Our youth are encouraged to participate in worship in a variety of ways. Youth are a vital part of our congregation and it is our goal to help them find areas in worship where they may serve regularly based on their gifts and their interests. Many of our youth volunteer as ushers, singers, musicians, greeters and readers. During youth led services our youth offer congregational prayers, deliver the children’s message and give the sermon so that they may have the chance to offer their insights and their voices to whole church community.
Sundays from 5:30-7pm, we have Collide for 7th-12th graders, in the Youth Activities Center (YAC). Collide is the "plug-in" point for Youth in the church, creating a safe, fun and welcoming atmosphere. We have fun playing silly games, participate in a short lesson and hang out. Bring cash for the Snack Shack!
Sunday morning fellowship and Bible study for 7th through 12th graders! Students are welcome to join us during the 9:30 and 11am Sunday school hours for a time of spiritual conversation. Upcoming books of study include Daniel, James, Acts, and 1 Timothy. Classes are available for both junior and senior high students.
We are looking for dedicated teachers to lead our students during Journey.
Both the 9:30 and 11am hours need your help. Please contact Abigail Herrington for more information.
Youth Connection Groups
Youth Connection Groups are small groups for 7th-12th graders where they can foster deeper relationships within the youth program, help build meaningful relationships with other youth and youth mentors, help each other build relationships with Christ and have accountability within the groups. If you are a youth or adult interested facilitating conversations in one of these youth-led groups, contact Abigail Herrington.
New Connection Group forming for Sr. High students!
We are looking for Sr. High students that are interested in joining a group that meets to play music and sing together. This Connection group will be led by Sean Edins and Jason Stelzer. These youth will have the opportunity to play for worship on mission trips and at other youth functions. If you sing or play an instrument and want more information please contact Abigail. The first meeting will be Sunday, January 28, 4:15-5:15pm in the Youth Activities Center.
Youth Activities – Special Events
Throughout the year we have special events. Students can expect to get to know each other and make new friends while participating in these activities.
February 2-4, 2018 at Glen Lake Camp in Glen Rose, TX. This is an annual retreat for students in the Central Texas Conference. Youth groups from all over the Conference will converge in one location to further their relationship with Jesus through dynamic speakers, celebratory music, thought-provoking small group discussions, and the intentional worship centering around the weekend theme, “I am loved!” Group games and free time sessions offer the opportunity to make friends from other churches and deepen relationships from within our own youth group.
Registration January 13-26 - $125
Please go to www.ctcumc.org/midwinter 2018 to register. Make sure you choose Keller UMC as your group on the individual registration page. Email Victoria to let her know you’ve completed the registration process. Glen Lake Camp requires their Medical Waiver and Release as well as a Medical Form to be completed in addition to the Keller UMC Medical Release Form. Glen Lake forms can be located on their website when you register.
Impact Youth Choir
The Impact Youth Choir is for all children and youth 5th-8th grade. The choir sings in 8:15am worship once a month and rehearses the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Sundays each month from 4:30-5:30pm immediately before 5th and 6th Grade Fellowship and Collide Youth. There are also missional opportunities to sing outside of the church including a summer tour. For more information, contact Trey West.
Youth Mission Trips
Every summer, dozens of youth groups from all over the country travel to San Marcos, TX to renovate the homes of disadvantaged local families. This program has been a well-known staple of the San Marcos community for over 20 years, and is still going strong. The more hands we have to help, the more we are able to impact our community. The campers put God's love into action by working on the homes of the poor, elderly, or disabled. Summer Work Camp is the biggest program and a life-changing experience for the homeowners as well as for campers provided through The Southside Community Center. Keller UMC has volunteered through at River Work Camp for the past seven years.
Working alongside contractors, campers will learn the fundamental skills of construction and renovation. On jobsites the students will repair roofs and gutters, paint, build hand rails and ramps, install flooring and windows, replace decrepit walls and appliances, and so much more. Each family’s needs are different, and Southside addresses these needs on an individual basis. They continue to help supply families with safe and secure dwellings, while encouraging leadership, teamwork and an altruistic experience for the youth.
It's not all work and no play. Campers will enjoy floating the San Marcos River, devotionals, and a day at New Braunfels' Schlitterbahn Waterpark. Most meals and lodging are included in the cost of the camp. This year Keller UMC Jr and Sr High students will travel to San Marcos, TX, June 10-15, 2018. While evening activities will be combined with both groups, the work sites will be separate as are the living centers. The cost of the trip is $400/student and $300/adult. A $50 deposit is due January 7 to hold your spot! For more information please contact Martha Houghteling.
7th Grade Confirmation
Our Youth Ministry's main goal is for students to be able to graduate high school with their own faith journey strongly intact. Confirmation is a wonderful starting point within the United Methodist Church wherein 7th grade students can delve deeply into the tenets of our faith and ask tough questions in a safe environment. The promise parents make at their student's baptism to raise them in God's love is "confirmed" at this time. Students who have not previously been baptized have an opportunity to do so along with their confirmation at the conclusion of the class.
Over the course of the class, we will explore the meaning of baptism, spiritual disciplines, the Holy Trinity, Communion, the importance of grace in the United Methodist Church and any other questions that might arise. At the end of the course, students make a public claim to the title of Christian and United Methodist on Confirmation Weekend at the conclusion of the school year.
Most importantly, this time is meant to truly establish a starting point in the lives of teenagers where they find the questions they have for their faith lead to a deeper relationship with Christ and with each other.
Classes are limited to 25 per session, 9:30 and 11am. Register for Confirmation Class here!
Confirmation Retreat (for current confirmation students only!)
Sky Ranch Retreat Center
Cost is $100/student
Confirmands are encouraged to attend this event as it will be a time for students to strengthen relationships with other youth and adults from Keller UMC, as well as dig deep into the what worship means and the sacraments observed in the UMC. Students will learn through small group discussion, group activities and end the retreat with a youth led worship service on Sunday morning before returning to Keller UMC early afternoon. There will also be free time for students to choose various activities to participate in. Students need to bring spending money for extra snacks, activities and camp store purchases. Chaperones are needed. Please contact Martha.
January 28, 5:30-6:45pm
Back pack ministry in the FLC
Parents please drop off and pick up students from the FLC as the YAC will not be open for this event. Plan to pick up students when Mission 1025 is complete at 6:45pm.
Miles 4 Mission
Begin identifying sponsors to help offset the cost of your summer mission trip to San Marcos, TX in June.
Opportunities in Youth Ministry
We invite parents to serve along with our new Director of Youth Ministries, Abigail Herrington! We have multiple opportunities where adults are not only welcomed but encouraged to volunteer. Sunday mornings through Journey (9:30 and 11am), Sunday evenings with Collide (5:30-7pm), and Wednesdays in our Connection Groups (6:15-7:30pm). Please consider investing in the lives of our students here at Keller UMC. We'd love to have you join this ministry team!