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To lead students into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.
For students to have a faith of their own, to be involved in ministry and to make a positive influence on their culture.
Lighthouse Student Ministry at
Heritage United Methodist Church
2680 Landmark Dr.
Clearwater, FL 33761 (map)
Director of Student Ministry
Rev. Tim DuBois
727.797.0703 ext. 126
Admin. Asst. for Student Ministry
727.797.0703 ext. 126
Financial Asst. for Student Ministry
727.797.0703 ext. 141
Office Asst. for Student Ministry
727.797.0703 ext. 114
Mon/Tue/Wed 9 am – 5 pm
Thurs 9 am – 12 pm
Fri 9 am – 4 pm
On Sunday mornings at 9:45 am Middle School students attend Bible Studies at the Lighthouse.
- 6th Grade in Room D209
- 7th / 8th Grade in Room D206
On Sunday evenings Middle School and High School students meet with a small group of their peers as part of our evening program. Each group is led by a caring adult who facilitates pertinent biblical discussions, allowing students to interact and grow in a relationship with God.
Our weekly program is a high-energy night of crazy and wacky games, dramas, music videos, relevant teachings, and praise and worship with our student-led worship band. It is a great time for students to build positive and encouraging relationships with other students and adults.
BLITZ & IMPACT:
Middle School BLITZ: Sunday Evenings 5 – 6:45 pm
High School IMPACT: Sunday Evenings 7 – 9 pm
Every Friday that school is in session, volunteers cook breakfast for the students. Each week is something different… omelets, pancakes (regular and Chocolate Chip!) French toast, bacon, sausage. There is always milk, juice and cereal offered. Once in a while there are even fresh donuts.
- 6 am High School
- 8 am Middle School
After breakfast, we drive Safety Harbor Middle School students to school on our bus and try to recruit parents willing to drive students to Carwise and Palm Harbor Middle Schools.
There is an on-going list of trips taken by our Student Ministry. They include:
- Local, national, and international mission work
- Service events
- Student summer camps
- Weekend Christian concerts
- Theme parks
- Outlet shopping
- and more….
Each student is provided lots of opportunities to get away with other students their age to grow in their faith and experience many new things!
Most trips involve the use of our Church bus, van and/or parent drivers. Registration information for activities is always available in the Lighthouse Office, and a non-refundable/non-transferable deposit for trips is necessary to sign-up. Certain larger trips require a commitment at the time of registration guaranteeing full trip payment even upon student cancellation. Occasionally, scholarships are available to help students with the cost of activities. And always, for safety purposes, a notarized, up-to-date Lighthouse Health Form is also required of every student.
We encourage our students to actively participate in community service projects throughout the entire year.
In order to fund our activities and subsidize trip costs, we host three major fundraisers. They are:
- the annual STRIVE community service day in February
- the annual month-long October Pumpkin Patch
- the Dinner and Auction held every two years in March.
These events are staffed entirely by students and their parents as volunteers.
Our students were honored to be named the Service Group of the Quarter by the City of Clearwater Parks and Recreation Department.
While our main program for students is held on Sunday night, we are a very active group and have several other areas where our students also get involved. We encourage our students to actively participate in community service projects throughout the entire year.
STRIVE (Students Turning Responsibility Into Valuable Experience)is organized each February as a one-day serving opportunity to allow our students to learn about servanthood and sacrifice, while taking ownership in the Lighthouse Student Ministry’s activities and programs. We feel this service makes a difference in the environment, the community and the lives of students.
Operation STRIVE serves several purposes. 1) It gives students the opportunity to band together in an effort to improve the environment in their local communities, 2) It assists municipalities and other not-for-profit organizations with projects that might never be accomplished without a volunteer work force, and 3) It provides the student ministries of Heritage United Methodist Church with the financial support necessary to serve our students.
The students go out into the very vicinity in which they live to work for not-for-profit or public-supported organizations. They spend an 8 hour day doing things like landscaping, coastal clean-up, lite construction, cleaning, planting, and painting. This is a rewarding experience for the students because they see immediately how their hard work is improving the community in which they live. STRIVE truly makes a difference in our communities. Each year Pinellas County is over 1,200 hours cleaner and much needed community work is completed at no cost to residents.
Students seek out sponsors to make tax-deductible donations to the Lighthouse Student Ministry in exchange for the student giving a full Saturday of service in the community. In this program, each donator is actually benefiting two (2) non-profit organizations at the same time. For our students, this process gives them a sense of ownership for the ministry in which they are involved. STRIVE is a tangible way for them to see their participation become a win for the ministry, a win for the students and a win for the community.
We are hoping through this program that God not only blesses our ministry but our community will be blessed as well. They will see the work that our students accomplish, they will be able to spend some time interacting with our students and ultimately, for most of these job sites, they will get a glimpse of God.
“It’s encouraging to have so many students willing to donate their time and effort to impact the community. We all wear the same colored t-shirt on workday which I guess makes people take notice. Several ask us what we are doing and are pleased to see teenagers with a purpose and a common goal working together,” said Rev. DuBois.
“The folks in the Parks & Recreation Department are wonderful to work with; very organized. They made it easy and fun for the students to serve,” said Lora Freeman, a parent who helps with the event.
Every October, the lawn of HUMC is filled with a huge variety of pumpkins, gourds, hay, and colorful fall backdrops. Each year families from all over the area come to pick out that perfect pumpkin. Prices begin at only 50 cents and it’s truly an event everyone can enjoy.
Hey, parents. Isn’t it time for Halloween photographs? Do you take pictures of your child every year in front of the same old living room sofa or front porch? This year make your pictures come alive! Bring your kids (in costume) and your camera — we’ll help you find the perfect spot in the patch for a precious one-of-a-kind photo with a backdrop of real pumpkins and fall fun!
Teachers, Daycare Providers, Scout Leaders: Schedule a special time in the patch for your group where they can enjoy great fall stories and pick out their very own pumpkin! To get all the details on how to bring your group, give us a call.
Our Patch is run by volunteers from the Lighthouse Student Ministry. All proceeds from this fundraising event support their ministry; including mission projects and sending students to camps.
Won’t you come visit us? Please call 727.797.0703 if you have any questions.