Good Shepherd United Methodist Church logo



Summer Camp sign up FAQs click here

Youth Summer Calendar



Confirmation Class at Good Shepherd is designed for our 7th grade students and is held during the 9:15am Sunday School hour. If you are interested in your student joining the Confirmation Class, please contact Heather Turquette at

Confirmation Welcome Letter

Confirmation Registration Form

Confirmation Expectation Form

  • Confirmation Sunday is on May 21st
  • Confirmation ceremony will be held during the 9:15am worship service.
  • Please have your Confirmand meet at 8:00am in our Confirmation Class Room (C230).
  • We will get organized and have a brief conversation about the service and then all walk down to the Worship Center together.
  • The class will be seated together in alphabetical order at the front center section.
  • Immediately following the 9:15am service there will be a reception in the Gym for the Confirmation Class/family
  • We ask that parents please provide a cross for their Confirmand to be given as a gift at the reception. All crosses should have the name of the Confirmand and the date on the back. These crosses are to be left in the Youth Room where they will hang on the wall until graduation when they will be given back at Senior Dinner, or in some cases when your child leaves GSUMC prior to graduation.

    When its time, Pastor Bill will ask the Confirmands to come to the altar rail. Because we have a large class this year, our class will broken-up into 2 or 3 groups at a time. The Confirmands who are also being baptized will go with the first group. All other interested parties will stay where they are! Pastor Bill will ask that when your confirmand is being confirmed, that you stand in your place at that time. This is true for family/sponsors and anyone else who would claim your child as theirs if they could!

    There is no need for extra special attire for this service but please have your Confirmand dress nice. Jeans/slacks/dress are fine, as long as it is a fairly nice thing ( holey jeans, shorts & flip flops or old yard clothes!).

    If you have a child that is participating in the Confirmation Class but is not planning to be confirmed, they have a couple of options. 1. They can come, sit with their class and stay in their seat as those being confirmed go to the alter rail, or 2. They can come and sit with you during service and be there to support their class. We would encourage ALL class members to attend the reception following the service. This reception is to recognize all who participated in the program, not only those confirmed.

    The Let’s Talk About IT Retreat has been rescheduled and the curriculum modified to be delivered on Wednesday Nights (April 5, 12, 19 and 26th) during regularly scheduled Bible Study time. These weeks in Bible Study we will focus and shine a light on the touchy subjects of purity and sexuality. We know the information the world is teaching our youth about sexuality is very different from the plan God had originally intended for us. The fact is, your child is already forming their moral beliefs and ideas, and these beliefs are being molded and shaped by their cultural and relational experiences. Your home culture and your relationship with your teen has been influencing them for years. But gradually, as your teen starts to gain more and more independence, the culture around them and their outside-of-the-home relationships will become some of their biggest influences. It is during this growth period (in maturity, physically and sexually) that your son or daughter will form, what will be, their life-long morality and ethic code that they will rely on as they become adults. Therefore it is important for the loudest and most clear message to be Biblically sound. And we hope to offer them some insight into God’s message for the youth of today regarding sex, relationships and their sexuality. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns about the curriculum we will be presenting. And see this FAQ to answer any of your more pressing questions.


    Please NOTE that BreakThru registration is now past the first deadline. Any registrations past March 26th will be $225 to include the late fee assessed by the camp.Your spot is NOT guaranteed with registration. We will contact the camp to see if there are any additional spots available to us.

    Who: Current 6th-12th graders

    When: April 28-30th

    Meet at GSUMC on Friday at 4:15 in Building C by the Theater

    We should return on Sunday between 2:30-4:30pm


    To register for JUMMP CLICK HERE

    For JUMMP Covenant of Conduct CLICK HERE

    For JUMMP Personal Packing List CLICK HERE

    Who: Completed 6th-8th Graders

    What: Week-long Mission Trip/Camp

    4 Nights at a local church (Mon-Fri)

    3 Full Work Days (yard work, light construction, home repairs, relational ministry with homeowners)

    Other churches will attend

    Work Team consist entirely of GSUMC Youth and a

    GSUMC Adult Leader

    Evening Fun/Activities

    Daily Youth-led Worship

    All Meals Included

    When: June 12-16, 2017

    Pre-Camp Meeting: Wed. May 31, 2017

    7:00-9:00pm (Youth Room)

    Where: TBD

    Cost: $225/Youth *Adults Paid by GSUMC

    What Else: Adults needed to attend camp and serve in

    various roles at Camp!

    Construction experience is NOT required!

    Deadline: April 2, 2017

    To register for UM Army CLICK HERE

    For UM Army Press & Medical Release CLICK HERE

    Who: Completed 9th-12th Graders

    What: Week-long Mission Trip/Camp

    6 Nights at a local church (Sun - Fri)

    5 Full Work Days (yard work, light construction, home

    repairs, relational ministry with homeowners)

    Other churches may attend

    Work Team consist of a mix of Youth and Adults from all churches attending camp

    Evening Fun/Activities

    Daily Worship

    All Meals Included (except for 1 evening meal at a local restaurant)

    When: July 9-15, 2017

    Pre-Camp Meeting: Thurs. June 22, 2017

    7:00-9:00pm (Youth Room)

    Where: Madisonville, TX

    Cost: $250/Youth *Adults Paid by GSUMC

    What Else: Adults needed to attend and serve in various

    roles at Camp!

    Construction experience is NOT required!

