Youth Formation

At St. Andrew's, we believe that young people are the present, not just the future, of the church. The youth of St. Andrew's are vital members of our parish family. We value their energy, we recognize their gifts, and we strive to nourish their spiritual development and ministry in the church and the world. Here are a few of the ways in which we aim to do that:

ST. ANDREW'S CORE VALUES ARE:
  • Relationship with God
    • Learning our sacred stories, worship, and making disciples
    • Connecting through prayer
    • Feeling comfortable praying out loud and to start writing personal prayers
  • Identity: Who are we?
    • Beloved child of God
    • Cultivating a sense of Episcopal Identity – What does it mean to be an Episcopalian?
  • Connection with Community
    • Nurturing relationships within our church community and the surrounding neighborhood
    • Fostering mission to the larger community

LITURGICAL LEADERSHIP

Each week, youth in grades six and up serve as acolytes and help lead our weekly worship. New acolytes are always welcome, and training is on-going. Contact Doug Tillberg at 499-6008 if you are interested. Occasionally, older youth are also invited to serve as lay readers and chalice bearers, either on a regular rotation or for special services like the Christmas Pageant. Additionally, young people with musical or vocal ability periodically perform during our worship services; Richard Rigg coordinates that ministry and can be reached at 487-3655.


CONFIRMATION

Every two years at St. Andrew's youth in 9th and 10th grade are invited to become adult members of the church through our Confirmation program. These teenagers study the bible, learn the history of the Church, and explore the implications of discipleship through discussions, videos, field trips, and guest speakers. Our last program also consisted of a mentor relationship in which the confirmands met monthly with an adult in the church for discussion and guidance. At the end of the course, students are welcomed to decide on their own if they would like to take the step of Confirmation. This offering will resume in January of 2017. Please e-mail Harper Lewis Bathel to register at hbathel@standrewsnorfolk.org .

EYC (EPISCOPAL YOUTH COMMUNITY) YOUTH GROUP

The primary fellowship in our youth program is the Episcopal Youth Community (EYC), comprised of young people in grades 6-12 who gather usually on Sunday evenings for the purpose of fellowship and fun, service to church and community, prayer, and spiritual nurturing. New Members are always welcome.

Click here to view the 2017 calendar of youth group offerings. To be added to our mailing list, please e-mail Harper Lewis Bathel, Director of Children’s and Youth Ministries at hbathel@standrewsnorfolk.org .
     
 
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For more information, contact Harper Lewis Bathel, Director of Children's and Youth Ministry:
hbathel@standrewsnorfolk.org