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Youth Ministry is an active Christian Youth Group. Our age group is for Jr High and Sr High aged youth.
Our mission is to provide youth with:
- ways that youth can can learn God’s word and effectively apply it to their lives;
- ways that youth can show God’s love to others by applying what they have learned about service in God’s name;
- ways to enjoy being friends and hanging out in a positive atmosphere making all who attend welcome;
- ways to show their love of God with praise and worship as part of a group or as an individual.
We have a wide variety of programs and activities for our youth to participate in.
Downloadable Youth Schedule: SCUM Visual Calendar – Spring 14
Two classes are offered for youth on Sunday mornings at 9 am. The 6-8th graders meet in the library for an hour of Sunday School and the 9-12th graders meet in the Jr. High room during the same time for an hour of Bible study. Both the Library and the Jr. High room is located on the bottom floor of the sanctuary building. All youth are invited to join these studies!
During the 11 o’clock service, all Jr. and Sr. High students are invited to participate as assistants for children’s Sunday School located in Founder’s Hall.
UMYF (or United Methodist Youth Fellowship) meets almost every Sunday evening during the school year from 6-8 PM and consists of various programs, outreach, and fellowship. A half hour of Fellowship begins, then the Jr. & Sr. high schoolers are separated for their own age-appropriate programs. UMYF begins in the Jr. High room which is on the lower level of the sanctuary building.
Youth Small Groups
Youth small groups meet on Monday evenings from 6:15-6:30 in the church on the office level of the sanctuary building. The following groups are available:
Jr. High Girls meet in the Library and are lead by Gabby Gillette and Valoree McLean.
Jr. High Boys meet in the choir room and is led by Jacob Boje.
Sr. High Girls meet in the conference room and is lead by Robin Liedtke and Cassie Wohlfarth.
Sr. High Guys meet in the Jr. high room and is lead Brandon Gonsalves and Aaron Miller.
This vocal group meets on Monday evenings from 4:30-5:45 and is lead by Erica Hardbarger. They prepare music to be shared during worship services and special concerts. All youth, 7th-12th grades are invited to join.
Yearly Local Events
By the time a young person reaches 7th grade he or she has the opportunity to learn in more detail what it means to be a Christian & a member of the Church. Through a series of steps, study & introspection one makes their own decision to CONFIRM their baptism and to join the congregation of the Methodist Church as a full, participating member.
During summer vacation from school our Youth are invited to participate in Summer Fun! We meet three times a week and participate in weekly beach trips, BBQs, pool parties and/or out of town trips including Knotts Berry Farm, Raging Waters, and more.
Junior High Camp
Junior High Camp usually takes place mid-July in the Angeles Mountains at Camp Colby. It is a week of discovery, relationships and experiencing the love of Christ surrounded by the beauty of nature and people your own age. This event is open to 6th-9th graders, and is a life changing experience.
Senior High Camp
Senior High Camp takes place around the last week of July and first week of August at Camp Colby, a United Methodist Campground. ‘Church Camp’ is more than a week in the mountains. It’s a week of building relationships with God and each other, and experiencing the beauty of nature at a private campground. This week-long event builds character and relationships and is something that should not be missed by anyone. Camp is open to people entering 9th grade through graduated seniors.
Every year the California-Pacific Conference sponsors this event during the President’s Day holiday weekend for youth in grades 9-12. With dynamic speakers, awesome music, challenging programs, Bible study, and ‘more fun than you ever had’, this weekend of fellowship with youth from all over Southern California always exceeds expectations.
This Junior High equivalent to Youth Alive is usually held around the same time. A weekend of fun and worship, Junior Highers will get to experience God’s love in a large group setting, and hear speakers recall their Faith journey to inspire our Youth to do the same.
Sierra Service Project
The Santa Clarita United Methodist Church believes fully that Mission Projects and Community Outreach should be a big part in growing one’s Faith in Christ. Our Youth participate annually in the Sierra Service Project, a program that helps repair homes for Native Americans and urban communities in various states across the country. Our 2014 trip will be to Arizona, and will be a life changing experience for everyone involved.
Every 4 years the Youth Gathering of The United Methodist Church takes place. It draws thousands of youth from all over the globe to one amazing event. During the five days of music, praise, prayer, learning, and growth, participants will be challenged to go back into their communities ready to make a difference in God’s world and to live out their faith in ways they never thought possible. The next gathering is scheduled for 2015 in Miami, Florida. We’ll be bringing a group of Youth and chaperones on this trip, and invite you to join us!
At Santa Clarita United Methodist Church we continue to look for opportunities for youth to participate in the life & ministry of the Church, as well as occasions for serious study, service, fellowship, mission & worship. Youth also serve on many of the Church committees and Commissions, including the Administrative Council and, of course, the COYM (Council on Youth Ministries).
Contact Our Team:
Brandon Gonsalves ( BrandoGonsalves@gmail.com),
Alfred Edwards (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Matthew Baum (email@example.com)
Gabrielle Gillette (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Jacob Boje (email@example.com)