    Deadline: April 2, 2017

    To register for HEB Camp as a Student Camper CLICK HERE

    To register for HEB Camp as an Adult Volunteer CLICK HERE

    For HEB Camp Acknowledgement of Water Skills CLICK HERE

    For HEB Camp Personal Checklist CLICK HERE

    For HEB Covenant of Conduct CLICK HERE

    Who: Completed 7th - 12th Graders

    What: Spiritual/Social/Recreational Retreat

    3 Nights at a rustic cabin setting

    2 Days of fun and worship

    Other churches DO NOT attend

    Outdoor Activities



    Outdoor sports

    Tubing (if Frio River allows)


    Garner State Park Dance

    Daily Youth-led Worship

    All Meals Included (except for meals to and from camp

    paid by you)

    When: Mon. July 31-Thurs. Aug 3, 2017

    Where: H.E.Butt Foundation Camps

    (Hill Country near Leakey, TX)

    Cost: $200/Youth *Adults Paid by GSUMC

    What Else: Adults needed to attend camp.


    Adults will need to drive a 15-passenger van.

    Adults who attend camp will need to complete a Youth Protection Online Training by the Boy Scouts of America

    Please take the training HERE and print the certification

    at the end of course.

    NOTE: This is the only camp where space is limited.

    As a result, completed 6th graders are not eligible for this camp and priority for the 7th-12th graders will be given based on Youth’s church involvement during the current school year; age/gender ratios; and payment in full by deadline.

    Deadline: April 2, 2017

    Vision Statement

    The Vision for the Youth Ministry at GSUMC is to assist in the successful transition of our students into adulthood as committed followers of Christ.

    Purpose Statement

    The Youth Ministry at GSUMC exists to SHARE Christ with those who don’t know him, to LIVE together in God’s love, to GROW as disciples of Christ, to PRAISE God through our lives, and to SERVE in ministry to all of God’s people.

    Youth Connection is our Sunday Morning program for all youth in grades 6-12. We will begin at 9:15am in the Youth Room and wrap up at noon with age appropriate Small Groups meeting in different locations throughout the church. Each Sunday Morning our youth will be given the opportunity to CONNECT with each other, to CONNECT with adult leaders, and to CONNECT with Christ in large and small group settings through fun, fellowship, study and worship. Youth Connection is intentionally designed to be a single 2 hour program. In order to receive the benefits of both large & small group time, all youth are encouraged to participate for the full

    2 hours. Here is the schedule of our Sunday morning programming:


    JR HIGH (6-8th grades) Sunday School

    6th grade: Room B201/203 Leaders: Melanie Martinsen & Jonathan Turquette

    7th grade/ Confirmation: Room C230-232, Leaders: Joan Robilio, Jason Blackshear & Courtney Osborne

    8th grade: Room C234 Leaders: Chris Schreiber &

    Yvette Hayes

    SR HIGH Class/Fellowship (9-12th grades): Youth Room

    10:15-10:45am Hang Time/Fellowship (6-12th grades) Youth Room


    JR HIGH (6-8th grades) Worship: Youth Room

    SR HIGH (9-12th grades) Options Available*

    Worship with Family: Worship Center*

    Serve: Children’s or Jr. High Ministry*

    Wednesday Night Bible Study (6-8pm) is our mid-week opportunity where the youth get recharged and refreshed by God's Word and fellowship. This program is designed for students who want to connect on a deeper level. A typical weekly schedule looks like this:

    6:00pm- Pizza and Hang Time (Youth Room)

    6:15pm- Large Group Time (Youth Room)

    Announcements and youth-led scripture reading, devotional and prayer.

    6:30pm- Small Group Time

    Students divide into Age & Gender specific groups for Bible Study.

    8:00pm- Dismissal

    8:15-9:00pm- Sr. High "Afterglow" at place TBD weekly

    (i.e. Sonic/Arby's)

  • Jr. High Worship helper; 10:45am
  • Wednesday Night Bible Study leader - 7th grade girls
  • For other volunteer opportunities please email or

    Are you interested in taking your spiritual life to a deeper level? Are you interested in being a part of a group that will help hold each other accountable to living each day for the glory and honor of God? Are you interested in being a part of a group that will share with you in your joys and encourage and support you in your struggles? If you are in High School and would like more information about Accountability Groups, please see Jeff or email and we'll get you plugged into a group!

    We love getting to know your kids, and it is our desire to develop a strong relationship with each of them that goes far beyond the walls of the church. To do that, we like visiting with students at school during their lunch period on Wednesdays. Cy-Fair ISD has created a system to ensure safety at their schools which requires that parents fill out a permission slip to allow the Youth Directors to visit your child during lunch. Unless we have a permission slip on file with the school, we are not allowed to visit with them. If your student is interested in having us visit, please fill out the permission slip and return to the youth office. Click on Lunch Lady image for the form.

    Volunteer Covenant & Safe Sanctuary Policies

    2016/17 Medical Release Form

    Medication Authorization Form

    CFISD Visitation Permission Form (Jr. High)

    To FOLLOW US on Social Media - click image to the left.

    Jeff Dunbar, Director of Student Ministries

    Heather Turquette, Jr. High Youth Director

    Susan Lawyer, Student Ministry Assistant

    ArrowIcon BloggerIcon AimIcon DeliciousIcon PaperIcon EtsyIcon FacebookIcon FilmStripIcon FlickrIcon CameraIcon LaunchIcon GooglePlus2Icon GooglePlusIcon HeartIcon InformationIcon InstagramIcon LastfmIcon FrontCameraIcon LinkedInIcon EmailIcon MoneyIcon ItunesIcon MyspaceIcon OpenTableIcon PayPalIcon PencilIcon PersonIcon PhotoIcon PicasaIcon PinterestIcon PodcastIcon RssIcon ShoppingCartIcon SoundCloudIcon StarIcon TableProjectIcon TheCityIcon TumblrIcon Twitter2Icon TwitterIcon TypepadIcon VideoIcon VimeoIcon WordPressIcon YelpIcon YoutubeIcon