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 which teenagers need for a well-rounded Christian Education: Worship, Bible Study, Outreach Ministry, and Fellowship.
Youth Mission Trip
This year the youth went on their Mission Trip to Cortez, Colorado.
We departed from St. Matthew on July 15 after the Sunday morning service. We look forward to sharing our trip experiences next Sunday!
Register for Camp
UCYC Fall Retreat
The Fall Retreat has been scheduled for September 8th and 9th in the cool pines of Prescott, AZ. For more information, or to request information about camp scholarships, email Eric Everett at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Teams are co-ed; ages 11-17 years old (grades 6-12)
- All skill levels are welcome.
- The season kicks off Wednesday, May 30th.
- Games every Wednesday night at 7pm, through July.
- Games occur at various United Methodist Churches around the valley.
- Practices occur Sunday evenings at the church.
Contact Eric Everett at email@example.com or text- 602-516-6900 to start an amazing volleyball experience!
Just for Youth
Join your fellow youth and youth ministries director as we relate the bible to our everyday lives. Join us Sundays at 10:30 in D23/D24 for Sunday School, as our youth explores what the bible tells us about conviction, commitment, competency, courage, compassion and character. We will discuss current hot topics, brainstorm ideas and find ways to please God! For more information email, Eric Everett at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Youth Band Coming Soon!
All instruments, all skill levels welcome. Starting Sunday, August 26! For details email Eric at email@example.com.
Previous Youth Activities
A pool party was held after church on May 20th for our Youth Group. A wonderful time was had by all, and there was a lot of splashing going on!
Concerts at St. Matthew
The Spirit & Song Music Appreciation Concert was presented on May 20th St. Matthew. It featured not only our talented Hands of Praise Youth Sign Language Choir, but the Children's Choir, the Sanctuary Choir, the Bells of Joy (of which some of our youth are members) and the Hands of Joy Sign Language Choir.
Serving at Feed my Starving Children
On May 19th the youth of our church served at Feed My Starving Children located in Mesa.We are quite proud of the young members of our congregation. Great job, kids.
May 6th Youth Concert
The Youth Music Presentation Concert was given on May 6th at 3:00 p.m. featuring the talented youth of our church and community. They combined to present musical offerings, including performances by the Hands of Praise Youth Sign Language Choir under the direction of our own Rosemary Glithero and our own Children's Choir under the direction of Robin Watson.
A good time was had by all!
Working the Sound Booth
Get involved! If you are interested in learning childcare, media/production or helping with worship or in the office email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We welcome the new Youth Ministries Coordinator.
Welcome to Eric Everett who received his Certification in Youth Ministry from Southern Methodist University (SMU) in 2014. Eric served on the staff of Paradise Valley United Methodist Church for seven years. He is an accomplished musician and has a background in both acoustical engineering and foster home management.
The Youth met recently with Eric for a get-acquainted lunch.
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.