Youth Ministry (Grades 6-12)


Trinity welcomes the gifts and talents of young people! Trinity Episcopal Youth Ministry is open to all who seek Christ or a deeper connection to Christ. To reach out or to receive weekly event updates from the Associate Rector for Youth Ministry, contact Mother Jane-Allison Wiggin-Nettles at or 504 295 1375.

Depending on grade level, there are multiple ways for youth to connect at Trinity. See below for Acolytes, Confirmation, Cyber Seniors, Rite 13 for Grades 6 - 8, High School Youth Group, The Bake In, and Diocesan Events.

Worship: Acolytes, Readers, and Greeters

The Acolyte program at Trinity Church is a vibrant ministry for our youth beginning in the 3rd Grade. Acolytes recognize their service as an offering to God and an important contribution to the spiritual life of the congregation. To join this ministry, contact the acolyte coordinator, Carrie Lewis at, or the Vergers, Audra Ryes and Mary Sutton To sign up for Acolyte Training September 8th or any Sunday, use the Sign Up Genius Page.

Readers are responsible for making the Living Word heard. Contact coordinator Carrie Wright at with questions or for assistance in signing up.

Do you have the gift of hospitality? Greeting is a fun way to serve together as a family, warmly welcoming newcomers and visitors to Trinity. Contact Rev. Kit McLean at to learn more.

Formation: Rite 13 and Youth Group

Rite 13 Grades 6- 8

The Journey to Adulthood curriculum begins with Rite 13, which gets its name from an important recognition in front of the church after a young person’s 13th birthday.

The middle school years are often full of growth and change. Rite 13 is a wonderful opportunity to feel deeply rooted at church, prayed for, encouraged, and connected to peers from multiple schools. This community is mentored by Curt Flournoy, Karrie Hovis, and Callie Taylor, and organized by Mother Jane-Allison Wiggin-Nettles.

Rite 13 meets every Sunday except First Sundays and school holidays. Sundays, from 10:15 am-11:15 am (like Godly Play), youth meet together as the Rite 13 class at the Molly’s House youth building and join for Holy Eucharist in the church.

First Sundays are an opportunity to attend the First Sunday breakfast, parish hall forum, and be active in worship, serving as acolytes, readers, greeters, and other roles. Most First Sundays in the afternoon, the class meets together in the Molly’s House youth building from 3:30pm-5:00pm. Molly’s House is located across from the chapel at 2119 Coliseum Street.

Text @TriRite13 to 81010 to receive event reminders through the Remind App.

Sep 8th First Class 10:15 am-11:15 am
Sep 8th First Afternoon 3:30 pm-5:00 pm
Sep 15th 10:15 am -11:15 am
Sep 22nd 10:15 am-11:15 am
Sep 29th 10:15 am-11:15 am

Oct 6th First Rite 13 Liturgy @10:30 am service
Oct 6th Afternoon 3:30 pm-5:oo pm
Oct 13 10:15 am-11:15 am
Oct 20 10:15 am-11:15 am
Oct 27 10:15 am-11:15 am
Oct 27 Afternoon Monster Mash Party time TBD

Nov 3rd No class, available to acolyte
Nov 3rd Afternoon 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Nov 10th 10:15 am-11:15 am
Nov 17th 10:15 am-11:15 am
Nov 24th 10:15 am-11:15 am
Nov 29th No class, available to acolyte

Dec 1st No class, available to acolyte
Dec 1st Afternoon 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Dec 8th 10:15 am-11:15 am
Dec 15th 10:15 am-11:15 am
Dec 22nd 10:15 am-11:15 am
Dec 22nd It's Almost Christmas Party 3:30 pm -5:00 pm
Dec 29th No class, available to acolyte

High School Youth Group Grades 8 - 12

Text @UptownEYC to 81010 to receive youth group reminders through the Remind App.

Trinity hosts all of our uptown Episcopal churches: Chapel of the Holy Spirit, Christ Church Cathedral, Church of the Annunciation, St. Andrew’s, and St. George’s, for combined high school youth group. We meet once a month at Molly’s House, our youth building, at 2119 Coliseum Street. Arrival is 5:30 pm for dinner and departure is 7:30 pm. Come as you are and bring friends!

High School Youth Group Schedule

August 25th 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
September 22nd 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
October 27th 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
November 17th 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
December 22nd 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Confirmation is the sacramental rite in which the candidates "express a mature commitment to Christ, and receive strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop" (BCP, p. 860). Youth in 9th Grade and older who wish to learn more about this sacrament and make the commitment to prepare for it should contact Mother Jane-Allison Wiggin-Nettles via this form. Confirmation class dates have not been set yet. Text @TriConfirm to 81010 to receive Confirmation reminders through the Remind App.

