Youth

JR./SR. HIGH YOUTH FELLOWSHIP

Ages: 6th Grade to 12th Grade
Meeting regularly for Bible study, recreation, and dinner, our youth groups encompass junior high and senior high school ages. A diverse calendar of special events provides opportunities for teens to plug in, including serving meals to needy people in Santa Ana, monthly Sunday Suppers for the community at a neighboring church, hiking outings, Halloween overnight, Thanksgiving family feast, Youth Sunday, beach days, and pool parties. Please contact Youth Director Scott Wilmoth for more information, to receive emails, or to join the youth Facebook group.

JUNIOR HIGH BIBLE STUDY CLASS (6TH – 8TH GRADE)

We provide age appropriate curriculum which teaches of the love of God and Jesus and our spiritual heritage. Junior High youth meet in the Junior High Room at 9am.

SENIOR HIGH BIBLE STUDY CLASS (9TH – 12TH GRADE)

We provide age appropriate curriculum which teaches of the love of God and Jesus and our spiritual heritage. Senior High youth meet in the Senior High Room at 9am.

FAMILY WORSHIP

The second Sunday of the month is Family Worship Sunday. Children and Youth, ages 4th grade and up, are encouraged to stay in the worship service with their families to become familiar with the church worship experience.

ACOLYTE PROGRAM

Ages: 4th Grade to 12th Grade
Acolytes have assisted in worship ministry since ancient times. At Aldersgate, our acolyte ministry is open to all young people who are in 4th grade and above. We currently have over 50 active acolytes! Acolytes light candles, assist in receiving the morning offering, and help serve Holy Communion. Training for the acolyte program is held every Fall. For more information, contact the church office.

LITURGICAL DANCE

Ages: 4th Grade to 12th Grade
Various passages of scripture reference dance as a form of joyous celebration and meaningful worship. Our Miracle Movers dance troupe presents regularly in worship. The troupe is designed to introduce and build upon the fundamentals of dance, so no prior dance experience is necessary.

PSALM 96 YOUTH CHOIR

Ages: 6th Grade to 12th Grade
The Youth Choir practices throughout the school year and presents regularly in worship. No prior choir experience is needed!

YOUTH SUNDAY

Ages: 6th Grade to 12th Grade
A unique worship service planned and executed by the Youth with special recognition for graduating seniors and incoming 6th grade youth. This happens once a year, usually in June.

SUMMER CAMP

Ages: Junior High Camp- 6th Grade to 8th Grade
Ages: Senior High Camp- 9th Grade to Graduated Seniors
Aldersgate supports United Methodist camping ministries. Locally, campers from AUMC attend Lazy W Ranch Camp in San Juan Capistrano. Youth and adults from Aldersgate also serve as volunteer staff at Lazy W Ranch Camp.
(Sign up at calpaccamps.org)

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS

Ages: 6th Grade to 12th Grade
Youth volunteer in small groups, crafts, snack, games, drama and storytelling during our wonderful week of VBS.

SIERRA SERVICE PROJECT

Ages: 6th Grade to 12th Grade
For one week each summer, one team of Junior High youth and one team of Senior High youth — plus adult counselors — participate in a week of service in areas of urban or rural poverty through the United Methodist affiliated non-profit Sierra Service Project.
For more information on this life-changing opportunity, contact AUMC SSP Coordinator Jack Murrieta.

OUTDOOR CAMPING AND RETREATS

Junior High and Senior High Youth attend a winter retreat, and AUMC enjoys an annual Family Camp over Memorial Day Weekend at Lazy W Ranch Camp.