Cathedral Youth Ministry
(Episcopal Youth Community)
Click here to read an article in the Tampa Bay Times about one of the youth at the Cathedral (Connor Carlise) & the way he spreads joy with family & friends.
Save the Date!
All Upcoming Events at the Cathedral
New Beginnings and Happening Team Applications are DUE EARLY JANUARY!
Youth Lock-In Friday, January 19th (We'll head to YES the next morning!)
New Beginnings #63 (grades 6-8) March 2-4th
Happening #76 (grades 9-12) March 16-18th
YLT pictured above: Youth Leadership Team in the Diocese
Pictures above: moments from Bible & GO weekly youth gatherings
Above: Paintball & Painting Fall 2017
Weekly Youth Gathering
Bible & GO is the weekly meeting of Cathedral Youth on Sunday evenings from 5:00-7:00pm. These gatherings combine meaningful time for Bible lessons and discussions with community engagement--the GO part--to help the Youth grow in their knowledge and love of the Lord. Each Sunday offers the opportunity for Youth led services and experiences. One Youth will serve as the Bible Leader and another Youth will serve as the GO Leader each week. These Youth will work with the Youth Ministries Director (Justin Walker) and each other to coordinate the time, materials and plans each week.
Images (above) from DaySpring, including: New Beginnings & Happening
Youth are vital to the ministry and mission of the Church and Cathedral life. Our youth are a part of the Diocese of Southwest Florida, and we engage together with the St Petersburg Deanery to participate with youth across the St. Petersburg and Tampa area. DaySpring hosts youth for transformational retreats and summer camps that grow our Youth's knowledge and love of the Lord.
YES: Youth Explosion Saturday Saturday January 20th
New Beginnings (6-8 grade)
March 2-4, 2018
Happening #76 (9-12 grade
March 16-18, 2018
Pictured above: Cathedral Lock-Ins (other churches in the Diocese invited!)
A note from our Cathedral Youth Minister: Justin
Who are we? Well, this question was answered both by Emily and I and by the Youth. The age range for the Youth roughly spans 13-18 years old. As part of our efforts to build continuity and inclusiveness, we have also formed a Middlers group of 10-13 years olds. These groups will provide space for maturity-based programming and discussions. However, these divisions will also require greater involvement of more consistent volunteers and chaperones to maintain these groups. The weekly Bible & Go ministry is tentatively planned for the Youth (13-18) on Sunday nights from 5:00-7:00pm. There will be a combined event for the Youth and Middlers each month.
What do we believe? We believe the Cathedral Youth are not the Church of tomorrow; they are the Church. As the Church, we look to what we proclaim and affirm for our beliefs and our ministry. We believe, as taken from the Episcopal Church Youth Ministries website, that Youth ministries is a “bridging ministry of education, connection, formation and, hopefully, transformation.” Again from the Episcopal Church, “Youth Ministries calls for passion, patience, and faithfulness--pointing out the sacred in the midst of the chaos of adolescence and walking faithfully with young people as they transition from child to young adult.” It is with this understanding that we make and make known our path together.
What is our path? One of my favorite Psalms has an almost imperceptible detail that magnifies its possibilities. Psalm 16:11 can be read “You make known to me the path of life” or “You have made known to me the path of life” or “You will make known to me the path of life.” But I’ve never read it as an either/or situation but an all-the-above scenario. We both know the path before us and it is being revealed to us with every step. Is it any different with our Youth? We (the Grownups) have all been youth, even if we don’t remember it or our young people don’t believe we were ever anything close to their age. We may know how we made our way through adolescence, and yet it may not be the same path for our Youth.
Part of our path together is recognizing the importance of relationships in this season and the potential for harm or growth. Among myriad challenges, modern technology raises new concerns about boundaries and communications expectations. As we grow our relationships together, we do so according to Safeguarding guidelines, with open, public communication lines rather than private or personal messages. Our path together also includes more Youth led services and events. The predominant Youth led programming for this year is the weekly ministry Bible & GO. We are also looking to the Grownups of Youth to assist with planning and chaperoning various events.