We have a very active youth ministry program, much going on!
We really do take seriously our Baptismal promises to raise children in the Christian faith and life, and involve them as full members of the community.
For example, our Youth Group meets weekly on Wednesday evenings from 7-8pm. This year, due to Covid-19, our youth group is meeting online through Zoom. We always begin with check-in and close with prayer, but in between we have discussions, play games, and watch movies through teleparty! Our Youth Group team, Trevor Sannes and MiaLisa Millares have worked hard to rethink how Youth Group can function online.
The Youth Group is in charge of leading the Ash Wednesday service each year. Plus young people are involved in each Sunday worship service by reading, ushing, verging, lay leading, or playing in the band. Young people also teach Sunday School for younger children.
When a young person is around 7th grade, we invite their parents, godparents, and significant adults in their life to a fancy dinner to mark that important phase as they leave their childhoods and walk toward adulthood. Toasts of gratitude are made by the adults and young people, followed by the laying on of hands. It’s a very special night. We call it the Youth Recognition Dinner. The next day in church, they reconvene for prayers and promises with the wider community.
Every August our graduating seniors are gifted with a quilt with some psalms and our baptismal covenant on it, on which the congregation has signed their names. It’s a moving Sunday as we send them off to their next adventure with our love and prayers.
If you have any particular questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to MiaLisa McFarland, our Children’s and Youth Coordinator.