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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 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.”   I 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 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
  • Belize Mission Team "Commissioning"
    Belize Mission Team "Commissioning"
    Sun, Jul 07
    Charlotte
    Jul 07, 2024, 10:15 AM – 12:00 PM
    Charlotte, 1623 Carmel Rd, Charlotte, NC 28226, USA
    Jul 07, 2024, 10:15 AM – 12:00 PM
    Charlotte, 1623 Carmel Rd, Charlotte, NC 28226, USA
    Join us on July 7th during the 10:15 AM service to send off our Mission Team to Belize! Following the service, we invite you to join us as we host “Treats in Tilson” where you can hear more about our upcoming trip and send the team off with love!
  • Summer EYC Outing!
    Summer EYC Outing!
    Sat, Aug 10
    Mooresville
    Aug 10, 2024, 2:30 PM – 8:00 PM
    Mooresville, 1261 Oakridge Farm Hwy, Mooresville, NC 28115, USA
    Aug 10, 2024, 2:30 PM – 8:00 PM
    Mooresville, 1261 Oakridge Farm Hwy, Mooresville, NC 28115, USA
    Join us for our August EYC summer event, open swim at Carrigan Farms! We will leave from the church at 2:30 PM on Saturday- our "swim time" is 3:45-sunset and then we will return! Food will be available to purchase on site. The menu can be found below.
  • EYC Treats in Tilson (on the front lawn!)
    EYC Treats in Tilson (on the front lawn!)
    Sun, Sep 08
    Charlotte
    Sep 08, 2024, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
    Charlotte, 1623 Carmel Rd, Charlotte, NC 28226, USA
    Sep 08, 2024, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
    Charlotte, 1623 Carmel Rd, Charlotte, NC 28226, USA
    Join us as we celebrate our Youth Ministry- come catch up, grab your new EYC calendar, and hangout with us! This is always such a fun day to show off what we do to the STJE congregation + to get excited about the upcoming programming year! See you there!
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