Student Ministry: 7-12 Grade

Focusing on faith, fellowship and service

The world today for teens is more complex than ever before, and navigating the way and discovering your place can, at times, be challenging. At Shandon, we’ll help you know God and how your journey with Him can equip and empower you for life’s exciting opportunities and difficult challenges. 

In SMS you’ll experience engaging studies and events as well as fun activities where you can grow in your faith, build real friendships and make a difference through service. So if you’re a 7th-12th grader interested in hanging out in a Christian environment with an awesome group of teens and demonstrating faith, not just talking about it, then you belong in SMS. Shandon’s teens come from a variety of neighborhoods and schools, have a wide range of interests, and are at different stages on their faith journeys.

Want more information about SMS? Want to get connected? Contact Andy Morris, Director of Youth Ministries at amorris@shandon-umc.org or(803) 491-5332.

Follow SMS on Facebook and Instagram to see all the exciting things going on!

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Shandon is a Safe Sanctuary church committed to providing a safe and caring environment where children can grow in their faith and Christian living.

Student Ministry: 7-12 Grade Events

Apr
2nd

MYF (Students Grades 7-12)

MYF (Students Grades 7-12)

Youth Zone

We invite students (rising 7th and older) to join us on Sundays.

MYF April 2023 Schedule

April 2: Guest Speaker! Open gym will start at 4:30 p.m., followed by MYF dinner and games at 5:00 p.m. After dinner, our students will have Lesli Wood as our special speaker for the night. 

Help pay for MYF meals & snacks:
shandon-umc.org/give, and choose MYF Meals/Snacks.

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Apr
9th

MYF (Students Grades 7-12)

MYF (Students Grades 7-12)

We invite students (rising 7th and older) to join us on Sundays.

MYF April 2023 Schedule

April 9: Easter Sunday! We will not have MYF, but we encourage students to celebrate the Victory found in Jesus with their families.

Help pay for MYF meals & snacks:
shandon-umc.org/give, and choose MYF Meals/Snacks.

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Apr
15th

VBS & Day Camp Registration Deadline

VBS & Day Camp Registration Deadline

VBS & Day Camp will be held June 5-9, 2023. Registration opens March 15 and will close April 15.

VBS is for children 3 year preschool (age 3 by 9/1/2022) through 2nd grade (current year 2022-23).

Day Camp is for students 3rd-12th grade and will be held on campus at

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Apr
16th

MYF (Students Grades 7-12)

MYF (Students Grades 7-12)

We invite students (rising 7th and older) to join us on Sundays.

MYF April 2023 Schedule

April 16: Open gym at 4:30 p.m., followed by MYF dinner and games. Our lesson will be “What is Community? Real vs. Fake,” and we will discuss what real life is like versus what people want their lives to look like online.

Help pay for MYF meals & snacks:
shandon-umc.org/give, and choose MYF Meals/Snacks.

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Apr
23rd

MYF (Students Grades 7-12)

MYF (Students Grades 7-12)

We invite students (rising 7th and older) to join us on Sundays.

MYF April 2023 Schedule

April 23: EX CON Night! Our former confirmands (6th-grade students) will join MYF for the FIRST TIME EVER from 4:30-6:30 p.m. for a Blacklight NERF fight! Students will eat together, hear a short message introducing our new students, and then break into chaos for our NERF fight in the dark. If they have one, students are encouraged to bring their blasters marked with their names.

Help pay for MYF meals & snacks:
shandon-umc.org/give, and choose MYF Meals/Snacks.

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Apr
30th

MYF (Students Grades 7-12)

MYF (Students Grades 7-12)

We invite students (rising 7th and older) to join us on Sundays.

MYF April 2023 Schedule

April 30: Open gym at 4:30 p.m., followed by MYF dinner and games. Our lesson will be “What is Community? Family vs. Friends,” and we will discuss healthy friendships.

Help pay for MYF meals & snacks:
shandon-umc.org/give, and choose MYF Meals/Snacks.

