The organizing principles of St. Martin’s youth ministries are Prayer, Relationship Building, Service to our Community, Exploring our own Faith and the Faith of others, and of course having FUN! We strive to offer opportunities for our youth to learn about how their faith as Christians can help them to maneuver through the joys and pains of growing up in a way that is authentic to their own understanding of the world, and at the same time is grounded in Scripture, Tradition and Reason; the pillars of our Christian worldview.
St. Martin’s Youth Group is the group for 6th – 12th graders. The Youth Group participates in a whole host of activities which include: Diocesan outings such as lock-ins and World Food Day outreach; Game and Movie nights; Christian Formation nights where we talk about the intersection of faith and difficult issues that face teenagers.
Change the World
Change the World is a new Youth project created to provide poultry and livestock to poor villages supported by Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD). When parishioners hear a story about poverty, we set aside some change, then bring it to St. Martin’s for a larger donation through ERD. It is amazing what a difference just a little bit of change can make. It can Change the World!
Confirmation is an important rite of passage in the Episcopal Church. Confirmation is important because it is the point at which we ask teenaged youth to accept the vows their parents made for them during their Baptism (a big deal because most of our children are baptized as infants). Confirmation is for teenagers in 7th and 8th grades. We use a program called Confirm not Conform. This program doesn’t ask youth to sign on to an inculcated dogma, but asks them to think through and consider how their worldview shapes and is shaped by their Christian upbringing.
Youth Music Ensemble
The Youth Music Ensemble is made up of youth in the church who sing or play musical instruments for special times during worship services throughout the year, especially for Holy Week and Christmas. The Music Director assembles this group and can be contacted by anyone interested in participating.
St. Martin’s Acolyte ministry is made up of members of the parish who volunteer their time and talent to serve during the liturgy by carrying the processional crosses, torches, banners and flags. The acolytes assist the clergy throughout the service and help define the tone of worship for the community. Our program is open to all church members from 5th grade through adulthood. Acolytes must be baptized. If they have not been confirmed, we encourage them to consider confirmation as a vital step in their development as Christians. Training sessions are held at various times throughout the year.