High Schoolers have the opportunity to attend Second Sundays at St. James’s, our youth group program, when we gather to engage in service and community-oriented events and activities. We've toured behind the scenes at Bradley International Airport, gone ice skating in Bushnell Park, and served lunch and coffee with Church by the Pond. Our Youth Group dates for 2017-18 are as follows:
September 10th, Scavenger Hunt (5:30-7:30)
October 29th, Halloween Party (5:30-7:30)
November 12th, "Church Street Eats," Feeding Ministry at Cathedral (10am-12pm)
November 19th, Commando Church (5:30)
December 17th, Christmas Caroling/Festive Dinner (5:30-7:30pm)
January 15th, MLK Day of Service (10am-2pm)
January 21st, Movie Night (5:30-7:30)
February 11th, Sardines (5:30)
March 10th, Catholic Worker (10am)
May 20th, Pentecost Party (11:30am)
Sunday School & Confirmation
On Sundays when there are education offerings for all ages, high schoolers gather in the youth room after our 9:30 service to have fun, build relationships, and enhance each others' spiritual journeys. This is a safe space for them to honestly engage each other, bearing their joys, questions, and doubts about God and religion. Some session are more instructional while others are intended to be fun. These serve as our confirmation program, and much of the content is derived from the "Confirm not Conform" program. Below are our high school formation dates for 2017-18:
September 24th, The Gospel According to New Orleans
October 15th, Is Something Wrong with the Prosperity Gospel?
October 20-22, YOUTH RETREAT at CAMP WASHINGTON
October 29th, Honest Conversations about Sexuality (Part 1)
November 19th, Honest Conversations about Sexuality (Part 2)
December 3rd, Burger King Mom
December 10th, Standing at the Corner of Church and State
December 17th, Serial Charity to Just Society
February 4, Preparing for Lent
February 11-March 18, Justice for the Poor
Biennial Pilgrimage/Mission Trip
St. James's offers a mission trip for high school students every other year.
From June 23 to July 2, 2018, we will send a group to Washington DC where they will immerse themselves in justice and advocacy work, learning about and serving with existing organizations. Learn more here.
In the summer of 2016, our group of 14 traveled to New Orleans to work with the NOLA Tree Project both in a school and on the city green spaces mulching trees. In the summer of 2014 we flew to the Dominican Republic and helped to orchestrate a Vacation Bible School for 150 children at Santisima Trinidad, an Episcopal Parish and School in the Diocese of the Dominican Republic.
These trips offer the youth opportunities to do their own fundraising, enhance their spiritual journey, and connect with people living in very different cultures and circumstances.