The Youth Ministry at First United Methodist Church Santa Monica is a community of youth and adult volunteers who gather weekly to explore and grow in faith together.
Our hope for the Youth Ministry is that it is a place where youth in grades 6-12 can come and experience unconditional love and support. We believe that faith is a lifelong process of growth and development that must be journeyed with others in community. Our program is focused on Jesus as the one who shows us how to live with purpose and conviction. We intentionally create space for our youth to ask deep and challenging questions to explore what a relevant faith looks like in Santa Monica in the 21st century.
As a group we hold three core values:
We value honesty even when it’s difficult and strive to create a space where it is safe to share questions, doubts, and struggles without fear or shame.
We are an inclusive community where each individual student is welcomed and appreciated for their uniqueness, rather than the ability to conform.
We are intentional in our efforts to build connections within the youth group on Sunday nights, and also to keep our youth connected to the broader church community and to purposely foster healthy relationships with children and adults.
Sundays for Youth
On Sunday mornings, the youth participate in the 10 a.m. Sanctuary Worship by serving as Acolytes, Crucifers and Lay Lectors. They also help with Sunday School and monthly Faith in Action service projects.
On Sunday evenings the youth meet for UMYF from 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. for various activities, Bible study, music, games, conversation and a shared meal. Additionally, there is the Youth Service Project every summer when we serve by rebuilding or repairing homes across the nation.
All of these activities, plus more, are open to the youth of the community.
Tricia Guerrero is the Pastoral Associate for Family Ministries. Questions about Youth Ministry? Email her or call (310) 393-8258 ext. 104.