From September through June, 6th- — 12th-graders are encouraged and empowered to learn about being a member of a community of Christ. Programs and events are created to support the development and the experience of a fulfilling spiritual life.

Activities

There are lots of youth-group activities planned for this program year! All 6th-12th graders are welcome to join in — keep on eye on your inbox for more information. Send an email to the youth leadership team  (stmaayouthgroup@gmail.com) if you want to be added to the email list or have any questions. Click here for a youth permission slip so that you (or your young person) can participate in all St. Michael’s Youth Group activities.

High School Night happens every third Sunday at 7:00 pm with Rector and Co-Youth Leader Chris Craun. This gathering is offered only to those youth who are currently in high school, 9th through 12th grades. These nights will be an opportunity to check in about what high school is like — the ups and downs, the pressures and the opportunities, and how your youth leaders can support you. High School Night meets this spring on March 15, April 19 and May 17.

Youth Space happens every Sunday at 10:15 am with Co-Youth Leader CV Hartline in St. Michael’s House.  Youth Space is a fun gathering of youth in St. Michael’s House — good conversation, games, and snacks.We will have a brief time of sharing with one another how life is going, and then look at the Gospel reading for the day and discuss it together.

2015-02 1st Friday1st Fridays happen most every first Friday of each month. 1st Fridays this program year have included pizza and Capture the Flag in Laurelhurst Park, an outing to the G6 Airpark for an evening of “cosmic jumping,” and “cosmic skate” at Gresham Skate World. In March, the Youth Variety Show took the place of our 1st Friday outing. After a delicious dinner of make-your-own tostadas, close to 100 folks enjoyed the singing, playing, dancing and comic talents of our St. Michael’s youth. Check out the photos in the Gallery!

Another TEC weekend is planned for June! TEC is an amazing retreat in our own backyard – Christ Church, Lake Oswego. What is TEC? It’s an authentic, inclusive retreat weekend for high school students away from the stress and pressures of life and school…a weekend to slow down, open up and explore, to be accepted and nurtured by peers, to be a teenager and to laugh and build a community based on trust and friendship. The weekend is based on a series of talks and small group discussions. TEC offers opportunities for both new participants (“candidates”) and returning youth (“team”) to learn and grow with each other. The atmosphere of the weekend makes it easy to develop new friendships and experience being a part of a loving and supportive community.TEC is a weekend for teens, by teens, and about teens. It is an unforgettable experience full of laughing, learning, singing and sharing. TEC is a weekend without judgment where all kinds of people come together to share their experiences and stories and to support, respect and empower one another in love. Email the youth leadership team for more information.

Confirm not Conform classes began in October. Read more about CnC below.

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Sauvie Island Pumpkin Pick

Several of our youth leaders and parents interviewed our high-school seniors when they graduated in June 2014 and began looking forward towards the next steps in their lives. Please click here to read about their St. Michael’s memories and their plans for this school year.

Youth Space

The place to be on Sundays from 10:15-11:00 am is at St. Michael’s House for conversation, activities, and donuts.

First Fridays

On the first Friday of each month something fun is planned and friends are always welcome: attend a theatre production, Lazer Tag, Comedy Sportz, bowling, swimming . . . you get the idea. Fridays are made for FUN!

Service Opportunities

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Partnering with the Green Team to collect and recycle Styrofoam

These are opportunities to act out of faith, love and compassion in our community with great partners like the St. Michael’s Green Team, SOLV, Oregon Food Bank and Hollywood East. And we serve “at home” (i.e., at St. Michael’s) as well with holy-day celebrations, such as by serving pancakes on Shrove Tuesday and strawberries and cake for Pentecost.

Confirm not Conform

Every other year, youth in middle and high school are invited to participate in the confirmation program Confirm not Conform, a nationally recognized and respected confirmation curriculum. CnC candidates will meet from October through May and engage in a variety of role plays and exercises that help them explore their faith. In addition, CnC candidates will participate in two field trips this year, attending worship services of different faiths. Co-Associate for Ministry with Youth CV Hartline leads the classes with occasional help from Rector Chris Craun. Please click here for the tentative schedule for Confirm not Conform.

Grupo Juvenil

Like all of St. Michael’s youth offerings, Grupo is open to everyone but is offered at a time that’s most convenient for our Latino youth. Topics for discussion range from the gospel of the day to strategies to deal with bullying. Grupo Juvenil is led by Rector and Co-Youth Leader Chris Craun and meets  immediately after communion at the 1:00 pm service.

Fall Retreat

Camp Collins retreat group

Fall Retreat in Oct. 2013

Each fall, a retreat is held at Camp Collins near Oxbow Park. It’s a weekend full of games, both inside and outside, delicious food and great bonding for youth group members. We’ve frequently participated in the ropes course there, which challenges participants and is great for team-building.

Mission Trips

Every other year, St. Michael’s youth head out of town on a mission trip, partnering for the last couple of trips with Rector Chris Craun’s home parish and YouthWorks. Each trip requires an extraordinary amount of planning and community-building fundraising before the trip even gets underway. Youth have held babysitting evenings at the church, organized huge book sales, and hosted an annual Variety Night which showcased the diverse talents of many youth-group members.

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Helping at a summer program on the Nez Perce reservation

In June 2014, the youth group spent a week at the Nez Perce reservation in Idaho doing painting projects and helping at a summer children’s program.  In 2012, the youth undertook an ambitious mission trip to New Orleans, where they volunteered with programs for young children and seniors as well as painted and performed yard work. In 2010,  our mission trip was to the Yakama Indian Nation in Washington state. From June 20-27, we partnered with the youth group of St. John’s in Oakland and traveled to the Yakama Indian Reservation to paint houses, teach children and experience Christianity in an entirely different way.