October 27, 2019

11:00 am

        Guest Preacher:             Rev. Walter L. Kimbrough


John Wesley UMC

901 Benton Ave.

Nashville, TN  37204



Something is BOOMing at John Wesley United Methodist Church, and it is coming from the Young Peoples’ Department (YPD)! The YPD was formed out of the desire to increase collaboration between several church ministries that are involved with young people. The YPD is evidence that we are stronger when we work TOGETHER for a common cause. The John Wesley UMC YPD just had a BOOMiing weekend, as multiple ministries came together to celebrate our Back-to-School Bash on Saturday, July 29 followed by a Unity, Back-to-School, Family and Friends Day Worship service on Sunday, July 30.


The theme of the weekend was EMPOWER! The Scripture foundation was Philippians 4:10-13. The guest preacher was our own Jerrell M. Nelson, rising senior at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  He encouraged the graduates and returning college students to get ready to bounce back, regardless of the obstacles they may face.


YPD is EMPOWERed to live!! During the festival on Saturday, the young people created a giant mural in which they visually demonstrated what EMPOWER means to them. It was posted in the sanctuary as an inspiration to other young people, as well the entire congregation.  They also learned a line dance, played in the bounce house, delightfully gorged themselves at the giant ice cream bar and had a huge water balloon fight.


YPD is EMPOWERed to serve!! The YPD came together to assemble start-up school supply packages for 100 children who came to worship service on Sunday. The Youth Choir led the music ministry throughout the entire service. Our high school graduates and returning college students were honored and awarded scholarships.



YPD Description


What is the YPD? The YPD, or Young People’s Department, is a dynamic assembly of individuals representing various ministries which engage young people in the church. The purpose of the YPD is to collaboratively and holistically address the needs, desires and issues facing children, youth and young adults at John Wesley United Methodist Church and the community as a whole. The YPD is a collaboration between ministries which affect this group including the:



  • Acolyte Ministry

  • New Vision Young Adult Ministry

  • Children’s Ministry

  • Youth Choir

  • Christian Education (Sunday School, VBS)

  •  Higher Education Ministry

  • United Methodist Youth Fellowship


  • Youth Usher Board

  • Young Gentlemen Ministry


For more information on this and other ministry events of the YPD and John Wesley UMC, visit our web site and Facebook, at jwesleyumc.org, https://facebook.com/jwesleyumc,                  or call 615.298.2019.

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