Please keep a lookout for our monthly announcements for upcoming events. While we have some events locked in, other events are being planned on a monthly basis due to COVID-19 restrictions. Contact the church office if you would like to receive email update of Gary Youth events.

*Current COVID-19 Protocol
Posted March 2, 2022

  • Gary Church encourages but does not require masking.
  • Food and drinks will be permitted.

Please click here to see Gary Church's full COVID-19 protocol. 


Gary Youth

You have heard it said, “youth are the future.” At Gary Church in Wheaton, we say, “youth are the now!" We believe our youth are called and empowered by God to make a difference in the world. We strive to support our youth, so that they are free to become disciples who share the love of Christ with their neighbors. 

At Gary Youth, you will:

  1. Have fun
  2. Be valued
  3. Explore the Christian faith
  4. Experience family
  5. Act through hands on compassion
  6. Keep growing
  7. Reach out

Weekly Night Gathering (during the school year)    We play fun games, learn, have small group, and pray together. Each month, we follow a connected theme. More details can be found in our church newsletter, emails, Facebook, or Instagram.

Middle School:  Wednesday nights, 7–8:30 p.m.
High School:  Sunday nights, 6–7:30 p.m.


Upcoming Youth Activities     Follow our social media to see pictures.

Gary Youth Summer Intern
Gary Church is looking for a youth ministry intern for the Summer to help with Gary Youth. This is a terrific opportunity for those interested in growing in their faith and practicing their leadership skills. For more details, click here. High school youth are encouraged to apply. If you are interested, please fill out an application here. Please send your applications to Pastor Dan at  .

Taco Tuesday (Middle School Youth)
Gary Youth are invited on Tuesdays, 5–6:30 p.m. for tacos, games, and discussion! We will be reading the Nation Book Award winner, Godless by Pete Hautman. You do not have to have read the book in order to participate. The dates are as follows:

Tuesday, June 14: Chapters 1-6

Tuesday, July 5: Chapters 7-12

Tuesday, July 19: Chapters 13-18

Tuesday, July 26: Fun Night

Tuesday, August 9: Chapters 19-24

Tuesday, August 16: Chapters 25-31

Milk Tea Sunday (High School Youth)
Gary Youth are invited on Sundays, 8:30–10 p.m. for milk tea, games, and discussion! We will be reading the Nation Book Award winner, Godless by Pete Hautman. You do not have to have read the book in order to participate. The dates are as follows:

Sunday, June 12: Chapters 1-6

Sunday, July 10: Chapters 7-12

Sunday, July 17: Fun Night *time subject to change

Sunday, July 24: Chapters 13-18

Sunday, August 7: Chapters 19-24

Sunday, August 14: Chapters 25-31

Kids Above All Backpack and School Supply Drive
During BLAST Camp and through Sunday, July 3, Gary Church will collect school supplies for Kids Above All. Click the link above for a list of needed items.

Fall Retreat 2022
Friday, Sept. 23-Sunday, Sept. 25
As we follow Jesus, we are all called to speak up amid injustice; but too many times, we remain silent. So, how do we find our voice? How do we engage others with whom we disagree? How do we unite? This year’s fall retreat theme is “Jesus, Others, and You,” (J.O.Y.) based on Philippians 2:2, “complete my joy by thinking the same way, having the same love, being united, and agreeing with each other.” We will be working with other United Methodist Church youth groups in the Northern Illinois Conference for this year’s fall retreat! Registration now live.

*Please note that in-person gatherings may be subject to change due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Before participating, complete the 2021–22 registration form below.

Gary Youth Registration Form


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