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 youth group, 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 and we want to ensure that our youth feel fully part of the community.
The St. Bart's Youth Group meets Sunday afternoons, September through May from noon to 1:00 PM, 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 seek God and also to enjoy themselves.
Youth Group is open to any youth in grades 5-12.
In addition to our 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 contact the parish office.
We hope you will join us!
Past Mission Trips include:
In 2018 and again in 2019, the youth went to Fort Defiance, Arizona and helped with repair projects as needed, worked in a community garden that provides food to many local families. These trips 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 the Ballard neighborhood.
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.