As youth grow and mature, it is important to offer them opportunities for spiritual growth, formation and fellowship. St. Bart’s seeks to support, encourage and educate our youth through our two youth groups, Mission Trip and Confirmation class.
Additionally, we encourage our youth to become active and engaged members of the community, whether that means teaching Sunday School, participating in outreach or assisting with Sunday morning worship as acolytes, readers, intercessors and ushers.
The teen years are full of questions—questions of belief, identity and morality—and we aim to provide a safe place for our youth to explore these questions with their peers. Our church community includes people of all ages as members right here and now, and we want to ensure that our youth feel fully a part of the church in the present as well as in the future.
Confirm not Conform
The St. Bart’s Youth Group meets Sunday evenings, September through June from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., except holidays. Our meetings include a mix of discussion, fellowship and fun. Our discussions range from personal theology and religion to contemporary issues. Of course, we also have plenty of time to play games and enjoy the company of other Episcopal teens. Our goal is to have our youth experience the church not just as a building but as a place they can come to enjoy.
Youth Group is open to any youth in grades 5-12. You can look at our schedule here: 2018-2019 Youth Group Schedule
In addition to the regular meetings we also offer:
- • Several service projects
• Outings to the Zoo, OMSI, bowling, etc.
• Annual overnight with movies, games and fun
If you have any questions please feel free to ask Mother Pippa or call the parish office. We hope you will join us!
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Confirm not Conform
Each year the metro-area Episcopal Churches band together to offer a regional confirmation. The youth meet as a large group throughout the year, and then have the opportunity to be confirmed at the Cathedral.
The curriculum is focused on helping young people ask tough questions and search out the answers. Through innovative sessions, field trips, mentor relationships, and the challenge to do a whole lot more than just learn a few facts, Confirm not Conform (CnC) lets youth take real responsibility for understanding their faith and its power. When they do-when they see the church and faith as something that truly belongs to them-it builds a bond that lasts.
At the end of the class, as a sign of their ability to take charge of their own spiritual life, each youth chooses whether or not to be confirmed. All participants, whatever their decision, are honored in a special service dedicated to their work, exploration, and discoveries.
If you are interested, please talk to Mother Pippa.
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August 3 – 10 2019, the Diocesan Mission Trip will return to Navajoland in Arizona and New Mexico. The group will be flying to Albuquerque, New Mexico and traveling via vans to Fort Defiance, Arizona. Youth who have finished grades 8-12 are welcome. St. Bart’s will fundraise to help them go.
Past Mission Trips include:
- • In 2018 the youth went to Fort Defiance, Arizona and helped with repair projects as needed, worked in their community garden that provides food to many local families. This trip focused on supporting the ministries of Good Shepherd Mission and learning about the Navajo culture.
• In 2017 the youth returned to Burns, Oregon where they worked at the Church of the Living Waters.
• In 2016 the youth traveled with the Diocesan Mission Trip to Seattle, where they engaged in urban ministries, including cooking and distributing meals, sorting food and clothing, weeding community gardens and caring for the grounds of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Ballard.
• In 2015 the youth joined the Diocese on a Mission Trip to Navajoland. Youth and chaperones stayed at the Episcopal Mission of the Good Shepherd in Fort Defiance, Arizona and engaged in mission & ministry with the people of the Navajo Nation.
• In 2014 the youth again went on the Diocesan Mission Trip, this time to Astoria. There they engaged in environmentally focused work, such as cleaning up the beach, clearing out the invasive Scotch Broom, and working in a National Park. They also learned more about creation and our role as creation’s stewards.
• In 2013 the youth joined other youth in the diocese and went to Burns where they scraped, primed, caulked and painted the Church of the Living Waters, and ran Vacation Bible School for the local children on the Paiute Reservation.