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May
7th

MYF at Escapology

MYF at Escapology

Escapology | 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

For MYF on May 7, our students will join students from Trenholm Road UMC at Escapology for a fellowship night trying to complete Escape Rooms! These rooms will test our student’s teamwork skills as they try to complete their room in under an hour! We will meet at the church at 4:00 p.m. on May 7 for dinner and then ride buses together to Escapology. 

The cost of this MYF trip is $20, which includes dinner and the Escape Room.

Students must register by April 26 to participate. 

Register at shandon-umc.org/register

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May
14th

Graduate Recognition Sunday

Graduate Recognition Sunday

Sanctuary | 8:45 a.m.

Please join us on Sunday, May 14, for Graduate Recognition Sunday in the 8:45 a.m. worship service. This service will celebrate our High School graduates and their accomplishments. 

For Shandon UMC students that would like to be included in this service, click here to submit your information by April 26. 

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May
24th

Allen Grant for Students

Allen Grant for Students

The Allen Committee is now accepting grant applications for the fall 2023 academic semester for students in college, technical and professional schools who are members of Shandon UMC or students of Epworth.

Although the monetary amount of Allen Grants may vary from year to year, it is presently contemplated that initially, such awards will be no more than $1,000 each, but such amount may, from time to time, be smaller or greater. At the discretion of the committee, multiple awards may be made in each calendar year, depending upon

the size of the Allen Educational Fund that year, the financial need of the applicant, and other considerations determined by the committee. Shandon members and Epworth students may apply for such awards to the Allen Fund Committee of the JOY Class on our website. The deadline to submit an application for the 2023 fall academic semester is May 24, 2023. Please visit shandon-umc.org/allenfund to apply.

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Jun
5th

Day Camp (June 5-9)

Day Camp (June 5-9)

Heathwood School

Students who will have completed grades 3-12 are invited to join us for Day Camp, which will be held on the campus of Heathwood School. Students are invited to join us for the week as we enjoy art, music/songs, Bible study, paddling, ropes courses, Gaga Ball, and initiative games. The theme of our camp this year will be the Character of God.

Who: Students who will have completed grades 3-12

When: The week of June 5-9, 2023 (These are the correct dates)

       9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Monday – Thursday

       9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Friday

Where: The campus of Heathwood School (3000 S. Beltline Blvd.)

              Drop off and pick up from Heathwood campus each day.

Registration: Registration is required. The fee is $100. Eighth-grade students and older will serve as counselors. Currently, we are limiting registration to church members and their families.
Registration closes at capacity or at 5:00 p.m. on April 15.

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Jul
16th

2023 Youth Mission Project

2023 Youth Mission Project

Hollywood, SC

We are thrilled to announce preparations for the return of Youth Mission Project (YMP) in 2023. This mission project is designed for Shandon UMC students who have completed by this summer any of the 9th -12th grades. We will serve together from Sunday, July 16 through Saturday, July 22 to serve the Petersfield Community in Hollywood, SC.  (Please note that we will meet at the church to pack for the trip on the morning of Saturday, July 15.)

We hope your student will join us as we take on home repair projects from roofing, painting, cleaning, and leading a VBS for the community as well as worshiping each evening with our group.

Registration is a commitment by the student to participate in the full work week of YMP.  The cost of this trip is $175, which is used to pay for lodging, meals, and other expenses for our group.  A $100 deposit is required at the time of registration and the remaining balance is due May 14.

All students that participate must attend one of the pre-trip Parent/Participant meetings with their parent/guardian.  The two options for these meetings (Sunday, April 23rd @ 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 7th @ 4:00 p.m.) are listed in the registration as well. 

This year we will partner with Home Works of America as they assist us in identifying homes in need of repair and vetting homeowners.  Home Works will also support us logistically with regard to materials and equipment.  Each student and his/her parents will need to sign a waiver as required by Home Works at the aforementioned Parent/Participant meeting.

Wesley Memorial UMC in Hollywood, SC, will be our host church offering us accommodations for the week in their gymnasium.  Their gymnasium facility includes a kitchen, restrooms with showers, and space that we will divide into areas to sleep males separate from females as well as designating a separate dining area for our group. Participants will provide their air mattresses for the week.  More details will be shared at the Parent/Participant meeting but participants should anticipate this experience to be one that requires a servant’s heart, joyful attitude, and patience as well as a concern for those whom we serve as well as those with whom we serve.

