At Irving Park UMC, faith development is a process.  Our Youth Ministry begins with confirmation and continues as our young people grow and graduate from high school.  We are committed to providing space and opportunities for teens to think and talk about their life and faith.   Our activities encourage them to build strong and healthy relationships and to put their faith into action. We are intentional in planning activities to meet the needs of preteens, middle school, and high school students.  

Our youth programs include a wide variety of activities and discussions designed to encourage our youth to build a bridge between their everyday lives and their developing faith understandings.   Monthly meetings, fun activities, retreats, and service and volunteer opportunities help teens see God in the world around them.  Our youth are also an active part of our church life as they participate in leading worship and serving on work teams that match their interests. 

To get on our mailing list for youth events, which includes retreats and lock-ins, trips, mission activities and “fun” Bible Studies, please email the church office  or call 773-283-6262.

 What is Confirmation?

Confirmation is a journey in which our students will spend two years of exploring our faith tradition and engaging in a dialogue with a variety of voices to grow in their own identity and belief system.  Confirmation is an important part of our church’s Christian education program.   Christian education is a lifelong adventure.  Our goals are to provide the students with lessons and experiences that will equip them to understand more fully what our church believes, and enable them to make decisions about the ways that they want to partner with us on their journey.   This is a time for youth to explore ideas and traditions as they make their faith their own.  


Retreats and conferences are a regular part of our youth ministry. Conferences enable us to move away from the familiar in order to explore new possibilities, often with youth from other churches and places. This includes summer camps, summer mission trips, our Global Citizenship Program, the FUEL leadership conference for high school students, and SuperStart! for preteens.  

Check out our news page to view all the youth events we have going on at Irving Park United Methodist Church!