At St. Paul’s we believe students (6th-12th grade) should experience a safe place where they can gather with others their own age, be formed in faith and sent into the world to be Difference Makers because of the love of Jesus. We do this through the study of scripture, music, worship, fellowship and mission work in service to our church, community and across the nation.
Take a look at what we offer for youth in the announcments below.
Join Billy Clymer and Carrie Gray for middle school and high school small group in the youth room. 10:15-11:00am
Youth Co-op Sundays
Youth Co-Op is a weekly interdenominational youth gathering currently with Lovely Lane UMC and People’s Church . We have been invited to join Youth Co-Op during the month of December.
December 4th, 4:00-5:30 pm Christmas Cookie Decorating and Christmas Holiday Card Making for elderly folks, shut ins and those in care facilities. Meet at Lovely Lane UMC- 2424 42nd St NE, Cedar Rapids.
December 11th, 2:00-3:30 pm Indigo River with owner Rachel- learn about sustainably made products, conversations and care for the planet. Meet at 1501 C St SW, Cedar Rapids. https://www.indigoriver.com/
December 18th, 2:00-4:00 pm Christmas Potluck - Bring a dish to share and watch the Muppets Christmas Carol Meet at Ryan Roth Klink’s House (Lovely Lane Youth Director). Ask Becca (firstname.lastname@example.org) for address.
Wednesday Night Youth Group - 6:30 pm
November 23: No Youth Group. Happy Thanksgiving!
November 30: The Shepherd : A story of the First Christmas – The Chosen
December 7: Carols and Cookies. Join us for an evening of cookie making and Christmas carols .
*December 14: *Christmas Scavenger Hunt *Please Note Youth Group will be from 6:30-8:30 night*
December 21: Help pack food bags for Christmas Eve meal
*Christmas Scavenger Hunt
The St. Paul’s Youth will have a Christmas Scavenger Hunt on December 14th, 6:30-830pm in the Youth Room. Buckle up and get ready for a wild winter adventure and create memories during the Christmas season! Teams will compete against each other (and against the clock) to see who can accomplish all of the challenges on their scavenger hunt list.
From Generation to Generation: An Intergenerational Art Advent
Each Sunday in Advent, we’re offering an Intergenerational *Art Experience in our Children’s Parlor and Art Space, 10:15-11:00 am. This is for ALL ages, whether or not you have children of your own at St. Paul’s.
These *activities will relate to the theme in each of our worship services. We encourage the sharing among people of different ages!
November 27: There's room for every Story. Scrapbook Wreath
December 4: God meets us in our fear. Fear-holding Ornaments
December 11: We can choose a better way. Blooming Wire Sculptures
December 18: We see God in each other. Imago Dei Luminaries
*Materials subject to change.
Calling All Youth
Youth Music rehearsal is moving on Sunday mornings to the education time (10:10-11:10 am). Currently, students have spent most of the time playing handbells to participate in worship. Have you not played bells before? That is OK. Do you have little musical experience? That is OK. There is a place for anyone who wants to participate, no matter what skill level you have.
The Spirit of God will lead the way and other experiences, such as drumming, drama, etc., may become a part of Youth Music. This is a time to come and fellowship with other students and invest yourself in the worship life of the congregation. Worship is the part of the Christian experience that has been with us since the beginning of Christianity. Come and try it out! We cannot do it without you!! Contact Mark Baumann for more information.
November 27: - No Class, Happy Thanksgiving!
Decenber 4: - Remembrance
December 11: A Loving Church
December 18: So Now What?
December 25:No Class, Merry Christmas!
Youth Mission Trip 2023
Every four years, youth from throughout The United Methodist Church have gathered for four days of discipleship, fun, and fellowship at the YOUTH event. The event is filled with interactive learning, worship, Bible study, service opportunities, and fellowship time. YOUTH 2023 is a chance for your church to again experience cutting-edge speakers, amazing artists, and broaden youth’s understanding of what they and their church are capable of! We will also be working alongside the North Central Jurisdiction in service work on our way to Daytona. More information about Youth 2023 can be found at here.
At St. Paul’s, we believe missions are a powerful step in our youths’ faith journeys. We encourage youth to begin these experiences in 6th grade and continue them through 12th grade. Mission trips allow students to get out of their comfort zones to be the hands, feet, and voice of Jesus Christ in the world. Our mission trips have included recovery missions in response to Hurricane Katrina and the tornadoes in Oklahoma and Joplin Missouri; and a service learning trip to Memphis, Tennesssee. Trips traditionally take place during the summer months.
See information about upcoming Mission Trips in Youth Announcements.
Confirmation is a great responsibility, and it can be challenging. It is such an important time in the faith development of young people.
Too often, confirmation has been downgraded to the role of a checkpoint along the faith journey. We want to provide students with an experience to help them on a journey toward a mature faith.
At your child’s baptism, we recognized God’s grace at work in your child, you promised to raise your child in the way that leads to life everlasting, and the faith community agreed to stand beside you and your child in faith development.
Confirmation is a continuation of what God started in baptism; for that matter, confirmation is a continuation of what God started in the community of faith in your child’s baptism. While confirmation is the moment your teenager confirms the vows taken on his or her behalf in the baptism, it remains a communal experience, whereby the church sees the faithfulness of God at work in and through your teenager. At confirmation, your teen publicly professes personal faith in Christ and commits to faithful stewardship of time, talent, treasure, witness, and service in the body of Christ and the world. In baptism, we are initiated into the family of God, and in confirmation we publicly declare our allegiance to Christ and Christ’s church.
Confirmation is traditionally taught during the 8th grade year, however, we invite those who are in High School, to join in as well. Parents do not need to be members of St. Paul’s for a child to participate in the confirmation class.
For more information on Confirmation, Contact Becca Nims, Director of Youth and Family Ministries at email@example.com.
My name is Becca Nims, I am the Director of Family Ministries. Thank you for entrusting us with your students! Here at St. Paul’s our goal is to create a safe environment where students gather with other students their own age, be formed in faith and sent into the world to be a Difference Maker. Please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org
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