McKendree YOUTH
Flight 56 & WTL




Welcome to the Youth Programs of McKendree
United Methodist Church

WTL Middle School Ministries is McKendree UMC's programming for students in 6th, 7th and 8th grade. With the help of parent volunteers leading activities, the kids grow in their faith and friendship. 

WTL is the worship and fellowship program for students in 9th through 12th grade. The initials WTL stands for "the Way, the Truth, and the Life" and comes from John 14:6, "Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."

Both youth groups forge strong bonds of friendship and faith through weekly gatherings, retreats, special events, and service projects. 




1570 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Rd
Lawrenceville, GA 30043


Kimmi Lochner
Director of Student Ministries

Jen Lomas
Assistant to the Director of Student Ministries

Mary Jones
Middle School Coordinator


Check us out!

WTL Worship- Sundays 4:45-6:30 PM

Worship and fellowship for 6th - 12th grade. Students gather "up the hill" at the Lockridge building at 4:45 then move into the Lockridge chapel for worship, music, games, and small group time in BOGS (Break Out Groups). For the message, we may meet as one big group or separate into middle school and high school messages based off the topics.  Check out our monthly schedule here

sunday school- Sundays 11:00-noon

During the 11:00 service, we have Sunday School classes for middle and high school students. Adult-led discussions revolve around the scripture and how it applies to our lives.
**Due to ongoing construction, we will be meeting in different locations this year.
Middle School - 307 of Ed Bldg
High School - Disciple House

Confirmation- Sundays 11:00-noon

All 7th graders are invited to join McKendree’s confirmation class during the 11:00 service. This group of students meets weekly to grow in their faith and ultimately be confirmed in the Methodist Church. Please reach out to Kimmi to sign up for the year long commitment to Confirmation class.

wednesday night small groups- WEDnesdays 7:00-8:00 pm

Both WTL Middle School Ministries and WTL have small group meetings on Wednesday nights from 7pm-8pm. Youth have the opportunity to share about their week, lead a devotion, and grow in fellowship during their Small Group time.
** Due to ongoing construction, we will be meeting in different locations this year.
Middle School - 307 of Ed Bldg
High School Girls - Disciple House
High School Boys - Disciple House


WTL has several special events throughout the year. These include retreats, onsite socials and lockins, special offsite outings, youth work days, youth holiday parties and more! Watch the Midweek eBlasts for more information and check the Events page here.

Youth Music Ministry

Please visit our Music page to see descriptions about the fun and exciting Youth Music Ministry at McKendree UMC.

eblasts- Wednesday Afternoons

We do our best to keep you up to date on what is happening and when with the McKendree Youth programs. You can always check the Calendar pages on this website, or sign up to receive the weekly eblasts in your inbox for WTL . And if you miss it, all the eBlasts are archived here.


Sign ups, retreats, outings, and other events require us to have up to date information and permission slips for each child participating. You can easily find the Youth forms you are looking for here.


Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.
— Joshua 1:9 (NIV)