Youth

Youth Ministry Program

Youth Ministry at Calvary Episcopal Church is part of our core identity and integral to our life of faith. The youth ministry exists to invite youth to participate in the fellowship and mission of the people of God through involvement in the whole life of the parish and through their peer groups. We know that all people are special in the eyes of God; therefore we intentionally cultivate a culture of inclusiveness that values each youth’s uniqueness and celebrates differences as a reflection of our Episcopal identity. We hope to give every youth the opportunity to support and explore his/her own spiritual development. We will not seek to convert others; rather, we will encourage others to cultivate a faith that builds and grows over a lifetime. Remembering that we are all on spiritual journeys, we will join with our youth and families as we learn and grow together.

In practice, these principles and ideals are expressed through

1. Worship: strengthening personal spiritual development and engaging in corporate praise, confession, and celebration of the whole life of the parish

2. Study: increasing the knowledge, understanding and experience of the Christian faith, life and mission. Christian formation that is age-appropriate; and fosters dialogue with other faith traditions.

3. Community: in which reflection, prayer, and matters of the spirit are honored and cultivated and the physical, mental, and emotional health of all are supported and nurtured.

4. Mission: participating in the global ministry of reconciliation God has given to the church through service, stewardship, witness, and evangelism. The integration of the ideals and concepts of equity and justice; the embracing and honoring of diversity; and the inclusion of community service and service-learning.

5. Play: joyous celebration of God’s gift of life.

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Middle School Youth Group
Sundays at 3:00 pm
Middle Schoolers gather weekly for spiritual formation and community building. We use Rite13 as a guide (the newly updated Episcopal curriculum for Middle School). Lessons are crafted to encourage youth to grow in their relationship with God, participate in the community, and develop self-compassion. Activities range from bible studies and community service to games and art projects.

High School Youth Group
Sundays at 4:30 pm
High Schoolers also gather weekly for spiritual formation and community building. We use Journey 2 Adulthood (J2A) as a guide (the newly updated Episcopal curriculum for High School). Lessons are created for older teens, and encourage youth to gain a deeper understanding of Christian theology, become active members in the church and local community, and discern spiritual gifts. Activities range from bible studies and community service to games, art projects, and planning a local pilgrimage for Summer 2022.

Register for Youth Group Here!

In the Episcopal Church, Confirmation marks a personal decision to live out one’s baptismal vows as an adult. 9th graders and older are invited to explore their Anglican faith in a deep and personal way. We will use the book My Faith, My Life: A Teen’s Guide to the Episcopal Church as a guide. Classes will begin in early 2022.

If you or your teenager is interested in confirmation, contact Deacon Carrie.

The Youth Ministry Council is made up of parents and youth who want to help shape the future of youth ministry at Calvary (and choose upcoming events!). Meetings will occur monthly.

If you or your teenager is interested, contact Deacon Carrie.

Please contact the Rev. Deacon Carrie Cabush at ccabush@calvarysummit.org or 908.277.1814 for more information.