For youth in grades 7-12
The youth ministry of All Saints’ Episcopal Church exists to engage and nurture the youth and their community by creating a culture of growth, service and acceptance in which they cultivate a life-long relationship with God. We do this by offering substantive programming that addresses the spiritual and developmental needs of our parish’s youth. Check out the EYC Facebook group for more information about our youth program.
Sunday Morning/Jr. High10:00 a.m.
Youth Room 2 (upstairs over the church offices)
Grades 7 & 8, each Sunday during the school year Rite 13 celebrates our young people becoming young men and women and helps youth embrace the gifts and challenges that come with young adulthood. Classes take place over a two-year cycle, and help prepare our youth for Confirmation. We strive to create a sense of community with these young teens so that they genuinely enjoy being together and look forward to seeing each other on Sundays. During their 7th grade year, students participate in a special Rite-13 liturgy that celebrates their transition into young adulthood. This rite of passage includes a weekend retreat, rehearsal dinner, and a special service in which our congregation comes together to honor our young people and offer support to their families during these challenging years. In the spring, we offer a class called “God’s Gift of Sexuality” as part of this program.
Sunday Morning/Sr. High10:00 a.m.
Youth Room 1, upstairs over the church offices
Grades 9-12, every Sunday morning during the school year TeenText is a lectionary-based resource for youth in grades 9-12. TeenText brings Bible stories to life with carefully crafted questions that engage youth and leaders alike. TeenText promotes discussion, critical thinking, and creative listening about the lectionary, and brings movies, TV, art, music, poetry, literature, and current events “into dialogue” with the Bible stories. It helps create a safe space where youth can dig into the story, ask tough questions, and value their own interpretations of the text. Youth are encouraged to connect their own story with God’s story, and learn to ask questions instead of seeking answers.
Sunday night/ eycJunior EYC (Episcopal Youth Community), Grades 7-8: 5:00-6:30 p.m. Senior EYC (Episcopal Youth Community), Grades 9-12: 6:00-7:30 P.M.
On Sunday evenings, youth gather for fellowship, dinner, program, and worship, as well as an occasional outreach activity or fun outing in the area. Junior and senior high will usually meet separately, unless otherwise announced, with dinner together during the 30-minute overlap. Dinner IS provided by a parent or other volunteer, and adult advisors are present in addition to staff. When we plan to meet at a different time or location than usual, parents will be notified in advance.
The sacrament of Confirmation gives youth the opportunity to make a mature commitment to Christ and affirm the promises made for them by parents and godparents at Baptism. At All Saints, youth Confirmation is offered in the spring of the students’ eighth grade year. To prepare for Confirmation, eighth graders attend six weeks of classes about the Christian and Episcopal faith and take a retreat together. In spring 2018, Confirmation classes will begin January 7. Confirmation will be on Feb. 13, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. Please contact Kristin Blackerby for more information about youth Confirmation.
Jr. High Girls - 7 & 8 grades
Our new junior high girls’ (grades 7 and 8) small group will meet one Wednesday night per month to explore topics relevant to being a girl in junior high. This group is led by our female staff and volunteers who strive to create trusting relationships with our middle school girls and, through those relationships, address their needs in a safe and relaxed atmosphere. This fall they will meet from 7:15-8:15 P.M. on Sept. 13, Oct. 11, Nov. 8, and Dec. 6.
Jr. High Boys - 7 & 8 grades
Our new junior high boys’ (grades 7 and 8) small group will meet one Wednesday night per month to explore topics relevant to being a boy in junior high. This group is led by our male staff and volunteers who strive to guide these students through the challenges they face as middle school boys each day and to build trust, respect, and connection. This fall they will meet from 7:15-8:15 P.M. on Sept. 6, Oct. 4, Nov. 1, and Dec. 6.
Ladies of the Light - 9-12 grades
Ladies of the Light is our small group for senior high girls (grades 9-12) focused on service, self-reflection, and fellowship. We meet once per month to enjoy a meal and program or project together. This group is shepherded by a strong group of women passionate about serving as mentors to our high school girls. Sundays, Aug. 27, Sept. 24, Oct. 29, and Nov. 26, 12:15-1:30 P.M.
Men of the Maker - 9-12 grades
More Ways to Get Involved
Our diocesan youth ministry program is designed to enhance the faith formation of our youth by broadening their spiritual development through a variety of youth events, including weekend retreats throughout the program year and opportunities for camp and service learning during the summer. Through peer ministry, our youth serve as the face of Jesus for each other, live into servant ministry, strengthen their faith, build Christ-centered relationships, and become empowered in leadership of our Church.
Oasis offers youth the opportunity to take a break mid-week to connect with God and their friends at All Saints. Youth will gather for dinner with the whole parish in the Great Hall, then have the option of attending Youth Choir if they are a member, or going up to the youth rooms for Study Hall before small group time.
It is important that our young people develop an attitude of service from a young age. Through service, our young people learn that there is a world out there bigger than what happens in middle or high school. They learn that there are people in need everywhere – in our community and worldwide. Perhaps most importantly, they learn who their neighbors are, and how to love their neighbors as themselves, as Christ commanded. Our youth participate in a number of outreach activities each year, including packing meals at the Baskets of Kindness Thanksgiving project, sending Valentine cards to members of our parish, volunteering at the Sawyerville Christmas Party, and working over the summer with organizations such as NOLA Tree Project and the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama.
Our youth take part in plenty of outreach activities, retreats, and fun trips. This year, we will venture out of town for a Lake Martin trip, whitewater rafting trip, snow skiing trip, and Rite-13 Retreat at Camp McDowell. In Birmingham, the youth will participate in local outreach projects, host a Shrove Tuesday Pancake supper, enjoy an afternoon of games with other parishes’ EYCs at District Day, and assume many roles involved in a church service for our annual Youth Sunday.