Spiritual Formation for Youth and their Families
Our “Spiritual Formation” approach to youth and family ministry provides opportunities for community-building, fellowship, learning, and mission for the younger members of the parish, while fostering a holistic vision of ministry that involves people of all ages. Our goal is to help our youth and their families live out the mission of the church in their daily lives, while also raising up leaders for Christ who are drawn to Him and draw others to Him because of their vibrant relationship with Him, their Bible-centered standard for decision-making, and their meaningful fellowship and role within the church.
EYC (Episcopal Youth Community)
Our EYC (ninth-twelfth grades) meets on Wednesday evenings from 6:45PM to 8:15PM and at announced times throughout the years. Activities include fellowship, leading worship (Youth Sundays), Bible studies, service projects, and outreach. Our EYC is also active in diocesan events, such as Happening which happen four times a year at Camp Allen. EYC also hosts various retreats and lock-ins for the Senior High ages. There are also Mission trip opportunities.
Our Junior EYC (sixth-eighth grades) meets periodically throughout the year at announced times, giving our younger students a chance to gather and learn about God while having fun. The Junior EYC participates in YES at Camp Allen four times a year and does various service projects and other fun activities.
Our Acolyte Guild, open to out youth in the fifth grade and up, is an opportunity for the youth to have an active role in worship, making our services truly intergenerational. Acolytes play an important role during Holy Eucharist and are involved in the processional, Gospel procession, offertory, preparation of the altar, Holy Communion and recessional. Older members of the Acolyte Guild are trained to serve as Youth Vergers, assisting the clergy conducting worship.
There are four Youth Sundays scheduled throughout the year. Each Youth Sunday is dedicated to giving our youth the opportunity to take on more active roles and responsibilities during morning worship in addition to serving as acolytes, such as leading the music, reading the lessons from Scripture, giving the children’s sermon, serving as LEMs (Lay Eucharistic Ministers), and ushering and presenting the Eucharistic elements at the Offertory.