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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 from 6:30-8:15 PM on Monday evenings. We begin with dinner (often provided by one of the youth’s family), and then spend time in a lesson, prayers, and a group game. Our lessons range from Bible stories, current events, and relevant topics that pre-teens and teens are exposed to on a daily basis, such as bullying, social media, judgment, and peer pressure.
We have several adult leaders who help facilitate the evening, and we are very blessed to have them onboard. We welcome friends and visitors anytime, and we look forward to meeting you!
*We do not have The Well on November 20th, December 18th & 25th, and January 1st.
30 Good Minutes
This is for all middle school and high school youth, and we meet after the 10:00 service on Sunday mornings. We gather down in the Youth Room (located off of the Undercroft), and we discuss the Gospel reading from that morning—What does the reading mean to you? What questions do you have about the reading? What does it have to do with us today?
This is a very relaxed, informal atmosphere and sometimes we just sit back and get to know each other better! This program runs at the same time as the adult 30 Good Minutes, which meets in Cummins Hall.
Confirm Not Conform
This is our Confirmation program for middle school and high school students. In the past, it has been offered as a joint effort with other Episcopal parishes in the Diocese. We meet twice a month, once at our own parish and the other night at one of the participating parishes with all the youth who are in the program. Unfortunately, there was not enough interest from the youth in our Diocese so we do not have a regional program for this school year, 2017-2018. However, if you have a child who would like to go through this program, we are glad to offer an in-house class at our parish. Please contact Naomi if you are interested.
Once 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 or far, even out of the country! This past summer (2017), we went 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.