Teens at the Redeemer
Redeemer helps teens find God's true purpose for their lives: the unfolding of Christ’s life into the world through their unique and developing personalities.
Redeemer creates and facilitates age-appropriate programming providing opportunities for your teens' hearts, heads, and hands to be formed into Christ’s own.
We are asking all children and teens above the age of 2 to wear face masks for all indoor and outdoor gatherings.
The Redeemer community is committed to walking alongside young people in their spiritual lives. This means having opportunities for your students to be part of Middle School Youth before entering Confirmation. We also have a High School Youth Group to continue spiritual formation into high school and beyond. We also welcome them to be participants and leaders in our worship as youth assistants, lectors, acolytes and servers, even as we provide separate spaces for them to think and pray together.
Every year in the spring we celebrate our youth by inviting them to participate fully in the worship service as officiants, lectors, musicians and one or two giving the sermon. This year, Caroline Cromwell, a senior in high school, gave the sermon. You can read her sermon here.
We welcome young people in 4th-12th grades at all points of their spiritual lives to join us in leadership! Assistants attend a brief training session and then are free to sign up whenever they like to assist in our Godly Play classrooms on Sunday mornings. Our youngest students are excited to have "the big kids" with them in class, and our teachers are very grateful for a calm and helpful presence! Please contact our Director of Children, Teens and Family Ministries for more information.
Middle School Youth Group (5th - 7th grades)
Middle School Youth Group is a space to encourage pre-teens and teens to be vulnerable in community, learn about their faith, ask questions, and have fun.
This group meets every Sunday and is led by Lay Minister Barrie Rose Bliss. We gather at 5pm in the Saint Francis Garden. The night will consist of dinner, check-in, prayer, lesson, and activity. We end at 6:15pm. The program is a little different each year, depending on the interests of the group, and it is designed thoughtfully and intentionally by Ms. Bliss and her co-teacher, Katherine Roer.
Confirmation Class (8th grade)
Confirmation is a class which aims to aid in forming the theological (learning about God thematically) foundation to your teens' growth in order to “discover the meaning of Christian commitment in their lives, and explore ways that their Christian commitment can be lived.”
The evening will consist of dinner, check-in, lesson and embodied prayer practice.
Our nine-month Confirmation Class will present what the historic community of faith has held as responses to the questions, "what do we believe, how do we pray and how then shall we live?" We also set aside time to enjoy each other’s company and to serve in the church community. While the class is required for those wanting to participate in the Episcopal Diocesan rite of Confirmation in the spring, each participant will choose whether or not he or she is ready to make a public affirmation of their faith several weeks before. Most of our students are 8th graders, but students 8th-12th grades are welcome to join. We meet twice a month from 6:30-8pm outside in the Saint Francis Garden weather permitting. When we have to move inside we will be in the Undercroft.
High School Youth Group (9th - 12th grades)
High School Youth Group helps aid in your teens' worldview being integrated within Christianity by discussing tough topics in our world that students want to discuss about faith and suffering (mental health struggles, disability, homelessness, poverty, sexism, racism, environmentalism etc.)
The night will consist of dinner (high-schoolers will choose) while we discuss a topic previously decided on that pertains to faith/doubt and or/suffering in our world. The evening will end with an embodied spiritual prayer practice that is aligned with that particular subject area. We meet the fourth Sunday of each month in the Saint Francis Garden weather permitting. When we have to move inside we will have it in the OPH (Old Parish House next to the church).
If you would like to have the dates and times for all the gatherings please see the Families Brochure here and email the Director of the program Barrie Rose Bliss at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like a brochure mailed to your home!