Youth Ministry

Youth Ministry


If you are a rising 6th-12th grader, we would like for you to be a part of our Chestnut Youth Group. Whether you live in Newport News, another state, or another country, there's a way to participate in our youth group. We will be meeting in person and virtually during the next school year. To find out more about the Chestnut Youth Group, contact Leanne Allen.


Due to technical difficulties and concerns over the possibility of music copyright infringement, the decision has been made to postpone the virtual talent show. The hope is that we will be able to provide a live talent show at Chestnut in the near future. If you prefer to have a recorded performance, we will make that part of our live show when that time comes. For more info,  contact Leanne.



The Chestnut Youth Group seeks to provide a caring and supportive program where all youth grades 6-12 feel welcome. Our Youth Group strives to provide opportunities for growth through our learning, social, and service activities. Descriptions of just a few of the activities are provided below. They include not just opportunities for fun and fellowship, such as ski trips and retreats, but also service projects such as Harvest of Hope. The group meets weekly throughout the year, on Sunday nights at the church.

Sunday Night Youth Group
6:30-8 p.m.
A fun evening that consists of games or other social activity, followed by a Bible-based devotion or lesson and dessert and fellowship time.

Harvest of Hope Retreat
Weekend retreat where youth glean fruits or vegetables for local food pantries or shelters. Youth are taught about hunger in the United States and throughout the world.

York River District Retreat
There are two weekend retreats that Chestnut youth attend, one in the fall and one in the spring. Both include worship music, Bible-based lessons, and small group activities. Chestnut youth have the opportunity to interact with youth from other churches throughout the York River District.

Bibles on the Beach
A chance to socialize, play games, have devotion and a brief lesson, capped off by ice cream. Meets at the church at 6:30 p.m., and from there participants travel by church bus to Yorktown Beach. Wednesdays through the summer.

Summer Project Youth (SPY)
This is a mission trip for youths and their adult chaperones to Christiansburg, VA. SPY is coordinated by Fieldstone UMC and per their website is "a week-long mission adventure for middle and high school students & adults." The youth get hands-on experience "making homes safer, warmer and drier for families in the New River Valley." On their most recent trip they painted, cleaned and prepped a property on BettyMae Mountain. The mission trip is led by college-age students and there are pastor-led worship services on Sunday morning and evening.

Youth Lock-in
Another fun and adventurous chance to join in fellowship and fun. There's a pool party, followed by games, an evening meal and devotional, and then more games and a sleepover at the church. Adult-supervised. An annual event held in summer.

For more information contact our Youth Director, Leanne Allen at

In consideration of Chestnut Memorial United Methodist Church allowing the Participant to participate in children or youth ministry activities, please download the Parental Consent and Liability Release Form from our Online Library.