Our mission is to build relationships with youth, disciple them in the way of Jesus, and equip them to bring God’s way of life to Long Beach.

We aim to be a community where students feel loved, known, and valued regardless of their social, economic or ethnic background.

We desire that every kid would experience the love of Jesus and follow in his ways.

Our goal is to see families, schools, and communities restored through the impact of youth continuing the mission & ministry of Jesus.

*All of our volunteers have been background checked and are commitment to serving youth through building relationships and supporting them in their journey. Please let us know if you’re new! Our staff & volunteers would love to meet you in person and get to know you and your family better.

Sunday Gathering

Middle School

(6th - 9th)

Middle School students, grades 6th - 9th, are encouraged to join us at 9:15am as we gather to play games, worship, teach through scripture, and pray. We meet in the gym in the Family area. Upon arriving to Franklin Middle School there will be signs directing you to the Garden Youth & Kids area. 

Thursday Gathering

High School

(9th - 12th)

High school students meet on Thursday evenings from 7:00 - 9:00pm at The Little Brown Mission located in downtown Long Beach at 600 E 5th ST. Each week we share a meal, play games, worship, have a lesson, and close with small group discussion and prayer. This is a great place for all students who want to grow in their relationship with Jesus or have questions about their faith. 


We host monthly events for students and their friends to have new experiences and build community. Take a look at The Garden calendar for more information or follow us on Instagram @ garden.youth.


—Sign up to serve as a Youth Leader

—Sign up to provide a meal for Thursday Gatherings

—Pray for what God is doing in the lives of the youth in the city

Contact our Youth Pastor, Amie Schmidgall, to sign up or to receive more information at amie@garden.church.