A ministry of

Main Street UMC

Encounter youth choir is a Christian performance
group of high school students from 30+ churches
dedicated to sharing the Good News of
Jesus Christ through the ministries
of music, service, fellowship,
and participation in
the life of the

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The 2022 Encounter season is open to ALL high school students and ALL Alumni sponsors and members

Encounter is searching for its next music director.  Click here for the job description.  Contact Pastor Alberto Ramirez at 462-2495 
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There are  adults from the community who give their time during the season to support this ministry.  They share their talents in a variety of areas behind the scenes and are in the sponsor shirts at all services.  If you'd be interested in serving, contact Pastor Kyle at Main Street 462-2495


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In a normal year, Encounter performs on Sunday evenings at various churches throughout the Riverbend area beginning on Easter Sunday through the second Sunday in August.  Due to COVID-19 our 2021 schedule has not been set.  If you would like to check our availability to perform at your church in the future, please contact our Spiritual Director, Pastor Kyle Steward, 462-2495.

If you are a current Encounter Student or interested in becoming a member of Encounter, you can visit here to find out the most current information for this season.

In a normal year, from Easter Sunday through the 2nd weekend in August (excluding holiday Sundays), we will perform at various churches in the Riverbend area.  We hope you will join us! All concerts are currently on hold.

Encounter relies heavily on donations from businesses and individuals.  We take between 80-90 people on our yearly service and performance tour which gets quite costly.  While the students fundraise and pay for a portion, it's not usually enough to cover all the expenses. 


Individuals who donate will have their name listed in our season's program and receive a postcard from the group while on tour.


Businesses who would like to donate a minimum of $75 will have a business card advertisement for their business printed in our season's program.


Each year we take an 8-day service and performance tour.  While tour is not mandatory, it has been extremely life changing for most of the students who go.  In 2020, our tour was cancelled due to COVID-19.

2021 will be our 49th season.  To find out more about our history and who we are, click the read more button below.