Youth at St. Mark's (and friends!) gather for breakfast every Sunday at 9 am and also for a range of other service and social events.
Periodically, youth have conversations leading to Confirmation, using the My Faith, My Life resource and the Call On Me prayer book for young people.
Other options for youth in the faith community include involvement in leading worship and engagement in the array of activities of the whole parish including serving as acolytes, readers, Altar Guild, greeters, ushers and in service projects.
A gift of participation in a faith community is being known and loved outside of one's family group. These relationships transcend any formal "program," but allow youth to understand themselves as valued, gifted, and recognized individuals in the wider community. In the words of social scientist and author Brené Brown: "Worthy of love and belonging."
“Even with a heightened sense of personal autonomy, even in these times when ‘believing and belonging’ for many Americans means something individual, expressive, and non-institutional, religious traditions attract and hold teens in new and powerful ways.”
St. Mark's Youth and friends cleaned up a mountain of trash left by careless folks in the Chicken Springs area (a special Valley Clean Team project) and then enjoyed a fun taco dinner hosted by Louise and Bill Connell in their beautiful Rancho Ynecita home. Thank you to Louise and Bill for hosting, parents for supporting, youth for work well done, and leadership by Formation Coordinator Tasha Morphy.