Welcome to St. Gabrielís Youth Group Ministry for
Thereís a place for everyone.
St. Gabrielís offers a guided faith journey for 7th-12th graders with Sunday worship, fun outings, overnighters, service projects, and fellowship. Friends are invited to join us for all activities with the exception of the fall goal-setting retreat. 6th grade middle schoolers are invited to be a part of the Seasons of the Spirit class on Sunday mornings unless special arrangements are made between parents and teachers.
St. Gabrielís youth ministry strives to supplement and support the spiritual teaching of parents and grandparents, who are their youthís most important spiritual guides and teachers. We will accomplish this by:
Encouraging and strengthening life-long ties to the Episcopal Church.
Youth group worship and activities are offered most Sundays of the school year and occasionally in the summer at 10:00 am.
Most Sunday Mornings:
We hope that our commitment to serving others will form a life-long habit for our teenagers, inspired by the teachings of Christ. Gabrielís youth are involved in bi-monthly service projects including serving the homeless and working with the poor, doing community cleanup projects, delivering meals, fundraising for those in need, serving as group leaders for church school or VBS, or whatever other opportunity presents itself.
Every 2-3 years the high schoolers and leaders in our youth group fundraise for and go on a YouthWorks summer mission trip out of the state to serve a needy community. Past trips have included urban San Francisco and rural Wyoming.
Fun Outings and Events:
Our youth get together for bowling, movies, rock climbing, miniature golf, swimming, beach trips, meals and other outings, often on Sunday after church. With the exception of the fall goal-setting retreat, friends are welcome to come along. Any event that includes transport by youth leaders or volunteers requires a parent trip permission form or one on file, updated yearly. We also ask that youth reserve a space for transportation to events away from the church by contacting our Youth Minister by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adults are sometimes needed as volunteer drivers and chaperones, and are relied on to encourage their youth to attend, as well as driving them to and from meetings and events. Parents will be included in any emails regarding youth group and we ask that they help their youth keep track of their calendar of upcoming events and commitments.
Acolyting: Middle and high schoolers (as well as children over 10 years old and adults) are invited to serve as acolytes, assisting the clergy for all services. Acolyting is not only a way to learn more about the Episcopal rituals and traditions and an opportunity to serve your church, but it looks great on a job or college resume! Trainings are held frequently- look in the church bulletin for dates and times. If you are interested, contact Tim Reifsteck at email@example.com.