The Well (starting February 20, 2019)
Creating a place where youth can learn, grow, and discover what it means to have a relationship with God is so valuable and integral in a young person’s faith life and formation. The Well is our youth night where we offer just that!
The Well is for middle school and high school students and we meet every other Wednesday evening from 6:30-8:30 PM. We begin with dinner (often provided by a parish volunteer), and then spend time in a lesson, prayer, and a group game. We use a curriculum called “Grow” and we focus on a different four-week series each month. So far, we have focused on lessons about identity, others, Christmas, and prayer.
Matt Eckmann is our parent volunteer who helps with leading our lessons and facilitating the evening and we are very blessed to have him on board. We welcome friends and visitors anytime and we look forward to meeting you!
At least twice a month throughout the school year we try to offer a fun activity or event for our youth. It can be anything from going to the Pumpkin Patch, having sleepovers at church, roller skating, lunch at the Lake Oswego Creamery, or just watching a movie and eating popcorn together! There may be a small admission cost to attend, but we often use program funds to cover part of the expenses. *Scholarships are available too
High School Mission Trip
During the summer, we invite high school students to participate in a mission trip. What is a mission trip? It is a week-long (sometimes longer) trip to a community or neighborhood where we partner up with the residents to do God’s work. This may include: building homes, leading summer camps for children, working in a homeless shelter or orphanage, visiting nursing homes, or helping with the aftermath of natural disasters.
These trips can be near, far, or even out of the country! This past summer (2018) we traveled to Houston, Texas where we worked with Pastor’s Army and Praying Pelican Missions to rebuild homes affected by Hurricane Harvey. We met other youth groups from around the country and gained experience in measuring, cutting, and putting up drywall, along with painting and drilling.
During the summer of 2017, our youth traveled to Idaho and participated in a camp called Idaho Servant Adventures. We met youth groups from all over the country and served residents in the nearby area. We painted, weeded, mowed lawns, painted the high school bleachers, visited with nursing home residents, and more.
As part of the mission trip experience, we ask participating youth to help with three fundraisers prior to the trip. We find that the youth get so much more out of these trips when they had to raise the funds to attend. So, we try our best to raise a majority of the funds to cover the cost and expenses of the trip.