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Youth Ministry Overview
Over the years, Church of the Redeemer has provided spiritual formation for junior and senior high youth. Several adult members of our parish grew up in the youth group and continue to be part of Redeemer. We take seriously our baptismal vow to “seek and serve Christ in all people”, especially our youth and we strive to create a positive environment where youth can feel free to explore their role in God’s kingdom and ask questions that are important to faith through a variety of events and opportunities. Youth are encouraged to bring their friends to any and all activities sponsored by Church of the Redeemer.  View the current Youth Ministry Brochure for details about the exciting opportunities planned for youth.

The Redeemer clergy, staff and lay leaders have been gathering information for a thoughtful and solid youth program for the fall of 2011. Our intention is to have a youth program aligned with the vision of Worship, Mission & Fellowship for the Church of the Redeemer as a whole. Your gifts and contributions to our youth are critical to bringing these programs to fruition.

Click here for a copy of the Youth Minitries section of the 2014 Annual Report.


 

Youth Prepare for Mission Trip

City Camp at St. Gabriel’s

By Melissa Wilcox

Part of our Redeemer Youth Program involves mission trips. In past summers, we have traveled to the Dominican Republic and run a Spanish-speaking Vacation Bible School for under-served children in San Pedro De Macoris. This year, our youth felt called to serve Philadelphia children through our diocese’s City Camp Program.

For the week of June 28 -July 3, our youth and chaperones will serve as camp counselors at St. Gabriel’s Parish in the Olney neighborhood of Philadelphia. The City Camp program opens its doors, quite literally, to children who would otherwise be stuck inside and at home during the summer. Children from the neighborhood pour into the church for four weeks. They are given a safe, clean, and fun place to play and learn. Our youth will assist with sports, arts and crafts, and water play, while pouring bug juice and wiping up popsicle spills. They will also help by teaching Bible stories and sharing God’s love for all of creation with the children of the neighborhood.

Please join us in praying for our youth as they undertake this important ministry at St. Gabriel’s Church, 101 E. Roosevelt Boulevard, Philadelphia.

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City Camp Fundraising Dinner Report

Many thanks to all those who made our Taste of St. Gabe’s a rousing success. We had 47 attendees, over fifteen youth chefs and servers, and guests from the diocese and from St. Gabriel’s parish. We raised enough money to sponsor the camp for the week we will volunteer. Special thanks to Jan Clarke, Stephen Cadwalader, Carol Chew, Bill Susskind, and David Randolph.

City Camp Mission Trip Summer 2015

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Youth Plan Mission Trip

Will participate with City Camp at St. Gabe’s

This year our high school youth are going to try a new kind of mission trip: one that is in our own backyard. Under the umbrella of our existing relationship with St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church in the Olney section of Philadelphia, our Redeemer families and chaperones will be volunteering at the Diocese of Pennsylvania’s City Camp. City Camp is a diocese-wide program that runs in the summer at various churches. It provides fun, safe, and recreational activities for children who need them.

Our youth are looking forward to bringing their own interests to the team of volunteers. Some of our young people are particularly adept with a baseball, others favor art, and drama. Several of our adult chaperones have extensive experience running Vacation Bible School and leading arts and crafts activities. All of us resolve to participate in a meaningful way.

We look forward to strengthening our ties to St. Gabriel’s as we learn how to be the hands and feet of the church in our City of Brotherly Love.

This opportunity is open to ALL in the parish, not just youth group members and leaders. If you are interested in participating, please let us know by using the online signup here.

Middle School Programs
(Grades 6-8)

Middle School parents click here for Melissa Wilcox's welcome letter for 2014-15 academic season.

Rite 13
Rite 13 will be the Sunday morning formation program focusing on the liminal state between being a child and a young adult in the church. The program includes engaging scripture, liturgy, and mission in a format that is conducive to fellowship. The program culminates in the yearly Lock-In and Rite 13 liturgy with parents.

What gifts can you bring to this ministry? 

Sabbath Time
The skills of wonder, joy, and reflection often begin in play and fellowship. Through some playful gatherings, young folks might experience the gifts of imagination, fascination, relaxation, and re-creation as tenets of a faithful life. We invite you to be creative and see what you might like to offer.

Click here for a copy of Rebecca Northington's letter about Sabbath Time this season, 2014-15.


   

 

 

 

High School Programs
(Grades 9-12)

High School parents click here for Melissa Wilcox's welcome letter for 2014-15 academic season.

Mission
Our Sunday morning program will be centered on putting faith into action through mission. The young people have expressed their desire to do and to be collaborative. We will rotate having mission projects with fellowship time. Our youth will work side by side with adults who are already engaged in mission in the parish. In so doing, our youth will have a chance to taste the myriad mission projects we support in this parish. On the fellowship Sundays they will continue to build their friendships in Christ. The culmination of the program will be the summer Mission Trip to the Dominican Republic. Planning for the trip, fund raising, and community building will take place as an integral component of the program. There will be a kick-off gathering in the fall to explain the program.

Fellowship
Progressive Spirituality—This program will be a monthly Sunday dinner at a local restaurant with Redeemer clergy. This is a chance for our youth to discuss their questions, their curiosities, their faith. It is also a great time for those who missed the Sunday morning gatherings to be present. The group will pick the restaurant each month (vote for your choice below), and all high school aged students are invited to come. This is also a great opportunity to invite friends from outside of church as it will have a relaxed, convivial atmosphere.


 

Rite 13 Lock-in
Photos from the Rite 13 Parish Lock-in, May 2012
Progressive Spirituality is a part of this year's high school youth program. Here are photos from the first gathering at Bertucci's on September 25
2012 Youth Mission Dinner
The high school youth presented the 24th Annual Festive Evening Dinner, this year to raise funds to support their mission trip to the Dominican Republic this summer. Fabulous fellowship, scruptuous food and auction of talents highlighted the evening
Mentored for Mission is part of the high school youth proram this year. Here are photos from the first session of cooking for Food for Friends. This session provided 80 meals for those in need.
Photos from Mentored for Mission October 30, 2011 cooking for Food for Friends
Youth Program Calendar
Church of the Redeemer - 230 Pennswood Road - Bryn Mawr, PA 19010