Welcome to the St. Clare’s Youth Page!
We’re glad you’re here. 😎
Who is God? Do you have questions about your faith? Which rules in the Bible are more important than others? Can church be fun? Why does Jesus answer questions by telling a story?
These are all questions that teenagers have had about faith and religion. Youth group is a place where we can talk about these questions, and about other things too.
Youth Group meets on Sunday afternoon from 12:00 to 1:30. 6th-10th grade teens participate in a wide variety of activities at St. Clare’s and beyond. We pray, learn about God, play games, eat, sing on occasion, and talk about our lives, our faith, and our questions. Our theme for the 2019-2020 school year is “I Know My Bible.”
But…. we do a whole lot of other stuff too including diocesan events and field trips. Here are some activities that we will be doing in the upcoming months.
February 8, 2020 – Consecration of Bishop Elect Perry. This will be a very special day for the Diocese of Michigan, as Bonnie Perry will be consecrated as our 11th Bishop. Plans are underway for the youth group to go and be a part of Bishop Elect Perry’s ordination. Info will be sent to youth and parents shortly.
February 23, 2020 (confirmed!) – Ronald McDonald House. We will drive to Detroit after church and go to the DMC Children’s Hospital around 1 pm, where the Ronald McDonald house is located. We will prepare meals for the families that are staying there as children undergo treatment for various illnesses.
March 7, 2020 — Chili Cookoff – our annual fundraiser for youth activities. Bring a pot of chili, some cornbread, and share a meal with us. “Prizes” will be awarded for the best chili in mild, medium, hot, vegetarian categories, as well as for cornbread.
April 4, 2020 — B.W.Y.A.Y.A.. Its pronounces Boo-Ya-Ya! Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 4, 2020 for an opportunity for the Youth and Young Adults to have a time of fun, fellowship, service, and worship with the 11th Bishop of Michigan, Bonnie Perry! Open for all youth in middle and high school as well as young adults.
April 17-19, 2020 — Happening – Happening is a weekend retreat for high school youth, led by high school youth. Exploring faith meeting new friends, and sharing Christ’s love are all part of this weekend experience. https://www.edomi.org/yaya/events/happening/
May/early June 2020 – date TBD – Youth Car Wash. Fundraiser for our mission trip to Grand Rapids. If we raise more than $500, each youth will have the opportunity to dump a bucket of water on Larry.
June 21-26, 2020 – Week of Hope Mission Trip – our mission this year is in Grand Rapids, MI. Join us for a great week of service, community and fun. See Christine or Kelly for info.
July 7-11, 2020 – EYE20. EYE (Episcopal Youth Event) is open to current high school students. The Diocese youth will travel as a group to the University of Maryland, where we will share a week with over 1,000 other youth from all over the world. Costs and travel info is still being worked out, but basic info can be found on the EYE website link below. For questions, see Larry. https://www.edomi.org/yaya/events/eye/
October 10, 2020 – Diocesan Acolyte & Server Festival. Mark Saturday, October 10, 2020 as the date for all Acolytes and Altar Servers to come to the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Detroit. It will be a fun day to come together and celebrate your ministries. More info to come soon!
December 12-13, 2020 – Advent Lock-In. Save the date for our annual Advent Lock-in. We will embrace the waiting of the birth of Jesus with an Advent themed program, playing Romans and Christians, snacks, sleep, and worship on Sunday morning.
How to find us:
Middle School Youth Group
Sundays at noon in the Youth Lounge, during the academic year
Leaders: Larry Vandenbergen, Christine Cook, and Suzanne Di Piazza
High School Youth Group
Meeting times vary
Leaders: Larry Vandenbergen and Christine Cook
If you’d like to know more about who we are and what we do, please contact Suzanne Di Piazza at Suzanne@saintclareschurch.org or call her at 734.662.2449. She’ll be happy to chat with you and/or connect you with Larry and Christine.