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YOUTH MINISTRY

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What is EYC?

Youth ministry at St. John's serves youth in grades 6 through 12 through worship, service, giving, loving, learning, and praying! Our ministry is led by The Rev. Richard Clark, Associate Rector for Youth Ministry, and Rachel Shelton, our Youth Minister; but more importantly- a team of 13 volunteers who work to meet the needs of the youth who participate in our EYC program on a weekly basis.

About Youth Min

Community

The first element of our youth program is the sense of community and Christian fellowship created in our weekly EYC meetings. While much of our time together is spent in fun and laughter, we also create a nurturing environment in which our youth learn to share and express the love of Christ to one another. We extend our Christian fellowship to any youth, regardless of their denomination, so that all who come may feel welcome and see Christ in action. We prioritize fellowship and relationships between students by hosting fun events, going on retreats, and bringing youth outside of their comfort zones. We also value leader/student relationships so that youth feel as though they have an adult that they trust + can help guide them on their faith journey, even beyond their senior year!

 

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Faith

The second element of our youth program is the spiritual development of the individual through worship, service, Bible study, and Christian education. Our nightly programming offers a time of devotion, a lesson, and response in small groups. Our youth serve St. John’s as acolytes, chalice bearers, members of the choir and bell choir, youth leaders in diocesan events, and as delegates to the diocesan convention. Youth also serve as Junior Advisors, on our Design Teams, The Vestry of St. John's, and on our Youth Committee as well. Through these activities, students have the opportunity to experience God’s call and love in their own lives.

 

“Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young; be an example to all believers in what you teach, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.” 1 Timothy 4:12

Service

The final element of our youth program is the service and mission work that our youth do locally, nationally, and even internationally. From serving our local church, people in our community, our state, and even our annual Fill the Bowl Event where last year we raised over 30,000 dollars to feed children in Tanzania through Thrive Global, formerly The Lunch Project. Our students recognize the needs of others and always jump at the opportunity to help out where they can (while having a lot of fun along the way!)

This coming summer we will be heading to Belize for an overseas mission trip- our first one back since Covid. We are so excited for this new aspect of our ministry! Please reach out if you would like more information on this trip!

 

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A letter from RACHEL

Wow! Gearing up for another year together! I want to start out by saying thank you to everyone who makes this ministry possible- we would not be able to make EYC happen without the help from our volunteers + parents, who give, serve, drive, listen and pray. This summer has been full of planning for what I expect to be an amazing semester together. At the conclusion of the spring semester, the beach trip, I finally saw the fruit of our labors during the year. Students were branching out beyond their typical friend-groups, students were bonding with their advisors on new levels, and asking deeper questions than I have heard all year. As you all know, we have a wonderful group of students, full of energy + great ideas that should be celebrated. EYC is a place for them to be safe, learn about themselves and their faith, and to grow up knowing that they have people in their corner who support them, no matter what. That is why we do what we do.

As someone who grew up in the Church and attended youth group all of my life, I thought that I was comfortable in who I was and who Jesus is but when you get to college + your young adult life (and I'm sure beyond) you rely so heavily on what you were taught in places like youth groups and you rely on those people who helped you along the way! That is why I do what I do, because I know what others did for me. I also know what Jesus did for me and when you know that, there's no other response but to worship. We hope to give students a space to do so, on their level. Always encouraging them to ask questions, dive deeper, press in, serve others, get to know those around them, and have a little fun along the way!

Rachel Shelton, Youth Minister
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A letter from RICH

This Fall begins another full and exciting year at St. John's EYC.  EYC stands for Episcopal Youth Community.  SJEYC ’22-23 offers more fun and opportunities for us to grow as a beloved community of youth and adults who work with youth, living and reflecting our Christian hope and life together in Charlotte.  

 

Our understanding of God’s love for us, as well as our love of God and each other, begins to blossom in September, grows tall during Fall, matures warmly during Winter, and bears lasting fruit in our lives during Spring as school winds out and Summer begins. Youth do not need to be a member of St. John’s or be an Episcopalian to attend EYC, so invite classmates and friends who want to have fun and be part of a faith community with fellowship, learning, and Christian love.  Our first Fall Sunday of EYC will be Sunday, September 18 at 6PM.

 

Great things are going to happen at SJEYC '23-24...so come as y'all are!  It's so much fun being together, engaging in faith.

