“Train children in the right way, and when old, they will not stray”
CHILDREN & YOUTH LED SERVICE 2017
Featuring St. Paul’s Children & Youth
The Children & Youth led the service on Sunday, January 29, 2017. Children participated in each aspect of the service, including the message given by Tahir Murray, Graduating Senior at The McCallie School.
CHRISTMAS CANTATA 2016 – “JESUS MATTERS”
Featuring St. Paul’s Children & Youth Choir
The Children & Youth Choir performed a Christmas Cantata on Saturday, December 17th. The focus of the event was “Jesus Matters” and included several excerpts of why All Lives Matter because Jesus Matters and reiterated that Jesus is the Reason for the Christmas Season. Please watch and enjoy as our young people showcase their beautiful voices and talents for our Lord.
“ST. PAUL’S HOMELESSNESS PROJECT”
Featuring St. Paul’s Children & Youth
Jesus in his parable about the sheep and goats said, “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Matthew 25:37-40 (NIV).
Our 2015 St. Paul’s Children and Youth Christmas Production sought to bring awareness, foster accountability and prompt action about the issue of homelessness. As Christian’s we are charged with being accountable to each other. The apostle Paul once said “Stoop down and reach out to those who are oppressed. Share their burdens, and so complete Christ’s law. If you think you are too good for that, you are badly deceived.” Galatians 6:2-3 (MSG).
In early December 2015, a few of youth from St. Paul’s made their way to Pine Street Atlanta, which houses the Peachtree-Pine Homeless Shelter for men. Outside its walls they re-counted the words of Larry R. Linville who after driving by a homeless person and wondering what his Christmas was like, penned the poem “A Homeless Christmas.”[/column]
“GLORY” MUSIC VIDEO
Featuring St. Paul’s Children & Youth
Each year during the St. Paul’s Children & Youth Ministry Retreat at Camp Mikell, the youth take on a special project. This year’s project was a music video in celebration of the Oscar winning song “Glory” from the movie Selma by John Legend and Common. The song commemorates the historic march on Selma in March of 1965 in which Dr. Martin Luther King III led thousands of demonstrators to the steps of the capitol in Montgomery, AL. The youth participated in all aspects of the production with our very own Chauncey Bodrick co-directing the piece as well as serving as a second camera operator. You’ll be amazed at how talented our youth are and excited by this moving piece. Enjoy!
OUR CHILDREN MATTER
A forum for our youth, their families and the community
On Saturday, February 28th, the St. Paul’s Children & Youth Ministries hosted the inaugural edition of Our Children Matter, an insightful forum to discuss current issues affecting our youth featuring a diverse panel of judges, professors, law enforcement officials and other public servants. Tune in to see some interesting perspectives on issues affecting our children and also some available resources and remedies.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH PRESENTATIONS
On Saturday, October 18th, members of the St. Paul’s Episcopal Youth Ministry displayed their musical prowess at the annual Musical Interpretations Recital. Watch the video to see the amazing talent our youth have to offer!
At St. Paul’s we are committed to living out this biblical proverb by creating space for our children and youth where there are various opportunities to go inward, ponder mysteries, share ritual, explore sacred tradition, learn and practice what it means to be good Christians, so they are “Ready for Action” in today’s world.
The Children and Youth Ministries at St. Paul’s is dedicated to nurturing our children and youth by offering Sunday School programming throughout the school year, specialized family programming, worship services and community building and service activities that will give our children and youth opportunities to live into their Christian identities and discover what that means for themselves and in community.
Together we can all experience the growth and transformation that comes from serving and living for a good, gracious and generous God.
St. Paul’s is a Warm and Welcoming Place for all Children! We practice “Safe Church” guidelines as put forth by the Diocese of Atlanta. For Safeguarding questions please contact Father Charles Fischer firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are precious children of God who are learning the Gospel stories, living their lessons, and growing into a community of knowledgeable and mature disciples of Christ.
