Student Ministries

Our Mission

“ To create a safe and irresistable environment that loves students in the name of Jesus and leads them to love others in the same way”

Sunday Mornings

Age:          Grade 6-Grade 12
Meets:      9:15-10:40 AM, Gym
Contact:   Colton Willis (
Our goal is to create a safe space to have fun, make and enjoy friendships, interact with loving adult mentors, create an environment that allows for worship, and dig into the Bible. We start off with fellowship, then move into a time of worship, followed by a lesson, small group discussions, and worship to close. After our large worship session, there will be three small groups 6th/ 7th, Confirmation, and High School small groups.

Age:          Grade 8 – Grade 12
Meets:      9:30-10:30 AM, Gym Classroom 401
Contact:   Colton Willis (
Confirmation celebrates our students when they are ready to formally make a commitment to the life of the church. This class is open to all interested students. Through teaching of Old and New Testament surveys, Church history, and worship we explore what it means to be a follower of Jesus as United Methodist Christians. We celebrate our students in May at a special Confirmation Reception, joined by their parents, mentors and members of the church. They are received publicly in worship on Confirmation Sunday in May.

Connect Wednesdays

Age: 6th-12th Grade Students
Our midweek Wednesday Connect is smaller and more intimate than Sunday School. It provides a unique atmosphere where students can relax, be themselves, play, study Scripture and talk about life.

Connect Wednesday Nights
Age:           6th-12th Grade Students
3:30-4:30- School Pick Ups
4:15- Service Projects in the Health and Wellness Center/ Homework time
5:00-5:30- Choir
5:30-6:00- Dinner
6:00-6:30- MS Hang Out, Homework and Games
6:30- MS Tear down gym
6:45-7:30- MS Bible Study
MS Girls in 402
MS Guys in 401
6:45- Student Lounge HS Hang Out
7:30-8:30- HS Bible Study

Contact: Student Ministries at

Our midweek Small Groups are smaller and more intimate than Sunday mornings. They provide a unique atmosphere where students can relax, be themselves, play, study Scripture and talk about life.

Student Choir

Rehearsals: Wednesdays 5:00-5:30pm in the Choir Room. All youth, girls AND guys in grades 6-12, are welcome in the Youth Choir. We are a smaller ensemble, but we sing challenging music in 2 and 3 parts. The Youth Choir sings in worship once a month. For more information contact Director: Valerie Thompson,

Upcoming Events

Night of Worship

Age: 6th-12th Grade Students
Meets: 6:00-7:00 PM, Chapel
Dates: September 15th, January 5th, February 16th & April 5th

Volunteer Training Day at Northern Hills

Age: Adult Volunteers
Dates: September 22nd

Late Night Coker

Age: 6th-12th Grade Students
Meets: 7:00-11:00 PM, Gibbs Building
Dates: September 28th, October 19th, February 7th, April 17th

Progressive Dinner

Age: 6th-12th Grade Students
Meets: 4:30-8:30 PM
Date: December 7th

Winter Retreat

Age: 6th-12th Grade Student’s
Dates: January 18th-21st
Join local and area UMC churches for a great weekend worshiping and fellowshipping with one another!Join local and area UMC churches for a great day of serving  and fellowshipping with one another!

MS Mission Trip

Age: Those who have completed 6th-8th Grade
Dates: June 2020
Join us for a week of serving our local ministries in San Antonio! We will be staying at Coker UMC this year and serving all over the Greater San Antonio area! This is a great time for our students to see how they can help our local community and get involved. Friends are always welcome! We will be having work sites, worship, and small group time!

HS Mission Trip

Age: Those who have completed 9th-12th Grade
Dates: July 2020
Join us on our High School Mission trip that will be out of state! More information TBA.


On June 9, 2018, a new Child, Youth, and Vulnerable Adult safety policy and accompanying procedures went into effect for ALL Rio Texas Churches (including Coker UMC). Every adult who works with children, youth, and/or vulnerable adults (Staff, Volunteer, Clergy, or Lay) must be certified through the new TRUSTed con Confianza certification process. This includes but not limited to those who volunteer with the food pantry, Eagle Pass, ERT, mission trips etc.  If you fall into any of these categories please contact Cheryl Kendall, for more information to get trained.

Want More?

Follow us on Social Media:

Facebook @CokerUMCStudents

Instagram @CokerUMCStudents
Twitter  @CokerUMCStudent

Remind Text:

@cokerumcsm to the number 81010

Sign-Up Links:

Sunday Morning Scripture Readers / Sign-Up Here

Crucifer Sign-Up / Sign-Up Here

Late Night Coker Support / Sign-Up Here

Sunday Morning Food / Sign-Up Here

Bus Pick-Ups / Sign-Up Here

For more information, contact:

Colton Willis / Director of Student Ministries / email / 210-494-3455 Ext. 1271

Brendan Burge / Associate Director of Student Ministries / email / 210-494-3455, ext. 1272

Marlie Riojas/ Interim Student Ministries Associate / email/ 210-494-3455; ext. 1273

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