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. Please see the events listed below. 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 high schooler and one preteen, 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.”

 

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 your 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
 

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.

 

Which events should my child/children attend? 

Depending on the age of your child or children, there may be multiple ways for them to connect. Trinity Episcopal Youth Community gathers students in the 5th through 12th grades in three distinct groups. EYSeedlings meet separately from Junior and Senior 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 2123 Coliseum Street (next to the Pink House/business office, across the street from the chapel door). Dinner is provided.

  • Friday Seedlings Dates
    November 30, December TBD Click here for a calendar of events.

  • Grades 7-12
    Junior EYC includes youth in 7th, 8th, and 9th grades.
    Senior EYC includes youth in 10th, 11th, and 12th grades.
    Junior and Senior EYC meet one to two times per month for dinner and games together before separating for small groups and other activities.  Junior and Senior EYC meet from 5:30 pm to 8 pm at 2123 Coliseum Street (next to the Pink House/business office, across the street from the chapel door). Dinner is provided. 

    Click here for a calendar of events.

    Special Saturdays
    Change Teen Sabbath to Saturday December 1st and Saturday December 8th location TBD

    Teen Sabbath December 2 and December, location TBD


    Lock Ins
    November 16-17 Bake In at Molly’s House grades 7th-12th
     

 

Diocesan Youth Retreats

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.

 

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.  

 

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.

 

Diocesan Youth Retreats at Solomon Center 2018-2019
November 17-18 JH Rally grades 6-8

January 12-13 HS Rally grades 9-12

February  8-10 Happening grades 9-12

 

 

 


 

ACOLYTES

The Acolyte program at Trinity Church is a vibrant ministry for our youth grades 4th-12th. Acolytes recognize their service as an offering to God, by assisting the clergy and making a contribution to the spiritual life of the congregation. To join this ministry, contact Mother Jane-Allison Wiggin-Nettles at jwigginnettles@trinitynola.com. Upcoming acolyte trainings for new acolytes are October 7th and November 4th at 9:15 AM in the sanctuary.

 

CONFIRMATION

Confirmation is the sacramental rite in which the candidates "expres 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. Dates for classes have not yet been set.

 



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.

 

 

 

 
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