Youth Ministry

Youth Ministry

 

Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?

I will, with God’s help.


St. Mark’s youth are a vital part of our St. Mark’s community.  They are active in worship, fellowship, education, and service.   They are learning and modeling what it means to live out their faith.

Rooted in Baptism

Middle School marks the beginning of preparation for confirmation, a reaffirming of the Baptismal Covenant, those promises made for us at Baptism. The Baptismal Covenant is a question-and-answer version of the Apostle’s Creed, a statement of faith, and how we are called to live out that faith. Confirmation takes place at the end of 8th grade when those youth who choose to be confirmed renew their baptismal vows during a service which includes a laying on of hands by the Bishop.

High School is a time to learn how to take responsibility for those baptismal promises made at confirmation. These are important years when St. Mark’s hopes to engage, instruct, and involve high schoolers and provide the foundation necessary for the Christian life.

GROWING IN FAITH

Attending and Serving in Worship

We encourage our youth to go to church with their families. One of the most important messages we want to impart is that worship holds us together as a community in Christ. Attending worship is a commitment, one that we hope sticks.

In addition to attending services, we ask each incoming 6th grader to commit to a role in worship, serving as an usher, acolyte, reader, and/or instrumentalist.  We hope that serving in these roles will help youth realize their importance as part of St. Mark’s.

 

Confirmation at St. Mark’s 2020-2021

All 8th Graders are welcome! During this transitional period in kids’ lives, confirmation allows us to center ourselves in faith and discover together what that means. What is the meaning of confirmation and a statement of faith? Well, we dive deeper into the following topics to help us figure that out: Episcopal Tradition, Sacraments, The Book of Common Prayer, the Episcopal Liturgy, Vocation, Scripture, Spiritual Practices, Prayer, and more! Over the course of a year, our confirmation class will meet regularly in large and small groups and work with their adult mentors to join together in that discovery. This is a safe space for discussion, questions, and yes, some fun, games, and laughter. 

Click here for the 2020-2021 Confirmation Calendar in English

Haga clic aquí para ver el calendario de confirmación 2020-2021 en español

If you are interested in confirmation, please contact Lydia Pendleton, Director of Youth Ministries.

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Helping Out with Parish Activities and Events

These include service and fellowship opportunities such as: making DuPage Pads lunches, serving at the St. Nicholas Brunch, working in the Pumpkin Patch, assisting in the Nursery, interning in the office, and helping with art exhibits, Mexico Mission Trip and ASP Trip fundraisers, the Annual Meeting, the Parish Picnic, VBS, and more!

 

 

Youth Groups, Cookouts, and Fellowship

Fellowship provides time for middle schoolers and high schoolers to learn about themselves and God–and have fun while doing it!

Mini-Golf for Sunday Funday

Youth Group Schedule 2020

Sunday, Sep 13th

Kick-off Sunday

Thursday, Sep 17th at 7pm 

MS Zoom meeting (introductions)

Sunday, Sep 20th at 3pm

Sunday Funday – TBD

Thursday, Oct 1st at 7pm 

HS Zoom meeting (introductions)

Thursday, Oct15th at 7pm 

MS Zoom meeting

Sunday, Oct 18th 

Sunday Funday – Activity TBD

Thursday, Oct 29th at 7pm 

HS Zoom meeting

Thursday, Nov 12th at 7pm 

MS Zoom meeting

Sunday, Nov 15th

Sunday Funday – Activity TBD

Thursday, Nov 26th at 7pm

HS Zoom meeting

Thursday, Dec. 10th at 7pm

MS Zoom Meeting

Branching Out into the World

St. Mark’s Mission Trip to Mexico

We pray that what our youth learn in their homes and at St. Mark’s will strengthen them as they go out in their schools, their communities, and the world beyond and live out their Baptismal promises and demonstrate God’s grace.

St. Mark’s provides the following opportunities:

  • Mexico Mission Trip
  • Appalachia Service Project Trip
  • Jr High Mission Camp with First Congregational of Glen Ellyn
  • Offsite Retreats and Activities (with the Diocese of Chicago and OneChurch partners, Grace Lutheran and St. Luke)
  • PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter)
  • PRC (People’s Resource Center)
  • Feed My Starving Children
  • And more!