Bi-District Youth

Youth Ministry Cohorts

The Bi-District office is committed to helping youth leaders in Arlington and Alexandria (both paid and volunteer) grow in their ministry. One way we help equip youth leaders is to help facilitate the formation of Youth Ministry Cohorts. These cohorts, started as a pilot program in 2017, offer youth leaders connection with leaders from nearby churches in several different geographic locations across our Districts. 

There are currently 5 NoVA UMC Youth Ministry Cohorts.

Region95/395 CohortWestern AreasSterling-esqueFalls ChurchOG Cohort in Alexandria
FacilitatorPeter KwonAgustus GustoPam BentleyKathy HarringtonKim Johnson
Anne Sawin

To join a Youth Ministry Cohort, send an email to or and we can help you get connected with other United Methodist Youth Leaders in your area!

Youth Confirmation Retreat

Friday, January 31- Saturday February 1, 2020
Camp Highroad

This is an introduction to confirmation event, designed especially for churches that will be hosting small confirmation classes (12 or fewer) this year. Participating churches are asked to send one adult chaperone per every five confirmands attending. The Confirmation retreat costs $70/person.

If you have problems with the registration form, please contact Kim Johnson (

Retreat Details

General Schedule – We begin Friday evening after supper and we conclude Saturday evening, departing before supper. The whole retreat is less than 24 hours of action-packed learning and fun. 

Content Covered – This weekend focuses on our United Methodist understanding of Grace, particularly the Wesleyan concepts of prevenient, justifying, and sanctifying grace. The weekend will include multiple activities, worship, and free time.

Please contact Drew Colby ( if you have additional questions.

Youth Information Email List

Sign up to learn more about youth ministry in the Bi-District. We will send email about youth events and youth leader trainings.


The Youth program is overseen by our Bi-District Youth Council (BDYC).

It’s time for some Vision Casting! 

The 2019/2020 Bi-District Youth Council is taking a season to restructure and determine how it can best assist student ministries in the NoVa area thrive. Be on the lookout for a survey asking those questions. Your input is so important!  In the meantime, please note we will not be hosting an Oktoberfest event this fall.

The Mission of the Bi-District Youth Council is to create programs and ministries that:

  • Help local churches to facilitate, support and empower youth to grow in faith, in their relationship to Jesus Christ and in leadership.
  • Foster relationships and connect youth ministries and churches to one another, the districts and the Conference.
  • Provide large fellowship activities that reach out and unite youth inside and outside of the church.

BDYC Events

The Bi-District Youth Council typically puts together several events each year. These are:

  • The Bi-District Bowling Lock-In
    There will be NO bowling lock in this year due to lack of interest.
  • The Bi-District Confirmation Retreat (Scheduled for January 31-Feb 1, 2020 at Camp Highroad–information and registration above)
  • The Bi-District Youth Retreat (a spring Friday-Sunday retreat, typically at one of our UMC affiliated camps)

Training for Youth Leaders

Each year at our Alexandria and Arlington Bi-District Training Day there is a “youth ministry track” offering classes and community building/networking for youth leaders. 

Bi-District Training Day is January 18, 2020 at Floris UMC. 
Learn more about BDTD here.

Additional Youth Events

CALLED 2019 – Conference Youth Retreat
In divided times it’s easier to stick with our tribe, our comfort. Jesus offers another way that seems harder but could change the world! Join 800 youth from across the Virginia Conference at Eagle Eyrie Baptist Conference Center, Lynchburg VA on the weekend of November 15-17, 2019.
Details and Registration

NOVA 30 Hour Famine 2020
Friendship UMC will be hosting the 30 Hour Famine for the 20th year this year on Friday, February 21st and Saturday, February 22nd. All churches are welcome to attend. Any youth leaders or youth who want to help plan the NOVA 30 Hour Famine event, please contact Jim Harrington at Planning meetings occur in January and February. Youth groups are welcome to attend even if you cannot be a part of the planning team. More information and registration is available through Jim Harrington as well. 


Below are generic forms that you may find useful. Feel free to download and customize as you see fit.

Youth Leader Information

Some things youth leaders need to know…

Any member of a participating youth group may have an image used in future publications, multimedia presentations, on the Alexandria/Arlington Bi-District or Virginia Annual Conference website,  including social networking sites. Use of these images would be for the express purpose of communicating and sharing information about the Bi-District Youth.

Each group is responsible for their own participants permission slips, medical forms and emergency contacts for participants.