The space is quiet in the Youth Room. There is no program. There are pillows and drawing materials and space and time to be with self and God. Occasionally there will be a guided reflection or gentle conversation but this is space to rest and “be still with God” for our teens whose lives are very busy and very full.
Every Sunday Rev. Jen will provide a link for youth to follow, inviting them into an online program, teaching, story, event….something that pertains to our life in faith. The link will be available in the Commons and posted on the Grace website and the Grace Youth Facebook page.
Youth who would like to are encouraged to participate in any or all of the Sunday Forums which run during this education hour in the Forum Room. Topics are listed in the Sunday insert, on our website, and in the brochure on Adult Education at Grace.
Our Sunday School classes, fellowship time, and Sunday worship happen weekly. For Youth Group, we’ve chosen a model of “monthly immersion” where our youth come together for longer periods of time to experience God, themselves, and one another in a context that allows for a more significant project, exploration, or retreat. We know schedules are very full and so Grace Youth come together to take a deep breath, to experience people outside of their normal school circles, to pray, to play, and to serve. The theme of “pilgrimage” runs through our entire program as we look forward to Grace Youth Pilgrimage 2020. This program year’s main calendar is included below. Specific content, detail, and additional gatherings will be added as we move through the year shared via bulletin announcements, emails, and the Grace newsletter. If you would like to be included in Grace youth email invites, simply let the Church Office know!
A New Year Begins! – Saturday, September 22, 10:00am – 1:00p
Youth Overnight at Grace – Saturday, October 13 at 6:00pm to Sunday, October 14 at 11:30am
An Intergenerational Retreat on (Lots of Ways) to Pray – Saturday, November 10, 9:00am – 4:00pm
An Advent Retreat – Saturday, December 1, 6:00pm to Sunday to December 2, 11:30am
Sunday Lunch and Bowling – Sunday, January 13, 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Youth Ski Trip- Saturday, February 2 to Sunday February 3
A Play Date for Grace “littles” hosted by Grace youth –Saturday, March 2, 10:30am – 1:30pm)
Pilgrimage 2020 Informational Meeting (Date and Time TBA)
Holy Week and Easter Services (Sunday, April 14 – Sunday, April 21)
Youth Retreat at St. Gregory’s Abbey in Three Rivers: Saturday, May 18 – Sunday, May 19
Pilgrimage Planning Meetings: June and forward, TBD