Youth

 

For more information about youth and Oasis or any of our youth programs, please contact Youth Ministers Kristin Blackerby, (256)652-2276, 769-3183,

kblackerby@allsaintsbirmingham.org, or Doss Cleveland, (256) 483-3881, dcleveland@allsaintsbirmingham.org.

Check out the EYC Facebook group for more information about our youth program.

The youth ministry of All Saints’ Episcopal Church exists to engage and nurture the youth and their community by creating a culture of growth, service and acceptance in which they cultivate a life-long relationship with God. We do this by offering substantive programming that addresses the spiritual and developmental needs of our parish’s youth.

Sunday morning classes

When: 10:00-10:45 a.m., Youth Rooms 1 and 2

Youth Sunday school classes will not meet September 4 (Labor Day weekend). The final class of the semester will be December 11.

We know it’s hard to pull sleepy teenagers out of bed on Sunday mornings, which is why we try hard to offer Sunday morning programs for our youth that they will want to participate in. Our youth take part in Rite-13 and Confirmation in 7th and 8th grades, while the 9th-12th graders use a curriculum called TeenText. Classes are designed to meet their spiritual and emotional needs while encouraging a deeper understanding of theological and traditional values.  From Bible study to playful activities, these classes are definitely worth waking up for!

Our youth take part in Rite 13 and Confirmation in 7th and 8th grades, while the 9th-12th graders participate in a program called Journey to Adulthood (J2A). These programs are designed to meet their spiritual and emotional needs while encouraging a deeper understanding of theological and traditional values.  From Bible study to playful activities, these classes are definitely worth waking up for!Sunday school classes for youth are divided into two groups: Junior High e 13 and Senior High Sunday School.

Where does my child go? Sunday school classes for youth are divided into two groups: Junior High and Senior High Sunday School.

 Junior High (Grades 7 & 8): Rite 13 and Confirmation

Location: Youth Room 2 (upstairs over the church offices)

Rite-13 celebrates our young people becoming young men and women and helps youth embrace the gifts and challenges that come with young adulthood. The 7th graders celebrate a special Rite-13 Liturgy loosely based on the Jewish bar/bat mitzvah tradition.  This Rite of Passage includes a weekend retreat, rehearsal dinner, and a special service where our entire congregation comes together to honor our young people and offer support to their families during these challenging years. It is very important that we create a “community” with these teens, so that they genuinely enjoy being together and look forward to seeing each other on Sundays.  In the spring, we offer a program called “God’s Gift of Sexuality” as part of our Rite-13 program. Confirmation lessons take place over a 2-year cycle and are incorporated into the Rite-13 Curriculum.  Teens will be confirmed when they are in the 8th grade.

Senior High (Grades 9-12) TeenText

Location: Youth Room 1 (upstairs over the church offices)

TeenText is a lectionary-based resource for youth in grades 9-12. TeenText brings Bible stories to life with carefully crafted questions that engage youth and leaders alike. TeenText promotes discussion, critical thinking, and creative listening about the lectionary, and brings movies, TV, art, music, poetry, literature, and current events “into dialogue” with the Bible stories. It helps create a safe space where youth can dig into the story, ask tough questions, and value their own interpretations of the text. Youth are encouraged to connect their own story with God’s story, and learn to ask questions instead of seeking answers.

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Sunday Night:

Junior EYC (Episcopal Youth Community), Grades 7-8: 5:00-6:30 p.m.

Senior EYC (Episcopal Youth Community), Grades 9-12: 6:00-7:30 P.M.

Location: Youth Rooms 1-3 (upstairs over church offices)

On Sunday evenings, youth will gather for fellowship, dinner, program, and worship, as well as an occasional outreach activity or fun outing in the area. Junior and senior high will usually meet separately, unless otherwise announced, with dinner together during the 30-minute overlap. Dinner will be provided by a parent or other volunteer, and adult advisors will be present in addition to staff. When we plan to meet at a different time or location than usual, parents will be notified in advance.

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Wednesday Night: Oasis

When: Wednesday nights during the school year, 5:30-7:30 P.M.

When: Wednesday nights during the school year,

5:30-7:30 P.M., Grades 7-12

Location: Great Hall and Youth Room 1

Oasis offers youth the opportunity to take a break mid-week to connect with God and their friends at All Saints’. Youth will gather for dinner with the whole parish in the Great Hall, then go up to the youth space for age-appropriate programming.

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Special Events

Our youth take part in plenty of outreach activities, retreats, and fun trips. This year, we will venture out of town for a Lake Martin trip, whitewater rafting trip, snow skiing trip, and Rite-13 Retreat at Camp McDowell. In Birmingham, the youth will participate in local outreach projects, host a Shrove Tuesday Pancake supper, enjoy an afternoon of games with other parishes’ EYCs at District Day, and assume many roles involved in a church service for our annual Youth Sunday.

Our youth are also encouraged to participate in diocesan youth events. These events include Awakenings, Christmas Conference, Winter Weekend, Rites of Spring, and summer camp at Camp McDowell. Sawyerville Day Camp and the Diocesan Convention Youth Lock-in also offer All Saints’ EYC members opportunities to connect with youth from other parishes in the diocese.  Additionally, two “Happening” weekends are offered at parishes around the diocese each year. Happening is a spiritual retreat led by high school students open to youth who are in 10th grade or above. After “going through” Happening, many youth choose to serve on staff. Happening is a great opportunity for high school students to explore their spirituality and learn from their peers, and we highly encourage them to participate.

For more information about youth and Oasis or any of our youth programs, please contact Youth Ministers Kristin Blackerby, (256)652-2276, 769-3183,

kblackerby@allsaintsbirmingham.org, or Doss Cleveland, (256) 483-3881, dcleveland@allsaintsbirmingham.org.