St. Matthew United Methodist Church is a Safe Sanctuary church, where teens, 6th - 12th grade, experience a safe, caring, learning environment. St. Matthew's Youth Ministry is very comprehensive, including areas teenagers need for a well-rounded Christian Education: Worship, Bible Study, Outreach Ministry, and Fellowship.
Youth Happenings this November!
Meet the youth group on the patio Sunday after church and purchase an aluminum water bottle with St. Matthew's name on it. The water bottles sell for $7.00 each or 2 for $12.00. This fundraiser is support for their 2018 Summer Mission trip to Cortez, Colorado.
Christmas Eve Services
December 24th, 4:00 p.m. Children's Family Worship "God's Promise Come True". All children and their families are invited to attend. Our Youth Group will present a Living Nativity from 5:00 -7:00 p.m. Additional services at 9:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.
Trunk or Treat Sunday, October 29
The Youth group led the 9:00 a.m. service on Sunday, September 24th, including acting as greeters, doing the sermon and prayer, and having a special "Sign" choir. It was a wonderful service! Kudos to all who participated! This congregation is extremely proud of its young people.
UMYF Fall Retreat September 8-10
The UMYF Fall Retreat was September 8-10 at the United Christian Youth Camp in Prescott, AZ.
2017 Mission Trip to Sacramento, NM
See our pictures on the Kids Outreach page.
The youth are responsible for the planning and implementation of two Worship Services: Easter Sunrise Service and Youth Sunday Service (September). In addition, the teens regularly participate in our worship services through attendance; and as Choir members, Bell Choir members, Hands of Praise Choir members, liturgist, and sound room technicians.
The Youth Sunday School class is held at 10:30 a.m. in the Youth Room. In this adult led class, teens discuss Christian beliefs, Bible scripture, and how they apply to real-life situations and issues.
Themed Youth Programs
The youth choose the real-life situations or issues they want to discuss on the 1st and 2nd Sundays of the month, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. These adult led, "themed" programs include games, Bible Study, discussions, and a closing worship.
Monthly, we provide a fun, safe activity where our teens can fellowship with each other and other teens. These activities bowling, ice skating, roller skating, miniature golf, movies, water parks, the zoo, and more.
District, Conference, and National Events
The teens participate in...
§ The Central East District Youth Events, which include dances and opportunities for outreach ministry.
§ The Desert Southwest Annual Conference's Senior High and Junior High Conventions, and Camps.
§ The quadrennial National/International United Methodist Youth Conference.
June 4, 2017 Confirmation Class
Top Row: Colton Westman, Terrance Brown, Justin Legg
Bottom Row: Gabriela Sanchez, Dante Amedee, Jordan Legg, Alysa Isaksen
Congratulations on making your Confirmation!
Our Graduating Seniors
Daniel Hughes, Cindy Isaksen and Breanna Nehrkorn.