St. Mark’s is committed to bringing all people to a transformative relationship with Christ, through diverse and creative worship, education, and ministry. This is clearly evident in the Youth Ministry program. Through weekly programming and numerous events throughout the year we seek to create an inclusive, hospitable, compassionate, and nurturing community where youth from all backgrounds share relationships that can grow into the full stature of Christ. They will be empowered for ministry in their daily life; and by practicing mutual accountability through creative Christian formation programs, participate meaningfully in ministries, missions, and outreach in the San Antonio community and beyond.
Wednesday Night Fellowship (WNF)
Wednesday Night Fellowship is for youth in 6th-12th grade and meets each Wednesday during the program year from 6.15-7.45pm in the Youth Suite. Come to a safe place where you can be yourself, be the Episcopal church now, and have a blast with other youth. Dinner will begin at 6.15pm in the Youth Suite, provided by Café Kairos. Our discussion and worship hour will start at 6.45pm.
Hot Topics is our Wednesday Night topic-based curriculum for youth which examines controversial topics from multiple perspectives over a four-week period. At the beginning of the semester the youth selected the topics Environment, Equality, Body & Mental Health. We will discuss the facts, what our faith says about the topic, how we think we should respond, and then respond to these topics through service. For the Fall semester we will cover the topics for these dates:
Environment (Sept 13-Oct 4)
Mental Health (Oct 11-Nov 1)
Body (Nov 8-Dec 20, except Nov 22)
Making it Real and Relevant
Making it Real and Relevant is a curriculum that follows the three-year cycle found in the Revised Common Lectionary. All 6th - 12th graders come together every Sunday morning during the formation hour in the Youth Suite. We will utilize music, movies, and videos to bring the lectionary to life.
Youth Confirmation is for 8th graders and any high school students who would like to be confirmed. The class will meet for 12 weeks throughout the winter and spring during the 10.10am formation hour. The Rev. Carol Morehead and The Rev. Matt Wise will teach and lead conversations on topics including: church history, the sacraments, becoming a young adult, the community of the church, and living a life of faith. Students are allowed to miss only two classes. Class dates for 2018 are as follows: January 14, 21, 28, February 4, 18, 25, March 4, 11, April 8, 15, and 22. Students will be expected to participate in the Day of Prayer and Service on Sunday, March 18 and in a dinner with the Bishop during the week prior to confirmation. Confirmation will be held on the Feast of St. Mark Celebration Sunday during the 9.00am Eucharist on Sunday, April 29. For more information, please contact Meredith Rogers at .
30 Hour Famine
Friday, October 27-Saturday, October 28
Poverty and hunger are a daily reality for children and families in vulnerable communities today, just as they were in Jesus' day. With so much need in the world, it can be easy to wonder if there's anything you can do to actually make a difference. The good news is that you can. By choosing to be a part of the 30 Hour Famine, you can experience the joy of helping children and families in some of the world's hardest places...and the joy of being a part of the first step to a hunger-free world. Register for the 30 Hour Famine online.
12.00pm Friday - participants will have the last meal until Saturday, I recommend you make it a hearty one!
5.00pm Friday - we will meet at St. Mark's, to begin the retreat together.
5.00pm Saturday - our weekend will conclude with a celebratory Eucharist and potluck.
What to Bring:
-Bedding; Pillow/Sleeping Bag and air mattress if you need. (We will be staying at St. Mark's)
-T-Shirts and shorts; comfortable clothes that you won't have problems getting dirty for our service project
-Toiletries: Soap, shampoo, personal hygiene items
-Medications. Please check in with Meredith if you are bringing any medications.