SJE Youth

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All Middle and High schoolers are invited to join SJE Youth! We meet every Sunday morning for Faith Formation as well as every other Sunday afternoon for a variety of exciting events. Each meeting happens in the newly ReVamped Youth Room (room 5 downstairs), though our events sometimes take us offsite.

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Faith Formation begins with breakfast for all children and youth at 9am. At promptly 9:30am all break off into their own gatherings – the youth meet in the youth room. Faith Formation consists of activities, games, brief teaching, and small group time. Middle and High School students each have their own small group led by an adult volunteer. Youth Faith Formation provides a space and time for youth to explore and deepen their faith. Where they can ask questions freely and be heard. Where they can further form their community and figure out how integrate that into the larger church and Christian community. The theme verse for this program year is Micah 6:8: “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” In the fall we are focusing on Christian Ministry.

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SJE Youth also meets at noon, directly after the second service, on the first and third Sundays of every month, as well as occasional meetings on other days. During these gatherings, we share a meal and enjoy many activities including lock-ins, the CROP hunger walk, laser tag, serving at Loving Spoonfuls, hikes, movies, and much more! During the summer SJE Youth continues to meet for ministry and fellowship. See the current schedule for upcoming events: SJEYouthFall2013Calendar.

If you are a parent or adult who would like to help with SJE Youth, we would love to have you! You can volunteer to serve as a second adult for any youth event, or join our Manna Team to provide a meal for a youth event. Contact Youth Coordinator Radha Deitenbeck if you would like to volunteer or would like any more information.

SJE Youth would love to have you join us anytime! If you are new to St. John’s or would just like more information, please contact Children & Youth Coordinator Reyna Masko at 616-842-6260, ext. 28 or rmasko@stjohnsepiscopal.com.

The SJE Youth Commission

Statement of Purpose: The Youth Commission is the backbone of SJE Youth Ministry, a team of adults who commit to building relationships with the youth of St. John’s. They are consistently present as mentors, friends, small group leaders in faith formation, helpers at youth events, and partners to the Youth Coordinator.

Goals:

  1. To encourage involvement among current teenagers at St. John’s and also to cultivate those now in Sunday School into a cohesive group that will be the SJE Youth in the future.
  2. To give the youth a space and time where they can explore and deepen their faith—particularly through ecumenical and multi-cultural experiences—where they can ask questions freely and be heard, where they can they can realize how great God’s love is for them and continue to form their identity in Christ
  3. To give the youth a space and time where they can further form their community and figure out how to integrate that into the larger church and Christian community.
  4. To ensure that our youth know they are valued by the church, not just by the person paid to hang out with them. To that end, the Commission is involved in the life of the youth so that the whole church is part of guiding them as they build their life in Christ, just as we promised at their baptisms.

Membership: This is ministry is overseen by the Rector and his delegated staff member— our Youth Coordinator, assisted by the Youth Commission The Youth Commission is comprised of adults of all ages who not only help to make decisions about the program, but who enter into relationship with the youth, who form pieces of the constellation of adults who surround and support the youth of St. John’s. All who work in this ministry are certified by Safeguarding God’s Children.

 

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