Students

WHO WE ARE

Thrive Student Ministries exists to provide an inviting community where students can connect with God, build relationships with each other, and learn to live like Jesus. We seek to do this weekly through events like Sunday School, Prayer Breakfast, and Midweek Worship. 

Student Ministry Team

Kyle Chickvara
Director of Student Ministries
Husband to Rachel, loves Lord of the Rings, The Office, Cooking, Running, Reading, Spaghetti Bolognese, Camping, Disc Golf, Pickleball, a nice juicy steak, and his perfect dog Charlotte. Go Braves & Hail State!

Kyle Chickvara

Director of Student Ministries
Charlie Steele
Assistant Director of Student Minsitries
Born and raised right here in the Birmingham area. He is an avid Mississippi State Bulldog fan and passionate about youth ministry. If you want on Charlie’s good side, he loves Diet Canada Dry Ginger Ale.

Charlie Steele

Assistant Director of Student Minsitries
Peyton Ward
Assistant Director of Student Ministries
As a recent Samford Graduate, I have enjoyed getting to know and LOVE Birmingham. Most specifically Cookie Fix, the various pickleball courts, and all the glorious walking spots of my dreams! I am so excited to be here and to serve with this team. 

Peyton Ward

Assistant Director of Student Ministries

SUNDAY PROGRAMS

Our weekdays are super busy, so that’s why Sunday is such a great time to recenter yourself! Suday School meets from 9:45 to 10:45 in the Assembly Hall for games and round table discussion. Once a month THRIVE students gather on Sundays for events such as Dodgeball Tournaments, Cookouts, Worship Nights, etcto connect with each other.

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MIDWEEK PROGRAMS

Wednesdays are jam packed with stuff for students! We kick off the day early with prayer breakfast from 6:30-7:15 in the Fellowship Hall and wrap up the evening with some fun filled worship from 6:00-7:15 in the Assembly Hall. 

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SMALL GROUPS

Small groups are the heartbeat of our student ministry and the best way for students to create lasting relationships with one another and their mentors. Groups are based on grade and gender and meet once a week at a time that best fits the schedules of the students and leaders. Groups journey together through life, share in each other’s highs and lows, and study the Bible with one another. Contact Kyle for more information.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Click here to visit the THRIVE calendar and register for any upcoming events. Simply navigate to the date of the event, click on the item and register using the link.

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INVITE US

Do you have a game, play, recital, or other event coming up that you’d like Thrive staff to attend? If so, click here!

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MISSION OPPORTUNITIES

Serving God through loving others is a part of who we are at Thrive Student Ministries. We want students to have the opportunity to serve God and join in what He is doing in our world each and every day! In order to make that a reality, students will have the opportunity to serve in a variety of ways throughout the year.

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CONFIRMATION

Each new year brings with it new opportunities, adventures, and challenges. One of those opportunities for our 6th graders is the Confirmation process! Confirmation is an opportunity to respond to the grace of God available to us, as acknowledged in baptism, and to promise to live as a person of faith.

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VOLUNTEERS

If you are interested in joining our team, please let us know! Every event that we have requires people like you to make it happen, so reach out to us if you would like to hear more about our ministry leadership options.

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Mel Sparkman Memorial Scholarship

The Mel Sparkman Memorial Scholarship Fund was created in March 2002 to assist deserving students through the award of a general scholarship grant in memory of long-standing church member, Mel Sparkman.

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MOBILE APP

Be sure to download the VHUMC app, available for both Apple and Android devices. Choose the Thrive Location to stay up to date with our events and receive push notifications for our ministry happenings!

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SCOUTING

Since 1958, Troop #4 has called Vestavia Methodist its home as it has built up generations of young men to better serve their community.

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