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

 

 

Ben Bricio
Youth Ministries Coordinator
youth@stpaulscary.org

919-467-1477 x23

 


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:

Mental Health Panel Discussion

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.

Safe Church Training In-Person Course

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:

Diocesan Mental Health Awareness Day

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.

Youth Fellowship with Episcopal Farmworker Ministry

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 […]

Welcome Home 2023 ASP Crew – Check out the Photos!

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. […]