Youth Ministry

Youth Ministry at Central is dedicated to meeting all youth right where they are, both in life and in their spiritual journey. We are dedicated to forming safe, deep and meaningful relationships with our young people. Our goal is to be a Christian example going before them to show them the way, be beside them to guide them on their journey, and be behind them to catch them when they fall.

During COVID restrictions our Youth are meeting outside where they can socially distance themselves. Each Sunday, weather permitting, they meet in front of the church. Middle Schoolers meet from 5:00-6:15 pm and High Schoolers meet from 6:30-7:45 pm.


In many United Methodist congregations, preparation for confirmation begins when youth enter their middle school years.  The middle school years (6th-8th grades) are when young people begin to move from concrete thinking to abstract thinking and is when many people begin to make lifelong faith decisions.  During these middle school years, youth are seeking a sense of belonging.  Belonging to the community of faith is an appropriate response to that developmental task.

Central offers a formal process with a class-leading to the ritual of confirmation for those who choose to receive it and are deemed ready to do so by our pastors.  We begin the confirmation process in sixth and/or seventh grade based on interest.  Confirmation usually meets each Sunday during the Sunday School hour, attends a retreat, and ends with confirmation during a special worship service.  

Central is dedicated to protecting its children and youth.  We have a Safe Sanctuaries policy in place.  You may view the policy, find a volunteer form, or a background check form by clicking on the appropriate name.

Contact Pastor Ben Sloan for questions and volunteer positions.

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Jake Perry during his recent mision trip to Costa Rica.

For the 2020-2021 school year while we are under COVID restrictions, confirmation will meet at 11:00 am each Sunday after worship with Pastor Ben Sloan.

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30 Union Street N.
Concord, NC 28025

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