Welcome from Youth Ministries

Welcome to Youth Ministries at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. On behalf of the staff and the Youth Ministry Committee, we would like to welcome each of you as we partner together and guide our children on their spiritual journey.

Youth Ministry at St. Paul’s strives to provide a supportive environment where young people can explore their faith while discovering the riches of our Episcopal tradition and the gifts that they themselves possess. We strive to create an environment that is as engaging and inspiring as it is safe for the teenagers and adults who participate in it. We hope that this is a place where the youth of St. Paul’s can share their common and uncommon experiences with one another, and where they will feel supported and nurtured by the St. Paul’s community.

The Rev. Alice Graham Grant
Associate Rector for Children’s and Youth Formation
alice@stpaulscary.org
919-467-1477 x39

 


Important Links

Youth Ministry Offerings

  • Sunday School meets on Sundays from 10:10-11:00 a.m. There are two classes: one for Middle School youth (grades 6-8) and one for High School (grades 9-12). Both classes use the Journey to Adulthood Episcopal curriculum for youth and other materials reviewed by St. Paul’s clergy.
  • EYC (Episcopal Youth Community) meets on Sunday evenings from 5:00-7:00 p.m. The Middle School and High School youth generally meet separately but come together for devotions, music, and dinner. There is a combination of fun, fellowship, and faith at EYC.

Other Youth Ministry Highlights

  • Acolytes – provide assistance and leadership in Sunday worship.
  • Confirmation ClassesConfirmation is a sacramental rite of the Episcopal Church in which teenagers and adults affirm the covenant made on their behalf in Baptism. We offer Confirmation classes every year to all teenagers who are at least in the ninth grade and who have not yet been confirmed.
  • Diocesan Events – these are held throughout the year for youth in the Diocese. Look for regular updates for more information.
  • Mission Trips & Pilgrimages – trips offered to work with various communities to do service, outreach, and grow spiritually. Trip may include a High School Spring Break Pilgrimage, Middle School Mission, and Appalachia Service Project.
  • GoDo – this is an outreach group performing service in the community throughout the year.
  • Youth Music – there are both vocal and hand bell choirs for grades 6-12. Check out the Music Ministries page for more information.
  • Appalachia Service Project (ASP) – ASP is a life-changing experience offered to rising 9th graders through graduating high school seniros. Each year St. Paul’s travels into the heart of Appalachia to rebuild houses and lives amid some of the poorest areas of the country. You can read more on the ASP page on our website.

We continue to observe all local and diocesan pandemic guidelines for in-person activities. All volunteers at youth events must be vaccinated. For more information, please email youth@stpaulscary.org.

Safe Church Training

Safe Church policies establish and maintain standards intended to ensure that faith communities are safe places where all of God’s people are loved and encouraged to grow into the people God calls us to be. St. Paul’s and the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina require clergy, staff, and volunteers working with children and youth on a regular basis to comply with Safe Church training.

To learn more, check out Best Practices for Safe Church: Policy, Procedures, and Resources. For more information on Safe Church training at St. Paul’s, please contact churchschool@stpaulscary.org.

Youth & Adult Leader Registration Forms

Youth Forms:

Adult Forms (EYC Advisors, EYC Dinners, Christian Formation Leaders):

Youth Calendar

Youth Calendar

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions about the Youth Program

Q. Who are the “youth” at St. Paul’s?

A. All 6th-12th graders.


Q. Can only youth from St. Paul’s attend youth activities?

A. No, friends are always welcome.


Q. What if I already go to St. Paul’s but I’ve never participated before? How do I join the youth group?

A. Just come to any youth activity! You are always welcome to jump in anytime.


Q. How can I find out what the youth are doing? Or find out details about an event?

A. These web pages are a great place to start. If you are in church on Sunday, check the Youth News announcements in the bulletin (or posted online). You can also check the youth page in the parish newsletter which is sent out once a month.


Q. What if I have a question that hasn’t been answered?

A. Contact the church office at 919-467-1477 or email youth@stpaulscary.org.

Youth News:

Youth News

Click Continue reading for a weekly update on youth activities at St. Paul’s.

Youth Coordinator – Job Posting

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is hiring a Youth Coordinator. This position will be expected to work 8-10 hours a week and should not exceed 15 hours without the Associate Rector’s approval. This position’s primary role will be Sunday youth activities, but it may require working other evenings and weekends, particularly during the Christmas and Easter seasons.

ASP Ministry Spring Chore Day: Saturday, April 30th (9am – 12pm)

ASP Ministry Spring Chore Day – Saturday, April 30th (9am – 12 pm): St. Paul’s youth are thrilled to resume our annual tradition of heading to the mountains this summer, to serve the people of Appalachia! Our volunteers are eager to gather and assist our parishioners through outdoor projects. If we can help you catch […]

2022 Appalachia Service Project (ASP) Trip: June 19-25

We are excited to announce that St. Paul’s Youth is planning to resume our annual mission trip to serve families in Appalachia! We are doing so after a careful internal review of both Diocese and Parish recommendations, and specific Covid-19 protocols will be in place for all participants in order to maintain safety.

Confirmation 2021

As we get ready to welcome Bishop Rodman for his yearly visitation on Sunday, November 7, St. Paul’s will offer formation for adults and youth interested in Confirmation, Reception, or the Reaffirmation of Baptismal Vows.