United Methodist Church of Livonia, NY

Youth Group

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Growing together.

Whoever you are, wherever you're from, you are welcome here.

The UMCL Youth Group welcomes all youth in grades 6-12.   Come and join the fun as we learn about Jesus, living in today's world, and serving others.
umcl youth service project
Service Project
umcl youth group meeting
Youth Group
umcl youth at laser tag
Laser Tag Fun
Following CDC and NYS Guidelines, all (students and adults) will be required to wear masks regardless of vaccination status.
(photos taken pre-COVID)

Sunday Evening

September through May

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


  • Who: Youth grades 6-12 invited (all are welcome, you don't need to attend UMCL to be a part of youth group)
  • Whenever possible, students will be split into smaller groups of 6th - 8th graders and 9th - 12th graders.
  • Program: Bible based Christian lessons and activities
  • Location: UMCL foyer
  • Leaders: Victoria and Theo Camara
  • Volunteers: John and Melinda Sciera

Join us on Sunday morning for Sunday School - more fun and learning about Jesus.

The Details:
  • All K - 12 students
  • 9:45 - 10:35 AM
  • Classrooms divided by age group

The Schedule:
  • Students and families are encouraged to join us in-person for the service at 9 AM.
  • At 9:45 AM after Pastor Hoyt’s sermon, students will be dismissed to go to Sunday School.
  • After church at 10 AM, parents are invited to enjoy this time to fellowship with other parents and adults.

The Curriculum:
  • 6  - 12th grade  will have devotional-style lessons and conversations that tie into what they’ll be learning in Youth Group each Sunday

Youth Ministry and Social Activities

Through projects and activities our youth have fun and learn a lot about the joy of helping others.
flower city workcamp

Flower City Workcamp

Flower City Work Camp is an inter-denominational ministry outreach to needy areas in Rochester, NY.  Youth from the greater Rochester area come together each spring to rehab homes and work with inner city kids, all in the name of Jesus.  Suspended in 2020 and 2021, Flower City Work Camp plans to resume spring 2022.
souper bowl of caring good collection

Souper Bowl of Caring

Souper Bowl of Caring tackles hunger and food insecurity locally by collecting non-perishable food and money to buy food.  January 2021 UMCL youth collected over 100 food items to help our local food pantry.  In the USA, Tackle Hunger raised over $163 million for local hunger relief.
youth at kingdom bound

Kingdom Bound

Attending Kingdom Bound at Six Flages Darien Lake, NY is an activity that is both fun, as well as an opportunity to build Christian faith.  Not only is time allowed for the rides, but there are Christian bands and speakers.  Kingdom Bound 2021 rescheduled to 2022.

Meet Youth Group Leaders - Victoria and Theo

Energetic and fun to be around describes Theo and Victoria Camara, UMCL Youth Group Leaders.   They are anxious to meet 6 - 12th graders from the church and the surrounding community at UMCL Youth Group on Sunday Evening for bible based learning, activities and fun.

About Theo and Victoria:
  • Both studied at Messiah University and earned Bachelor’s degrees in Christian Ministries, with dual concentrations in Congregational and Youth Ministries
  • Both currently continuing their studies at Northeastern Seminary, Rochester, NY
  • They were set up by their favorite college professor, have been married for 2 years, and just moved to Livonia with their baby girl, Ahava, and their Jack Russel/Pug mix dog, Sunny.  
  • Theo is originally from Connecticut and has a Lutheran background, while Victoria was born and raised in Livonia and grew up in the United Methodist Church of Livonia.

Fun facts about Theo and Victoria:
  • Theo is obsessed with the Boston Red Sox, while Victoria is a New York Yankee fan.
  • Theo enjoys playing a variety of instruments and watching anything Marvel related.
  • Victoria likes reading and writing, camping, and singing. 
  • Their favorite band is AJR
  • They both enjoy a good cup of coffee and going to hipster coffee shops.

Meet Youth Volunteers John and Melinda Sciera

Coach John
John and Melinda Sciera coordinated Youth Group 2020-2021.  

John Sciera has had an extensive career working with young people, kindergarten through college, is a retired physical education teacher and taught in the Geneseo Central School District for over 30 years.  He has coached high school football and lacrosse in the Livonia School District, coached lacrosse at SUNY Geneseo, and   is coaching with The Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA).

Melinda is a retired nurse.  She volunteers in several church ministries including overseeing the cleaning protocol necessary as a result of the pandemic.

John and Melinda love the Lord and love sharing their faith with young people.

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