Youth Ministry

The Chapel of the Cross provides multiple opportunities for youth to live the Baptismal Covenant. With God’s help, I will:

  • Continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of the bread, and in the prayers.
  • Persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever I fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord.
  • Proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ.
  • Seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving my neighbor as myself.
  • Strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being.

 

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Youth Activities

EYC (Episcopal Youth Community)

A group of young people from sixth through twelfth grade, who meet, socialize, play, participate in community service, and explore social and personal issues in an atmosphere of Christian fellowship and support. EYC includes fun and meaningful weekly meetings, outings, service opportunities, retreats, and much more. Unless otherwise noted, Middle School EYC will meets each Sunday from 5:00-7:00pm in the Youth Room on the third floor, and Senior High EYC meets from 6:30-8:30pm. Both groups share dinner in the Great Hall at 6:30pm.

Church School

Classes for 6th-8th and 9th-12th grade youth are led by adult parishioners each Sunday from 10:20 to 11:05 on the third floor. Youth spend time learning more about their faith, church, and each other each week. The 6th-8th grade class employs Sparkhouse’s Re:Form video curriculum supplemented by activities and discussions, while the 9th-12th grade class discusses weekly faith topics while checking in with each other about their lives from week to week.

Mission Trips

A week-long mission trip for high schoolers and weekend-long trip for middle schoolers providing opportunities for service, fellowship and learning to participants.

Youth Inquirers’ Class and Confirmation

A preparation program for high school aged students, primarily ninth graders, who learn about our faith as Episcopalians and seriously consider and prepare for making a mature public affirmation of their faith through Confirmation.

Acolytes

Baptized students from sixth grade through college who assist the clergy during worship services, representing and leading the congregation.

Youth Saints

Children in the 3rd grade and older who do not participate in choir are invited to serve as assistants in the Children’s Chapel Program.

Junior Choir

This choir is open to all young people beginning in the third grade and ending with high school graduation. The Junior Choir sings for all 9:00 a.m. Sunday Eucharists and on other occasions throughout the year such as Ash Wednesday and Christmas Eve. Rehearsals are held on Wednesday from 6:00 to 7:00 pm, and thirty minutes before services.

Youth Lectors

Young people who enjoy reading aloud are invited to serve as lectors during 9:00 AM Sunday services.  Training is provided.  Lectors serve in rotation, about once every 6-8 weeks.

Youth Council

This group of high school youth works with the Youth Minister and Parent Council to enhance programs.

Service Projects

Service and Outreach Projects are open to youth throughout the year.  Many –  including mission trips, cooking at SECU House and packing emergency food packets for Stop Hunger Now – are eligible for Service Learning Hours in the public schools.  Others – like volunteering in Children’s Chapel, teaching in church school or Vacation Church Camp  and caroling to homebound parishioners – offer learning and leadership opportunities within our parish family.

 

Contacts and Permission

Contacts

EYC – Mike Peterson

Mission Trips – Mike Peterson

Youth Inquirers – Mike Peterson

Acolytes – Ray Dooley, Chris Anderson, Robert Wright

Junior Choir – Joe Causby

Youth Lectors – Boykin Dunlap Bell

Youth Council – Mike Peterson

Service Projects – Mike Peterson

Ushers – Dave Scocca, Pat Phelan

Youth Saints – Boykin Bell

 

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