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.
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
- Senior High Youth with Rev. Dorothy, Sundays October 24 and November 21, 4-5:30pm
- 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 2020/21.
Lenten Learning Booklet - Youth in the Church
"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
4th Saturday Food Pantry - Make sandwiches, contribute products, for 4th Saturday lunches
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:
work at the CARITAS Furniture Bank,
help with the opening of the CARITAS center