St. Philip’s provides opportunities for children and youth of all ages to be active in all aspects of the church. If you would like to learn more about our youth programs, contact our youth director, Marc DeRome. To see for yourself, explore the list of Youth Activities articles, and see the photos in the Youth Activities – 2012 article.
The youth are very important to the world today, and to our church. We focus on how to help our youth adjust to being pre-teens and teens and prepare them to become strong young men and women of God.
Our youth participate in many ways:
- Serve as ushers in the worship service
- Go on mission trips
- Meet as a group on Sunday afternoons
- Have parties and participate in fellowship projects
- Support large church projects
- Go to youth retreats
- Hold our annual garage sale
- Help with the Trustee’s Work Day projects around the church
- Conduct the Easter Sunrise Service
- Act as team leaders in Vacation Bible School and Summer Fun Days
- Host a Stockholder’s Luncheon for those who buy shares for our mission trip
- Provide 5th Sunday luncheons to the congregation
SPYRIT Group Meetings
Join us each Sunday afternoon in the Youth Room (Room 109) at 5:00 pm. We socialize, play games, have a lesson that corresponds to what society is doing and what the Bible says about it, and we just kinda chill. We just want to provide a safe environment for taking the issues of today and simply discuss how they affect us all.
Giving back to the community is an aspect of youth service our kids truly enjoy. During our past mission trips, the youth have worked hard during the day painting, sawing, cutting, building, cleaning, landscaping, and many other renovation jobs. Nightly, there is worship and organized activities. For example, the 2017 youth mission trip took us to San Marcos, TX. There they teamed up with five other church youth groups from Texas and Louisiana to perform a variety of home-site remodeling jobs.” During the summer of 2015 we focused our attention on our local community. We offered our services in support of food and clothing pantries, donated time and efforts at a second-hand resale shop, and prepared, organized, and helped distribute to over 2500 elementary/middle school students with back-to-school supplies and clothing kits. As a result of these experiences, our youth have a deeper understanding of what serving others really means. For more information from this adventure, see the Mission Trips 2013-2014 article. To view a number of photos from the Summer 2015 Mission activities, click on Mission 2015. You can see information about other years too in the Mission Trips category.
Below is a youth calendar through the end of July, 2018:
Youth Calendar – 2017/2018
- 2nd weekend of the month
- Friday or Saturday
- Oct 29, Apr 29, & Jun 24
- 9am showtime
- Aug 20, Oct 1, Nov 12, Dec 24, Feb 4, Mar 18, Apr 29, Jun 10, Jul 22
- 10:10am showtime
- Dec 20, Wednesday
- Feb 11, Sunday
- Mar 3, Saturday
- Shifts…6am-10am or 10am-2pm
- Apr 1, Sunday
- May 13, Sunday
- May 13, 20, 27 – Sundays
- Before & after the church service
- Jun 17, Sunday
- Location (TBD)
- Sundays, 5:00pm
- Other events/activities as they pop up!
Monthly Youth Social Outings
5th Sunday Luncheons
Youth Christmas Party
Valentines Day (Activity TBD)
Youth Garage Sale
Easter Sunrise Service
Mothers Day (ActivityTBD)
Youth Stock Certificate Sales
Fathers Day (Activity TBD)
Youth Summer Mission Trip
Children (Ages 1 to 11)
The children of St. Philip’s have an opportunity to be a part of the worship service through the Children’s Sermon, Palm Sunday celebration, Vacation Bible School, the Children’s Choir, and several children-specific programs. On occasion, we offer fun activities for children, like Veggie Tales previews, family movie nights, and more!
The children of St. Philip’s and their friends sing on Special Sundays at both services. They practice under the direction of our minister of music twice a month in the Sanctuary. If you have a child in Kindergarten-Middle School and have a question regarding “Kids Sing”, feel free to contact Barbara Jennings through the church office. For more information, see Music at St. Philip’s.
Halloween Happening and Easter Eggstravaganza
St. Philip’s celebrates the holidays with children’s activities, including games, crafts, and many other things. These are supported by many people in the church, and are some of the most loved events for all. To view photos and information about these events, see News from the Holidays.
Vacation Bible School
Every summer we host a VBS for young children in our church and community. We always have a great time, and learn a lot about God. For more information, see Vacation Bible School.