There are many opportunities for youth to build community, grow in faith, connect with the church, serve others, and learn more about their identity in Christ. Our youth ministry provides a safe and welcoming environment for youth to have fun and grow in their faith. Below is the summary of the ministry programs we provide. If you would like to learn more about a specific program please use the links on the right!
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4 Twelve--Middle School Ministry
We invite all youth to worship with us at 9:15 a.m. in the Chapel before youth programming begins. Our middle school youth ministry (4 Twelve) meets on Sundays from 10:30-11:30 a.m. during the school year. Middle school ministry includes youth in grades 6,7 and 8. 4 Twelve meets on the 3rd floor in Room 304 during this time we have games, snacks, devotions, and a lesson.
Upper Room--High School Ministry
We invite all youth to worship with us at 9:15 a.m. in the Chapel before youth programming begins. Upper Room meets on the 3rd floor in the high school youth room (Room 308) from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings. This ministry includes youth grades 9-12. We have snacks, devotions, and discussions.
Each summer our high school students go on a journey to follow their vision and joyful serve God and others. This past summer we headed to our nation’s capital and learned about topics of justice such as poverty, hunger, homelessness, and our incarceration system. After a few days of learning, we got to be the hands and feet in the most historical place! Do not be fooled, there was tons of sightseeing and exploring of Washington, D.C. as well. We also spent a day in service at our own church and other locations in Indianapolis. Contact Rick Belbutoski at for more information and details.
Each year our youth join the congregation in serving in our community. We partner with the following organizations throughout the year: Soup’s On, Neighbor to Neighbor, Family Promise, and Fletcher Place.
Each year youth look forward to a full schedule of fun events and events to help our youth grow in their faith. Here is a quick list of our events: Fall Kick Off, Fall Youth Retreat, host a trunk for Trunk or Treat, Progressive Christmas Feast, Confirmation Retreat, Flamingo fundraiser, Spring Youth Retreat, plan and lead Youth Sunday, and Summer Kick Off (parents vs. youth kickball) along with many other things sprinkled in.
A youth hand bell choir for youth grades 7-12 rehearses on Sunday mornings. All youth are welcome to join, even if you can't read music.
Youth are also invited to participate in the Chancel Choir, the group that sings in worship services on Sunday mornings. The Chancel Choir practices on Wednesday evenings at 7:15 pm. For more information please contact Peggy Marshall, Director of Music Ministries, or call 317.253.3237.
Contact information for Youth Ministry Programs
With additional questions or to receive more information about Meridian Street Youth Ministries, please contact Rick Belbutoski, Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries.