St Paul's Youth Ministry
SPY News and Events
Sr. SPY (Grades 9-12) Winter Retreat -- February 26-28, 2016, Mont Lawn Camp and Retreat Center in the Poconos
Join the Sr. SPY youth (Current Grades 9-12) for a wonderful weekend in the Poconos at a beautiful camp with many amenities. Snow tubing and ice skating (weather permitting),
gym with rock wall, hiking, bonfire, etc. The theme this year is My Body, My Spirit: Responsible Decision Making based on Galatians 5:16-23! Friends are invited! The cost is $50 per person and includes meals on Saturday and Sunday. Bring snacks to share! We will be leaving after school on Friday and returning early Sunday afternoon. Deadline to sign-up is Wednesday, February 10. Online Registration here and St Paul's Medical Release and Waiver (see button below) is needed.
Here are Nick Z.'s memories of this retreat from 2013: "On the retreat, it was a lot of fun. We went to the gym and played a large dodgeball game, some basketball games, and went on a hike. There was a bonfire that we sat around, and the endless hot chocolate and cookies definitely added to the experience. While having fun, I was able to have meaningful conversations about issues that are prevalent in both my college and during my high school life. At the time, this was my first event with St. Paul's Youth Group. I didn’t know what to expect, but I’m glad I went because I felt accepted, got to know people, and had a good time. I would definitely encourage you to go!"
Nick Z., First Year Student at Seton Hall University
Sign Up By Clicking Here :
Sr. SPY Summer Mission Trip; Bethesda, Ohio--July 10-16, 2016
Teens (Current Grades 9-12) and their friends are invited to register for this summer's SOWER mission trip to Bethesda, Ohio. This trip (July 10-16) offers opportunities to work with local children during a Vacation Bible School program or participate in hands-on construction work. No experience is necessary!
Want to hear more? Here is what Nicole T. had to say about her experience on this trip in the summer of 2013: "A few summers ago, I was lucky enough to travel to Bethesda, Ohio, where our youth group spent a week re-siding houses, painting, gardening, building decks, and doing just about any other home improvement that one could think of. That may sound like a lot of work, but it was most definitely one of the most rewarding experiences that anyone could have. I remember the trip as if it was yesterday, and many of the activities that we fit into the week made it even more memorable. The amazing thing about this youth group is how welcoming and positive it is, and that was reflected in all of the hard work that the members put in when we were at the houses. I am actually not a member of the church myself, but my very good friend Sarah is. I had been to some events prior to the trip, and she was the one who told me about it. It sounded like it would be a lot of fun, and it lived up to my expectations. The thing about these trips is that you can be an avid member, or just a friend, and you will be welcomed as if you had been coming all your life.
Another really great thing about the trip was some of the devotions that we had the opportunity of doing. In the early morning we went out into this opening in the woods and had a really meaningful service. Between the candle lighting and fresh air, I can honestly say it was one of my favorite parts of the trip. In between working, all of us would hang out in the main hall, just playing cards or bonding with the other members. Overall, I would honestly recommend the trip to anyone. Being able to help out a community that is less fortunate was one of the best things I have ever done. It is such an enlightening experience, and I remember even making friends with some of the adorable little girls who lived in the community while we worked. Yes, you might have to get down and dirty (like crawling under a porch to rip out siding), or even be assigned the task of balancing on a roof to repaint (which is actually a lot of fun). Either way, that trip was one I will never forget, and it is something I promise you that you will not regret going on."
Nicole T, 12th Grade, Central Bucks High School East
Online registration is open here: http://www.doylestownlutheran.org/shyg-sign-up-form
Upcoming Service Opportunities for Youth!
Need service hours? Here are two upcoming opportunities:
The annual Congregational Meeting and Breakfast will be held on February 7th, and youth help is needed to serve and clean up, and also to donate food items. Sign Up here:
Lenten Soup Suppers and Services begin on February 17 and run through March 16. Sign up here to help serve and clean up, or to donate soup, salad or dessert: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e094aaba823aa8-lenten
St Paul's Lutheran Church Youth Program
Wednesday Nights Throughout the School Year from 7:00 to 8:30pm--Sr. High Youth Group and Pizza Dinner for Grades 9-12, and Confirmation Classes and Pizza Dinner for Grades 7-8. Fun events also run throughout the year--summer Mission Trips, weekend retreats, community service activities and group outings.
Sunday School--Every Sunday Morning Throughout the School Year at 9:30am
- Senior High (Grades 9-12): Taught by our Director of Youth Ministry, Karen Wurster, our engaging Sr. High class welcomes a large group of teens to discuss current life topics related to faith. We meet in the Youth Room on the ground floor. You are always welcome....come even if you haven't been able to come for a while.... Friends are always welcome too!
- Grades 7-8: Led by a team of inspired, caring teachers, the 7-8 grade program complements the Confirmation program, so that the two programs together cover a comprehensive scope. Grade 7 focuses on the Old Testament, while Grade 8 centers on New Testament stories. It is not necessary to be a confirmation student to participate--come anytime! Grade 7 meets in Room F and Grade 8 in Room A/B.