Sunday School (9:40-10:20 Sunday Mornings)
Expanding the Baseplate
With Legos, one builds on a baseplate in order to make sure the foundation is strong. Likewise, our program of play and storytelling creates a strong base as our children learn and grow. As they reach middle school age, we shift the focus from the tactile play of Legos to a more discussion-based program in the form of Teen Text. They still get to work with stories and Legos occasionally, but these discussions use the foundation they’ve been building and expand them into real-world uses.
Off the Blueprints
In high school, our youth continue with the Teen Text program as they work and develop toward readiness for a pilgrimage. During this time, participation and presence become even more vital, as they begin to make their life in the Church a priority of their own. These youth begin to fundraise for a pilgrimage (faithful exploration of self and call from Jesus) that will take place once for each cohort. They are also invited to participate in mission trips that are sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of Nebraska. Regular participation in fundraising and class is required for these pilgrimages. New families are also invited and welcome to sign up when they arrive! Following pilgrimage, each group will share the experience with the parish.
Brick by Brick
This path through childhood and youth is designed to nurture growth and development in the Christian faith and life. Each step of the way, each block added to the formation baseplate, allows for a deeper understanding of Jesus Christ, and the love that God has for each and every person, as well as the salvation that is freely given through the death and resurrection of Jesus. From teachers to confirmation mentors, from donations of Legos to chaperoning a pilgrimage, there are many ways for the adults of All Saints to get involved with this path. All are invited and encouraged to pray and explore deeper involvement.
A new Confirmation cohort starts every two years for those entering eighth or ninth grades who approach the clergy about being confirmed. This begins with monthly meetings with a mentor who is a confirmed Episcopalian. The second year, the youth will meet twice a month on Sundays from 12-1 p.m. to learn and grow together. The Episcopal Church defines Confirmation as a sacramental rite in which 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). With this goal, All Saints waits until youth make their own decision about the Church’s priority in their lives, and stand before the bishop to proclaim that faith. As with the time leading up to pilgrimage, participation and attendance are required in order to be confirmed by the bishop.
Youth Group is open to all youth in 7th through 12th grade. Friends are always welcome! Unless a special youth event has been planned, or during holiday weeks, the group meets in the Retreat Center every Wednesday evening between September and May from 6:00 - 7:30 pm. Questions? Reach out to Fr. Kyle Martindale or 402-393-8612.