ENGAGE Student Ministries

No matter what,
YOU are a beloved child of God.
YOU are important.
YOU are loved.
At ENGAGE Student Ministries, YOU matter.
At ENGAGE Student Ministries, ALL students 6th – 12th grade, their families & their friends are welcome. 
The goal of ENGAGE Student Ministries includes creating spaces to…
* CONNECT with each another and God — through fellowship, fun, games, and activities.
* GROW faith — through small groups, Bible study, Confirmation, and more.
* SERVE in love — through monthly outreach & mission.
We believe we do this best through…
* Prayer
* Reading and studying Scripture together

Prayer, Worship, Serving Others, and Scripture. These are the four pillars upon which your faith grows. These four pillars help you become your best self.

And by doing these – and having fun along the way – together we believe lives can be transformed.

Have a question, comment, or concern? Want to talk about school, your family, your best friend or worst enemy? Want to talk about Jesus, Star Wars, comic books, movies or your favorite food? Have a prayer request? Want to grab lunch? (Jess is buying!) Email Family & Student Minister Jess Horsley or text/call Jess at 314.750.4597.

SIGN UP to receive ENGAGE Text Alerts! CLICK HERE to sign up for the ENGAGE Remind Text Alerts. These texts are sent 3 – 4 x weekly to update you with prayer requests & upcoming activities!

All events & activities in KUMC’s Student Hall (unless otherwise noted).
Regular Weekly Activities

Wednesday ENGAGE

Snack & Fellowship Time                  3:00 – 4:30 pm
Devotion & Discussion Time           4:30 – 5:45pm
ENGAGE Worship (KUMC Chapel)   5:45 – 6:15 pm
Fellowship Dinner                            6:15 – 6:45 pm
       Small Groups & Fellowship             6:45 – 8:00 pm


Breakfast & Bible 9:00 – 10:00 am 
Join study leaders and other students to  discuss and explore the Bible,
current events and world issues,  all while enjoying breakfast.
Breakfast & Bible is currently using The Bible Project’s Read Scripture & Video Studies series.
For more information on this curriculum, CLICK HERE.
This Week’s Offerings…

Hands on Kirkwood Bag Distribution
Wed, Oct 3
4:30 – 5:30pm 
KUMC Student Lounge & KUMC Neighborhood
We’ll pass out Hands on Kirkwood donation bags to KUMC’s neighbors and prepare to collect donations for Hands on Kirkwood on Sat, Oct 6!

ENGAGE Worship: Prayer – Common Prayer
Jess Horsley preaching; Pastor Katie presiding over Communion
Wed, Oct 3 @ 5:45pm
KUMC Chapel
Our traditions – families, schools, friends, churches – teach us common prayers; prayers we say around the dinner table, before bed, before or after work. We’ve memorized them so much, we sometimes forget what they even mean! How can we make these common prayers NEW again? Find out with Jess next Wed, Sept 26 as we explore Common Prayers!
Join us next Wed too as Pastor Katie oversees Communion!
ENGAGE Fellowship Meal: Pork Loin!
Wed, Oct 3
6:15pm in KUMC Student Lounge
Pork loin, mashed potatoes, green beans and dessert!
ENGAGE DIM Small GroupWed, Oct 3 – Wed, Oct 24
Weekly; 6:45 – 7:30pm
Join Jess & Caitlin as together we explore prayer in a variety of forms – common, meditation,

Offerings this Weekend…

Hands on Kirkwood
Sat, Oct 6
8am – 12noon

Kirkwood Baptist Church (KBC), Various locales

EMAIL JESS & SIGN UP to serve those throughout the Kirkwood community!
Lots of ways to serve for all ages and ability levels!
NOTE: We’ll meet at KUMC on 7:45am and carpool to KBC. We’ll return to KUMC around 12noon.     Confirmation: Salvation
Sun, Oct 7 @ 9:00am
Student Lounge
God’s grace is what saves us…but do we have to do anything? And what does God save us from? What IS “salvation” and why do we want it? Join Emilee this Sunday, Oct 7 to find out more!

Breakfast & Bible: Literary Styles in the Bible & The Bible as Jewish Meditation Literature
Sun, Oct 7 @ 9:00am
Student Study Room

Following our discussion of “What is the Bible?”, we’re now exploring the different types of styles in the Bible and how the Bible was originally used! Join Jess and Nic this Sunday for more! And donuts – there will be donuts!

Teach Us to Pray: Embodied Prayer!
World Communion Sunday
Pastor Katie preaching Exodus 15:17-21 — Miriam Dances

Sat, Oct 6 @ 5:05pm & Sun, Oct 7 @ 9:00am & 10:30am
KUMC Sanctuary
The people of the first testament were a moving people! Scripture is a text rich in embodiment, packed with moving postures of prayer. God walked in the garden (Genesis 3:8); Solomon spread out his hands toward Heaven (1 Kings 8:22) and Miriam danced – along with all the other Israelite women (Exodus 15:20)! Abraham fell prostrate (Genesis 17:3) before God; David, too, danced (2 Samuel 6:14). Even Jesus and Paul are both described kneeling and bowing to the ground in prayer.

Hands lifted. Arms outstretched. Heads and entire bodies, bowed.
Kneeling. Walking. Rolling. Dancing – we pray not just with words but with our bodies! Find out how YOU too can use your body to pray to God!


Acolyte Training
Sun, Oct 7
10:15am – 12noon
KUMC Chapel/Sanctuary

Join Jess as we explore what it means to be an Acolyte, a bearer of the flame!
The flame represents God’s love in the world, which YOU as an acolyte usher into worship each week! Learn what an acolyte wears, how to dress, what to do and how to do it on Sun, Oct 7 at 10:15am in the KUMC Chapel.

Upcoming ENGAGE Activities & Events in October


Halloween Hallway Walk
Sun, Oct 28 5:30 – 7:00pm
KUMC Sanctuary, Lower Level Classrooms & The Wood
Help decorate the “Coke Corner” the morning of Sun, Oct 28 – then come back to KUMC and help pass out candy (and scares!) as KUM Preschool, CDO children & KUMC Kids “trick or treat” through the halls of KUMC! Enjoy pizza, drinks, candy and a movie in The Wood from 6:30 – 7:00pm!
Student Halloween Movie Night: DEVIL 
Wed, Oct 24
6:00 – 8:00pm
KUMC Student Lounge

6th – 12th grade students and friends are invited to the Student Halloween Movie Night on Wed, Oct 24 from 6:00 – 8:00pm in the Student Lounge at KUMC. DEVIL tells the story of a group of strangers who get stuck in an elevator – and the Devil is mysteriously among them. What happens when they are forced to face their greatest fears?  Produced by M. Night Shymalan, DEVIL ultimately tells a story of redemption, forgiveness and peace and is rated PG-13 for violence and disturbing images and is rated 3.8.4 by Kids.In.Mind.com


A time to consider saying “YES” to Christ. Begin to live into your faith walk and CLICK HERE to visit our Confirmation page for more information.