Youth at St. Peter's
We offer multiple opportunities for our youth to gather in prayer, fellowship, and service! Events are scheduled throughout the program year. All high school students are invited to attend, and we frequently include our middle school Confirmation students in these events as well. Our goal is to create a safe and nurturing space for our youth to explore and begin their journey in a community of faith, and to see how God is working in their lives.
This year our youth group is partnering with Garden State MOSAIC, an interfaith program that encourages participants of a variety of faiths to learn and collaborate with each other in a faith-based environment. We also participate in several events through the Diocese of New Jersey's Youth Ministry.
Worship & Service
The youth at St. Peter's actively participate in the life of the parish. We are involved as ushers, lectors, and acolytes, and we sing and play in the music ministries. We also serve our church and community through a variety of service projects, such as Adopt-a-Family and Crop Walk.
Fellowship & Prayer
We also engage in learning and prayer. We are exploring small-group Bible study, and focus on living out our Baptismal and Confirmation vows. We also have a lot of fun as a group, and fellowship with each other, our congregation, and our community feeds our work and lightens our hearts.
Garden State MOSAIC was recently featured in an article in the Asbury Park Press!
Upcoming Youth Events:
Saturday, March 18: Movie Night The youth will gather following the 5:00 pm service for take-out and a movie. Confirmands are also invited to this even for fun and fellowship!
Saturday, April 1: Board Games and Mac & Cheese. We'll gather after the 5:00 pm service for fellowship and food!
Saturday, May 6: Tacos and Plans. We'll gather after the 5:00 pm service for food and fellowship, and start planning for next year.
Sunday, June 11: Baccalaureate Sunday. Join us for our annual tradition of honoring this year's graduates! We will gather afterwards for mini-golf and ice cream during our final youth group meeting of 2016-2017!
DEVOzine: This online "devotional lifestyle magazine" is written by teens, for teens, with lots of articles about faith in action. The goal is to help teenagers develop a lifelong practice of spending time with God and of reflecting on what God is doing in their lives.
d365: Try out these daily devotions--you can get the free app for your phone!
The Episcopal Cafe: Try this eclectic website that collects a variety of stories of interest relating to the Episcopal/Anglican church. It's got a little bit of a lot of stuff!
My Faith, My Life: This website accompanies the book, My Faith, My Life: A Teen's Guide to the Episcopal Church. It's got a lot of great resources for children of all ages, although it is geared towards those who work with youth.
Faith 5: This website offers a simple five-step path to growing faith in your family: sharing highs and lows; reading a Bible verse or story; talking about your faith experience; praying for one another; and blessing one another.
Grow Christians: This is a great new blog-style website that has parenting and faith formation tips for all ages and stages. Check out their Archive link for a full listing of some really useful and encouraging articles.
Faith At Home: This handy site lists a collection of printed and digital resources by topic, including "Parents of Teens."
Vibrant Faith @ Home: This website offers a huge, comprehensive selection of activities and discussion starters for a wide audience. Use the "Library" link at the top to sort by audience and/or topic.
Sticky Faith: Sticky Faith is a website that offers ways for parents and families to help encourage a faith that sticks with teens through life.