Saint Philip’s understands youth to be fully commissioned fellow-ministers of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Our young people have been gifted with prophetic voices and unique Christian identities into which they are growing with greater and greater confidence as they navigate the passage from childhood to adulthood and embark on a new stage of the human adventure, and we strive to create an environment in which those voices and identities can flourish.
We endeavor to develop a strong sense of support among peers and mentors, providing settings for genuine community, prayer, worship, service, questioning, doubt, dialogue, and growth in discipleship that aims at empowering young people to make an adult profession of faith and to live a life of committed witness to the love of God in Jesus Christ. Our Youth Leaders foster a culture of openness, honesty, and reflection, in which faith, hope and love can grow by the power of the Spirit, and where young people can come to recognize their gifts and know themselves as full members of the church: fully loved and fully called to be fully alive in Christ.
A two year program (beginning with grades 6 and 7 in year one and grades 7 and 8 in year two), Rite 13 explores the spiritual transition from childhood to young adulthood. Here youth experience community, find fun in being together with leaders and mentors, and explore the Christian journey of faith in Christ Jesus.
Journey to Adulthood (J2A)
A two year program (beginning with grades 8 and 9 in year one and 9 and 10 in year two), J2A seeks to further instill in participants the virtues and Christian practices necessary to develop a mature faith and to live faithfully in daily life as a follower of Jesus. It culminates with being confirmed as an Episcopalian and the opportunity to make a pilgrimage.
Saint Philip’s Youth (SPY)
A two or three year program (encompassing grades 10-12 in year one and grades 11 and 12 in year two), SPY focuses especially on stepping out into the world as young adults on unique missions to love and serve both God and neighbor. The participants in this group plan a yearly mission project or trip and are also empowered to design and carry out many of their own programs of service, learning, recreation, and fellowship.
Youth in Worship and Service
Youth are also a regular and integral part of worship at St. Philip’s — from acolyting, to choir, to dramatic interpretations for services.
Attending the Altar and Sanctuary is the job of this group of teenagers under the direction of the Acolyte Master/Verger. They lead the procession and serve in the Sanctuary during worship on Sundays and at other special occasions. Young people may begin their acolyte experience when they are in seventh grade and continue on through college if they choose.
This group of young actors provide interpretive drama at the 9:00am Eucharist on the third Sunday of each month and on other occasions. They rehearse one evening a week.
Youth 7th grade and up can join an ushering team and be part of this welcoming ministry.
After School Program Volunteers
Youth age 16 and up can volunteer to help with the After School Music and Homework Program once a week.
To learn more about youth programs, pilgrimages, service opportunities and more please contact Fr. Mark Schultz by phone at 520.299.6421 or by clicking below.