The youth ministry of St. Paul’s is a welcoming and fun environment where youth are inspired to continue on their journeys of faith with open minds and hearts. We aim to build a strong foundation of fellowship, prayer, and service through our relationships with God, each other, and the community.
MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH GROUP
Youth Group (for 6th-12th graders) meets two Sundays per month from 12-2pm:
*January 7 – Removal of the Greens (family-friendly event from 11:30 – 1:00pm)
February 4, 25
March 4, 18
*March 26-27 – Confirmation Retreat! (must be signed up with Pastor John to attend)
April 8, 15
May 6, 20
June 3, 10
*June 16 – Middle School Mystery Trip!
Youth participate in fellowship activities such as games, team building activities, movie nights, lock-ins (overnights at church), retreats (spiritual overnights away from the church in other locations), 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. Additional dates for special events are added to the calendar once scheduled.
For youth in 9th – 12th grade (but usually 9th and 10th graders), Confirmation Class takes place every 2 years. It is led by the pastor with help from adult guests. Class schedule is determined by the Pastor in conversation with the participating families. Upon completion of the class, the youth may be baptized or confirm their baptism and become full, professing members of the church in a Service of Baptismal Covenant.
YOUTH MISSION TRIPS
For youth in Grades 9-12, mission trips typically occur every 4 years. Trips are often within a day’s driving distance of Ithaca. In recent years, the youth have traveled 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 fundraisers such as: brunches, silent auctions, sub sales, pennies to miles jugs, and donations from youth families and the St Paul’s congregation.
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
St. Paul’s is committed to creating an environment where students feel safe and supported. To ensure that we provide such an environment, we developed a policy that guides our work. Click HERE to read about St. Paul’s Safe Sanctuary Policy.