A Newsletter for 6th-12th grade youth at St. James's
Here's some helpful information to keep you connected to your church community. We're here to support you and your family, so please don't hesitate to be in touch. See you at church soon! Love ya, Mean it, Mary Beth Abplanalp, Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries
Coming Up!
Carols & Cookies on December 3rd
This Sunday marks the first Sunday in Advent! JYF and Confirmation will have their normal morning meetings, and then at 5:00pm is the Advent Lessons and Carols Service. Our youth choir will be singing, and after the service ALL YOUTH in 6th through 12th can come eat some pizza and decorate Christmas Cookies at the first ever Youth Christmas Cookie Party in the Parkinson Room immediately following the service. We'll wrap up around 6:45pm.  We'll also take a picture for our 2018 Youth Birthday Card. Come be a part in the picture!
Summer 2018 Mission Trips
Planning is underway for the Summer 2018 Youth Mission Trips.

The 2018 Mini-Mission Trip to Exmore, VA with Harvest of Hope will be July 13-15, 2018, for current 5th-8th graders. Mark your calendars. Registration begins on January 7, 2018.

The high school team members are still in discussion about where to go for their mission trip, but it will most likely be either the week of July 8-14 or July 15-21. More details and registration will be provided at the 2018 Summer Preview on January 7.
Meet the New Rector December 10
John McCard is coming to SYF on Sunday, December 10 to meet with our 10th-12th grade youth and their parents. Come get to know Father John a little better and get ready to have some fun too! 
PPDC Christmas Party 
Save the date to help Celebrate Christmas at Peter Paul Development Center. On Saturday, December 16, from 9:30-11:30 a.m., youth and their parents can help deliver Giving Tree gifts, host craft stations, serve refreshments, and offer a photo booth with surprise visitor! Youth can earn 2 hours community service hours for helping. Be on the lookout for a registration form coming to your inbox.
The Christmas Pageant
Christm as Pageant Roles for Youth
The Christmas Pageant on Sunday dec 17 at 5 is loads of fun and we need  teen s to help tell the s tory. Contact Becky Page to sign up bpage@doers.org
Saint Mary's School
Saint Mary's School in Raleigh, North Carolina,  is an Episcopal boarding and day school for girls in grades 9-12. Sai nt Mary's has been dedicated to the academic excellence and personal achievement of its students for over 175 years, w ith outstanding programs in the arts and STEM (Science, Technology, Engine ering, and Mathematics). Outside the classroom, they offer dozens of sports, clubs, activities, and volunteer opportunities. In addition, the Episcopal tradition inspires students to grow as young women of integrity and honor.

If your daughter is finishing middle school and would like to find out more, contact Father John or Cynthia McCard, or click the link down below. All three of their daughters have attended and have loved every second of it! 


Generation Change Financial Education Class for 10 - 12 graders
4 Week Course, Sundays in January
From 6:45 pm to 8:15 pm
Cost = $30
Register or find out more by emailing  Mary Beth

Back by popular demand, Generation Change will be happening again this January. 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. Our class facilitators are Scott Hurt, Pam Goggins, and Mary Beth Abplanalp. 
Bible Study for 10th Grade Girls

Please join Mary Beth & Fontaine Williamson for Bible Study and fellowship  on second Thursday evening of the month from 6:45-8:00 pm. Contact Fontaine at gogotaine@gmail.com for more information and to RSVP.

December 14
We will meet at Fontaine's house for learning, sharing and fun!

It's almost here! Registration for SNOWFEST (February 9-11, 2018) will open online in mid-December. This retreat is open to 6th-12th graders. This makes a great Christmas gift from grandparents. :)
Save the Date
Jan. 7 -- Summer 2018 Preview
Jan. 7, 14, 21, & 28 -- Generation Change Class
Feb. 4 -- Youth Sunday, with Blessing of Graduating Seniors
JYF & Confirmation; (No morning SYF); SYF Carols & Cookies 5:00-7:30pm; Youth Choir sings Advent Lessons & Carols 5:00
10 JYF, Confirmation, & SYF
14 (Thu)
10th Grade Girls Bible Study
16 (Sat) Outreach Project: Peter Paul Development Center Christmas Party; Christmas Pageant Rehearsal
17 JYF, Confirmation (No SYF); Christmas Pageant 5:00 p.m.; Youth Choir sings 5:00
Christmas Eve; Youth Choir sings 6:00
25 (Mon) Christmas Day

7 Summer 2018 Preview Event 10:15
7 Generation Change: Financial Education Series (6:45-8:15pm, 1/7 1/14, 1/21, 1/28)
14 JYF & Confirmation; (No morning SYF - attend MLK Service); Youth Choir sings at MLK service 5:00
20-27 CARITAS Shelter week at St. James's (Confirmation & SYF Volunteers)
21 JYF, Confirmation, & SYF; Youth LEader Lunch Meeting 11:15 am-1:00pm
28 JYF, Confirmation, & SYF (Long, Baking Communion Bread
30 (Tue) Youth Sunday Rehearsal 6:00-7:00pm

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.
Look What We Did!
Pictures from the Cooking Class and the Senior High PYM Retreat!