Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
In speaking with parents and youth, I've taken note of a few questions that have been asked many times. Perhaps you've had these questions too and weren't sure of how or whom to ask.
Do students need to attend youth group every week?
-No. I'd love to see students come every single week, but realize that things happen: people get sick, band concerts are performed, football games are played. I encourage students to come as often as they can; no one is penalized if they miss a week, or two, or ten.
What happens at high school youth group?
-Youth Group runs from 1pm-3pm on Sunday afternoons and involves a combination of taking some time to settle in as well as time talking about a variety of topics. The first thing that happens is that everyone takes a turn beating me to a pulp at the pool table (though I've been getting a lot better and will eventually beat someone). We have a pool table, a foosball table, and board games in the youth room and we like to take advantage of them. We also spend a little time decompressing: Teens have come from a week of school, homework, and activities and are about to start a new week much like the last one, so I think it's important to grab a snack and take some time to relax, whether that involves talking, or just...beating me at pool.
After that, we usually dive into a topic. High Schoolers spent elementary and middle school learning about their Catholic faith; in youth group, we spend time talking about how to live it, whether in day-to-day activities, or in what faces us through world events. We take our faith from a place of study to application. After all, chemistry would be no fun if, after your professor explained that potassium explodes in water, they didn't then show you how it works (See a really cool video of what that looks like). I encourage students to bring topics to youth group that they are interested in covering.
Oh My Gosh! Sherlock Holmes couldn't find the youth room! Where is it?!?
I know, right?!? The youth room is located in the dungeon...ahem...basement of Holy Childhood of Jesus Church. The staircase to get you there is located across from the St Anne Room (Choir rehearsal room). So, if you come in the church via the Third St entrance, immediately take a right and you should walk right to it. The door is usually left open and the light turned on, so come on down and join us!
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There are a lot of activities scheduled, are students expected to come to all of them?
-No. I schedule a lot of events because students are different and grow in their relationship with Jesus and their Catholic faith in different ways. One person might take more from attending a conference with a number of engaging speakers, while another would prefer a retreat, or another might experience the Holy Spirit through a concert. Don't look at the events schedule and feel overwhelmed, decide which ones God is calling you to participate in and sign up!
What happens at middle school youth group?
-Youth Group runs from 9:45am-10:45am on Sunday mornings. Middle School youth group usually begins with a mad dash from the donut line down to the youth room. Every now and again, I like to bring cookies as a snack, but most weeks, donuts are the fare of choice; we also keep the fridge stocked with apple juice (Please let me know if you'd ever be interested in bringing a snack). We start by talking about our weeks and the major events that have formed them. Perhaps your little sister lost a tooth, perhaps she punched you in the tooth, we'll all be here to listen and celebrate or commiserate. We then move on to the day's topic; we usually discuss the catechism and the Bible as it relates to the liturgical calendar. For example, in Lent we usually talk about the Stations of the Cross, or the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Our discussion is usually combined with an activity. At the end of youth group, students are given a challenge for the week that relates to the day's topic (e.g. If we discuss the Sacrament of Reconciliation, the challenge might be to go to confession).
Are there forms for youth group?
-Yes. All who attend youth group are required to have a registration and medical release on file. These can be found on this page just below this section. The registration for middle school and high school are different, but the medical release is exactly the same. They can be returned at youth group.
Events held off church grounds require different permission forms. Those will be posted on the site as they become available and will be e-mailed to all on my HS and MS youth group lists.
Download our Registration Form & Medical Release Form Below