Saint Paul’s Church offers a variety of ways for youth to deepen their faith and to show forth their faith in their lives. To learn more, explore the various areas below and contact the Rev. Emmanuel Mercer to plan a visit.
For a full list of programs, click here.
Sunday mornings in the Church School wing and the Swift Bird Room, 9:40–10:20
Rite 13 is for 6th and 7th graders, is a two-year component of a six-year Journey-to-Adulthood program. In addition to affirming the journey toward manhood and womanhood of our young ones, it celebrates the creativity and individuality of young teenagers by exploring four key areas of discovery-society, self, sexuality and spirituality. Rite 13 also assists young people as they begin to take steps of passage away from their own families and into their own lives. Within the two-year duration, when they turn thirteen, this event will be celebrated in church with a service loosely modeled on the Jewish bar mitzvah. (Pictured below are the candidates who were initiated into the Saint Paul’s Rite 13 program on Sunday, September 20, 2015: Jah-Rhe Johnson, Frances Mercer, Will Stutman, Drew Warnick, Jackson Tullo, Harry Bradley and Jack Fitzpatrick.)
Confirmation is the renewal of our baptismal promises. The baptismal relationship with God and others is life long, and through this process we are empowered to live more fully into our baptismal promises of turning from evil to Jesus and following him as Lord. Confirmation preparation reflects the ministry of building a community of young people desirous for service to others and to themselves. Confirmation classes meet at 12:00 in the Swift Bird Room and will be guided in our conversation by these books: Letters to a Young Doubter-by William Sloane Coffin, My Life, My Faith-by Jenifer Gamber and I will with God’s Help-by Mary Lee Wile. Lunch is always provided.
High School class is a combination of both Middle and High School students who gather in the Swift Bird Room to discuss scripture, theology, contemporary issues and some of the difficult challenges facing them as Youth. Our desire is to promote authenticity among the Youth whiles also helping them find their true calling.
St. Paul’s Youth Ministry Program is designed to build meaningful relationships among the Youth of the parish. Our combined Youth Group of both middle and high school students meet at least once a month for fellowship and fun both on and off campus. Youth Group usually meets in the Swift Bird Room on Sunday evenings.
One of the core outreach opportunities is our volunteer work with Face-to-Face, Germantown. St. Paul’s Youth visit every other month in the Fall, Winter and Spring to help cook, set-up, serve meals and clean-up. We visit Face-to-Face to volunteer only on Saturdays. Sometimes parents join the Youth in volunteering-which is always a great addition.
Mother’s Day Car Wash
This is the big Youth fundraiser. Youth gather early in the morning to wash cars of parishioners who in turn donate towards the summer Youth Pilgrimage to North Dakota.
Youth Pilgrimage to North Dakota
Every Summer, Youth from St. Paul’s embark on a Pilgrimage to the Standing Rock Native American Reservation. Our partnership with Camp Gabriel in Standing Rock reflects our historical ties with the Episcopal Church in North Dakota. This is a 10-day pilgrimage that involves preparing Camp Gabriel to host a three-day Camp for our Native American brothers and sisters. Youth from St. Paul’s also immerse themselves in Native American culture and collaborate with their Native American brothers and sisters on different projects, games and formation.
Thanksgiving could be one of the difficult days for the poor, hungry and homeless in our community. In our effort to help our struggling neighbors, the Youth promote and lead a Turkey Drive, collecting frozen turkeys to be donated to Face-to-Face, Germantown and Church of the Advocate. The frozen turkeys are collected on the Sunday before Thanksgiving and delivered to Face-to-Face and Church of the Advocate right after Sunday worship.