Cathedral Youth Ministry
(Episcopal Youth Community)
contact Youth Minister: Justin
Save the Date!
May 25th Friday Ft. DeSoto Summer Splash Beach Day!
This is a beach service and fun day that can be a great way to celebrate summer...for those who are out of school by then. Click here to register.
May 29 Tuesday 7:00 PM Clearwater Threshers Baseball
Clearwater Threshers "Dollar Tuesday" Game. We'll leave the Cathedral at 5:30pm. (Open to Children & Youth of all ages)
June - Rainbow River Float Trip
June 10-16 Middle School Camp @ DaySpring
June 17-22 High School Camp @ DaySpring
June 24-29 Mission Camp @ DaySpring
June or July - Rocket Launch Beach Trip
July - New Friends Road Trip
July 15-20 Leadership Camp @ DaySpring
August 9-11 VBS @ the Cathedral
September 15 Saturday Acolyte Festival
September 23 CanoEucharist
All Upcoming Events at the Cathedral
Time for Leisure and Renewal — And Lots of Summer Activities
Justin Walker, Youth Minister
Well, another school year is almost done. And while we could not be more excited for everything to come in the next few months, we also want to take some time to rest and reflect on the year we’ve had. Let’s turn to Page 825 of the Prayer Book!
“O God, in the course of this busy life, give us times of refreshment and peace; and grant that we may so use our leisure to rebuild our bodies and renew our minds, that our spirits may be opened to the goodness of your creation, through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.”
We invite you to join the youth of the Cathedral in some time for leisure and play this summer through various offerings here and around the diocese. At the Cathedral, we are looking forward to various service projects and planning workshops for late summer and fall activities, including Vacation Bible School, the Acolyte Festival, another “CanoEucharist,” and other ministry events with the deanery and diocese.
Wait — weren’t we talking about leisure time and renewal? Of course, which is why these projects and workshops will not be in the youth office but out in the community and around the diocese. Who says we can’t discuss Acolyte Festival workshops and plan fall ministry events on a Rainbow River float trip or a day trip to watch a shuttle launch?
Around the diocese we will also have opportunities to intersect play and ministry, beginning with summer camps at DaySpring! Summer camps are open to children Last fall’s CanoEucharist was so much fun, we’ll do it again this summer.
Camps run from June 5 to July 20, with each session lasting about five days. They offer activities such as kayaking, paddleboarding, canoeing, low and high ropes courses, arts and crafts, games, sports, archery, and environmental adventure.” Several Cathedral staff members will serve during different sessions this summer. Children’s Minister Emily Walker will serve as lay chaplain during the Middle School Camp from June 10 to 15, and Youth Minister Justin Walker will serve as the lay chaplain during Leadership Camp from July 15 to 20. For details and registration information, Summer camp brochures are available on the information table in the Narthex. Lastly, we want all children and youth to be able to experience these ministry opportunities, which Camp Director Greg Randall says are often times when “God’s love for us and among us becomes easier to sense.” Scholarships for summer camps are possible through the ECW’s new Adopt-A-Camper program and the Cathedral’s Jim Budd Youth Fund. Please see Justin for more details about these camps or how you can assist with camp scholarships.
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.
BIG THANKS for the Senior High Baccalaureate
This year we started what we hope to be a new tradition in the Diocese--a Senior High Baccalaureate open to all graduating students in the Diocese. This collaborative ministry service celebrated the accomplishments of graduating high school seniors and connected them with university chaplains, clergy and youth leaders in the areas where they will live the following year(s). University chaplains and representatives from FSU, UF, USF, SCF, FGCU and others were present for the Baccalaureate service and luncheon. During lunch, they shared opportunities for students to engage in various ministries as well as initiate relationships for a strong and supportive future.
Click here to read an article in the Tampa Bay Times about one of the youth at the Cathedral (Connor Carlisle) & the way he spreads joy with family & friends.
ABOVE: Youth Lock-Ins at the Cathedral (Deanery & Diocese invited)
ABOVE Youth Events: Ice Skating, Baseball with the Bishop, CanoEucharist, Painting & Paintball, Noche de Velitas
BELOW: YLT Youth Leadership Team in the Diocese
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.