The St. James’s Youth Ministry is here to love and support youth in 6th – 12th grade, even throughout the pandemic. We encourage all families who consider St. James’s their church home, or want to get involved, to “register” their child (birth-5th grade) and youth (6th-12th grade) using this online form so we can be good shepherds of our flock. You are welcome and encouraged to contact Mary Beth Abplanalp, the Director of Youth Ministry, at email@example.com or on her cell phone 703-470-6832. We’re here to support you and your teenager!
Youth Group – Sundays at 9:00 am
We are offering two virtual youth groups this year: JYF (junior youth fellowship) for middle schoolers in grades 6-8, and SYF (senior youth fellowship) for high schoolers in grades 9-12. We hear your desire to “see your friends.” Social interactions are developmentally essential for teenagers as you seek to discover your own identity, so our youth groups this year will focus on relationships and social interactions with other peers and adults from our church community. We’ll share stories, play games, build friendships, and grow in our faith together through stories, video, discussions, and put our faith into action through service projects. And if you prefer to watch but not contribute (hello introverts), there’s still space for you to be present too without any requirement to participate. We’ll meet for about 45-60 minutes most Sundays.
2021 Youth Group Schedule
JYF (6th-8th graders) and SYF (9th-12th graders) meet on Zoom most Sundays from 9:00-9:45 a.m.
- January 24 Game Show Event (All 6-12th)
- January 31 New Year – New You? Catching up with each other
- February 7 Summer 2021 Preview
- February 14 Valentine’s Day Party (All 6-12th)
- February 21 Cooking Class
- February 28 Social Hour
- March 7 Service Project
- March 14 It’s been one YEAR!
- March 21 I forget what worship is like – Morning Prayer
- March 28 Palm Sunday – Holy Week 101
- April 4 Easter; No youth groups
- April/May schedule TBD
- Senior Blessing Milestone – TBD
Weekly & Special Event Zoom Links
With a spirit of optimism, St. James’s Youth Ministry is planning several mission opportunities for 2021. Details are subject to change so check here for up-to-date information about these offerings or contact Mary Beth Abplanalp at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Creation Care Mission and Pilgrimage
9th-12th grade youth are invited to participate in a new youth mission and pilgrimage focused on creation care and raising awareness about the critical role our oceans play in sustaining life on our planet. We will travel to Central and South Florida from July 8-18th, 2021.
Current 9th graders through high school graduates are invited to join our Appalachia Mission Trip. We’re heading back to Hurley Community Development Center to help local residents with home repairs, cleaning projects, painting, yard work, farming, etc.
Harvest of Hope Mini-Mission
Current 5th-8th graders will again partner with the organization Harvest of Hope to learn about the issue of hunger and how we are called to assist our neighbors in need.
Church Virtual School
On Mondays-Thursdays middle and high school virtual learners are welcome at church while they attend their online classes with the company of friends, adult supervision, and social distancing. Click here for more information.
We’re honored and excited to walk with you through your confirmation preparation process. Confirmation is a sacrament, or a sacramental rite, in which the candidates “express a mature commitment to Christ, and receive strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop” (BCP, p. 860).
For the 2020-2021 program year, St. James’s is offering a mixed-age virtual confirmation process for youth (with a parent) and adults who desire to be confirmed. We’ll offer 5 “deep dive” sessions spread out once a month throughout the program year. Students beginning in 9th grade are eligible to attend with a parent. It’s intended as a “family” process, not just youth attending by themselves. Confirmands will also have a mentor of their choosing. Youth from the 2019-2020 confirmation process that was interrupted by the pandemic are also welcome to participate in the 2020-2021 process as an extension to what they’ve already begun. This program is already underway for 2020-2021 and we are no longer accepting registrations at this time. For more information about confirmation at St. James’s, contact Mary Beth Abplanalp at email@example.com.
Racial Justice Course for Teens
The Episcopal Church has developed a Christian formation program specifically for youth called Dismantling Racism: A Youth Curriculum. Mary Beth Abplanalp is now certified to teach this 6-session curriculum designed to help middle and high school youth and their parents have conversations about race, become allies, and build relationships to address systemic racism in their context. The goal is to help youth connect their faith with racial healing in our communities.
St. James’s will offer this program in the 2021-2022 school year. Students must be accompanied by at least one parent. Please note the program builds on previous sessions so if you miss a session, you’ll need to discontinue the course and participate again the next time it is offered, which we hope is at least once annually. For more information, contact Mary Beth Abplanalp, Director of Youth Ministry, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-470-6832.
Download the Dismantling Racism: A Youth Curriculum.
Beginning Sunday, November 1st, service times will change with the end of Daylight Savings. One Holy Eucharist service at 10:00 a.m. and Jazz Mass at a new time, 5:00 p.m. Please register online and bring your ticket with you to help us comply with health safety guidelines for contact tracing. Learn More Here.
Sunday mornings at 8:30 am and 10:00 am – Morning Prayer Online
Each month we have a project families can do in service to others. Thank you to everyone who participated in these past projects:
- August 2020 Gleaning with Harvest of Hope picking watermelons
- September 2020 Servant Sunday service projects all around the City of Richmond
- November 2020: East End & Evergreen Cemetery Clean up
- November 2020: Feed More Thanksgiving offering
- December 2020: St. James’s Giving Tree Ministry
Looking ahead for ways to serve:
- February 6, 2020 (tentative): East End & Evergreen Cemetery Clean up
Pastoral Care & Prayer Requests
The clergy and church staff are here to support you and your entire family. Please let us know how we can be praying for you and supporting the needs of your family. We’re never too busy for a pastoral call.
Youth Ministry At St. James’s
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The Youth Ministry at St. James’s is so much more than just a “youth group.” We help engage 6th – 12th graders, and their families, in all aspects of church life in addition to providing service projects, programs, and retreats specifically for youth.
Mission and Values
St. James’s Youth Ministry loves and supports our youth through a joyful Christian Community so that they may explore a relationship with Christ, find their identity in God’s love for them, and serve God as Doers of the Word.
- Community – We develop and celebrate friendships.
- Love – We love others as Christ loves us.
- Acceptance – We welcome and celebrate all, as members of the body of Christ.
- Faithfulness – We are grounded in God’s love and seek to grow in faith and service.
- Fun – We embrace a playful environment.
Youth Ministry for 2020-2021