Wesley United Methodist Church
Wesley has 2 youth programs that offers a community of fellowship, faith exploration and fun! CAF (Christian Adventure Fellowship) is our middle school youth group (6th-8th grade) and MYF (Methodist Youth Fellowship) is our senior high school group for 9th-12th grade youth.
Our goal is to create a space that is open, accepting and inclusive. This community of trust allows the youth to explore, discover, and challenge their faith through discussion, reflective activities and experiential programs. We talk about life issues, topical events and how our faith impacts our perspective and beliefs. We challenge the youth to express their faith in action: by participating in service projects, mission trips and engagement in issues of social justice and social concern.
Leadership development is nurtured through opportunities for planning activities for the children, serving as a summer camp counselor, public speaking opportunities, and participation in intergenerational church programs and more!
We love to have fun too! Lock-ins (sleep over at church,), retreats, fellowship activities, and just and chill and hangout time too! Come join us!
Our Nikkei Matsuri Connection
The youth group has participated in Nikkei Matsuri for over 15+ years. We began selling drinks and snow cones which later changed to Nikkei Dogs about 7 years ago. Our decision to change was to introduce something new to a very traditional food court menu. We felt the food items could be purchased anywhere in Japantown. Inspired by a popular Japanese fusion hot dog cart in Canada, we created our version of what we called Nikkei Dogs: Teriyaki and Sunomono Dogs (later added Karai (spicy dog) These hot dogs received a lot of attention because they were such a nontraditional item (and delicious too!)
One year we added cold kuri (marinated cucumber) on at stick, after enjoying them on a youth “Tohoku disaster relief” summer trip to Japan. We thought this simple and healthy food would offer a complimentary option to any food. Even though it was popular and sold out early we did not repeat it the following year because it was difficult to manage so many food items in a small booth.
The proceeds earned from the youth booth helps to support youth participation in summer youth camp programs. We enjoy participating in Nikkei Matsuri as the community comes together to celebrate and share our cultural roots and growing diversity.