Youth Ministry


Our Vision for Youth Ministry

For WUMC to be a place to belong, a place to know God loves you, and a place to hear God calling you to a life of loving service for the transformation of the world.

Worship, conversation, study, prayer and serving others are our main tools for accomplishing that vision. 

Sunday morning worship gatherings and Wednesday Night Live are the main times and places those tools are practiced.



What's Wednesday Night Live? WNL is our weekly gathering for youth

WNL happens most Wednesday evenings during the school year from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Woodridge UMC. All students in 7th to 12th grades are welcome. WNL strives to be a grace-filled, inclusive, and safe time for all. WNL begins with all ages together for games and dinner. Then, high schoolers and middle schoolers separate for conversation and a variety of learning experiences.  Finally, all ages gather together for closing worship.


All students and parents need to fill out this Youth Ministry Registration Form and return it to Pastor Dave



Wednesday Night Live 2018 Schedule

This month:

January 10th, 17th, 24th, & 31st: WNL at regular time & place, 6:00-8:00pm at WUMC


Next month:

February 7th, 14th, 21st, & 28th: WNL at regular time & place, 6:00-8:00pm at WUMC



WNL Meals

Sharing a meal together is a holy moment. Building community feeds our souls just as food feeds our bodies. Having dinner together is one of our weekly practices. If you are able to help provide dinner for our youth on a Wednesday night, please click over to our Meal Train site and sign up there




Helping Puerto Rico Recover

Recently, our students led our congregation's effort to assist recovery efforts following the hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico. We collected enough items to create 13 Flood Buckets, which were prayed over and sent to The United Methodist Church's Midwest Mission Distribution Center. From there, the buckets will be sent to Puerto Rico. The Reporter, the monthly newspaper of our Northern Illinois Conference, published an article about us: click here to read it (see page 4).

We are very proud of our students' desire to serve God by serving people in need and to lead that work!

How else can we help Puerto Rico? From another Reporter article in that issue, Bishop Hector Ortiz of the Methodist Church of Puerto Rico says:

"Pray without ceasing; show hospitality to Puerto Rican evacuees; mobilize volunteer teams for the long recovery ahead, and advocate to the U.S. Congress to help rebuild Puerto Rico's infrastructure."


Mission Trip 2018

WHEN: June 23rd -- July 1st

WHERE: Baton Rouge, LA

WHO: Students currently in 7th-12th grades are eligible.

WHAT: Home repair such as roofing, painting, repairing walls, or building ramps for families in need. Experiencing South Louisianan culture. 

WHY: Continuing our journey with Jesus by following his command to love God and love our neighbors as we love ourselves. 

HOW: Partnering with Revive225, a ministry of First United Methodist Church, Baton Rouge.

SIGN UP: Nonrefundable $50 deposit holds your spot. Email Pastor Dave to indicate your interest.