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Youth Ministries

Doing God's work and being a blessing to those they serve. 

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Youth Ministries Coordinator- Roger Petersen

The Oak Grove Youth Group meets at 5:30 Sunday evenings and starts off with social time and dinner! At 6:00 we break into life groups and discuss various topics that involve our faith journey in our modern world. Discussions with youth leaders are in confidence, and the life group participants help lift each other up during difficult times. We do many fun activities and events. 

Youth Sunday School follows a variety of curriculum* that take a present day view of how the Bible can guide our lives today.  Part Bible study, part fellowship with games relevant to the lesson. We have a team of amazing teachers, each Sunday may have a different leader. Join us for fun, learning, and worship!


Youth Ministry often uses the highly rated Orange curriculum as a foundation for small

group lessons.

Youth Happenings

ANNOUNCEMENTS for September 15th

Susan Baker

Cross Trainers Sunday School is at 9:45 - This Sunday, we will continue with splitting the classes; Jr. High will meet in the new classroom, with Chad & Matt teaching.  Sr. High will meet in the regular classroom, with Roger & Noah teaching. Roger will be leading a discussion on one of Jesus's parables dealing with the issue of fairness.  


Blessing of the Animals at 4:00  - Youth are encouraged to attend The Blessing of the Animals at Oak Grove at 4:00, to assist Mrs. Mary and the team with welcoming guests and helping where needed.  Please wear your OG maroon Tshirts.  Youth Group will meet afterwards, beginning at the normal time of 5:30.


Sunday Night Small Group at 5:30  - Sunday night dinner will be a surprise!  Noah will be facilitating the lesson.  Bring a friend.


Next Gym/Activity night - Will be on Oct 8th.


Christmas Play Practice - Starts next week! Exciting.  


Fall Youth Lock-in - Save the Date of Friday Oct 27th & Sat Oct 28th.  More information will be provided in future emails. 


Prayer Rocks - continues. Paint a prayer rock for yourself, for someone else or to be added to OG's prayer garden area outside.  


Prayer Wall - Leave prayers and pray at the prayer wall outside Whitehurst Hall.


Volunteer to Provide Food Items for Youth - Below is a link to a Signup Genius of food items needed for Youth Small Groups. The links are different for each week.  If you are able to volunteer to provide any of the items, you can conveniently drop them off in the Youth Lounge on Sunday mornings during worship times.  Thank you in advance for your help, support and generosity!


Link to provide food items for youth:


Sunday October 8th


Sunday October 15th


New Young Adult Class - Are you in the age range of post high school to 40 years old & feel unsure where you fit in the church?  Join us for a new small group focused on building community together.  Tuesday Oct 3rd 6:30 - 8:00 pm, in the Upstairs Lounge.  For any questions, contact Pastor Britney at

As always, please feel free to contact me or any of your youth leaders, with questions or suggestions for our youth!


Susan Baker

804-304-0071 cell

Class of 2023 ~ Senior Recognition

August 13 was a very special day in the life of Oak Grove Youth Ministries as we honored 7 high school seniors who completed their secondary education. Some have been involved in youth ministries for 6 years and others for a short time, but we love them all. As they transition into adulthood, some will go to college and others into the workforce, but either way they go with our prayers that they will continue to hold fast to their faith journey.

Congratulations Paighton Coleman, Chris Midgette, Spencer Peterson, Snowden Barnett, Colby Webber, Joel Corona (not pictured because he already is at Purdue University) and Ava Kosinski (not pictured).

Enjoy this special video tribute to our graduates!

Smith Mountain Lake Retreat - August 2023

Sunset Boat Ride on the Lake. What a day on the water! 1st day at smith mountain lake was a blast! Everyone had a great time! 2nd day at SML. More fun than you can image. Lots of “couch surfing”. Who knew those kids could fly! Another amazing day at SML. Had another great day at SML. It rained this morning. We played a board game, then miniature golf. A beautiful sunset. More jet ski and raft surfing. We even rode the “hot dog”. It was a lot of fun! Another amazing day at SML. A beautiful sunset. More jet ski and raft surfing. The final full day of our youth retreat - gorgeous weather, devotions, and lots of lake time.

Puerto Rico Mission - July 2023

Our OGUMC youth worked on roof replacement and repair at the remote camp we stayed at.  Some of the damage was caused by a mud slide and some by deferred maintenance.  Also worked on landscaping at the camp and at a disabled local resident’s home, and relational ministry walking through a neighborhood in Ponce handing out beans and rice and when requested praying for local residents down on their luck.

Youth Ministry Worship & Fun

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