Our goal is to help the youth of St. Philip’s be Rooted in Christ. We know that deep spiritual roots will be able to support us throughout our lives. A solid Scriptural foundation is key to helping these roots grow deep and strong.
On Sunday mornings at 10:15 am in the Youth Room and Study, we offer both Middle School (6-8th grades) and High School (9-12th grades) Sunday School classes. The primary focus of these classes is help our Youth build a strong Biblical foundation and engage the Scriptures in a way that applies to their everyday life.
Sunday Youth Groups
Our Middle School and High School Youth Groups meet on the first Sunday of the month from 4:00 to 6:00 pm for a variety of events and activities. Some group events are just for fun while others focus more on serving or learning but all help us stay in community with others who are also working on living this life All for Jesus!
Our Life Groups are all about small group time where we can check-in with each other and provide support as we live out our faith through the week.
Middle School Life Group
Middle School students meet the fourth Tuesday of each month for F2 (Faith & Friendship) at Stonebriar Mall from 6:30 – 8:00 pm. We meet at the couches in front of the lower level Nordstrom entrance at 6:30 pm for discussion time. Then we move up to the food court where students may purchase their own snack if they desire. Parents pick-up at the food court in front of Starbucks at 8:00 pm. **Please note we will not release Middle School students without a parent present.
High School Life Group
High School students meet each Tuesday evening in the Youth Room from 6:30 – 8:00 pm. From time to time we have service opportunities or fun field trips so check the calendar for special events.
Youth Service & Missions
Serving others is a huge part of who we are.
On the 2nd Tuesday of the month High School and Middle School students meet for fun and meaningful service opportunities from 6:30 – 8:00 pm.
In addition to local outreach opportunities throughout the year, each summer our Middle & High School students serve together on a week-long mission. This is far more that “just a trip”. Our team starts meeting months ahead of time to prepare our hearts and minds in addition to making sure all logistics are covered. Each team member serves in a leadership role and plays an important part in our mission experience. In the past few years we have served in South Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Arkansas.
Every other year, our upperclassmen serve on an international mission to Belmopan, Belize. Students are able to step out of their comfort zone and serve in a different cultural context, expanding their worldview. This mission experience is a wonderful bridge as our students move from serving in a youth capacity to exploring adult mission opportunities with all the added responsibly and servant leadership that entails.
Contact Beth Sarey to find out more about our youth mission opportunities.
Our Confirmation process is a little different than your typical class. Since Confirmation is an individual’s mature and public affirmation of faith and commitment to the responsibilities of Baptism, we strive to make it more organic and available when each youth is ready. Some youth may be ready in 6th grade but many will be better prepared toward the end of Middle School or into their High School years.
Confirmation entails making a commitment to live out your faith and in the preparation process, youth will get to experience what that looks like in real life before they make the commitment of Confirmation. We break it down into 4 areas.
We strive to be lifelong learners as we live out our faith therefore those interested in Confirmation will be consistent and active participants in their Sunday School class at 10:15 am.
Serving others is another tangible way we live out our faith. Youth will serve on at least one mission trip before they are Confirmed. We offer One-Day Mission Trips each Spring and Fall as well as a week-long Youth Mission Trip each year in July.
Our Faith is best lived out in community with others. Youth will participate in a Confirmation Retreat (held in February each year) where they will spend focused time exploring how they can draw closer to God and to each other.
The Episcopal Church has deep tradition and a beautiful liturgy. Those considering Confirmation will attend an Instructed Eucharist prior to Confirmation. This is a wonderful service for those new to the church as well as life-long Episcopalians. Instructed Eucharist is typically held in May prior to Confirmations.
So in a nutshell – if you are considering Confirmation, the first step is easy…join us for Sunday School at 10:15 am! For more information, please contact Beth Sarey at 214-619-5806 ext 112.
Do you remember those teenage years? What was most on your mind–friend drama, boyfriend/girlfriend (or lack thereof), peer pressure, school work…God? Did you have various adults in your life to help you navigate those years? Who? If not, don’t you wish you did?
How might you be able to help our youth navigate these teenage years?
- Helping with youth group, Sunday school, special events, life groups
- Driving to youth functions
- Hosting youth events at your home
- Providing hospitality (lunch, snacks, etc.)
- Participating with youth in retreats and mission trips
- Praying for the youth
Faith grows best in relationship, and youth need to be in relationship with many caring adults who are invested in their lives.
- Choose one thing
- Start small
- Be blessed!
Nobody can do it alone…but if we work together, God can do mighty things!