The Youth of Nardin Park are cherished deeply by all the generations of our church.
Our mission; Do Good, Show Love is the center of our Youth Group.
- Youth Group: We meet monthly during the school year on Sundays, 12:30 to 2:30 pm in Park Place! Youth Group twice a month during the summer, same time and place as usual.
- Missions: In recent years, we have participated in the Motown Mission, Henderson Settlement, and local outreach missions. Each summer there will be a Jr. High Mission Week. We sleep at the church and serve locally. For Sr. High, we participate in a week-long mission across the country to help the community.
- Off-Campus Events: Occasionally, we will have off-campus events! These events include Movie Nights at the theater, Scavenger Hunts + serving locally. In order to participate in off-campus events, each youth attending will need to have their paperwork turned in (just in case of an emergency).
- Paperwork: Please fill out the following Google Forms for your active youth member!
Kristen Trachet – Director of Children and Youth Ministries
Kristen is a member of the United Methodist Church and has served for over 11 years in various capacities. At Nardin Park, she is the Director of Children’s and Youth Ministry and she is thrilled about the Faith journey she will take with our young people.
Kristen was born in Flint and lived in rural Michigan for six years before moving to Las Vegas, Nevada where she would grow up. Following high school graduation, Kristen worked in a gluten-free bakery where she developed her baking and cake decorating skills. In the summer of 2019, Kristen moved to Michigan to be close to her brother and sister-in-law as they welcomed her first niece, Violet Ember.
She has many passions including; the art of all media, reading, cooking, and stenography. She is a member of the LGBTQIA+ community and lives with her partner, Lucy, and their two cats, Alice and Hiro. Kristen is a student at Macomb Community College in the Court Reporting program, where she is gaining the skills necessary to work in the justice system as a court reporter.
Kristen is excited to share her love of creating and passion for young people within her two roles at Nardin Park!
A message to the youth
Hi there! I am so blessed to be able to work with such wonderful youth. Apart from being a great group, each individual that comes here, brings a sense of greater peace and passion to our space. We are thankful to have unending support from our congregation, Leadership team, and staff. Each week I walk into the Youth Room I am filled with joy and peace as I can share such a special friendship with each of the awesome humans that are a part of NPYG. I continue to learn and grow in my faith journey as we continue to grow as a group. Each time we meet, I am taught new things by our students. Nardin Park Youth Group is a safe place for teens + all humans; no matter their background, race, sexual orientation, or gender identity. You matter, and we welcome you.
You can email Kristen at Ktrachet@npumc.org
Times for both high school and middle school families to fellowship together may include an orchard trip, mini golf, pizza out, among others.
Serving at Church
There are many opportunities for youth to be involved in ministry here at Nardin Park, including serving as acolytes, singing in the choir, helping in Godly Play rooms, serving on committees, and more.
Youth Ministry is only made possible with the help of volunteers like you. There are many ways to be involved, with different skill sets and different time commitments. Contact Kristen or Lauren S. to talk about how you might be involved.
MOTOWN MISSION 2016
From June 26-29th, Nardin Park's youth in grades 6-12 participated in this Motown Mission. This provided us with an opportunity close to home, working to help our neighbors in Detroit.
The youth learned about the city, and the people who live there and experienced a variety of ministries serving the poor.
"When you have it done to the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you have done it for me." Matthew 25:40
YOUTH 2015 Orlando, Florida
In June 2015, 6 youths and 3 adults from Nardin Park attended YOUTH 2015, the National Gathering of United Methodist Youth, in Orlando, Florida. Here, we gathered with about 650 youth and leaders to worship, grow in faith, and learn how to live in faith.
June 17-23, 2018: Summer Mission Trip to Henderson Settlement in Frakes, Kentucky
Henderson Settlement is a United Methodist Mission located in Frakes, KY that serves the Appalachian community through food pantries, after school programs, and home improvements, among other things. The Nardin Park Youth worked on adding a deck to a home.
Thank you! Through your generosity, the Youth Mission Team reached their fundraising goal to make this trip possible.