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.
September 22 – Paint the youth room! Bring your painting clothes to church and we will paint the youth room right after the 10:30 service. Pizza will be provided.
October 6 — Crop Walk – St. Clare’s is hosting the crop walk this year, and the youth group will participate. Proceeds from this walk will help our brothers and sisters in SE Michigan who are food insecure. You can donate online here. https://www.crophungerwalk.org/annarbormi/StClareYouthGroup
October 11-13 –National Acolyte Festival – The Diocese has planned a trip to Washington DC for acolytes to attend the festival. All youth and young adults at St. Clare’s who are acolytes or who will be acolytes this upcoming year are welcome to attend. For more information, see Larry, or click on the link. https://www.edomi.org/yaya/events/naf/
November 15-17 — 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/
December 14-15 — Advent Lock-in. Our annual overnight will focus on how we can prepare for advent through The Way of Love. https://www.episcopalchurch.org/way-of-love We will have talks, crafts, game time, snacks, and much more.
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 to the Cathedral to be a part Bishop Elect Perry’s ordination.
February 23, 2020 (tentative) – Ronald McDonald House. We will drive to Detroit after church and go to the DMC Children’s Hospital, 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 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/
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.