In addition to classes, confirmands

1) Must have already been baptized, whether in an Episcopal Church or in another denomination
2) Are active in worship, formation, and service at Trinity
3) Have a sponsor who has already been confirmed or is also being confirmed
3) Attend the diocesan Happening retreat August 16-18 or March 20-22
4) Attend a service retreat such as The Bake In November 22-24 or the Martin Luther King Jr Day of Action January 20th

Service: Cyber Seniors, The Bake In, MLK Jr Day of Action

Cyber Seniors

Building relationships between generations is intentional. Cyber Seniors are youth who volunteer twice a month to offer free smartphone and technology assistance. Anyone can come with questions after the 10:30 am service ends to the school library, next to the parish hall, to receive 1:1 help. Parishioners do not need to make appointments in advance. Teenagers interested in volunteering should sign up here and inquire about service hours.

Upcoming Cyber Seniors Sundays: September 8th and 15th, October 6th and 13th, November 3rd and 10th, December 1st and 8th, January 12th, February 2nd and 9th, March 1st and 8th, April 5th, May 3rd and 10th

The Bake In Friday November 22nd-Sunday November 24th

The Bake In is a very popular event. Registration is not yet open. See below for prerequisite details. There will be 25 spots available for Rite 13/6th - 8th Grades.
There will be 25 spots available for High School Youth Group/9th-12th Grades.

The First Bake In Meeting September 15th is for the oldest Grateful Bakers, Grades 9-12, and begins with a service project with Loaves and Fishes. Following the 10:30 am service, gather in Bishops Hall to assemble sandwiches and sort toiletries. Please bring travel sized deodorant, bodywash, or shampoo with you to donate. Ice cream social to follow at Molly’s House until 3:00pm. This is the first opportunity of many to hear about Bake In plans.

Bake In Chaperones Needed. If you plan on attending the Bake In, you have the responsibility to ask trusted adults to volunteer for a chaperone shift. These may be parents, teachers, coaches, etc. They should contact Mother Jane-Allison at as soon as possible in order to complete Safeguarding God’s Children and a background check.

Bake In Pre-Retreat Requirements are rooted in Worship, Service, and Formation. Grateful Bakers are expected to:

Attend the worship field trip to Christ Church Cathedral for the Real Presence 6pm Service on October 13th.
Attend two TLF service days. Trinity Loaves and Fishes Saturdays are 9am-11:30am with sandwich prep and delivery (must be 16 or older to accompany the truck for site delivery). Choose from September 21st, October 5th,12th,19th, 26th, November 2nd, and 16th.
Attend a fellowship dinner TBD.
Attend the November 17th 10:30 am service for Grateful Bakers commissioning and the after church kitchen safety and logistics meeting.

Text @TriBakers to 81010 to receive reminders through the Remind App

MLK Day of Action January 20th

Details to be announced.




Diocesan Youth Retreats

Happening is a youth-led spiritual formation weekend designed for teens in grades 9-12. Teens do the majority of the speaking and the leading at this retreat.

Rally in the fall is for grades 6-8, and Rally in the spring is for grades 9-12. The theme changes each year, and youth leaders from the Diocesan Youth Leadership Committee are involved. The theme this year is “Smells, Bells, and Magical Spells!”

Diocesan Youth Retreats at the Solomon Episcopal Conference Center 2019-2020
Go to to learn more and to register for events

August 16-18 Happening #83 grades 9-12
September 27-29 Junior High Rally grades 6-8
February 7-9 High School Rally grades 9-12
March 20-22 Happening #85 grades 9-12

Meet with the Associate Priest for Youth and Family Ministry

Mother Jane-Allison Wiggin-Nettles has a long name and a large heart for youth and families. She joined the clergy in June 2018. Mother Jane-Allison is also the Diocesan Youth Coordinator and leads the Diocesan Youth Leadership Committee.

“Family is very important to me. My husband, Fr. Duane Wiggin-Nettles, is the Rector of Church of the Annunciation Episcopal and Vicar of Mt. Olivet Episcopal Church. I am the proud stepmother of Bennett and Jackson. As the parents of two high schoolers, we have busy lives, like all of you. We intentionally reserve time for worship, rest and recreation, volunteering, and getting the kids together with friends.”





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