Youth Opportunities

Youth in grade 4 and up serve as acolytes at the second Sunday Eucharist 10:30 a.m. Acolytes lead the processions into and out of the church, carrying a processional cross, torches, and flags. Training and ongoing mentoring are provided, and a highlight of the year for many acolytes is the Diocesan Acolyte Festival at St. Andrew’s-by-the-Sea in Nags Head each spring. This years festival is April 29-30, 2016. Contact Ray Harris @wrharris@hubbell.com or 919-738-4857.

Acolytes

Youth in grade 4 and up serve as acolytes at the second Sunday Eucharist, 10:30 a.m.  Acolytes lead the processions into and out of the church, carrying a processional cross, torches, and flags. Training and ongoing mentoring are provided, and a highlight of the year for many acolytes is the Diocesan Acolyte Festival at St. Andrew’s-by-the-Sea in Nags Head each spring. This years festival is April 29-30, 2016. Contact Ray Harris @wrharris@hubbell.com or 919-738-4857.

Youth Choir

Youth are welcome to join our Schola Nova choir, which usually sings monthly at the second service. Rehearsals are on Wednesdays. Contact organist/director of music Marshall Foster for more information. marshallfoster@gmail.com Children’s choirs are finished for this season and will resume after Labor Day, 2016.

Confirmation

Our bishop visits St. Stephen’s every other year, and this is the usual time parishioners are confirmed. Youth who were baptized as children are offered classes to prepare them to make what the Book of Common Prayer calls “a mature public affirmation of their faith and commitment to the responsibilities of their Baptism” (p. 412). The next time our bishop will visit St. Stephen’s is yet to be decided. For more information, contact the clergy.

Happening & New Beginnings

These are diocesan programs for youth in grades 6-8 (New Beginnings) and 9-12 (Happening). Each is a weekend program designed to respond to the unique challenges and concerns of youth and to help them grow in their faith and their love of Jesus. Both programs include youth from across the diocese, lots of fun and music, and all at our beautiful ocean-side Trinity Center. Happening is led by youth who have already participated in Happening, assisted by clergy and adult leaders; New Beginnings is led by a team of adults and youth.

Happening is scheduled twice a year (fall and spring). Click here for the online application and additional information. The next Happening #68 will be held October 21-23 , 2016.

New Beginnings is usually scheduled once a year in the spring. This event is by Parish Registration, individual registration forms are not accepted for this event. New Beginnings #51 will be held at Trinity Center April 8-10, 2016. Check with Jimmy Jeffreys for more information and find out how you can register either you or you child. Parish registration requires at least one adult for every 6 young people. Please remember if you are bringing both males and females to an event, the adult leadership you bring should reflect this as well. (DATE PENDING FOR 2017)