Youth (grades 6-12)

Contact: Matt Lewellyn-Otten , Minister of Youth, mlotten@ststephens.com

At St. Stephen’s, we work with our youth to nurture meaningful personal relationships with God and their peers. Connecting with others through a church community is vitally important to the faith development of young people.  Our programs help junior and senior high students understand the love of God, appreciate what it means to be a community of faith, and undertake their own spiritual journey.

Our youth ministry serves youth in grades 6 -12 and are committed to helping teens develop and nurture meaningful, life-giving relationships with Christ, their peers, and their adult leaders. We are here to encourage and support youth as they undertake their own spiritual journey within a caring community of faith. We offer faith formation, service and fellowship opportunities that enable youth to find their place in the church, the community, and the world.

We are excited to share our 2018/19 Youth Programs with you! Registration is open now >> Register online

PRISM > Beginning Sept 12!
Wed 6:30 – 8:00 PM | Grades 6 & 7 | St. Ignatius Youth Room

One small step… one big leap into Youth Group! 6th & 7th Graders gather on Wednesdays following the Community Dinner for a time to build friendships through community service and spiritual exploration. We tackle some tough questions but we have lots of fun while we do it!
CONFIRMATION > Beginning Sept 12!
Wed 6:30 – 8:00 PM | Grades 8 & 9 | St. Felicity & St. Perpetua Rooms
Confirmation at St. Stephen’s is about so much more than making the decision to become a confirmed member of the Episcopal Church… it is a spiritual journey. And each journey has a story. This year, we will be exploring not only the tradition, Scripture, and reasoning that makes up our faith but also where your own spiritual life fits into God’s unfolding plan. We’ll focus on the question, “what’s your story?” as we explore how God shows up in the most unexpected of ways. We also leave plenty of room for service and fellowship opportunities. Our 8th & 9th graders meet in distinct groups allowing for deeper conversations and friendships as the grade travels together.
SPECTRUM > Beginning Sept 16!
Sun 5:30-7:00 PM | Grades 10-12 | St. Ignatius Youth Room

Spectrum is especially designed for our high school students to explore the deep questions of their faith, to serve the metro community, to discover their spiritual gifts, and create lasting friendships. Sunday evenings are a time to gear up for the week ahead and be rejuvenated by our peers and mentors. Moreover, Spectrum is a place to equip our young people with the tools necessary for a life-long spiritual journey with Christ.
unstructured > Beginning Sept 16!
Sun 10:00-11:00 AM & Wed 6:00-8:00 PM | Grades 6-12 | St. Joan Room

The new former “Christian Education Resource Room” has been renamed the St. Joan of Arc Room and it’s the new HQ youth! The space is available to our 6th-12th grade students to gather, hang, play and connect. The room is , well, unstructured. In it you’ll find mandalas for relaxing, books to read, board games to play, a Wii, places to do homework, and an adult (sorry, we just had to!) No formal programming takes place in unstructured. It’s a space for our youth to enjoy one another’s company and feel at home in our church building.

Volunteers

Volunteers are the heart of our Youth Ministries. There are MANY opportunities in our programs for all types of volunteers. We need administrative assistance, caring adults to work in all programs, as well as adults to help with special events throughout the year. There’s an opportunity for YOU no matter what day of the week or how frequently you are available.

The BEST WAY to get connected to the right ministry for you is to reach out to Matt Lewellyn-Otten. He will help you find a place where you can share your gifts with the youth of our parish.

Email Matt or complete this online form for Children’s Ministry volunteer opportunities

Safe Church

See the Safe Church Practices page for details on St. Stephen’s policies and procedures.