Youth

We identify youth as middle/high school age children.  They are learning to find their place within community but are also trying to understand how their faith and what they believe interacts with the world around them.  Programming for this group has been thoughtfully developed to balance  opportunities for fun, fellowship, worship, service, and leadership opportunities.

YG3 (1).jpgJunior High Youth Group (6-8th Grade) | Select Sundays, 4-6pm
We are trying something new with our older youth! Opportunity for youth to grow together in faith and form community as they try to find their place in the larger church and city.  Combined with the youth of St. Paul’s Burlingame, and Transfiguration, San Mateo this tri-congregation youth group, offers a unique opportunity for our  youth to have time together and mix with the High School youth for meals and worship.  Junior High youth look forward to an Urban Plunge trip over the summer.  In 2015, they learned about hunger issues in the bay area, service included working in a food pantry, visiting food bank, and preparing sack lunches for day laborers.

High School Youth Group | Select Sundays, 4-6pm
High School Youth Group fosters older youth’s need for independence by recognizing their growing skills and leadership abilities. We continue to build community, have fun, and learn about our God-given gifts while giving more freedom for the youth to select topics and activities.   Combined with the youth of St. Paul’s Burlingame, and Transfiguration, San Mateo this tri-congregation youth group, offers a unique opportunity for our  older youth.

Our High School youth have a history of planning and participating in a wide variety of Mission Trips or Service Learning Trips:

2014:  Los Angeles, CA – Sierra Service Project (Urban)
2015:  Rutland, MA – Heifer International (Agricultural)
2016:  Nez Perce, ID – Youthworks (Native American)
2017:  Portland, OR – (Urban/Immigration)

Confirmation | Next offered beginning Fall 2018
Confirmation Classes are offered in even years for youth in 7th and 8th grade (and high schoolers as well). Using the curriculum “My Faith, My Life” youth explore issues pertinent to the Episcopal Church through an age appropriate way.  History, Theology, Spirituality, Liturgy, Spiritual Gifts are just some of the areas that are explored in this year long process.  Youth select mentors to join them on their journey.
For more information about youth programming send an email to you at  youth@episcopalstmatthew.org