United Methodist Church of Thousand Oaks
Saturday, September 18, 2021

Service and Outreach


And do not neglect doing good and sharing; for with such sacrifices God is pleased.   Hebrews 13:6

Our youth enjoy showing the love of Christ to others by serving them in various ways and through various projects.  Just as many of the members of our congregation actively participate in outreach ministry, so do our youth.  It is rewarding to know that we can make a difference in our community and world.
Mission Involvement: In addition to Wednesday and annual service and outreach projects, we schedule periodic weekend outreach activities, such as Crop Walk, 30-hour famine, Many Mansions’ Bowls of Hope, World Vision Hoops of Hope, prayer scarves, and Manna drives.
Sierra Service Project: Sierra Service Project’s mission is to build faith and strengthen communities through service to others. Youth who will be entering 9th grade through those who have just completed 12th have the opportunity to join youth from other Methodist churches on a mission trip to repair homes.  
The project for 2018 was held from August 4 to August 12 at Smith River, Oregon. 
Each year, usually in early February, a spaghetti dinner and cake auction is held to raise money toward travel expenses.  The picture on the left below is of some members of our congregation showing their support for the youth at the 2014 dinner.  The theme was “candy”, with each table decorated to carry out the theme.  The picture on the right below shows the youth and a home they repaired while on their mission trip in 2014.  The next 2 photos show the youth on the same trip. The last and larger photo is from the Smith River Trip 2018.  Click here for video.







Study Buddy Tutoring: Ninth grade students or older may apply to tutor first through third-grade students from Glenwood Elementary School in reading and math.  Many of the children are English-language learners.  Tutoring sessions are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 to 5 pm from October through May.  Click here for an application to be a tutor. 
Vacation Bible School: Every year the youth assist adult volunteers in a 1-week, 3-hour-per-day Vacation Bible School.  Colorful decorations transform our church into a magical world where children learn about God through crafts, music, stories, drama, dance, games, and science “experiments”.  The younger children love the youth, as they look up to these “big kids”.  Youth, in turn, gain valuable leadership skills.

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If you have questions, contact Patricia Cogles, Director of Youth Ministries & Adult Studies, at (805) 495-7215 ext. 302, or email her at patricia.cogles@umcto.org.