St. Philip the Apostle Youth Ministry
Youth ministry is more than programs and events. It is the response of the Christian community to the needs of young people, and the sharing of the unique gifts of youth with the larger community. To be most effective, this is a ministry to, with, by, and for young people that involves their families, their parish community, and the larger community. At the heart of ministry with young people is the presence of caring, supportive relationships where youth experience the Good News. A comprehensive approach to youth ministry utilizes eight components as a framework: advocacy, catechesis, community life, evangelization, justice and service, leadership development, pastoral care, and prayer and worship. These components guide our efforts in proclaiming the Good News, connecting young people with the faith community, and calling our young people to the challenge of discipleship. -National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry
St. Philip the Apostle Parish has an active youth ministry program. Youth in Grades 7-12 may participate in a variety of experiences that help them grow in their faith and form and strengthen their bonds with God, the church, one another, and the world. Since youth ministry is open to all, there is no official “joining.” By virtue of being a member of St. Philip’s, youth are welcome to any and all youth programs. While some events off site may cost a small fee, many of our gatherings are free– supported by the parish through an annual youth ministry budget. Financial burdens should not prohibit any youth from coming to any paid events. Sponsors often donate so no youth feels excluded due to inability to pay.
A youth ministry calendar of events is set each year, and a summer mission trip is part of this calendar. The mission trip has been through Catholic Heart Workcamp. Visit www.heartworkcamp.com for more details. Parish youth may bring friends to events, though some activities are reserved for parish youth only (CHWC, retreat at Gretna Glen, i.e.). Spiritual, social, service, and catechetical elements are included in all we do. Youth new to our events are always welcome. We hope all will find in St. Philip’s youth and adult volunteers and mentors a warm and caring community of faith, hope, and love! Parents and other adults are always welcome and needed to assist with our youth ministry program. All adult volunteers (age 18 and older) must have diocesan clearances. Please contact the parish office for information on how to obtain these clearances. For more information about our youth ministry program, contact Jasmine Maloney, Youth Director at 872-2166 or e-mail email@example.com.
St. Philip the Apostle Youth Ministry AKA Reverse.
Reverse: Moving, acting, or organizing in a manner contrary to the usual.
Our Mission: Helping youth to live in God’s image by walking in faith, building community, and serving others.
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