Youth at St. Paul's
Important Youth Links
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The youth of St. Paul's give life and energy to our congregation. We look to affirm these energies and passions by providing a safe, nurturing environment where a youth's talents and skills can be celebrated and honed. When youth visit St. Paul's, they will find Sunday school volunteer teachers and advisors who truly care about each student's progress towards becoming an adult disciple in the Church.
Much of what we discuss in our Sunday school program and Youth Group meetings serves to educate our youth for Confirmation. Therefore, it is vital that youth attend as many of these meetings as possible. While Confirmation is largely about education and catechism, it is also incredibly important that youth feel a connection to St. Paul's and to the people and community found here. St. Paul's has mandatory Confirmation classes and a Confirmation mentor program in the spring, but constant involvement in the community through Sunday school and youth group provides the best chance for lasting involvement in the Church. For more information about being confirmed, please contact Ellen King at 703-549-3312 x20.
Middle School Youth
Sunday School Program
For our 6th- to 8th-grade children we offer a Sunday program using the "re:form" curriculum that allows us to easily customize our approach to the current needs of our youth. No topic is taboo, and no subject is shied away from. If the youth want to discuss it, we explore it with them.
Middle School Youth Group
Youth group for 6th - 8th grade meets Sunday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Youth group is a time for fellowship, fun, and relaxation: time away from the stresses of school, homework, and an over-scheduled life. We eat together, pray together, play together, and work together in pursuit of a community where everyone feels welcome and cared for. Youth group always meets at the church, but we often walk to Lee Street Park for outdoor games and cookouts. Detailed information about the activities for the evening is provided well in advance and through the eMERGE weekly newsletter. Sign up for the newsletter by using the box at the top of the page.
6th and 7th Grade Weekend
Sixth and 7th grade weekend is a great time to meet new friends from all over the Diocese of Virginia. The weekend includes games, fellowship, worship, and Bible study and is typically held at Shrine Mont in Orkney Springs.
8th Grade Weekend
Eighth grade weekend is a wonderful opportunity for our 8th grade youth to spend a weekend focused entirely on them. Similar in theme to the 6th- and 7th-grade weekend but with more age-appropriate activities and study, the 8th grade weekend, also held at Shrine Mont, is fun and relaxing.
Middle School Youth
High School Sunday School
Who is God? Who are You? Who am I? These are often the questions that plague many of us in our adult lives. They are even more difficult to grasp as a teenager learning to navigate in a world in which Christianity and God are not always easy to find. St. Paul's provides its high school youth an opportunity to delve into these questions with a team of dedicated and caring Volunteer Youth Advisors and the Youth Director. The high school Sunday school program at St. Paul's pulls from several curricula and program choices while also giving our youth autonomy to decide which direction they want to go in our search for answers to: Who is God? Who are You? Who am I? High school youth meet on the third floor of Wilmer Hall (in the Vestry Room) on Sundays from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
High School Youth Group
Youth Group for High School meets every Sunday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Youth group is a time for fellowship, fun, and relaxation: time away from the stresses of school, homework, and an over-scheduled life. We eat together, pray together, play together, and work together in pursuit of a community where everyone feels welcome and cared for. While we always meet at the church, we often walk to Lee Street Park for outdoor games and cookouts. Detailed information about the activities for the evening are provided well in advance and through the eMERGE weekly newsletter. Sign up for the newsletter by using the box at the top of the page.
Worship Ministries for Youth
All youth and children age 10 and up who feel called to serve at the Lord's Table are encouraged to become one of St. Paul's acolytes. Acolytes serve on teams with an acolyte mentor who organizes and prepares them for service. If you are interested in serving as an acolyte, please contact the Rev. Judith Harris Proctor at 703-549-3312 x24
Lectors and Intercessors
Any youth or child over age 10 may serve as a lector or intercessor in the 9:00 a.m. Sunday worship service. If you are under this age and are a strong reader, we welcome you to the lectern as well. Contact Ellen King or the Rev. Judith Harris Proctor at 703-549-3312 for more information about the lectors and intercessors.
Parish Youth Ministries (PYM) is a diocesan team of senior high youth who feel called to organize, plan, and implement the Diocesan weekends at Shrine Mont. While implementing the weekend retreats is the core of its purpose, PYMs are expected to attend numerous retreats for their own spiritual development and to hone the skills needed to be good peer ministers. PYM is a fun and intense program that requires great commitment on the part of the youth involved. To apply, youth must contact Paris Ball at 1-800-THE DIOCESE. Interested youth must also obtain a recommendation from St. Paul's Clergy and the Youth Director.
4th and 5th Grade Youth
Club 45 is the 4th- and 5th-grade youth group. It meets the last Sunday of every month from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m., although this time can change if a holiday interrupts the schedule. Our meetings involve outreach, games, fellowship, and worship. Please subscribe to the Club 45 newsletter for updates on when we will be meeting and what's on the agenda. For more information, contact Ellen King at 703-549-3312.