Friday Evening Youth Group

Grace Youth Group gathers on Friday evenings during the school year from 5:00 to 8:00 pm for Middle School and High School Youth. Youth Group evenings alternate between two components: 1) A faith and life exploration program; 2) Service and fun activities. During the service and fellowship time youth will plan local service projects and social events. For more information contact Father Martin Elfert.

 

Rite 13 and Youth Confirmation

Grace has a Rite 13 program for Middle School youth and a Confirmation program open to High-Schoolers.

Rite 13: A program developed by the Episcopal Church for Middle School youth that focuses the 4 S’s: self, society, spirituality, and sexuality.  Rite 13 culminates in a liturgical ceremony that serves as a rite of passage similar to a Bar Mitzvah or a Bat Mitzvah. The liturgy is designed to welcome teenagers (and their parents ) to the journey of becoming adults, and to celebrate publicly, and in the midst of our worship, God’s gift of adulthood. The Rite 13 liturgy recognizes the holy power of creation that God gives to each one of us, and it serves to acknowledge the changes that happen to youth.

Rite 13 participants are involved in several preparation sessions, a weekend retreat, a team building exercise, a liturgical ceremony and formal dinner for their family and close friends.

 

Service Opportunities for Youth

Youth are invited to serve in various worship and community service ministries of the Grace including the Acolyte Guild, Lectors, and the Friday Community Dinner.

 

Grace Art Camp Youth Leadership and Service

Grace youth have a unique opportunity to participate as Counselors in Training (CITs) and Counselors at Grace Art Camp (sponsored by our affiliated nonprofit, Grace Institute).

 

Youth Service Trips

Grace youth have gone on service trips to San Francisco, Honduras, Philadelphia, Kenya and Peru.