Youth Ministry at St. Giles
St. Giles Presbyterian Church has an active Youth Ministry for teens in 6th-12th grades. Youth groups grow together when they worship, learn, serve, and play together. That happens every Sunday evening at youth group. It also happens — and in a powerful way! — on youth trips. Our well-chaperoned trips are not only tons of fun, but provide great opportunities for growth and service. Young people come home changed, inspired, and inspiring.
Middle School (6th-8th grades)
Our middle school youth meet weekly on Sunday night for youth group. In addition, the group has two wonderful trips. We keep the cost of trips as low as possible, and scholarships are always available by talking confidentially with Pastor TJ.
YOUTH GROUP: Middle Schoolers meet weekly (September-May) on Sunday evenings from 5:30-7:00pm in the Connections Classroom (Room E119) on the first floor of Taylor Education Building for fun, food, and fellowship together.
ADVISORS: The middle school youth ministry is blessed by a team of dedicated and passionate youth advisors who are eager to build relationships, lead programming, and offer a listening ear. This year’s middle school advisors include Alex Davis, Kristyn Davis, Tim Ellis, Anneke Nave, and Betsy Shew.
RETREAT: In the early fall our middle schoolers are invited to go to Foothills Presbytery’s Middle School Youth Event at Bonclarken. This provides an introduction to retreat ministry that will serve them well when they enter high school ministry.
MISSION TRIP: In early spring, our middle schoolers participate in a weekend of mission with the CROSS Ministry, a mission project of Myers Park Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, NC. This trip provides a great introduction to mission trips, which will prepare them for the weeklong missions they’ll participate in when they enter high school.
High School (9th-12th grades)
Our high school youth meet weekly on Sunday night for youth group. The ministry also includes a variety of fantastic trips. We keep the cost of trips as low as possible, and scholarships are always available by talking confidentially with Pastor TJ.
YOUTH GROUP: High Schoolers meet weekly (September-May) on Sunday evenings from 5:30-7:00pm in the Youth Room of the Gym for fun, food, and fellowship together.
YOUTH ADVISORS: The high school youth ministry is blessed by a team of dedicated and passionate youth advisors who are eager to build relationships, lead programming, and offer a listening ear. This year’s high school advisors include Jennifer Fouse Sheorn, Mark Taylor, Jill Tyner, and Randy Tyner.
RETREATS: In early spring, the youth participate in the Mini-Montreat Retreat sponsored by Foothills Presbytery. Each summer brings a highly-anticipated trip to the Montreat Youth Conference.
MISSION TRIPS: Our high school youth participate in a weeklong mission trip each summer, rotating through several different locations and mission opportunities. Our goal is that in the five years a youth is in high school youth ministry (from rising 9th grader through high school graduation), they will have had the opportunity to experience urban mission projects in both Mobile and Washington, DC; an international mission experience in Haiti; a home repair mission in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky; and caring for children in Orlando, FL. Going out of town for a week to do a mission reminds us in a compelling way that we are called to do mission year-round in our local community, schools, and neighborhood.
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Youth ministry at St. Giles is resourced by Pastor TJ, in coordination with a dedicated group of youth advisors and members serving on the youth subcommittee.
If you have questions about our activities or would like to learn more about the youth ministries at St. Giles, please contact TJ by phone (864-244-4887) or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org)