“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I’ll show you how to fish for people.” 20 Right away, they left their nets and followed him." 

- Matthew 4:19

Our youth ministry (6th-12th grades) offers a friendly, fun and supportive place for young people to explore the Christian faith, and discover who God has created them to be. We gather weekly in Sunday worship, and on Wednesdays at our mid-week, all-church ministry called Mid-Week Gathering: Everyone’s Inn. We meet as an entire youth group as well as in three age-based small groups: Middle School, Younger High School; Older High School. All gatherings are supported by trained and background-checked adult volunteers.

Throughout the year, our youth ministry offers unique opportunities to serve our neighbors and community as well as fun gatherings such as 5th Friday Fun Nights, an Annual Thanksgiving Progressive Dinner, a Christmas Party, weekend retreats, and summer camp and mission trips.

Serve Locally & Give Globally!   Our youth are passionate about seeing the complete eradication of the global disease of malaria, and fighting hunger and homelessness right here in Long Beach, too.

Contact Pastor Melinda Dodge to learn more and let us welcome you in our special Los Altos UMC Youth way! 

2018 Summer of Service for High School Flyer

Wednesday Mid-Week Gathering: Everyone's Inn Schedule

5:30 p.m.  Check-in, crafts, and games
6:00 p.m.  Dinner ($5 per person, $20 per family of 4 or more)
6:45 p.m.  Small groups begin

Small Group
Small groups offer a place for deeper faith connections to form in the church community. Age-based small groups for youth meet on Wednesday night from 6:45 p.m.-7:30 p.m. following Everyone’s Inn. We believe that “leading small” is the most effective way of modeling Christ’s community and forming disciples. Children connect not only with each other,  but with adults who care for them, know them by name, and know what’s going on in their lives. Small Group Leaders (SGL’s) work very hard to partner with families, understanding that parents and guardians are the #1 influence in a child’s life. Families and SGL’s walk together in a shared faith journey.

Click here to get more details about “Mid-Week Gathering: Everyone’s Inn”

Faith Formation through Music
Special youth choirs (vocal & handbell) are offered as part of our music ministry.  Click here for more details.

We prioritize the safety and protection of all children, students, and volunteers involved in our ministries. All teachers, assistants, and leaders with young people go through a thorough interview process and background check screening.

Get the medical release form here.
Get the scholarship application here.

Questions/comments: Contact Pastor Melinda Dodge at (562) 598-2451 or mdodge@losaltosumc.org.