Gateway to the Future – SsAM Youth Programs
A church-wide Zoom meeting was held on Sunday, August 29, 2021 to determine the future of youth programs at SsAM. Comments harvested from our young people and their parents on Youth Programs were shared. That was followed by an interactive discussion of the topic. Strengthening youth and young families is Pillar #3 of our church plan. Full participation of our church family is encouraged for support, and further input from our youth and their parents is vital to our vision for this important ministry. Youth programs have been suspended during the pandemic, but we look forward to their revival. Meanwhile, youth acolytes continue to serve.
A great way for young folks in grades 3 and above to learn about worship is to participate as an Acolyte. Being an acolyte is not only a great way to serve the parish, but develops a sense of leadership and responsibility that will stay with the children throughout their lives. Acolytes may serve as crucifers, torch bearers, and assist with the administering of the Holy Eucharist. Click here or the photo at left to learn more.
Shall we revive Children’s Chapel? This was a worship, music, and learning experience for children at the 10:30 service. Each Sunday, the children began with their families in church and were then led by the Crucifer to Children’s Chapel in the Education Suite immediately following the Gospel reading.
Chapel began with a structured liturgy designed especially for children including: opening song, prayer, devotion, and singing. Then, after a snack and a bathroom break, a special activity was offered that begins about 11:20 a.m. Afterwards, parents picked up their children from the Education Suite.
In the past, we partnered with Trinity Episcopal Parish and Immanuel Highlands Episcopal Church.
Youth of all three parishes got to know one another as well as to learn and practice being a young disciple of Jesus Christ.
Some of our Youth and Young Families (YYF) youth have been acolytes and others were in the Treble Choir; some acted as ushers and nursery assistants and others were assistant Eucharistic Ministers.