Youth Ministry

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. Right now they are meeting weekly on Zoom from 4-5:30 each Sunday. Email Tricia Guerrero if you would like to join this group for youth in grades 6-12.

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:

AUTHENTICITY

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.

HOSPITALITY

We are an inclusive community where each individual student is welcomed and appreciated for their uniqueness, rather than the ability to conform.

COMMUNITY

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.


Tricia Guerrero is the Pastoral Associate for Family Ministries. Questions about Youth Ministry? Email her or call (310) 393-8258 ext. 104.

[Read Tricia’s Bio]

[Listen to Sermons by the Youth Counselors from Youth Sunday 2020]

[Meet the 2020-2021 Youth Counselors]



First UMC takes the safety of the children and youth very seriously. We follow Safe Sanctuaries® practices, which is our commitment to the physical safety and spiritual growth of all of our children, youth, and adults.

For more information about these safety measures call the church office (310) 393-8258.