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.

The Youth Confirmation Program for current 9th graders is a modern adaptation of an ancient church process by which those deemed adults were prepared for entry into Christian faith and life. This fall, we rekindle our year-long preparation which leads youth toward the personal decision of receiving Confirmation in The Episcopal Church, and then onward through involvement in the Church life. The curriculum, My Faith, My Life: A Teen’s Guide to the Episcopal Church, is “an introduction to the essentials of what Anglican Christians believe.” This class allows each confirmand to thoroughly engage their own theology, history, and spirituality personally and communally.

The Calvary Leadership Council is a new opportunity for students to develop as servant leaders in the wider community. Through engaging in self study, biblical models of leadership and the teachings of the Gospel students will be formed in the ways of servant leadership and how they can apply those skills in their daily life.

CLC is open to 9th-12th graders. Meetings happen on the 2nd Monday of each month. CLC will focus on various aspects of leadership & youth ministry including:
● Helping to plan and lead youth ministry activities
● Creating a rich knowledge of leadership using biblical examples
● Developing leadership skills that can be used in their daily life
● Cultivating a community that encourages and supports servant leadership.

Middle School Study (6th, 7th & 8th Grades) Students will build on the foundations of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program, as we continue to look deeply at Scripture, discuss our place in this history, and engage in meaningful conversations about faith.
“Our Christian belief informs our service to others. It is an integral part of our lives and our service to God. As such, we find God in and through each other. From cleaning houses destroyed by flooding, to serving guests at soup kitchens, to playing games with seniors struggling with Alzheimer’s, mission trips allow participants to engage in the work of the Gospel. These trips offer a life-changing experience that help people connect their faith with their lives. They are trips not to be missed!” 2020 Summer Mission Trip- Stay Tuned!
Please contact the office at 908.277.1814 for more information