Education: Youth Ministry
Young people in the church are not just the “church of the future.” They are the church of today. At Saint Paul’s we seek to walk with our middle school and high school youth as they grow in faith, build community with one another, have fun, and discover their gifts as they seek to serve others.
Contact: The Rev. Martha Korienek at 650.348.4811 ext. 3
Weekly Youth Groups
There is a Middle School youth group and a High School youth group. Both groups meet most weeks at St. Paul’s, Burlingame on Sundays: the Middle School youth group meets at 9am and the High School youth group meet at 5pm, except for once a month when we go to brunch after the 10am service. Both groups meet in the youth room, which is the room above the green garage on Occidental Ave. Together we gather to learn more about how God works in our lives and use our unique gifts to make a difference in the world. We plan a mixture of fun and outreach activities with the groups.
Middle School Youth Group
Each Sunday at 9am, the 6th-8th graders and their friends gather together for activities, food, fun, and learning. So much is changing when you are a young adolescent. The way we think about life and relationships is undergoing a major shift. This is true in relationships with peers, parents, our community and God. These changes are a gift from God. It is the way God created people to grow and mature into adults. In the Middle School youth group we walk together to navigate these changes as we look anew at our relationships and how they are changing. Twice each year, we celebrate the transition that happens when a young person turns 13 during a 10am service. The ceremony is called Rite 13, and it is a special rite that recognizes that it is a gift from God that the young people are growing into adulthood.
High School Youth Group
Youth ministry for students in 9th through 12th grades recognizes that these young adults are gaining skills and growing in independence. We continue to build community, have fun, and learn about our God-given gifts while giving more freedom for the youth to select topics and activities. The High School youth group encourages teens to build and understand the role of Christian community in their lives, and to develop critical thinking and other skills that are needed as they move toward adulthood. St. Paul’s partners with St. Matthew’s in San Mateo for the High School youth group; members of the youth group come from both parishes.
In addition to our youth groups, we also offer a Confirmation class each year. This class meets monthly from September to May to prepare for the Diocese of California Confirmation at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, which is always the first Saturday in June.
Annual Summer Mission Trip
Each summer, members of the St. Paul's/St. Matthew's High School youth group have made a difference for others in places very different from where we live. These weeks have been a time to offer our energy, to discover more about other people, and to learn about ourselves. In the past we have been to the Paiute Indian Reservation at Pyramid Lake, Nevada; to Point Hope, Alaska to teach Vacation Bible School; to Corbin, Kentucky to build a house for a low-income family; to paint homes and businesses for community renewal in South Central, Los Angeles. This past summer we volunteered to work on the Heifer International Farm in Rutland, Massachusetts. We learned about world hunger as well as cared for the animals of the farm. In 2016, we will be going to the Nez Perce Native American Reservation in Idaho.
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