St. Columba’s supports our young people in 6th through 12th grades with engaging programs, worship opportunities and service activities. St. Columba’s is called to help form our young people as active and participating members of the Body of Christ, open to the world and confident of their vocation to make a difference in the name of Christ.
More than anything, we hope to build a community of youth at St. Columba’s where everyone is welcomed and valued. This community provides an alternative to school communities where youth are too often divided into popular and unpopular, cool and uncool.Read More »
Our youth formation program takes place on Sunday mornings from 10:15 to 11:05 am. The program is called Journey to Adulthood (J2A) and encompasses three, two-year phases: Rite 13 for middle school, J2A for early high school (which culminates in a pilgrimage), and YAC (Young Adults in Church) for later high school.Read More »
Youth are an integral part of worship at St. Columba’s and take leadership roles every Sunday of the year. Youth begin serving as acolytes while still in elementary school; older youth take on the broader responsibilities of sacristans. Youth serve as regular members of our lay reader and usher teams. Youth musicians enrich our music ministries by singing with our choirs, ringing with our handbell choirs and playing with the St. Columba orchestra. Taking responsibility for worship keeps youth actively engaged throughout their middle and high school years.Read More »
Youth are invited to reach out in service to others in a variety of ways. They participate in monthly parish-wide projects such as Second Tuesday Grate Patrol. There is also a special summer project for youth, St. Columba’s Appalachia Project (SCAP) which takes a group of high schoolers to West Virginia each June to rebuild and repair houses for those in need. Click here for the …Read More »