St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church
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1188 Ben Franklin Highway East (Rt. 422) Douglassville, PA 19518 | +1.6103853144 | email@example.com
Office Open Monday Thru Friday
Grades 6 - 12
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Our J2A youth and adults went on a
We take youth seriously...and have some serious fun in the process!...
At St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church, we take seriously a life long journey of Christian Formation. Starting in Pre-School children are introduced to Bible Study, Worship, and Fellowship. When they reach Middle and High School teens are placed into a peer community with mentors from the congregation who work, pray, worship, teach, and serve with them.
Evolving St. Gabe’s Youth Program for the New Millennium
The objective of St. Gabe’s youth ministry is to encourage our teens to explore and experience “Learning and Doing the Work of Jesus” in order for them to grow into their individual and corporate calling as Christians. As society continues to evolve around us, we’ve begun to experience some challenges with our current approach, including:
To address these challenges, the Youth Ministry Team has spent the last year prayerfully considering how to evolve the program. To discern the Spirit’s direction for the program, we’ve gathered feedback from the youth, parents, long time Youth Ministry Team members, and piloted new things. Based on what we learned, we have:
Rite 13 where youth learn that all men and women are made in the image of God, that procreation is a gift freely given and where we celebrate the gifts of manhood and womanhood (When a youth turns 13 they are celebrated in the Church with a special service- similar to a Bar/ Bat Mitzvah).
J2A where the lessons learned in Rite 13 are expanded to allow for discussions about Self, Spirituality, Sexuality and Society. The J2A portion of the curriculum includes a weekend “Urban Adventure” where youth find their way around an urban location with silent chaperones.
Other cool youth stuff...
Spiritual Retreats - Our youth ministry encourages the youth to participate in spiritual retreats with other youth. There are 2 Diocesan Retreats a year - one in the fall and one in the spring. In June each year we travel with at least twelve youth and adult chaperones to North Carolina to attend Youth Week at Kanuga Conference Center.
We have participated in a variety of mission work ranging from gathering needed supplies to rebuilding houses destroyed by a hurricane. Annually our youth have opportunities to participate in local missions such as Crop Walk, serving a meal at Opportunity House, shopping for items for Food Baskets to be distributed to needy families through our local elementary school, etc.. We encourage our youth to attend and participate in weekly worship on Saturday evenings or Sunday Morning, their Sunday Christian Formation class, and extra youth events.