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. If you are interested in serving, please contact Kim Kuhlman.
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! Collide will not meet during the month of June. Join us for the Summer Movie Series beginning in July!
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. Classes are available for both junior and senior high students.
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.
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.
Youth House Parties
June 5, 2-4pm - 11th Grade House Party
June 7, 2-4pm - 10th Grade House Party
June 22, 2-4pm - 9th Grade House Party
June 23, 2-4pm - 8th Grade House Party
July 20, 2-4pm - 12th Grade House Party
Each gathering is a chance for youth to fellowship and meet other students in the same grade. It’s also an opportunity for them to invite friends to the youth program! We ask girls bring snacks and boy bring drinks to share. Please note that grade levels are based on 2018-19 school year. For locations and to RSVP email Abigail Herrington.
Youth Lock In
June 29, 6:30pm to June 30, 9am
Youth (entering 7th-12th grades) are invited for a night full of fun and fellowship at Group Dynamix. Activities include high energy group games, rope courses, team building challenges, inflatables, free time, movies and sleep for those who need it! We will meet at KUMC in Room 404 and travel by car pool to the Lock In site. Drivers and chaperones are needed - contact Abigail Herrington. Registration is required by June 22. $50 cost includes ticket, pizza and snacks. We must have at least 40 participants.
Summer Movie Series
Sundays, July 1-August 12, 6-8:30pm in DAC 404
Youth will view a popular movie and discuss theological themes after watching it.
July 1 - Princess Bride (PG)
July 8 - Evan Almighty (PG)
July 15 - The Incredibles (PG)
July 22 - Remember the Titans (PG)
July 29 - Elf (PG)
August movies to be announced!
Jr High Trip to Epic Waters
July 9, 8:30am-3pm
Youth entering 7th and 8th grades will travel to Epic Waters indoor water park in Grand Prairie for a day of fun and fellowship. We will meet at KUMC at 8:30am in DAC 404 and travel by carpool. Drivers and chaperones are needed - contact Abigail Herrington. Registration is required by July 2 and we must have at least 20 registered to make the trip. $35 includes water park entry and lunch.
Sr. High Trip to Turner Falls
July 12, 6:30am-6:30pm
Sr High Youth entering 9th-12th grades will travel to Turner Falls in Davis, OK. Youth will explore the park and swim. Registration is required by July 2 and we must have at least 20 registered to make the trip. $35 covers ticket, water and transportation.
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 have the opportunity to float the San Marcos River or hike in beautiful Texas hill country, as well as share devotionals and enjoy 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. Final payment is due no later than May 27. Scholarships are available. For more information please contact Martha Houghteling.
Sr. High registration is closed
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.
Crossroads Senior Sunday School Class
A class just for high school seniors...click here for details on our Spring trip!
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!