 

In Christ,

Rich+

  • EYC- A CHANGED PERSPECTIVE: OBEDIENCE
    EYC- A CHANGED PERSPECTIVE: OBEDIENCE
    Sun, Mar 03
    Charlotte
    Mar 03, 2024, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
    Charlotte, 1623 Carmel Rd, Charlotte, NC 28226, USA
    Mar 03, 2024, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
    Charlotte, 1623 Carmel Rd, Charlotte, NC 28226, USA
  • EYC- A CHANGED PERSPECTIVE: UNITED
    EYC- A CHANGED PERSPECTIVE: UNITED
    Sun, Mar 10
    Charlotte
    Mar 10, 2024, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
    Charlotte, 1623 Carmel Rd, Charlotte, NC 28226, USA
    Mar 10, 2024, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
    Charlotte, 1623 Carmel Rd, Charlotte, NC 28226, USA
  • EYC- A CHANGED PERSPECTIVE: SUFFERING
    EYC- A CHANGED PERSPECTIVE: SUFFERING
    Sun, Mar 17
    Charlotte
    Mar 17, 2024, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
    Charlotte, 1623 Carmel Rd, Charlotte, NC 28226, USA
    Mar 17, 2024, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
    Charlotte, 1623 Carmel Rd, Charlotte, NC 28226, USA
  • PARTY WITH A PURPOSE!
    PARTY WITH A PURPOSE!
    Sat, Mar 23
    Charlotte
    Mar 23, 2024, 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM
    Charlotte, 1623 Carmel Rd, Charlotte, NC 28226, USA
    Mar 23, 2024, 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM
    Charlotte, 1623 Carmel Rd, Charlotte, NC 28226, USA
  • EYC- A REAL CONNECTION: BIBLE
    EYC- A REAL CONNECTION: BIBLE
    Sun, Apr 07
    Charlotte
    Apr 07, 2024, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
    Charlotte, 1623 Carmel Rd, Charlotte, NC 28226, USA
    Apr 07, 2024, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
    Charlotte, 1623 Carmel Rd, Charlotte, NC 28226, USA
  • EYC- A REAL CONNECTION: PRAYER
    EYC- A REAL CONNECTION: PRAYER
    Sun, Apr 14
    Charlotte
    Apr 14, 2024, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
    Charlotte, 1623 Carmel Rd, Charlotte, NC 28226, USA
    Apr 14, 2024, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
    Charlotte, 1623 Carmel Rd, Charlotte, NC 28226, USA
  • EYC- A REAL CONNECTION: COMMUNION
    EYC- A REAL CONNECTION: COMMUNION
    Sun, Apr 21
    Charlotte
    Apr 21, 2024, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
    Charlotte, 1623 Carmel Rd, Charlotte, NC 28226, USA
    Apr 21, 2024, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
    Charlotte, 1623 Carmel Rd, Charlotte, NC 28226, USA
  • EYC- A COMPELLING LIFESTYLE: WITNESS
    EYC- A COMPELLING LIFESTYLE: WITNESS
    Sun, May 05
    Charlotte
    May 05, 2024, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
    Charlotte, 1623 Carmel Rd, Charlotte, NC 28226, USA
    May 05, 2024, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
    Charlotte, 1623 Carmel Rd, Charlotte, NC 28226, USA
  • St. John's "Youth Sunday!"
    St. John's "Youth Sunday!"
    Sun, May 12
    Charlotte
    May 12, 2024, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Charlotte, 1623 Carmel Rd, Charlotte, NC 28226, USA
    May 12, 2024, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Charlotte, 1623 Carmel Rd, Charlotte, NC 28226, USA
    Mark your Calendars!
  • EYC SENIOR NIGHT!
    EYC SENIOR NIGHT!
    Sun, May 12
    Charlotte
    May 12, 2024, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
    Charlotte, 1623 Carmel Rd, Charlotte, NC 28226, USA
    May 12, 2024, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
    Charlotte, 1623 Carmel Rd, Charlotte, NC 28226, USA
    Come celebrate our 2024 Seniors!
  • MIDDLE SCHOOL RETREAT
    MIDDLE SCHOOL RETREAT
    Fri, May 17
    LAKE NORMAN!
    May 17, 2024, 5:00 PM – May 19, 2024, 1:00 PM
    LAKE NORMAN!, Lake Norman, North Carolina, USA
    May 17, 2024, 5:00 PM – May 19, 2024, 1:00 PM
    LAKE NORMAN!, Lake Norman, North Carolina, USA
  • HIGH SCHOOL RETREAT
    HIGH SCHOOL RETREAT
    Fri, May 24
    Wrightsville Beach
    May 24, 2024, 5:00 PM – May 27, 2024, 1:00 PM
    Wrightsville Beach, Wrightsville Beach, NC, USA
    May 24, 2024, 5:00 PM – May 27, 2024, 1:00 PM
    Wrightsville Beach, Wrightsville Beach, NC, USA
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