For youth in grades 7-12
Mask Policy for Children's and Youth Programs: May 26, 2021
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Resources for Parents:
- Talking to Children About COVID-19
- How to Talk to Kids and Teens About the Coronavirus
- Managing Fear and Anxiety During a Health Pandemic
- 5 Ways to Help Teens Manage Anxiety About the Coronavirus
About Youth Ministry:
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.
On Sundays in June and July, youth will gather at 9:45am for Doughnuts & a Devotional at Hero Doughnuts in Homewood. Youth may buy their breakfast, then we will walk over to Homewood Park for a devotional.
Check out EYC on Instagram for more information about our youth program.
Director of Youth Ministries Kristin Blackerby
Associate Director of Youth Ministries Thomas Gordon
Vestry Commissioner: Adam Edwards
Sunday Morning/JR. HIGH
Grades 7 & 8 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. High
Grades 9-12 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/ eyc
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 are 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 typically 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. This year's 2021 confirmation will be held on Sunday, April 25. For details, contact Kristin Blackerby using the information below.
Jr. High Girls - 7 & 8 grades
Our junior high (grades 7 and 8) girls' small group typically meets one Wednesday night per month to explore topics relevant to being a girl in junior high. This group is led by female staff and volunteers who strive to create trusting relationships with our middle school girls and address their needs in a safe and relaxed atmosphere.
Jr. High Boys - 7 & 8 grades
Our junior high (grades 7 and 8) boys' small group typically meets one Wednesday night per month to explore topics relevant to being a boy in junior high. This group is led by 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.
Ladies of the Light - 9-12 grades
Ladies of the Light is our small group for Sr. High girls (grades 9-12) focused on service, self-reflection, and fellowship. We typically 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.
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.
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 for Rise Against Hunger, 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 a variety of outreach activities, retreats, and fun trips. Our youth are also encouraged to participate in diocesan youth events. These events offer All Saints EYC members opportunities to connect with youth from other parishes in the diocese. Happening, a spiritual retreat led by high school students open to youth who are in 10th grade or above, is popular among our youth. After “going through” Happening, many youth choose to serve on staff. Happening is a great opportunity for high school students to explore their spirituality and learn from their peers, and we highly encourage them to participate.