Upcoming Retreats & Events // Current Sunday Night Series // Parent Cue // Waivers & Forms // Life Groups // Confirmation // Sunday School // Parents & Volunteers // Get Connected

At ZYouth we believe everyone should be growing in their faith. We want to inspire and encourage students to know God and grow their relationship with Christ. To help in this process we offer a space for youth to worship, study God’s Word, ask questions, and learn what it means to be in community with one another through service and fellowship.

We understand the importance of pouring into students lives. We want each student to know they are loved, valued, and have great potential. Our hope is that each student is lifted through love and surrounded by consistent and caring adults who will be there as students figure out their paths in the world.

Youth ministry at ZUMC (7th-12th grades) meets regularly on Sunday evenings during the school year from 6-7:30pm. During our time together we worship, dig into scripture, play games, have a snack, and break into Life Groups.

Throughout the year we also go on mission trips, travel to summer camp, and head to offsite locations for fun events.

Upcoming Retreats & Events

Stay tuned for an updated calendar for the 2019/2020 School year.

Sundays – ZYouth Fellowship
Sundays | 6:00 – 7:30 PM

All grades gather from 6:00 to 6:30 for worship and fellowship.
Middle School and High School gather separately in Life Groups from 6:30 to 7:30 PM.

ZYouth After Hours
Sundays | 7:30 – 8:00 PM
All students are invited to play games, do homework, or just hand out in the Family Life Center or Chapel.

Middle School Bible Study

We are excited to, once again, offer middle school Bible study on Wednesday mornings starting September 4th. The Bible study is for 6 weeks ending just before Fall Break. The Bible study will begin at 7:30am and we end around 8:15am so kids are ready to head to school. Transportation is provided for kids attending ZMS and ZWest. We provide a grab and go breakfast. Please share any allergy concerns with Tracy Vermillion. tvermillion@zumc.org. Participating does require a permission form. All middle school kids are welcome.

October Schedule:

6th Car Hop
13th No ZYouth-Fall Break
20th Game Night
27th Bonfire and Bring a Friend Night

Upcoming Series

A five-week series on the book Proverbs.

WEEK 1: If you want the good life, seek wisdom.
WEEK 2: If you want the good life, care about your reputation.
WEEK 3: If you want the good life, treat today like it matters.
WEEK 4: If you want the good life, pursue patience.
WEEK 5: If you want the good life, choose gentle words.

“In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.” Proverbs 16:9 NIV


Parent Cue

Parents, do you want to keep up-to-date with the current series we are working through at youth group? Do you want to have some ideas on how to talk with your kids about what we are talking about? Then check out the "Parent Cue" by clicking the button below.

Waivers & Forms

Need a waiver or form for an upcoming event? Check the links below for what you need. If you don't see it, send Ashlea (abarnett@zumc.org) an email.

ZUMC Waiver & Release

Life Groups

Life Groups are a key component of ZYouth. Each grade level has a guys and girls small group who meet on a weekly basis during the youth group time. They meet to share the highs and lows of the week and spend time in conversation learning more about God and each other. 

Throughout the year we have Life Group Nights. On these nights, Life Groups have the option of meeting at someone’s home, doing something with another Life Group, going out into the community, or working on a service project together.    Each Life Group is led by at least one adult who has passed a background check and participated in a training event that covers ZUMC’s Children and Youth Protection Policy. 


Through the Confirmation Program at ZUMC, youth will learn and apply the foundations of faith to their lives through a balance of education, worship, local mission, and service within the congregation.  During confirmation class, Confirmands will learn about the beliefs and principles of Christian faith; the history, structure and teachings of The United Methodist Church; spiritual gifts; the biblical concept of mission, service and evangelism; living as disciples of Christ; and a thorough explanation of the baptismal and membership vows they will be professing.  

Confirmation is open to any youth 7th grade or older who has not yet been confirmed.  Confirmation at ZUMC meets on Sunday mornings at 9:30 am beginning November 3. There will be a retreat in January and trips to other faith communities to learn about their beliefs and worship.  Confirmands will start as a large group and will then be divided into table groups where 1-2 adults will lead in activities and discussion based on the topic for the day.

We will have a Confirmation Info Session Sunday 10/27 at 4:30pm for parents, students and mentors. An overview of the program will be provided and you will have the opportunity to ask any questions you may.  All parents, students and mentors are required to attend this session.    

Sunday Mornings at Zionsville UMC

Jr .High (7th-8th grade) students meet in the Café at 9:30 am.  It is a time for students to learn about God together and grow deeper in Him while connecting with other youth and adults.  

High school students are invited to join their family in worship or find an area in the church to serve. We want students to know what it's like to be part of a community that worships together. We also have the desire that the practice of corporate worship becomes familiar as students grow older and prepare to live life on their own.

We'd also like students to have opportunities to serve on Sunday mornings.  Below is a list (not exhaustive by any means) of areas in the church where you can serve on a Sunday morning. We have also provided contact information for the people in charge of those areas. 

Parents & Volunteers

We believe that parents and families are the main motivators and influencers in the life of a youth. There is no possible way we could ever replace the impact a parent or family member can have in the home. In all that we do throughout ZYouth we want to partner with parents and families; we want to stay connected to parents and families. There are several ways we do this: parent meetings, weekly emails, and providing opportunities to serve together as a family.
Parent Meetings
Twice per year parents are invited to attend ZYouth with their student. During this time, parents meet with Ashlea in the cafe to hear about upcoming events, share their family highs and lows, and offer feedback on how ZYouth events are impacting their families.

We have the expectation that, whenever possible, families with youth who are active participants in ZYouth events should also have parents who are also investing volunteer hours into ZYouth events. There are always many ways to serve:

  • Youth Council Member

  • Sunday School Leader

  • Life Group Leader

  • Sunday Night Snacks

  • Volunteer Appreciation Party Team

  • Car Hop Coordinator

  • Car Hop Team

  • Spaghetti Bowl Coordinator

  • Spaghetti Bowl Team

  • Confirmation Table Leader

  • Senior Send Off Team

  • Confirmation Rehearsal Dinner Team

To receive a job description for one or more of these opportunities, please contact Ashlea Barnett (abarnett@zumc.org), Director of Youth Ministry.

Get Connected

Want to stay up-to-date on whats happening with ZYouth?   Use the form below to provide us with your contact information. You will receive weekly reminders of what’s happening when, how you can plug in, changes in the schedule, and how you can serve.