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.
Collide is our weekly gathering of praise, worship and Christ-centered messages relevant to students in 7th-12th grades.Join us beginning August 19, from 5-7pm in DAC 404. Throughout the evening, students have an opportunity to build relationships with friends through meal time, games, and student-led discussion. There is no need to register ahead of time. Come as you are! A light supper is available for purchase at the Snack Shack. We recommend bringing $5 per student for the evening.
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 Small Groups
Youth 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.
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 29 - Elf (PG)
August 5 - Star Wars - A New Hope (PG)
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 Audrey Peterbark.
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. 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.
We will begin a class for students grades 8-12 who have not completed Confirmation at a younger age. This class will begin February 17 and end with students being Confirmed April 27-28, 2019 along with our 7th grade Confirmands. Registration for this class will open later this year.
Opportunities in Youth Ministry
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 Small 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!