youth at St. Philip's include service, learning, music and fellowship. Youth are
an integral part of worship at St. Philip's; their visibility is evident in acolytes,
choir, and drama. There are multiple opportunities for service at and beyond St.
Philip's, including local and international service. Learning centers around age
groups middle school/junior high and senior high.
& Spiritual Development
is a time of passages of many kinds. Primarily it is a time of passage from childhood
to adulthood. For the Church this means creating a strong sense of support among
peers and mentors, providing settings for genuine community, and encouraging serious
thought and dialogue about the meaning of faith and its impact on life choices.
There are three components to this passage.
13: A two year program (beginning with
grades 6 and 7 in year one and grades 7 and 8 in year two) that explores the spiritual
transition from childhood to young manhood and young womanhood. Here youth experience
community, find fun in being together with leaders and mentors, and explore the
pathway toward faith. Rite 13 meets on Sunday mornings at 10:15am and at special
events, retreats and activities.
to Adulthood (J2A): A two year program (beginning with grades 8 & 9
in year one and 9 and 10 in year two) that seeks to develop the skills necessary
to a maturing faith and to living faithfully in daily life. It culminates
with being confirmed as an Episcopalian and a pilgrimage experience. J2A meets
on Sunday mornings and at special events, retreats and activities.
Philip's Youth (SPY): A two or three year program (encompassing grades
10-12 in year one and Grades 11 & 12 in year two). SPY focuses especially on stepping
out into the world as young adults in mission. The participants in this group
plan a yearly mission project or trip. The youth are able to design and carry
out many of their own programs of service, learning, recreation, and fellowship.
SPY meets on Sunday mornings and other times and places, as special events, retreats
and activities are scheduled.
St. Philip's youth have multiple opportunities for participation in the life of
the Parish, most centering around worship, music, and the arts.
Attending the Altar and sanctuary is the job of this group of teenagers under
the direction of the Acolyte Master/Verger. They lead the procession and serve
in the sanctuary during worship on Sundays and at other special occasions. Young
people may begin their acolyte experience when they are in seventh grade and continue
on through college if they choose.
Players: This group of actors 5th grade and up provide interpretive drama
at the All-Generations Service and on other occasions. Rehearsal is on Thursday
Ushers: Youth 7th grade and up can join an ushering team and be part of this
School Program Volunteers: Youth age 16 and up can volunteer to help with
the After School Music and Homework program once a week.
Writers: Budding journalists and writers are encouraged to share their
stories with the parish. Send stories and phtoos to email@example.com