Youth Ministry

The youth ministry at First United Methodist Church is an important part of the life of the church community. The youth continue to inspire us and lead us all in their discipleship of Jesus Christ.

There are many different opportunities for the youth to participate and grow in God’s love and grace. On Sundays, the youth participate in the 10 a.m. Sanctuary Worship by serving as Acolytes, Crucifers and Lay Lectors. Sunday evenings we meet for United Methodist Youth Fellowship from 6:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. for various activities, conversation and a shared meal. Additionally, there is the Youth Service Project every summer when we serve by re-building or repairing homes across the nation. All these actives, plus more, are open to the youth of the community.

Youth Mission Statement

The youth program at First UMC is a safe, Christ centered environment where youth can gain tools to help them explore and grow in their faith. Activities are designed to nurture relationships and build a strong, loving community. This is a place of acceptance, outreach and spirituality.


 SUNDAYS FOR THE YOUTH

Youth in Worship
The youth are part of our church community and participate in worship and leadership of worship in the Sanctuary each Sunday.  There is a special tradition of our youth gathering during worship and sitting together in the youth section of the balcony.  There are activity packets in the balcony to help keep the youth engaged and reflective upon the worship service.

Youth Choir
United Methodist Youth Fellowship is excited to announce a new Youth Choir initiative led by Jack McHugh! We are seeking any youth interested in sharing the message of God’s love through music of all kinds, styles and genres. While called Youth Choir, they will call on a multitude of talented instrumentalists as well–strings, woodwind, brass and percussion.

Rehearsals on Sundays, 9 – 9:45 a.m., Youth Lounge 

For more information contact Jack McHugh j.mchugh@santamonicaumc.org

UMYF – United Methodist Youth Fellowship (grades 6-12)
At 6:15 pm every Sunday the group has dinner together in Rm 300, then at 7 pm the junior high youth and senior high youth meet together or separately in Rm 304 (the Youth Lounge) and Rm 305 for devotions, discussion, recreation, parties, and programs. UMYF also consists of overnights, retreats and other events throughout the year for deepening spiritual growth and fellowship.

Acolytes, Crucifers & Lay Lectors (grade 6-12)
Youth are encouraged to assist in worship in any of these capacities. Acolytes light and extinguish candles in the sanctuary, carry the Bible and help facilitate worship in other ways. The Crucifer carries the cross and also helps facilitate worship. Lay Lectors are readers of scripture. They lead the Call to Worship and read the scripture passage for that morning. Training is provided for each of these responsibilities. They are all great ways for youth to be involved in the worship experience.


Youth News Weekly
Communication is a part of our history, from the early letters of Paul to the churches to the sermons we hear today. Through our weekly email we hope to connect one another into the life of the youth program. The weekly email is sent toward the end of the work week to prepare both youth and parents for upcoming events and other matters. For more information, or to be placed on the email list, contact Tricia Guerrero (310) 393-8258 ext. 104

Youth Service Project
Service is vital to the Christian life. We believe that it is our call from God through Jesus Christ to be in mission and relationship with those in this world who are in need. We believe that there is need both locally and beyond. During the summer we have longer mission trips where youth experience extended service work in different areas of the country and state.

Youth Sunday
On Youth Sunday, the Junior and Senior High youth plan and lead a worship service. This service reflects the way they experience their faith in the world.  Listen to last year’s Youth Sunday sermon by clicking here.

AS WE TAKE THE SAFETY OF THE CHILDREN AND YOUTH VERY SERIOUSLY, FIRST UMC STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS, WHO WORK DIRECTLY WITH CHILDREN AND YOUTH, ADHERE TO THE SAFE SANCTUARY POLICIES ESTABLISHED BY THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH.  PLEASE CONTACT US IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THESE SAFETY MEASURES (310) 393-8258.