Gary Youth

We believe that youth, adult youth leaders, parents, and the church are partners in ministry. We all bring something valuable to youth ministry at Gary UMC. I also want to have an opportunity to introduce myself officially, in-person, so to speak. Therefore, you are all invited to a joint youth, adult youth leaders, and parent(s) youth night via Zoom. A Zoom link and password will be sent out to all of you through email and text closer to the meeting dates. Please save the date for the following:

  • Middle School Youth (Going into sixth grade to eighth grade) Wednesday, July 15, 7–8 p.m.
  • High School Youth (Going into ninth grade to twelfth grade) Sunday, July 19, 7–8 p.m.

Gary Youth Missions Week

No experience will replace Blast Camp, MIX, MOVE, and the mission trip to the Dominican Republic. However, we believe that God is always offering us new opportunities to share God’s love. For this reason, we will be hosting an all-youth (middle school and high school) stay-mission days from Tuesday to Thursday, July 28–30. We are planning it to be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day but this is subject to change. There will be no cost to you. We will be gathering in-person while following strict guidelines provided by Gary UMC’s Health Team. To sign up, complete the form below by Friday, July 24. 

I look forward to meeting all of you soon! If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me at 847-208-8884 or by email at

Pastor Dan


Mission Week School Supply Drive

One of our Mission Week projects is a neighborhood school supply drive for Kids Above All (formerly Childserv), and we invite the congregation to participate too. KAA is a Chicagoland child welfare agency devoted to placing kids above everything else by investing in kids and youth, strengthening families, and healing trauma. You can help Gary Youth help KKA by donating some back-to-school basics from the list below. A collection box will be available outside the church Tuesday–Thursday, July 28–30, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

Items we need:
Bookbags / backpack
Pencils #2 with erasers
Pens (black, blue, red)
Colored pencils
Pocket folders
Spiral notebook
Washable markers
Pencil-top erasers
Glue sticks
Paper (loose leaf, wide
and college-ruled)
Kleenex, paper towels
Hand sanitizer
Assignment notebook
Note cards
Water color paints
Supply box
Flashdrives (16G)

Thank you for considering a donation!

If you are registering for Mission Days and did not complete the 2019-20 Gary Youth permission form, please do so now as part of the registration process.

Gary Youth Annual Permission Form 2020



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Participation Release*

My student (identified above) has the permission of the undersigned to participate in Gary Youth Group and/or Sunday School events where he/she is driven in a vehicle by someone other than his/her own parent/guardian. This form is effective from August 22, 2019—August 22, 2020. In the event of an emergency affecting the health or welfare of this participant, the sponsors, leaders or adult chaperones have permission to administer first aid and/or transport the individual to the nearest doctor or hospital for further medical attention as deemed necessary. The individual action in response to the emergency will be held blameless. Any medical expenses occurring will be borne by the participant, or parents/guardians of the participant. Insurance afforded by Gary United Methodist Church and Winfield Community United Methodist Church are an excess insurance, over any and all valid and collectible insurance coverage available to or for such person, as expressly named above.

Photo/Video Release*

I give Gary United Methodist Church and its representatives permission to take photos and video of my child or the child(ren) for whom I have legal guardianship (identified above), and use such photographs or video in any and all media products for promotion, art, advertising, editorial or other purpose. This may include but is not limited to newsletters both print and email, posters, brochures, ads, post cards and web pages and Social Media. I waive the right to see or approve any publications that contain photographs of my child and agree that no compensation is owed to me or my child for the use of such images. I release Gary UMC and its representatives from responsibility for any harm or invasion of privacy that may occur or be produced by taking photographs or video of my child, and from any claims relating to such photographs or video. I understand that these photos will be in the public domain but no identifying information will be displayed.

Communication by Social Media, Email and Texting*

I authorize Staff Members of Gary United Methodist Church to communicate by methods of Social Media, email and/or texting with my child or the child for whom I have legal guardianship (identified above).

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