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.
New Hopes (6th-8th grades)
New Hopes is the middle school youth ministry of St. Giles. New Hopes 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 or Anna Washington, our youth coordinator.
YOUTH GROUP: New Hopes meet weekly (September-May) on Sunday evenings from 5:30-7:30pm in the Youth Room of the Gym for fun, food, and fellowship together.
ADVISORS: The New Hopes 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 New Hopes advisors include Tim Ellis, Anneke Nave, and Betsy Shew.
RETREAT: In the early fall our New Hopes 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 New Hopes 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.
Joyonyas (9th-12th grades)
Joyonyas is the the high school youth ministry of St. Giles. Joyonyas meet for activities throughout the year. 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 or Anna Washington, our youth coordinator.
YOUTH GROUP: Joyonyas meet throughout the year for fellowship outings, devotions and Bible study, and service to local mission partners. A Sunday morning might include serving a hot meal to people experiencing homelessness in downtown Greenville. A Friday evening might offer an opportunity for dinner and a movie. A Saturday afternoon might find our youth in the stands of a local soccer field cheering on one of their fellow Joyonyas.
YOUTH ADVISORS: The Joyonyas 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 Joyonyas advisers include Steven Fowler, 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 Joyonyas 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), she/he will have had the opportunity to experience urban mission projects in in Jacksonville, Mobile, and Washington, DC; a camp/Bible School experience in Tokio, ND; and a home repair mission in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky. 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 under the direction of Anna Washington, our Coordinator for Youth Ministries. Anna seeks to equip our volunteer youth advisors and the dedicated members of our youth subcommittee to provide our youth with incredible program opportunities both within the walls of St. Giles Church and in the mission field.
If you have questions about our activities or would like to learn more about the youth ministries at St. Giles, please contact Anna by phone (864-244-4887) or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org)