Programs for Youth

“We create a welcoming, fun environment where we learn to follow Christ with open minds and hearts. We develop our relationships with God, church, and each other through fellowship, prayer, and service.”

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL YOUTH GROUP

The Middle School Youth Group (for kids in Grades 6-8) meets approximately every other Sunday afternoon from 12:00-2:00 pm, unless there is a special weekend event. Youth participate in fellowship activities such as games, team building activities, Lock-ins (overnights at church), retreats (spiritual overnights away from the church in other locations), and service projects for the church. Youth group relies on parent volunteers to transport youth to and from events located away from St Paul’s.

SENIOR HIGH YOUTH GROUP

Senior High Youth Group (for 9th-12th graders) generally meets the first Sunday of each month from 12:00 – 2:00 pm. Youth participate in fellowship activities such as games, team building activities, Lock-ins (overnights within the church), retreats (spiritual overnights away from the church in other locations), fund raisers, service projects for the church and outreach in the community. Youth group relies on parent volunteers to transport youth to and from events located away from St Paul’s.

 

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CONFIRMATION CLASS

For youth in 9th – 12th grade (but usually 9th and 10th graders), Confirmation Class takes place every 2 years. Classes occur once per month on Saturday mornings, and are typically led by the Senior Pastor, with help from adult guests. Upon conclusion of the class, youth plan and participate in a Youth Sunday Worship service and reception.

YOUTH MISSION TRIPS

For youth in Grades 9-12, mission trips occur every 4 years. Trips are typically within a day’s driving distance of Ithaca. Trips in recent years  have been to West Virginia, Kentucky and Virginia. Projects are chosen by the youth and their leaders, based on where help is needed at the time. Youth raise funds for these trips through brunches, silent auctions, sub sales, pennies to miles jugs, and donations from youth families and the St Paul’s congregation.

YOUTH COUNCIL

Youth Council consists of eight youth representatives and four parent representatives, and is chaired by the Youth Ministries Coordinator. Its main purpose is the oversee St Paul’s Youth Ministry, and to advocate for ministry with youth in the total life of the church. They approve the youth calendar, and are authorized to create and implement procedures regarding all youth program and activities within the church.

YOUTH MUSIC ENSEMBLE

Youth in Grades 7-12 compose and sing advanced upbeat pieces, performing in church approximately once per month. All youth singers and/or instrumentalists are warmly invited to join us!  Rehearsals take place on Sunday mornings from 9:05-9:45 am.

SUMMER CAMP

Many youth from St. Paul’s attend summer camp at Casowasco (near Moravia, NY), or other United Methodist camps in the area. This experience is often a highlight of their summers! Summer camp brochures are available in the church hallway usually beginning in about March, or you can visit the website www.casowasco.org to find out more.

A group of St. Paulians works extremely hard to raise money during the year in order to provide campership awards. Families at St. Paul’s can apply for these awards, which help offset some of the cost of summer camp.

Click HERE to view / print the Campership Award Guidelines.

Click HERE to view / print the Campership Application Form.

SAFE SANCTUARY POLICY

 Click HERE to read about St. Paul’s Safe Sanctuary Policy.

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