God our Father, you see your children growing up in an unsteady and confusing world: Give them strength to hold their faith in you, and to keep alive their joy in your creation; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
— The Book of Common Prayer, p 829

Youth Formation

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 Ministry 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.

Rite 13

A two year program for young people in middle school (for the 2019-2020 formation year, Rite 13 welcomes youth in 6th and 7th grades), 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 for young people beginning to embark on their high school careers (grades 8 and 9 in the 2019-2020 formation year), 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 (beginning in grade 10 or 11), 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 a regular and integral part of worship at Saint Philip’s — from acolyting, to choir, to dramatic interpretations of scripture.


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.

Chalice Players

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 Monday evenings during the program year.

Fellowship of Saint Clare

Young people in middle school and older help with audio / visual needs during the main Sunday services in the Sanctuary.

Youth Ushers

Youth 7th grade and up can join an ushering team and be part of this welcoming ministry.


Young people can join this important ministry that extends God’s own welcome to the Eucharistic table to visitors and parishioners as they go to and from worship in the Sanctuary.

Junior Altar Guild

For young people grades 4-12 who would like to assist the Altar Guild in caring for and setting up the altars of Saint Philip’s for worship.

Nursery Caregivers and Shepherds

Youth age 16 and up can assist our Nursery staff and sixth graders and older can help with Children’s Worship in the Transept.

Learn More

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.