Youth Ministry (Grades 6-12)


 

Trinity Episcopal Youth Ministry is open to all who seek Christ or a deeper connection to Christ. The community of youth and those who support them welcomes all backgrounds. Fellowship, intentional time spent together, is the opportunity to explore the complexities of life and ask questions of faith. Meeting dates and times vary. To subscribe to the mailing list email jwigginnettles@trinitynola.com.

 

 

 

 

Meet our 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 and Vicar of Mt. Olivet. I am the proud stepmother of two, Bennett and Jackson. As the parents of one in high school and one in middle school, 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.”


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What and when is Confirmation?

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). One can be confirmed at any age! Youth wanting to recommit themselves to their baptismal promises or adults who wish to be prepared for this Sacrament should contact Mother Jane-Allison Wiggin-Nettles at jwigginnettles@trinitynola.com.

NEW! Schedule of Confirmation Classes
Confirmation Information Session Sunday January 27th in Bishop Polk Hall at 9:15am.

Confirmation meeting dates will be Sundays at 9:15am in BPH: March 17th, March 24th, March 31st, April 7th, as well as attending and serving during Palm Sunday, Holy Week, and Easter. Classes continue on April 28th and May 5th. Confirmation is Mother's Day May 12th at the 10:30am service.

Which Youth Group events should my child/teenager attend?
Depending on the age of your child or teenager, there may be multiple ways for them to connect. Trinity gathers students in the 5th through 12th grades in two distinct age ranges for youth group. EYSeedlings meet separately from EYC.

EYSeedlings includes 5th and 6th graders and their friends on Friday evenings, usually one to two times per month. EYSeedlings meets from 5:30 pm to 8 pm at Molly’s House, the youth building located at 2123 Coliseum Street (next to the Pink House/business office, across the street from the chapel door). Dinner is provided.

EYC Grades 7-12
EYC (Episcopal Youth Community) meets one to two times per month for dinner and games together before separating for small groups and other activities. EYC meets from 5:30 pm to 8 pm at Molly’s House, the youth building located at 2123 Coliseum Street (next to the Pink House/business office, across the street from the chapel door). Dinner is provided.

SUMMER MISSION TRIP
NEW! June 29th-July 6th High School Mission Trip to Marvell, Arkansas for current 8th-11th graders. 15 spots available for youth and chaperones. This is a combined trip with Christ Church Covington. Cost is $525 per student with scholarships available. Information meeting 6pm Wednesday January 30th at the Molly's House youth building. Email jwigginnettles@trinitynola.com.

How and where can my child/teenager volunteer?
There are multiple opportunities for children and youth to be involved in a ministry that gives back. Grateful Bakers, Cyber Seniors, and Acolyte ministries are each unique.

GRATEFUL BAKERS
The Grateful Bakers gathers youth in grades 7-12 for fun, fellowship, and the dedicated work of baking bread for distribution to local mission partners. Every year, the weekend before Thanksgiving, this group makes and delivers over 600 loaves! This ministry continues to grow. For more information, to volunteer to support this ministry, or to RSVP for a Grateful Bakers event, contact Mother Jane-Allison at jwigginnettles@trinitynola.com.

NEW! Stay tuned for Grateful Bakers events like the April 20th Bake-A-Thon before the Easter bonfire.

CYBER SENIORS
NEW! Youth in grades 9-12 volunteer to assist parishioners with technology every 3rd Sunday after the 10:30 service in the school library. If you are handy with general phone/tablet/computer questions, you are ready to connect. Sign up available here.

To have your volunteer hours authenticated for school, bring/email forms to Mother Jane-Allison at jwigginnettles@trinitynola.com.

 

 

 

 


 

ACOLYTES

The Acolyte program at Trinity Church is a vibrant ministry for our youth ages 9 and up. Acolytes recognize their service as an offering to God, by assisting the clergy and making a contribution to the spiritual life of the congregation. NEW! To ask questions or join this ministry, contact Carrie Lewis at carrie.lewis@roberthalf.com. Upcoming acolyte trainings for new acolytes are January 13th and February 10th at 9:15am in the sanctuary. Follow this link to sign up to serve at the 10:30am services.

 

 

When and where are weekend retreats?

 

 

DIOCESAN YOUTH EVENTS
Trinity is committed to participating in diocesan youth events in order to connect youth from as many different churches and backgrounds as possible. There are two different kinds of diocesan youth retreats, Rally and Happening. The theme for Rally changes each year, but is always engaging and incorporates hands-on activities.

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. Happening is a one of a kind experience that is unplugged and undeniably memorable. Youth leaders from the Diocesan Youth Leadership Committee are involved.

Diocesan Youth Retreats at Solomon Center Spring 2019
January 11-13 HS Rally grades 9-12 https://seccla.org/events2/sr-high-rally/
February 8-10 Happening grades 9-12 https://seccla.org/events2/415/

Diocesan Youth Retreats at Solomon Center Fall 2019
August 17-18 JH Rally grades 6-8 registration link TBD
September 28-30 Happening grades 9-12 registration link TBD

 

OUTREACH 

Members of our Youth Ministry participate in a number of opportunities throughout the year to serve the community. A popular ministry is Trinity's Loaves and Fishes. Currently, TLF is working to identify new and safe sites so that interested youth can continue to serve in this way. There are many ways to share the good news of Christ in tangible ways in our community. If you have volunteer opportunities you would like to encourage our involvement in, please contact Mother Jane-Allison Wiggin-Nettles at jwigginnettles@trinitynola.com.

How can I support Youth Ministry as an adult, parent, grandparent, etc?

Prayer. Prayer is an incredible gift. Pray for the Love of Jesus to be shared unconditionally and unabashedly.
Be present. Whether at a retreat, movie outing, or meeting at Molly’s House, your presence shows that faith is a lifelong commitment worth attending to.
Host. Opening your home or restaurant or other venue for a youth gathering, parent social, or youth ministry supporters’ gathering is a welcome refreshment.
Give. Make a special gift or contribute to a scholarship fund to cover the cost of retreats and special events so that more friends can be invited.
Why does Youth Ministry involvement matter?

I believe that coming to youth group is most transformational when an intentional community is formed. Consistently being together means you know you will always have a community of faith around you. Attending gatherings means time is set aside and protected to grow aware of God’s presence. In youth group, the important work is done to recognize you are becoming who you are, and the gifts and talents you have are God-given and needed to bring light to the world. Telling the stories of God with us, Jesus walking beside us, and the Holy Spirit inspiring us, connects us to our church history.

The most important faith formation begins at home, which is why our youth ministry partners with parents. We can communicate openly and honestly, as parents, together. “How you express and live out your faith may have a greater impact on your son or daughter than anything else.”

― Kara E. Powell, Sticky Faith:
Everyday Ideas to Build Lasting Faith in Your Kids

 

 

 

 
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