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.
- 2023-2024 Calendar Highlights
- Youth EYC and Sunday School Registration for 2023-24
- Check past youth ministries updates and subscribe to our email list
- Baptism and Confirmation at St. Paul’s
- Safe Church training (see below for more information)
- Best Practices for Safe Church: Policy, Procedures & Resources
- Youth Ministry Covenant
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 Classes – Confirmation 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Resilience Ministry at St. Paul’s has invited local mental health professionals to a panel discussion on Sunday, October 1, 2023 from 5 – 7 p.m. in the Parish Hall. The discussion will include ideas on how we as a faith community can support our youth’s mental health and will be moderated by the Rev. Alice Graham Grant, Associate Rector for Children’s and Youth Formation.
St. Paul’s is committed to providing a safe and inclusive environment for adults and children. One of the ways our faith family maintains a safe environment is through Safe Church Training. Those required to take Safe Church Training include:
Mental health, especially the health of our youth, is something to which we should all pay attention. To that end, the Diocese of North Carolina Committee on Children & Youth Mental Health is sponsoring an in-person workshop to learn how churches can support wellness efforts. This event will take place at St. Francis Episcopal Church in Greensboro on August 19, 2023 from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
The youth of Iglesia Episcopal de La Sagrada Familia in Newton Grove invite the youth of St. Paul’s Cary to the Episcopal Farmworker Ministry on Sunday, July 23, 2023. We will attend church at La Sagrada Familia at 12 noon, eat lunch together and play soccer and field games. Meet Mother Alice and Ben Bricio […]
We welcomed our ASP crew home on June 24 after a fantastic week of work, getting to know themselves and others, AND learning how to use power tools! Thank you to all who support this ministry with their gifts, especially those youth and adults who give an entire week of their summer to this work. […]