Space for YMP is limited and registrations at this time are only accepted from Shandon UMC students.

Additional questions or concerns may be directed to Andy Morris, Director of Student Ministry, at amorris@shandon-umc.org or 803-256-8383.

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We look to grow and strengthen the faith of youth through a variety of small and large group experiences. These experiences are centered on educating youth on the principles of our Christian faith.

Worship is the cornerstone of the Christian community and allows us to grow closer to God and enrich our lives in His Word. Teens are encouraged to worship at our Sunday morning services and whichever service feels comfortable for them.

Sunday school is base camp for your faith journey – setting the foundation for discovering God, building friendships, and exploring and growing in Christian faith. Classes are Sunday mornings from 9:45-10:45 a.m. and are filled with engaging studies and inspiring messages for everyday life. Classes are located in the Youth Zone, in the Dunn-Smith Center, second floor.

Junior Highs and Senior Highs get together Sunday evenings from 5:00-6:30 p.m. Sunday Night Live is a great opportunity for youth to hang out, connect, share a meal followed by a devotion or Bible study, and participate in a number of fun activities.

Wednesday evenings from 6:30-7:30 p.m. youth connect through small group Bible study. Adult leaders guide our youth through relevant studies to prepare them for life’s challenges, going deeper into the Bible and connecting with tangible resources for life today.

In Shandon’s Youth Music Group, teens share their creative gifts and express their faith through music. The group is open to all 6th-12th graders interested in music, both singing and instrumental. They perform during various worship services and for special programs and events. Rehearsals are Sundays from 4:15-5:00 p.m. For more information, contact Rev. Eddie Huss, Minister of Music, at ehuss@shandon-umc.org.

Shandon fully embraces the responsibility and joy of nurturing youth on their faith journeys. Each year our youth lead and participate in Sunday morning worship services for Youth Sunday.

At Shandon, we combine action with our faith. Serving others and making a difference in the lives of others is at the heart of our ministry. We seek to empower youth to lead and serve both at church and within our community to show God’s grace and love.

Service Experiences

Youth participate in monthly service opportunities to help those in need both within our community and outside our community. Epworth Children’s Home, Souper Bowl of Caring, MeadowFeed Meal Program, Salkehatchie Service and Youth Mission Project in Hollywood, SC are a few of our youth signature ministries.

We seek to build a community for youth to share experiences, build close friendships and support each other. Fellowship gatherings are full of engaging and fun events, activities, trips and retreats.

Fellowship Experiences

Trips to Carowinds, Asbury Hills, Revolution: Christian Concert, and the Whitewater Center are just a few of our fun experiences.

Shandon sponsors basketball teams for 2nd-12th graders, providing both children and teens opportunities for Christian sportsmanship. Grade-level teams compete in a local church league during the basketball season, October through late February.

Teens enjoy spending time together, sharing their love of music and praising God through contemporary Christian music. The group is open to all 6th-12th graders. They perform during various worship services, retreats and for special events.

“Scouting is fun, hands-on learning and achievement that puts [youth] in the middle of the action and prepares them for today – and for life.” In a fun, adventure-filled and nurturing environment, Shandon hosts both Cub Scouts for kindergarteners-5th graders and Scouts for 6th-12th graders helping young people develop character, leadership skills and citizenship as well as self-worth. The United Methodist Church long ago recognized that Scouting offers another setting for ministry to children and youth. Troops are open to new Scouts, transferring Scouts and anyone interested in learning more about the Scouting program.

Scout Troop 37 has a rich history. The Scout Charter was initiated April 1, 1948, making the Troop 70+ years old. The Troop is part of the Congaree District and the Indian Waters Council, and is honored that over 130 young people have completed the rank of Eagle Scout while a member of Troop 37. For more information, contact Scoutmaster Jeff Schatz at schatz@sc.edu.