A Newsletter for 6th-12th grade youth at St. James's
Our new e-newsletter is another way we're keeping you informed of all the great things going on for youth in 6th-12th grades and their families at St. James's. Feel free to forward to others and let the church know if your email address changes so you never miss a beat. See you at church soon! Love ya, Mean it, Mary Beth Abplanalp, Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries
Coming Up!
20-22 6th & 7th Grade PYM Shrine Mont Retreat
22 Confirmation & SYF Steeple Tour (No JYF)
28 Rebuilding Together (Richmond Mission Day)
Children & Youth Volunteer Appreciation Day & 5th Grade Blessing at 9:00 service, All youth +5th grade End of Year party at 10:15, Youth Choir dress rehearsal at 12:30

6 9th grade Confrimation Rehearsal & Banquet 5:00 pm, Youth Choir Recognitions 11:15, call @ 10:15
13 Acolyte Recognitions 11:15
18-20 8th Grade PYM Shrine Mont Retreat (Register by May 7)
20 Confirmation Sunday & Bishop's Visit
27 Summer worship schedule begins - 8:00 & 10:00 (Memorial Day weekend)
SYF Tour the Steeple, April 22

This Sunday SYF is invited to go tour the steeple with Matt Presson and see the inner workings of the chimes and take in some spectacular views of the city. Meet youth group leaders in the Narthex after the 9:00 service. Wear pants and flat shoes to easily climb the ladders. Hope to see you there! 
8th Grade PYM Retreat at Shrine Mont
8th Grade Retreat: May 18-20, 2018
The youth leaders are excited to take middle schoolers to Shrine Mont for a youth retreat weekend specifically designed for 6th & 7th graders and one in May for 8th graders. These retreats are organized by a group of high school students from around our diocese that are part of a committee known as Parish Youth Ministries (or PYM). Event information and registration forms are available on the church website. Questions?

What do we do? We stay in hotel rooms and cottages at Shrine Mont, eat in the dining hall, meet with small peer-groups, have some free time to relax, and have a blast at the Saturday evening program.

Who's Going? St. James's adult youth leaders and any 6th & 7th graders or 8th graders interested in participating in this fun weekend retreat. Yes, you can bring a friend who doesn't attend St. James's. They just need to register like everyone else.

Cost: The weekend costs $150 per person. You'll also need about $20 cash to cover the cost of meals on the road trip to and from Shrine Mont. Scholarships are available by contacting Mary Beth Abplanalp.

To register or find out more click  here for 8th grade or email Mary Beth at  mbabplanalp@doers.org . Everyone needs a current Universal Permission Form

Registration deadline for the 8th grade retreat it is May 7th
youth summer mission
Summer Events
Registration for the Summer Mission Trips is still open! To sign up use this form.

The 2018 Mini-Mission to Exmore, VA with Harvest of Hope will be July 13-15, 2018, for current 5th through 8th graders. Mark your calendars! Find out more and register here.

The high school team members are going back to Hurley, VA. This trip will be July 8th-15th, and is open to 12 high school aged youth (9th-12th grade) so sign up soon! You can find out more and register here.

If you're looking to stay in town and still have a good time volunteering, Vacation Bible School and the Children's Center always need volunteers. Check out the links below to find out more!

Youth Ministry End-of-Year Celebration
On Sunday, April 29 at the 9:00 service we'll celebrate and recognize all our volunteer youth group leaders who have supported our youth this year. We'll also celebrate and bless our 5th graders as they transition from the children's ministry to youth ministry this year. Then at 10:15, 5th graders are invited to join JYF and SYF for an end-of-year party. Come join us on the 3rd floor of Michaux House. Confirmation class will have their final class session that morning, and their party will be on May 6 at the Confirmation Banquet.
Look What We Did!
Palm Sunday Holy Peeps & Pancake Breakfast!

Did you know we have a St. James's Youth Ministry Facebook Group? All youth, parents, volunteers, and biggest fans are welcome to join to stay informed, see pictures, and share!