imagesaMiddle School Youth group is for youth in grades 6-8.  Highs School Youth group is for youth in grades 9-12. Any youth in the community are welcome to attend and do not need to be a member of Cullowhee UMC. We encourage the youth to invite friends. Scarlette Pless and Alena Strahan lead the Middle School, and Julia Trantham, Ryan Pless and Paul Heckert lead the High School.

Both groups meet regularly on Sundays 4-6:00 p.m. for activities and service work.  Occasionally, they have special activities, and they may meet earlier on Sunday.  In the summer, a mission trip is usually planned.

Adventure Camp 2018

Wilderness Trail Adventure for High School and Middle School Youth

A group of youth attended Wilderness Trail, June 17-23, located near Damascus, VA. with the near by Appalachian Trail.  Wilderness Trail is a backpacking ministry that takes people out of their comfort zone and places them in the beauty of God’s creation. The youth hiked the AT during the day carrying everything they needed in a pack, set up a different camp each night and then hiked to a new camp the following day.

The Wilderness Trail dates for 2019 are June 27-July 3.


2018 Mission Trips

Cross Missions Trip for Middle School Youth August 5-10

The Middle School Youth, led by Scarlette Pless, will be volunteering with Cross Missions, a ministry through Myers Park Presbyterian Church (right next to Queens College) in the Myers Park area of Charlotte. They will be housed at the church and each day will work at two different non-profits in Charlotte. Scarlette took Middle School Youth on this mission while at a previous employment position.  The youth found the experience life changing and a huge blessing to build relationships with each other and the homeless of Charlotte. The trip will be August 5-10.  For more information, contact Scarlette Pless.

High School Mission Trip went to Moore Haven, Florida June 10-15 and worked on homes damaged by Hurricane Irma.


Fall 2018 Ministry Opportunities for Middle School Youth

Dear Middle School Youth and Families,

We are so excited for this upcoming school year for our middle school students! Our hope is to provide opportunities of fun, spiritual growth, service and study so our students will grow in their faith walk. We cannot wait until August 26th.


Alena Strahan and Scarlette Pless

August 2018

Sunday School for Middle School students is every Sunday from 10-10:45 in room 206.

26th-“Youth Kick-off” Pool party at Sundrops on Caney Fork from 4-6. Please bring a swimsuit, towel and a change of clothes. Snacks will be provided.

29th-Whee Wednesdays begin!


September 2018

2nd-Labor Day Holiday, no youth9th-youth from 4-6, night of spiritual growth

15th-IMPACT DAY, youth are invited to help impact our   community by helping haul wood to our neighbors in Jackson County.

16th-Resting from impact day, no youth

23rd-youth from 4-6, night of mystery mission

30th-youth from 4-6, night of Bible study

October 2018

7th-Jackson County schools and WCU fall break, no youth

14th-WCU fall break, no youth

21st-youth from 4-6, night of spiritual growth

28th-fall fun @ Ryan and Scarlette’s house from 5-7, please bring an appetizer or dessert

November 2018

4th-youth from 4-6, night of mystery mission

11th-Veterans Day holiday, no youth

16th-18th-FALL RETREAT The  middle school students will be going on a Fall Retreat to Murphy, NC to stay in the cabin of the Borchelt family that is located on the river. We plan to leave the church at 4:30pm that Friday and will stop at a fast food stop on the way there and on the way back on Sunday. Please plan to bring about $25. That should cover the meals and any other things that come up. A follow up email will be sent out soon with the schedule and pack list! Looking forward to a time of “gathering together!”

25th-Thanksgiving break, no youth

December 2018

2nd-youth from 4-6, night of study

9th-Progressive dinner from 5-8


2015 Mission Trip to Washington, NC to re-roof a house damaged from a hurricane.