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!
22 Summer 2017 Preview 10:15 - Come learn about mission trips, camps, and volunteer opportunities for youth); Youth Leader Lunch Meeting 11:15 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
29 JYF, Confirmation, & SYF
Youth Sunday Rehearsal* 6:00-7:00 p.m. (required for youth with speaking roles)
5 Youth Sunday & Senior Blessings 9:00 & 11:15; Reception hosted by Confirmands at 10:15; Youth choir sings at 11:15, Call 10:15
11-18 CARITAS Shelter week at St. James's - Confirmation class volunteer project
12 JYF, Confirmation, & SYF
19 No Youth Groups (President's Day weekend)
24-26 SNOWFEST Winter Retreat* (6-12th) (Early Bird by Jan. 17, Final deadline Feb. 13)
26 No Youth Groups (Annual Meeting)
Summer 2017 Preview for Youth & Parents
January 22 at 10:15 a.m.

Summertime is a great opportunity to put your faith into action and St. James's has lots to offer including a Middle School Mini-Mission and a High School Youth Mission Trip. Join us in Valentine Hall for a summer-themed presentation for youth and parents about mission trips, volunteer opportunities, Shrine Mont summer camps and much more. If you've been on a mission trip before, be sure to bring and wear your t-shirt so others know to ask you about your experience. There will even be a raffle drawing too - the winner will receive a $50 gift from the Youth Ministry to go toward the cost of participation is whichever summer program you choose.
Youth Sunday group in narthex
Youth Sunday- February 5

Youth in 6th-12th grade have the chance to lead the 9:00 and 11:15 worship services. It's a great opportunity to celebrate our youth and let them experience another side of worship. Youth will serve as readers, lectors, officiant, preachers, acolytes, ushers, and more! To get involved, fill out a sign-up sheet by Jan. 29 posted around church and available here. You can also email your sign-up request to Mary Beth. Be sure to attend the Youth Ministry Reception at 10:15 a.m. hosted by our 9th grade confirmands in Valentine Hall on Youth Sunday too.
Youth Sunday senior blessing
Senior Blessings on Youth Sunday

During both the 9:00 and 11:15 a.m. services on February 5, we invite all graduating high school seniors and their parents to participate in a special blessing. The church will present each graduate with a gift and pray for your entire family as you prepare for a season of transition and embark on the next stage of your journey into adulthood. To assist our planning, please RSVP by January 29 via email to Mary Beth at mbabplanalp@doers.org and include which service you'd like to attend (9:00 or 11:15). All graduating seniors are welcome and encouraged to participate, regardless of recent church involvement.

It's a winter youth retreat for 6 th-12 th graders at Shrine Mont where we'll enjoy games, worship, and having fun hanging out with other youth and adults from church. On Saturday, we'll hit the slopes to go skiing, snowboarding, or snow tubing. We'll stay in Hillside, Stidley, and St. Andrew's cottages at Shrine Mont and go to nearby Bryce Resort. It's Friday at 4:00 p.m. through Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Cost is $175 per person (covers transportation, lodging, equipment rental, lift tickets, and food). Advance registration is required and all the details are there. Scholarships are available by contacting Mary Beth AbplanalpFinal Registration Deadline - February 13, 2017.  Register here!
CARITAS Needs Your Quarters

CARITAS will host families with children and we like to do their laundry a couple of times during the week. Volunteers go to the laundromat and wash and try each family's clothing, but we need tons of quarters for the washers and driers. The Senior Youth Fellowship will be collecting quarters. Look for collection jars on the third floor each Sunday and drop in your quarters to help!

Be sure to ask Mary Pollard, Rachel Page, Eliza Goggins, John Fitzgerald, Harrison Clark, Jackie Milley, and their parents about their experience so far at Generation Change. This 4-week program equips 10th-12th graders with the knowledge and skills to manage their money in healthy, generous, and spiritually grounded ways as they prepare for increased independence in the years ahead. We're having a great time so far, and we're already planning to offer it again in the future. If you're interested in joining next time, contact the facilitators Scott Hurt or Mary Beth Abplanalp.
Did you know we have a Facebook Group called St. James's Youth Ministry? Join today so you can keep up with pictures, news, and other cool things going on at St. James's! Parents, youth, volunteers - All are welcome.
Save These Dates!
  1. March 25 - PYM Day of Service at Shalom Farms (Register by March 15)
  2. April 2 - Holy Peeps Project diorama entries due (Exhibit open April 9-23; Voting on April 9)
  3. April 21-23 - 6th & 7th grade PYM retreat
Look What We Did!
PPDC Party 2016
Face painting at the PPDC party.
Sixth to twelfth graders and their parents with other young adults hosted a Christmas party for families and seniors at the Peter Paul Development Center, where our Giving Tree gifts were delivered.  Thanks to all who helped as a volunteer! 

Christmas Pageant 2016
Youth played many roles in the pageant.
Sixth to twelfth graders played all of the main characters in the annual Christmas Pageant.  Thank you to our many youth performers who made the story of the Christ Child come alive for the congregation. Ya'll were awesome!