Mentoring our teens to lead a faith-based Christian life is among our highest priorities, as it can lead to adults who have a more fulfilling spiritual life. An active, engaged High School Youth Group is an important part of personal development and spiritual growth, and is therefore actively supported by our entire congregation.
St. Barnabas provides a variety of opportunities for students to participate. The first is our High School Faith Discussions every Sunday morning from 9:15-10:15 am during the school year. The group meets together in their own Youth Room at the church. All high school students are welcome to drop in any time.
This year the discussions are based on the 2004 film Napoleon Dynamite. When Napoleon Dynamite, an imaginative and slightly bizarre teen who’s not afraid to be himself, befriends shy Deb and mustachioed Pedro, the trio attend the school dance, launch a campaign to elect Pedro as class president, and survive the bizarre friends, family and town around them. What can we learn from Napoleon Dynamite’s life? What does the film say about friendship and family? And of course, do you really need a mustache to be class president? In this study, we’ll discuss the movie and its themes in a biblical context.
Bi-monthly social and community service activities are also offered for high school students. Together with neighboring Lutheran Churches, the St. Barnabas High School Youth Group participates in Sunday afternoon or evening events twice a month.
Each summer the youth embark on a week-long mission trip to a destination of their choosing. This year is no different. We are in the early planning stages for our Summer 2019 Mission Trip. In doing so, we will be hosting our main fundraising event, our Annual Chili Cook-Off and Silent Auction (date TBD). We will open the sign up for chili entrants on a first come, first serve basis. Ticket prices are $10/adults and $5.00/child (4-11) . Great items are up for bid in a Silent Auction and all are invited to take a chance at outbidding others.
Every three years, the youth opt to participate in the ELCA’s Youth Gathering, an event that brings 30,000 Lutheran youth together for a week of worship, praise, music, service and Christian fellowship. In 2018, the youth spent a week in Houston for this event. In July 2015, the event was held in Detroit to help boost the city’s economy.
All high school youth and their friends are welcome to join in any of our service opportunities and social activities, but we do require completion of a Registration Form (which includes parental consent) prior to participation. Parents and their high school age youth who are members of the congregation and/or Youth Group are invited to visit and join the The JC Crew on Facebook, our Youth Group’s own page. Please contact Julie Wyatt at email@example.com to be added to this closed group.