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Youth at Grace
For young people today, the world is a noisy, distracted place. For many, it can also be a confusing place. It can be difficult to find time, space and trusted resources to explore what it means to live in faith and how Jesus’ lessons can apply in today’s multi-media, marketing-driven world.
It’s this challenge that the Youth Group program at Grace and St. Stephen’s is committed to meeting. We're rethinking our youth programs and how they can be designed to meet the needs of our youth at each stage in the journey from childhood to adulthood. Recognizing that each age group is diverse in spiritual, educational, and social needs, we're excited to introduce a new approach.
First, building from the bottom up is key to starting things off right for our youth. We're launching a "pre-youth group" gathering for 4th and 5th graders, called Jolt. This group aims to jump start relationships with one another, through fellowship, fun, music and team-building exercises. They meet on the first Friday evening of the month.
Here's Katie's take on Jolt "There are lots of fun things about JOLT! First, we sing songs that Ms. Bonnie teaches us, and we make things from church (like the Lord's Prayer) into songs. Then we play fun games like the Trust Game (with blindfolds!) and even foosball. We usually eat pizza and salad for dinner. The games and songs have a topic of some kind. For example, when we were playing the trust game, the topic was that Jesus trusted Peter even though Peter betrayed him three times. At the end we might play some more foosball before it's time to leave. Because of all these epic things, I give JOLT a five-star rating!"
Blast, the youth group for middle schoolers (6th-8th grades) are just back from their summer mission trip to Steamboat Springs. Here's what Gabi, in 8th grade had to say about her experience:
"So, I've never done a mission trip before. I have to say it was one of the best things I've ever done. The first hour or so everybody is a little bit socially awkward, just hanging out with people from their own church groups. Then, Catie Robertson, the priest of St. Paul's in Steamboat Springs, did games and everybody is forced to talk to each other and break out of their shell. Like all things you do, you'll meet people who you like and not so much. But everyone is really nice.
The first day of working was the hardest. We had to rake and shovel uneven dirt that was also pretty hard. And we also had to move logs that were really heavy. The second day was easy for my group we just had to walk around campsites and pick up trash. You find some weird things that people leave behind. The third and fourth are the best. Everyone has broken out of their shell of awkwardness and you realize you've made some really good friends. The last day we all just went shopping and had a good time. After that was the time of goodbyes and parting with newly-made friends. A mission trip is an amazing thing to do, and I think everybody should go on one just to try it out."
These kids are full of energy and are eager for experiences that help them discover themselves and their world, in relationship to their faith. They have tough questions and loads of curiosity so our time together will be used to explore those topics. There will be time for conversation, and to get out and dig deeper into our spirits through different activities and experiences.
Finally, we've chosen Aftershock as the nickname for our high school group (9th-12th grades). This group faces heavy demands in their lives: homework, extracurricular activities, applying for college, perhaps working part-time. This is a time where being together, relaxing, and reconnecting with their community of faith is important to rejuvenate their spirits and get them through the week. The atmosphere will be calmer, engendering elements of faith exploration and navigating this time in their lives, coming out stronger in the end, and being ready to move on into "the real world" with a strong sense of self and faith.
Please encourage your youth to come be with us! For young adults in grades 4-8, contact Bonnie Price, middle school youth minister at firstname.lastname@example.org and for high-school-aged youth, contact Fr. Brendan at email@example.com with any questions.
Our Youth Group is a community where each one is a gift and a blessing to all, simply for being here.
From chaperoning mission trips and events to exploring new ideas and opportunities to grow and strengthen our youth ministries and sometimes just proving a sounding board in conversations, the members of the Youth Committee support the Youth Group in many ways. New volunteers are always welcome. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Through the rite of Confirmation, the work of God in baptism is confirmed by the gift of the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by the bishop. Candidates for Confirmation make a public affirmation of their faith and must be at least 16 years of age by the time of the Confirmation rite.
Preparation for Confirmation for youth takes place during the year on a monthly basis in conjunction with other Episcopal Churches throughout the Pikes Peak region. This is important because candidates are confirmed into the Episcopal tradition and not the life of a particular parish. Confirmation preparation focuses on Scripture, service and the life of the baptized, mission and community, prayer, Episcopal Church structure, the Book of Common Prayer, and faith in practice.
Please contact the church office for more information about confirmation.