As a way to follow up for the Spring Retreat and to include those not able to go – we are having youth from across Cincinnati come together at HPCUMC for the March 5th’s Sunday Event. Using Ephesians 3:16-20 as our guide, we will spend the evening exploring this topic through games, worship, and a featured speaker. The night will also include a dinner from award winning Mountain Williams Barbecue.