Youth Groups

What does the Lord require of you, but to do justice and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?             Micah 6:8

Being a teenager is a confusing and exciting time. Our small groups for students are designed to help them sort out who they are and what they believeStudents come together for fellowship, teaching, and worship, and then divide into their small groups for community building, discussion and prayer.  Students in 6th - 12th grades are welcome.

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Rev. Aaron Marcell Carter was born in San Antonio, Texas and is one of five children to Stanley and Toni McKinney. At the age of thirteen, he moved to Moore, Oklahoma following a parental job change. After graduating from Mid-Del Christian high school, he attended Rose State College in Midwest City Oklahoma and then Newman University in Wichita Kansas on basketball scholarships. He graduated in May of 2007 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology.

Aaron prepared for pastoral ministry by attending the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta Georgia. In May of 2010, he earned a Master of Divinity degree with a concentration in Church and Community Leadership. After graduation he returned to Oklahoma where he became the Youth and Young Adult Pastor at his home church, Fifth Street Missionary Baptist Church in Oklahoma City. While there Aaron was ordained into the Gospel Ministry.

In September 2014, Aaron moved back to San Antonio; where he became a member in the United Methodist Church. The District Committee of Las Misiones District licensed him as a local pastor. July 2017 Aaron began his first appointment in the Rio Texas Conference as an Associate pastor at Gruene United Methodist Church, where he currently serves. On December 15, 2017 he married his bride Earind Carter. They reside in New Braunfels with their boxer, Ali.

 
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Senior High Youth

Senior High Sunday Small Groups meet from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. in ‘The Attic’..  Activities include games, worship, and group discussions.

 

Middle School Youth

Middle School Sunday Small Groups meet from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. in ‘The Attic’.   Activities include games, worship, and group discussions.

 
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Youth In Missions

Both Middle School and Senior High Youth Groups participate in mission work during each summer.  Each group and their adult sponsors travels to a location within Texas to assist with home repairs and other community needs. 

Mission activities are often coordinated with UMARMY (United Methodist Action Reach-out Mission by Youth) provides an opportunity for youth and adults to experience Christian growth through service to others. Participants combine their strengths and resources to meet home repair and maintenance needs for low income, elderly and disabled homeowners who are physically or financially unable to make needed repairs themselves.

Chrysalis

Chrysalis is an experience of Christian spiritual renewal and formation that begins with a three-day short course in Christianity.  It is an opportunity for teens ages 15 to 18 to meet Jesus Christ in a new way as God’s grace and love is revealed through other believers.  www.austinemmaus.org