The children and youth of our community are our future. For too long the decline of Apalachicola Bay and its oyster industry have cast a shadow over the community of Eastpoint; pulling many households apart in a cycle of poverty, unemployment, underemployment, and drug addiction, leaving many children without the nurturing supervision they need to create a successful future for themselves.
We offer a fun and caring youth center whose mission is to provide healthy recreation, fellowship, and learning, in a structured, safe, Christian environment.
Check out the activities offered at the Youth Center….
The Eastpoint UMC Youth Center hosts a 21st Century Community Learning Center known as “the Nest” afterschool and summer learning program. The Nest is available for free to Franklin County students. The Nest has two locations; at our church in Eastpoint, and in Carrabelle. To learn more, visit the Nest website at TheNestProgram.org. The Nest program admits students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin.
‘Engulf’ Youth Nights
The fun starts every Friday night at 6:30 at the Youth Center. Anyone in grade 6 through 12 is welcome here for fun games & activities, a great dinner, devotion, and fellowship with friends. Come as one or bring friends. You belong here! Engulf Night opens at 6:30 and closes at 8:30 pm (*during the school year, Engulf Night may not be available if the Friday is a school holiday.)
Children’s Cooking Classes (‘Cool Kids Cook’)
The THIRD Saturday of every month from 11 am to 1 o’clock, volunteer women from St. George Island United Methodist Church teach cooking lessons (with fun and creative recipes) to children who want to learn to cook! Anyone in grades kindergarten through fifth grade is welcome to come to any cooking class. What we make will then be served for our lunch together. Take home recipe cards from each class you attend. The class and lunch are free.
Children’s Art Classes (‘The Art Box’)
The SECOND Saturday of every month from 11 am to 1 o’clock, volunteers teach art lessons to any child who wants to be artistic for a few hours! Anyone in grades from kindergarten through fifth grade is welcome to come to any art class. Lunch will be served. Class and lunch are free.
If you would like to teach or assist a Saturday class, we would love your help! Email us here.
Cub Scout Pack 22
Our Youth Center is happy to host Cub Scout Pack 22. In Scouting, it’s fun, hands-on learning and achievement that puts kids in the middle of the action and prepares them for today – and for life. The pack meets on the SECOND and FOURTH MONDAYS at 6:30 pm, at 14 David Street (the blue building beside the church.) Anyone in grade K through 5 can be a Cub Scout.
Scouts BSA Troop 22
Our Youth Center also hosts Scout Troop 22. The troop meets on the SECOND and FOURTH TUESDAYS at 6:30 pm, at 14 David Street (the blue building beside the church). Anyone who is 11 to 17 years old can join the Troop.