Youth Group

Youth Ministry at River City!

Hannah Bryant is our Youth and Children’s Minister at River City. She is continuing to develop our Youth Ministry (sixth-twelfth grade). A youth group is a great way to get your middle and high school-age kids involved in ministry and is a safe place where they can grow deeper in their faith and in their relationships with one another.
Youth Group Meets: Each Sunday evening our Youth Group meets at 5:45pm until 7:15 (includes dinner) at our St. Matthews Campus (319 Browns Lane). This is a safe place for your youth to come and encounter God, to ask questions, and to bring their friends.
Super Second Sundays: Every second Sunday of the month our youth will be head off after church to have lunch at our St. Matthews Campus and join other youth for lunch and an afternoon activity. Youth will arrive back to the St. Matthews Campus for pick up at 5:00pm! Email Hannah Bryant with any questions!
November: Packing Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes, Wrapping Angel Tree gifts. (Please bring $10)
December: Ice-Skating (location and cost still to come)

 Events for the Youth

There are several upcoming events for the youth group specifically. These can also be found on our events page. All youth are encouraged to join us on these events. These outings are great ways to experience God in different ways and to develop a sense of trust and safety in the group. And they’re fun.
Fall Retreat:Our Youth will be going on a fall retreat to Camp Loucon, one of our church camps. Look for a sign up sheet on our connection table, or email Hannah for more information at

 Annual Events

Each year there are a number of events that the youth will have the opportunity to participate in. Many of these events will change from year to year. Other events, though, we will continue to go to each year as they are incredible chances for the youth to experience growth in their faith.
Winter Blitz: Freedom Hall: Third Weekend in January
One of the biggest events in Winter Blitz. The upcoming Winter Blitz 2019 will be January 18-20. It will cost $30 per youth for this weekend event. We will stay overnight on Friday and on Saturday at St. Matthews UMC and will be joining their youth group for this event.  Winter Blitz is a chance for the youth to hear testimonies and lessons from others and to worship with thousands of other youth from all over the state and the country. The speaker this year is Rachel Billups and the worship band is Iron Bell Music. Contact Hannah for more information or to sign your youth up to attend.
Chrysalis Flights: Flaget Center: Winter Flight and Summer Flight
One of the neat things we like to do for our community at River City is to send them on the Walk to Emmaus retreat that happens at several different points throughout the year. The youth version of this is called Chrysalis. There are two flights a year for sophomores to seniors in high school. It’s a three-day retreat where you’ll listen to some talks about different faith topics from kids your age as well as some adults, rock out with an awesome worship team, and just have a lot of fun too. If you are ever interested in attending a weekend, you (or your parents) can talk to Pastor Derek for more information. Fly with Christ!

Safe Sanctuaries

Safe Sanctuaries is the name commonly given by local United Methodist Annual Conferences and local churches to their individual efforts to make conference, district, and local church programs welcoming and safe for children, youth and vulnerable adults. We want your child to grow in the faith and the best way we can do that is by first giving them a safe environment to learn in. River City complies with Safe Sanctuary Policies set out by the Kentucky Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. To learn more and to view this policy, please visit our conferences website: