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!
December
4 JYF, Confirmation, & SYF; Youth Choir sings Advent Lessons & Carols 5:00 p.m.
11 JYF, Confirmation, & SYF
17 (Sat.) Outreach Project: Peter Paul Development Center Christmas Party 9:30-11:30 a.m.*
Christmas Pageant Rehearsal* 9:00 a.m.-Noon
18 JYF, Confirmation, & SYF; Christmas Pageant 5:00 p.m.; Youth Choir sings 5:00 p.m.
24 (Sat.) Christmas Eve; Youth Choir sings 6:00 p.m.
25 Christmas Day
SNOWFEST 2016
SNOWFEST Registration now online!

The winter youth retreat to Shrine Mont, February 24-26, 2017, is for all youth (6th - 12th grades) and is a great opportunity for youth to have fun with new and old friends and explore their faith outside the rhythm and routine of daily life. Advance registration is required for all youth retreats.We'll hit the slopes to go skiing, snowboarding, or snow tubing. Detailed weekend schedule and packing list will be provided once you register.Cost: $175 per person (covers transportation, lodging, equipment rental, lift tickets, and food). Scholarships are available by contacting Mary Beth AbplanalpRegister early to save $20 with the Early Bird Discount, Deadline - January 17; Final Registration Deadline - February 13, 2017.  Register here!
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Community Service Opportunity Dec. 17

On Saturday, December 17 from 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. St. James's is hosting a Christmas party at Peter Paul Development Center in Richmond's East End. We're looking for volunteers to help do crafts, serve food, distribute gifts, and help run a photo booth with a very special guest. This is a fun event to celebrate Christmas with the children and families at PPDC. Youth can earn two hours of community service hours for participating. You must arrange your own transportation. Sign up here. Questions? Contact Louise Bald..
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Christmas Pageant

All youth are invited to participate in the St. James's Christmas Pageant to be presented Sunday, December 18 at 5:00 p.m. There are a number of roles still available, both speaking and cameo appearances, as well as stage crew and lighting assistance. Youth welcome to apply! Contact Becky Page
New $$$ Program for 10th-12th graders: Generation Change
 
Harrison and Scott talk about money
Harrison and Scott talk about the Benjamins.
This January, St. James's is offering a brand new financial education program for youth called Generation Change. Students in 10th-12th grade, with a parent, will learn how to create and manage a budget, save for long term goals, understand the value of stewardship, and much more. Money effects our daily lives and is also a prominent topic throughout scripture. As our upperclassmen prepare to graduate high school and claim increased independence, this course will equip them and their parents with the tools to discuss and manage money in healthy ways. This 4-week series will take place on Wednesdays Jan. 11, 18, 25, and Feb. 1, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. with dinner beforehand. Make up sessions available as needed. Click video of Harrison and Scott to learn more. Email Mary Beth Abplanalp to sign up or with questions.
Save These Dates!
  1. Summer 2017 Preview Event: January 8
  2. Generation Change financial education series: January 11, 18, 25 and February 1
  3. Youth Sunday with Blessing of Graduating Seniors: February 5
Look What We Did!
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PYM Senior Retreat at Shrine Mont
Ninth to twelfth graders spend an October weekend at Shrine Mont with friends, new and old, and talked about their faith.

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Youth Cooking Class for Taste of St. James's
Sixth to twelfth graders learned cooking skills and prepared donations for sale at Taste of St. James's in November.
 
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!