“God our Father, you see your children growing up in an unsteady and confusing world: Show them that your ways give more life than the ways of the world, and that following you is better than chasing after selfish goals. Help them to take failure, not as a measure of their worth, but as a chance for a new start. Give them strength to hold their faith in you, and to keep alive their joy in your creation; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”
-Prayer for Young Persons, The Book of Common Prayer, p. 829
The Leeds Church Youth Group (open to ages 12-18) is designed to foster friendships among our youth and to give them a space to explore their faith and the issues they are facing in life. In addition to classes on Sunday mornings (see schedule below), this year, the youth will go on weekend trips this year: New York City in the fall; Charlottesville, VA in the spring. In the summer, the youth will once again go to inner city Philadelphia on a mission trip, staying at the Episcopal Mission Center located on the campus of St. Luke’s, Germantown. If you are interested in learning more about our youth group, please email The Rev. Justin McIntosh, our Rector, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Leeds confirmation program is designed to help youth make a “mature affirmation of faith.” Since most of our youth were baptized as infants, confirmation is a chance for them to decide if they want to recommit themselves to the Church and the Christian faith. If you are interested in learning more about confirmation, please email our Rector, the Rev. McIntosh, at email@example.com.
Starting around age 10, the young people of Leeds are invited and encouraged to serve as acolytes at the 8 AM and 10:30 AM Holy Eucharist. Acolytes assist the clergy and other worship assistants in the leadership of the service in a variety of ways. Episcopalians believe that our prayer shapes our belief. In this way, our young people undergo Christian formation when they acolyte and/or participate regularly in Sunday worship. If you are interested in having your son or daughter be an acolyte, please email the Rev. McIntosh, our Rector, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Youth Group Schedule 2016-2017
Sept. 11—No Blank State (how our choices affect the future)
Sept. 18—Don’t Worry, Be Happy (finding inner peace)
Oct. 2—Life is Like a Box of Chocolates (cultivating an attitude of gratitude)
Oct. 23—What Do I Want to Know? (thinking about the big questions)
Nov. 4-5—Trip to NYC (scholarships available if needed)
Nov. 20—Who’s Got the Power? (things we have control over and those we do not)
Dec. 4—What’s a Soul Got to Do With It? (the concept of a soul)
Dec. 18–What Do I Take on Faith? (the relationship between faith and science)
Jan. 8—The Fear Factor (fear and violence in society)
Jan 22—Hope Against All Odds (how inaction leads to injustice)
Feb. 5—Where’s the Line? (ethics and science)
Feb. 26—Moving Beyond Assumptions (being open to “the other”)
Mar. 12—Lead Us Not Into Temptation (overcoming temptation)
Mar. 31–Apr. 1—Trip to Charlottesville (scholarships available if needed)
Apr. 9—Second Chances (offering forgiveness)
Apr. 30–No Doubt (overcoming self doubt)
May 21—Where Dreams Come True (achieving our dreams)
June 4—Wrap up
All classes are at 9:15 AM in the Parish Hall.
The curriculum for this year’s youth formation program is Popcorn Theology, which was written by Michelle Richards. With this program, youth explore a variety of topics by reflecting on clips from popular movies.