Meridian Street United Methodist Church sees its youth as a vital part of the church and makes them a priority. Meridian Street Youth Ministries challenges the youth to grow in their faith, discover their gifts, support one another, and develop lives of service in a fun and Christ-centered environment.

There are many opportunities for youth to build community, 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, make friends, and develop core values in Christ that will last a lifetime. Below is the summary of the ministry programs we provide. If you would like to learn more about a specific program, please contact Leigh Heydenburg, our Minister of Youth and Young Adults at or 317-253-3237 ext. 225.


Click here to view the current Youth Calendar for 2020



Join the Youth at 9:30 a.m. on Sundays. Contact Cogan Blackmon at for the Zoom link.



Click here to print the Code of Conduct for Meridian Street Youth Ministries


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Current study:


No family is perfect — not even the ones that seem “normal” on the outside. No one truly has a “normal” family, and that’s okay! Sometimes it’s the most not-normal families that God uses to make the most not-normal difference in the world. In this 4-week series, we’ll look at four imperfect and “atypical” families from Scripture. We’ll discover that not-so-typical families are often used by God because not-so-typical families pray for each other, have tough conversations, and forgive each other.



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Our Vision for Sunday School:

Our vision is to strengthen faith and build up values centered in Christ that last a lifetime. We have a plan for biblical teaching and faith development catered to individualized learning strategies for certain age groups. It is a welcoming group that opens discussion for what we can learn and apply from the bible to our own lives and situations.


4 Twelve - Middle School Sunday School

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 focused on building faith and community. 

Upper Room - High School Sunday School

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 focused on building our faith and finding identity in Christ.

Youth Group

We develop strong connections and fellowship for our youth through getting them together to engage in fun activities, worship and service projects. We also build passion for Christ through encouraging a group to support each other as we build discipleship and faith. Please see the  youth ministries calendar for our scheduled youth group events this fall.

Youth Mission Projects

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. 


Service Opportunities

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. Contact the church office if you are interested in learning more about volunteering for these ministry partners.

Yearly Events

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. 


Musical Opportunities

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 Ministries 

With additional questions or to receive more information about Meridian Street Youth Ministries, please contact Cogan Blackmon, our Minister of Youth and Young Adults at  or 317-253-3237.

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