Our Theology of Youth Ministry

  • Youth contribute and serve in all the work and ministry of the church – this is our foundational understanding of youth ministry - that every ministry includes young people.
  • You don't have to be a member of St. Mark's, or any church to take part in youth group - you just have to come with a heart and mind willing to serve, and learn, and share
  • Youth ministry is relational - it is about showing up and being fully present
  • Confirmation is a rite of passage into the community, not out of it
  • Youth will speak in the language of faith, if that is how we speak to them


Summer 2021 Youth Fellowship

SNACK CHAT - A Time for Teens & Tweens

4th Sundays at 3pm, VMFA garden

Bring a friend something to drink, a chair or blanket.  

Snacks provided.


Youth Service & Learning Opportunities:

  • 2nd & 4th Saturday Food Pantry & Soup Kitchen:  Set-up starts at 8:30am and serve our guests from 9:00 - 10:30am.  Come and help provide welcome and care for those who need our help and support.
  • Teen Leaning Class, Second Sundays from noon to 1:00pm.  A new cohort began in February 2019 and continues via Zoom
  • Young Leaders in the Church, post confirmation teens gathering with Rev. Dorothy White to read and discuss the book,  "Freedoms' Children," in preparation for a late summer 2020 Civil Rights Trail pilgrimage, 3rd Sundays at noon. Due to the Covid 19 shutdowns we will not make the Civil Rights Trail pilgrimage in 2020.


Lenten Learning Booklet - Youth in the Church


Guiding Teenagers in Lent: Give Up on Giving Up? Lisa Brown

 "I truly believe there can be tremendous spiritual growth during an intentional period of sacrifice and denial. But I wonder if this is always the best approach for teens."

Advent Learning Booklet - Youth in the Church


Fall Learning Booklet - Youth in the Church

Teen Learning Class with Malinda, Bill, and Ryn resumes in October and continues on third Sundays at 12:30pm

Freedom's Children group with Rev. Dorothy White resumes in October

Fall Winter 2020 Youth Service Opportunities:

Justice & Advocacy: The November election, GA session in January/February 2021

CARITAS At Home Volunteer Opportunities

4th Saturday Food Pantry  - Make sandwiches, contribute products, for 4th Saturday lunches

UGK - help prep and deliver meals


Summer 2020 No-Contact Mission: Justice and Advocacy

July & August 2020

Activity One:  The Legislative Process and your Voice:  Fostering civic engagement

Zoom call with GA Rep Dawn Adams about being in government – 20- 30 minutes

Education around 3-4 topics of interest (climate change, racial equality, gender equality, health & science around the pandemic)

Write a letter (template provided to a government official of your choice expressing your concern as someone who will soon be a voter)

Government officials:  Dawn Adams, Abigail Spanberger, Tim Kaine, Levar Stoney, Ralph Northam, Bobby Scott, Mark Herring, and or your city council person, county board person.

Activity Two:  Your Voice:  Who do you want to thank for their courage during this virus pandemic?

 Education: a quick look at some of our local/state/national leaders rap sheet on the issue

Write a letter of thanks for this person’s courage and persistence

Government officials:  Levar Stoney

Other officials:  Bishop Susan Goff, school superintendents & teachers, health care workers, first responders

Activity Three:  Just Mercy – is our justice system “just”

 Zoom call with Rev. Dorothy White & Malinda and our other leaders.

Read the YA version of the book

Activity Four:  Love of Neighbor - Family Outreach

 Sign up as a family to:

help UGK process meals,

work at the CARITAS Furniture Bank,

help with the opening of the CARITAS center