What We Are About
Los Gatos UMC Youth Ministry is a safe place where young people can connect with God and with one another. Through study, service, and fellowship, we seek to build deep, life-giving relationships and strive to find how God is making Godself known in the world around us. We serve students in Jr. High (grades 6-8) and Sr. High (grades 9-12).
Hump Day Hot Cocoa
Stop by the LGUMC quad on Wednesday mornings between 7am-7:45am for free hot cocoa and an encouraging word to help you get through the week.
Youth are invited to participate in worship every Sunday at either 9:15am and/or 11am worship services. Youth sit in the front row and go through the service with a special bulletin designed to help them process the worship service. Once the sermon is over, youth will leave the santuary to debrief the service together.
Catch Fire Youth Gathering
Catch Fire Youth Gatherings take place on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays from 7pm until 8:30pm All youth between the 6th-12th grades are welcome.
Each gathering will have live music, snacks, games and a message that are paired to small group discussions.
Youth Small Groups at Los Gatos are the flip-side to our Catch Fire Youth Gatherings. Catch Fire Gatherings have games, music and excitement whereas Small Groups perform the task of being intentionally present in each other’s lives.
Small Groups at LGUMC will focus on the three rules of John Wesley; (1) do no harm by avoiding evil of every kind; (2) do good to all people; (3) attend upon all the ordinances of God like participating in worship, taking communion reading the Bible, praying and more.
Youth will have the opportunity to sign up for their small groups at the first Catch Fire Gatherings.
4pm-5pm: Small Group #1 (junior high)
5:30pm-6:30pm: Small Group #2 (high school)
5:30pm-6:30pm: Small Group #3 (high school)
5:30pm-6:30pm: Small Group #4 (junior high)
7-8pm: Small Group #5 (high school)
Summer 2017 will offer opportunities for youth to experience three unique trip opportunities:
- Colonet VIM (Volunteers in Mission) trip: A weeklong trip to Colonet, Mexico where youth and adult volunteers from LGUMC work to build a home for a member of the Colonet community. This trip takes place every year during the Los Gatos-Saratoga Spring Break. For more information on Colonet see our Colonet Page.
- Sierra Service Project (SSP): A weeklong trip to rural Native-American communities to do work that will make homes safer, warmer and dryer. At SSP, youth have the opportunity to make new friends, experience faith through service to others and grow closer to God. For more information on SSP see the Sierra Service Project’s home page.
- Summer Camp: A weeklong traditional “camp” where youth take a week to examine their faith journey, grow closer to each other, enjoy songs, campfires and much more.
Please contact Youth Director Robbie Frederiksen for more info, Robbie.Frederiksen@LGUMC.org