Greetings Parents & Guardians of Teens,
Kris Gansle and I are excited to be the new Youth Group leaders for 2018-2019! The ministry is for all 6th-12th grade youth at CTSHS and is inclusive to both pan-orthodox and non-orthodox friends. We’ll provide opportunities for our youth to deepen their faith, fellowship, and stewardship through discussion, service, and outings each month.
Here’s what to expect this year:
You should have received already a tentative schedule for the year. A detailed schedule will be sent out shortly after our first meeting. An email or a Remind Text of upcoming events will be sent to parents in advance. Please confirm your teen’s attendance. Details on how to sign up for Remind Text will be announced at the first meeting.
Discussion & Material:
All meetings will take place on Sundays throughout the year from 4 to 6pm at both formal and informal locations such as a volunteer’s home, a restaurant, or a coffee shop. We’d like the meetings to take place as close to the parish as possible to accommodate everyone. Four meetings are planned for the year. Our main emphasis at the meetings is to provide our teens with a platform to share their thoughts and struggles with their peers in living out the Gospel in today’s world.
Discussion material will be rotated between two different sources. The first source is from the book Growing Faithful Families by Rebecca Myerly, currently implemented at St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church in Minneapolis, MN. It’s designed around the church calendar with the themes of Hear, Share, Grow, Serve, & Pray. This is not a bible study, but a guided reflection on scripture. The other source is FaithTree Resources, a teaching ministry at St. Michael Antiochian Church in Van Nuys, CA and encourages discussion on current issues our teens are facing.
Three projects will be planned for the year, including the annual St. Nicholas Fundraiser. The teens will decide who they would like to serve at the first meeting.
Four outings will be planned for the year. The teens will decide what they would like to do at the first meeting. The location and date of our End of School Year BBQ will be announced soon.
A survey will be sent shortly after the first meeting to determine the best time for everyone to participate in serving and outing opportunities. If you would like to arrange carpool with other parents, host a meeting, or chaperone a serving or outing opportunity, a sign up handout will be given at the first meeting. Your participation is essential to the success of a vibrant Youth Group ministry. Please make every effort to ensure your teen attends as many gatherings as possible in order to get the most out of Youth Group.
It is our pleasure to serve the future of our faith. With the blessing of Fr. Steven,
Kris Gansle and Jennifer Haynes
Youth Group Ministry
email: imamom2xs at gmail dot com