The Rev. Jay Sapaen Watan
Youth ministry at St. Ambrose is about being present with our youth where they are and inviting them to grow in their awareness of what is right in the world and to live into the Love of God. Our program includes mentoring youth, pastoral care, creating opportunities for service and mission, teaching the Christian traditions of the Episcopal Church and sharing the good news of Jesus Christ.
Confirmation Class 8:30 to 9:45 AM (April thru June)
Youth Sunday School - 10 to 10:35 AM
Middle & High School Combined Youth Group - 11:45 AM to - 1:15 PM
This is a sacred space for 6-12th graders each week to strengthen their faith by creating a safe community that engages issues relevant and important in the lives of our young people.
A Sunday youth group meeting typically includes:
1. Check-in: We open by sharing our “highs” and “lows” of the week.
2. Discussion: This is a time for conversations on real life issues facing youth in the context of the places we call home and applying our faith into action. Discussion topics have included: anti-racism, bullying, citizenship, education, finding God in the everyday world, immigration, mindfulness training, meditation, self-care, “what would you do?”, and world religions.
3. Games: Board games, NERF guns, and dodge ball are our favorites. Every season we play for the Apples to Apples Championship Belt. Cops and Robbers, Capture the Flag, Ninjas, or just time to chill in good company — there‘s always the option to play music.
4. Lunch: Jesus fed the people, and so do we.
5. Prayer: We close our session by lifting up our intercessions and thanksgivings to God.
Confirmation is a choice to say “yes” to God. It is about making the commitment to God and the Church community that they will live fully into their baptism In preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation and the laying of hands by a bishop, we explore the meaning of the Baptismal Covenant, the Holy Sacraments, and what it means to be a part of the Episcopal Church and wider Christian community. This class is typically offered in the spring and is for youth 7th grade and above. Please contact The Rev. Jay Watan for more information. firstname.lastname@example.org
All youth are encouraged to participate in frequently announced opportunities to make a difference in a community. From visits to elder care homes, serving food to the homeless and hungry, sorting food at a food bank and raising money to donate to charities. A Summer Mission trip takes our high school students to other locations to work for a week with different volunteer groups.