The Association of African Methodist Episcopal Scouts (AAMES) is a denominational Scouts Association recognized by the Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts United States of America. Scouting is one of the ministries of Christian Education in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Membership is comprised of individuals and AME congregations who support AAMES goals.
Leader: Bro. Crayton
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Cub Scouts / Boy Scouts
Cubs Scouts are from the age of 1st to 5th grade.View the website
Boy Scouts are from 5th grade and must complete prior to the age of 18
The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation's largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness.
For over a century, the BSA has helped build the future leaders of this country by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun. The Boy Scouts of America believes — and, through over a century of experience, knows — that helping youth is a key to building a more conscientious, responsible, and productive society.
Meetings are located at Friendly High School 1st and 3rd Friday's from September until May at 7pm. (Website: Boy Scouts Only)
Children’s Bible Study (CBS)
Children’s Bible Study is an interactive praise service with teaching, praise and crafts for children beginning at age four. Children come together weekly to lead in prayer, learn about worship and study the word of God. The worship service includes “Praise Breaks” during which the children go “berserk” for God; games including “Bible Holy Man,” a spin on the traditional Hangman game; an Offering Time, during which children give talent and financial offerings, ranging from five cents to five flips; and, of course, a bathroom break.
Following the interactive lesson during which children pretend to be Bible characters and engage props and costumes in bringing the Bible to life, each child participates in a craft project. On Friday nights, children are trained in the way they should go so that they will have a firm foundation and will not depart from the Lord when trials and questions arise in their lives. The Bible Study group takes periodic field trips on Friday evenings and Saturday afternoons for children at 4 to 11.
The church hosts an annual college tour to historically black colleges and universities south of Washington, DC. The tour is open to all high school students and freshmen and sophomores are encouraged to come so that they can begin to tailor their high school curriculums and focus their efforts early. Colleges visited include: Hampton University, Virginia State University, North Carolina A&T State University, Bennett College, Clark-Atlanta State University, Morehouse College and Spellman College.
Representatives from each site are available to speak with students about the opportunities and admission process/requirements for their school. In addition, students tour each campus and often have opportunities to speak with current college students. The tour includes historical visits to Martin Luther King sites in Atlanta.
Daughters of Esther and Exodus Generation
These two complementary youth ministries provide support in youth programming and one-on-one or small group mentoring for youth ages 12 to 18.
Exceptional Persons Ministry
Activities for this youth ministry include weekly Sunday morning spiritual development activities, a monthly Respite Saturday and monthly meetings with parents, helpers and workers. Meeting topics have included: The Individual Education Plan, Physical Therapy and Your Child, How to Access Speech Therapy for Your Child. During Sunday services and Respite Saturdays, personal computers with developmentally appropriate software, crafts and physical illustrations are used to engage ministry members in learning and fun.
The Ebenezer Girl Scout Youth Ministry views its programs as a means of outreach to youth in the community. Girl scouting is one way to help girls, from 5 – 17, learn and grow into responsible young women. The Ministry’s mission is: to help girls and young ladies develop strong values reflecting respect of God, county, humankind, and self, in order to make ethical choices over their lifetime and build character and skills for success in the real world. Activities include: trip to Six Flags Amusement Park, the Kennedy Center, ice skating, Hershey Park, health and fitness workshops and exercises and camping. The Ministry recruits Christian women with a strong belief in God to lead our girls to Christ. Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way she should go: and when she is old, she will not turn from it. (NIV)
Manhood Rites of Passage
The Rites of Passage Ministry has over 10 years of experience providing mentoring and training for young men. Young men emerge from the ministry prepared for responsible adulthood and empowered with the principles taught by Jesus Christ. The program also focuses heavily on cultural education, drawing from the rich African tradition to provide both cultural and spiritual growth for young men. This program has been featured at the Smithsonian Museum of African Art.
Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go: and when she is old, she will not turn from it. (NIV)
Who: Young Men ages 12 to 16
When: Saturdays – January through May (Registration Required)
Leader: Bro. Moses Griffin
S.T.O.M.P (Step Team On a Mission to Praise)
The Ebenezer AME Step Team started as Youth Steppers for Christ and was birthed in April 1996. In 2004 the name was changed to S.T.O.M.P ( Step Team On a Mission to Praise) We are a Christian step team dedicated to winning souls for Christ. Our goals are to study , learn, and deliver God’s word through stepping. Our ministry consists of social outreach, bible study, and evangelism through stepping for the Lord.
Through our ministry, we strive to provide the spiritual foundation so that young people will succeed in all areas of their lives, to have spiritual fellowship with those who would otherwise not see the light of Jesus Christ and to cultivate and develop knowledge of who we are as Christians. We also provide leadership training through step.
Over the years, the team has ministered as far north as Delaware and as far south as Norfolk, VA. Some team members participated in 2001 and 2002 in a week long conference and the establishment of step teams in Bermuda. We have been asked to minister during Youth Revivals, Family Days, Youth Anniversaries, and Youth Explosions throughout the Metropolitan Area.
S.T.O.M.P. is no stranger to competitions, began competing in 2009 by participating in local shows such as Dance Place, PGCAC of Delta Sigma Theta’s Annual Step Showcase, and Jericho City of Praise step competitions. STOMP was recently showcased at the UniverSoul Circus Gospel Night in May 2011.
Womanhood Rites of Passage
This mentoring program uses Biblical principles through Bible studies and workshops. The curriculum is designed to spiritually empower young women to lift up the name of Jesus in their actions and thoughts, in school, home, church and social outings. The program is built on the foundation of Biblical teachings and the seven principles of Nguzu Saba, which are known through Kwanzaa celebrations: Umoja (Unity), Kujichagulia (Self-determination), Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility), Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics), Nia (Purpose), Kuumba (Creativity), Imani (Faith). This program has been featured at the Smithsonian Museum of African Art.
Titus 2:7-8 – In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.
Who: Young Ladies ages 12 to 17
When: Saturdays – January through May (Registration Required)
Leader: Sis. Adrienne Moore
Youth Bible Study (YBS)
Youth Bible Study adds a special “flavor” to praise and worship as teens learn to praise God in their own way. Each generation does things a little differently, and praise and worship is no different. Young people help to lead a praise and worship service filled with gospel hip-hop, rap and go-go. Someone may even be found “beating his/her feet” for Jesus. Youth are led in an interactive lesson with relevant illustrations that address the issues commonly found in area schools, communities and homes.
Teens learn to cope with depression, sexuality, growing up, family changes, death and loss, violence and other issues that confront them daily through the power of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. These Bible Studies are designed by and for youth, to encourage them to speak to and hear from God in their own ways.
Who: Youth ages 12 to 18
When: Every Friday – 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Where: Main Sanctuary (7707)
Leader: Rev. Akil Dickens
Youth Leadership Training
Youth with an interest in developing leadership skills and exploring their gifts participate in workshops and discussion forums with Rev. Akil every two weeks.
Leader: Rev. Akil Dickens