Youth Group


In January of 2014, St. Paul’s had 4 active youth, (2 in elementary school, 1 in Jr high and 1 in high school), from two families and no regular youth program beyond acolyte service. The year closed with 8 students from the aforementioned age group with 6 in Jr. High and High School meeting on a weekly basis as a youth group and 7 serving in an assortment of roles on Sunday mornings.


 First, the 2014 fall confirmation class led by Rev. Cindy Engle and assisted by Mike Mullen, initially started for one student and unexpectedly grew to 5 candidates who were confirmed during the celebration of the church’s 150th anniversary in October. Second, during the confirmation classes, the students voiced an interest in continuing as a youth group and have done so meeting weekly since Confirmation along with the 6th teen and the occasional invited friend. And third, The Bishop did something he had never done before when he entrusted the loose collection, normally designated to a Bishop discretionary fund, to the stewardship of the teens for God’s work in the local community. (A part of the weekly prayer time together in the following months has been for wisdom in discernment of the use of those funds during 2015.)

In 2016, three of our youth graduated from high school, and began attending college in the fall. This year, we gained a new family that has 2 children, who both attend school at one or the local elementary schools; and confirmed our two of our junior high aged youth. 

The youth group, consisting of 6th thru 12th graders, meets on Wednesday evenings from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., and welcomes adults interested in supporting them in their ministry. Current weekly activity includes study of scripture, prayers, conversations and learning about diocesan youth events in which they are eligible to participate.