Our Youth Ministry
"I will pour out my spirit on all flesh. Your sons and daughters will
prophesy and your young men shall see visions." --Joel 2:28
"Churched Kids Have A Better Chance..."
Yes, that's what we believe at St. Paul United Church of Christ, Taylor. Christian Education for youth is a special concern and priority at St. Paul United Church of Christ. Our ministry for youth seeks to deepen their understanding of the "cost and joy" of Christian discipleship. Our youth programs emphasize that the freedom God gives us for living comes with the responsibility to use that freedom in caring, compassionate ways that help others.
Confirmation at St. Paul United Church of Christ is a "A Time for Wings". The two year study program prepares young people for life ahead, as well as adult participation in our congregation. Open to 8th and 9th grade students, the confirmation classes are held September through April on Wednesday evenings, 7-8:15 p.m. and on Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m. The Wednesday evening classes are taught by the senior pastor; the Sunday morning classes by a Sunday School teacher. The Minister of Christian Education provides support and assistance for special Confirmation Class programs and projects. Bible study, the history of the church, and personal discipleship are all emphasized as a part of confirmation learning. A "Guide to Confirmation" for Youth and Parents more provides additional information about the confirmation process at St. Paul United Church.
Sunday School Grades 6 -12
Young people from grades 6-12 meet at 10:30 a.m. in downstairs and upstairs classrooms every Sunday, following thoughtfully selected or prepared study curriculums, as well as to discuss issues of special concern to them as young Christians. The classes are led by adult teachers and advisors. Currently, the 6th and 7th grade classes meets in the downstairs parlor, adjoining the West Lobby. The 8th and 9th grade class and the 10-12th grade class meet in adjoining upstairs classrooms which can be best reached using the West Lobby staircase.
Young Adult Sunday School Class
Many young adults at St. Paul United Church of Christ attend local colleges and universities as commuters after high school graduation or already have jobs in the area. Continuing friendships forged in earlier Sunday School classes, they meet for a young adult class on Sunday mornings, September through June, at 10:30 a.m. Newcomers are welcomed.
The St. Paul Youth Fellowship usually meets twice per month for special programs and activities, many held immediately after the 10:30 a.m. worship service. The Youth Yak, a youth newsletter, is published monthly and keeps our youth alerted to upcoming events. Among the highlights of Youth Fellowship activities are a winter and summer overnight "lock-in" at the church. All youth in grades 6 - 12 are encouraged to attend fellowship gatherings.