At St. C’s, we want our high schoolers to feel known and valued for who they are, no matter what. Our hope is that when kids leave the St. C’s youth program, they know that God loves them, and the church needs them. To that end, we’re focused on providing a blend of opportunities for kids in each aspect of the church’s life: learning, fellowship, worship leadership, and service to neighbor.
We have two primary youth programs for teens. Our middle schoolers (6th-8th grade) meet each week during the school year for BaseCamp and our high schoolers (9th-12th grade) meet for Summit. Both groups meet from 10:15am - 11:05am at the church (middle schoolers outside on the playground, high schoolers in the Great Hall). Throughout the year, we also host a variety of special events and activities, including the Rite 13 ceremony, youth pilgrimages, and an annual service trip to West Virginia.
BaseCamp and Summit are open to all youth, including those who are new to St. C’s or church in general. Wherever you are on your journey of faith, you are welcome here. We would love to meet you!
To learn more or to begin receiving our weekly communications about upcoming opportunities and events, reach out to our Youth Ministry Director, Elliott May, at [email protected].
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 »