Middle School Youth Ministry (MSYM)
St. Matthias’ & St. Charles’ Middle School Youth Group is designed for fifth through eighth graders as a forum for exploration and discovery about how God has revealed himself in the world and how youth can become more aware of God’s presence in their lives. Over the scheduled sessions, youth will learn about God, Revelation and Faith, Jesus Christ, The Holy Spirit and the Church, Liturgy and Sacraments, Christian Morality and Justice and Prayer. Lives of the Saints will be explored and all faith topics will be connected to lived experiences.
We will be using a St. Mary’s Press publication called, Connect! Bringing Faith to Life. Copies will be made available for youth.
Meetings will combine prayer, structured learning, fun and games, and service projects and will be held IN PERSON on Wednesdays at 5:00 pm.
High School Youth Ministry (HSYM)
St. Matthias’ High School Youth Ministry program is designed for high school students as a forum for exploration and discovery about how God has revealed himself in the world and how young people can become more aware of God’s presence in their lives. An emphasis is placed on how youth can make meaningful connections with each other, the parish community and community at large.
Our High School Youth Ministry group will be meeting in collaboration with the Peninsula Multifaith Coalition for service projects and learning from others.
Our first meeting will be held at Stafford Park on Sunday, August 28th from 1:00 – 3:30 pm. We’ll gather for a picnic and lawn games and to discuss goals for the year.
To find out more about our High School Youth Ministry program, contact Sabrina Harper.
Each year, we act in accordance with national mandates implemented in the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People for fingerprinting and/or background checks of all catechists and volunteers who have regular contact with young people. Also, all catechists and volunteers are required to complete an online course called, “Protecting God’s Children” before they begin their ministry and is renewed every three years.
Also, each year children will be guided through the “Empowering God’s Children Program” designed for specific age groups which provide a theme that introduces and builds on the basic concepts of the Teaching Boundaries and Safety Guide. The material is developmentally appropriate for each age group and includes content and activities that reinforce the message.
More information about these programs and materials will be made available to families in the fall.