The youth of St. Paul's give life and energy to our congregation. We look to affirm these energies by providing a safe, nurturing environment where a youth's talents can be celebrated and their faith can be deepened. We are fortunate to have children ranging in age from a few months old to high school seniors. When children visit St. Paul's, they will find many activities for fellowship and fun. Some examples outside the weekly Sunday School classes include:
· Vacation Bible School ·Annual Halloween Party · High School Kayak Trip ·Outreach activities ...and the child are welcome at a majority of our other parish Hospitality events. Within the church, we are proud of the healthy attendance in our Sunday School Classes. Children of all ages are welcome to attend from out youngest, who participate in the Nursery, to our high school students.
Youth GroupSt. Paul’s Youth Group (“SPYG”), was created specifically for high school students. The mission of SPYG is to provide a “safe harbor” where all feel comfortable sharing their thoughts, ideas, questions, and opinions about their faith and beliefs. In addition to building a strong bond within, the teens of SPYG strive to live Godly lives through community service, both near and afar. Joining forces with other local youth groups, SPYG participates in the Hanover Fire Wood Ministry, providing much needed firewood for home heating and cooking. Recently, SPYG participated in a canned food drive as part of Global Youth Services Day, helping to bolster reserves for local food banks. SPYG members have also traveled to South Carolina and West Virginia to repair and renovate homes for families in need. SPYG is also very involved in Parish Life, serving as acolytes on Sundays, participating in Church fundraisers, providing babysitting services, and assisting with other social events at St. Paul’s. SPYG also likes to have fun! They have gone skiing, kayaking, and white water rafting together. Meetings are hosted at parishioners’ homes on the first and third Thursday of each month at 6:00 pm. Topics for discussion vary and are selected by SPYG members. Meetings are casual, relaxed, and teen led, with the “host adults” acting as facilitators, playing a supporting role to the teens.