To register your child for Sunday School, click here to complete the online application form.
For more information on St. Paul’s Children, Youth & Family Ministries or to register for Sunday School,
Contact: Rev. Arlette D. Benoit at email@example.com OR 678-595-0616 (cell)
Sunday SchoolWe have a vibrant Sunday school program. Sunday School serves children grades pre- Kindergarten (pre-k) through high school at both services. The children are in three groups: Pre-k; 1st-5th grade, and Youth 6th-12th grade. Gospel stories are taught using Living the Good News (www.livingthegoodnews.com).
Sunday school is available every Sunday except Second Sunday when families are welcomed to worship together in the sanctuary. The Sunday School staff is a volunteer team and always welcomes parents and others to serve the children by teaching or assisting in classes.CONTACT
Senior EYCGrades 9-12
The Senior EYC of St. Paul’s consists of high school age students who form a community within the church. Their purpose is to develop and broaden their Christian experience through studying the bible, worship, service work within the church and community, along with fun and fellowship activities.
Funded through the Church budget, the group’s yearly activities are highlighted by Youth Sundays three times a year.
Led by the Sr. EYC, the youth of the church lead the congregation in worship serving as guest preachers, celebrants, lay readers, Eucharistic ministers, acolytes, ushers and lifting their voices in praise with the Youth Choir.
Other signature activities include: the Church’s annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, a Secret Santa Shop for Sunday School Kids, clothing drive for the Diocese of Atlanta’s Emmaus House, and participation in Atlanta’s Annual Hunger Walk event. As part of the church’s global mission ministry, the Sr. EYC has taken several international mission trips to further enhance their Christian experience and expose the youth to service work in various world cultures.CONTACT
Junior Episcopal Youth CommunityGrades 6-8
Episcopal Youth Community (EYC) has opportunities for youth to deepen their relationship with Jesus, with one another and with the wider community through service, fellowship and worship. Junior EYC members attend Sunday School for spiritual formation and biblical engagement every Sunday. Junior EYC also meet monthly for service work and fellowship opportunities in and outside the Metro Atlanta Area. The goal of this ministry is to provide a space where our youth feel accepted, to discover what makes them unique and to guide them on their journey of what it means to be a Christian. For more information about Junior EYC please contact Rev. Arlette D. Benoit at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Junior Daughters of the KingThe Junior Daughters of the King are committed to Service, Prayer, and Evangelism. They make prayer beads and prayer blankets for the sick and shut-in. In addition, they assist the Senior Daughters of the King in preparing the Altar at Easter and Christmas, and clean the Sacristy by polishing silver and changing the linens. Junior Daughters of the King meet every 4th Saturday at 11am.
For more information about Junior Daughters of the King please contact Janaia McNeil at email@example.com or Kandace Carty at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Acolyte MinistryChildren and youth are welcome to become Acolytes. Training is required for each level. Serving as an Acolyte in church is a very visible and important ministry to St. Paul’s. Acolytes assist the deacons, priests, and bishops celebrate liturgies. Trainings are held every 1st and 4th Saturdays at 9am. For more information about our Acolyte Ministry please contact Melissa Coleman at email@example.com.
BaptismsBaptism is the sacrament by which we are adopted as God’s children and become members of the body of Christ and members of the Church. For infants and young children, baptismal vows are made by parents and godparents to raise the child in the Christian faith, promising support in the Christian life through their prayers and by example.
For information on baptism, contact Rev. Charles L Fischer III at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ConfirmationYouth ages twelve and older are invited to participate in the in-depth confirmation program. The goal of this program is to provide a learning experience for youth exploring commitment to the Christian faith and growth in the knowledge of what is unique and essential to being Episcopalian. Youth participating in this program will become familiar with resources including: the Bible, The Book of Common Prayer, The Hymnal, Anglican/Episcopal worship, church history and Anglican Theology.