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.
Just for Youth Sunday School
Join your fellow youth and Youth Ministries Director as we relate the Bible to our everyday lives. Join us Sundays at 10:30 a.m. in D23/D24 for Sunday School, as our youth explore 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.
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.
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.
YOUTH BAND IS FORMING!
All instruments, all skill levels welcome. Regular Practice will be on the 2nd and 4th Sundays at 11:30 a.m. For details email Eric at email@example.com. If you have instruments hiding in a closet that are no longer used, please consider donating them to the band. They are very excited about this opportunity.
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.
December and January 2019
DECEMBER 9 - YOUTH ACTIVITY
This evening our youth celebrated the holiday season together by going to Zoo Lights.
Worship Bible Study & Youth Group
9:00 a.m. Worship; 10:15 a.m. Youth Worship and Bible Study. Starting December 16th, both Junior and senior high will come together for live worship, music and announcements, then separate into Bible Study classes. (No Youth Group on December 23 or 30)
Youth Group Christmas Party
Sunday, December 16, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at St. Matthew. Youth in grades 6-12 are invited to come together to celebrate Jesus with friends. We will share food together, play a few games and celebrate with guitar music and a white elephant gift exchange. It will be a fun, festive morning. As always, friends or siblings ar welcome to join in the fun and fellowship! All are welcome!
Youth participation in Living Nativity
Christmas Eve service will feature some of our amazing St. Matthew Youth!
Hands of Praise and Children's Choir Concert
The Hands of Praise Youth Sign Language Choir and Children's Choir will present "It's Still Christmas" on Sunday, January 6th at 3:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary of St. Matthew UMC. music-ministry-christmas.pdf
Junior & Senior Small Group
Wednesday evenings, starting in January, 7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Juniors and Seniors in High School are invited to participate in this small group that offers support and encouragement to each other in these last years of high school. We will have different topics for discussion to help in your discernment throughout this important time in your lives. We will meet every 3rd Wednesday of the month.
Early 2019 Dates to Anticipate:
*January 6th, Parent meeting following church service
*January 6th, Youth Group starts again
February: Winter Camp at Mingus Mountain. Contact Eric firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Recent Youth Activities
Special Music November 18th
"Blessed Be Your Name" was performed by the Youth Band, with vocals by Mya Asher and Destiny Nehrkorn, accompanied by Terrance Brown, drums, Jordan Legg, Justin Legg and Youth Director Eric Everett, guitars.
Dobson Ranch Anniversary Event, November 17th
St. Matthew participated in the Anniversary Event by sponsoring a pony ride. Featured here is Jordan Legg.
Visitation on November 4
Music on November 4th
Trunk or Treat on October 28th
Cooking Class following October 7th service
Special Bowling Day on September 23
Walk for the Homeless at the Phoenix Zoo on September 22nd
UCYC Fall Retreat
The Fall Retreat was September 7th - 9th in the cool pines of Prescott, AZ.
Youth Pot Luck September 16th
Parade of Saints October 7th
Special music for the morning was a stirring rendition of "When the Saints Go Marching In"! E. J. Everett was featured on the clarinet, with Director Everett on the drums.
We were privileged to have Special Music by the Youth Band. Participating were: Mya Asher, soloist, with backup by Director Eric Everett, and accompaniment by Justin Legg, Jordan Legg and Terrance Brown. Their offering was "How Great is Our God". Great job, kids!!!!
Youth Mission Trip
This year the youth went on their Mission Trip to Cortez, Colorado. They shared some of their experiences during service on July 22nd.
We placed 4th in the tournament and played well into Saturday before losing by only 2 points with a short handed team of 5 players. Good going kids!
July 22nd - Justin Legg and Terrance Brown joined Director Eric Everett and Organist Steve Edman for two wonderful pieces for our Special Music and our Offertory.
Working the Sound Booth
Get involved! If you are interested in learning childcare, media/production or helping with worship or in the office email email@example.com.