Early adolescents is a time of great transition. Young people start to gain independence and push against the boundaries in their lives, testing the waters of independence and developing a stronger sense of self. Some changes in their lives are voluntary, others are involuntary–even biological–and with these changes come new choices. Together with parents, we hope to accompany young people through these changes, and help them make good choices as they develop into a more mature version of who God made them to be.

Rites of Passage:

Confirmation: Confirmation is a major rite of passage for adolescents. After a multi-week experience of learning about and exploring the Christian faith, young people are invited to “confirm” their baptism and make a more grown-up decision to follow Christ and claim the name of Christian in their life. We offer this rite of passage for anyone in 6th grade or older.

Weekly Connect:

Sunday School: We offer two great Sunday School classes for youth. Grades 7th – 9th meet in Room M9. Grades 9th – 12th meet in the Youth Room. Exciting curriculum has been specially planned and prepared for this year! MORE

Youth Group: St. Stephen’s Youth Ministry exists to ignite active Christian faith. St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church Youth Fellowship meets every Sunday night, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM. 7th to 12th graders (Middle and High school in Fairfax County) can kick back and relax, while learning more about their faith. Dinner will be provided each week. Can’t make it at 5:30p.m. or have too much homework/sports/car washing/dog washing/cat washing, etc., to come for 2 hours?  Join us at 6:30 pm Sunday in the chapel for a half-hour prayer service to get your week off to a great start! We call it Youth Chapel.

Bible Study: Most weeks we have at least one mid-week Bible study over breakfast at McDonald’s. Make sure to sign up for our weekly e-mails for updates on when the next one will meet.

Free Frozen Yogurt at Zinga: Every Thursday at 3:30 you can find us at Zinga in the Kings Park shopping center. The froyo is free. The fun is priceless!



At St. Stephen’s we partner with families from birth to launch. Visit our Family Map for more information.