The Final Countdown - What's Happening in Youth Group?

We're down to the last month of youth group and we’re excited to be preparing for our Youth Sunday Service on May 13, which will close the year for youth and children’s formation. We will celebrate our graduating seniors that day so hope to see all of them here! We are really encouraging as many youth as possible to be at youth group the next four weeks to help us prepare for Youth Sunday. Here are all the dates that you need to know:

This week, April 15: Fr Broderick will lead us in an Instructed Eucharist in St Martin’s Chapel during formation hour, 9:15-10:15. Following, because they will have already worshiped, youth are invited to walk together to Pablo’s on Pennsylvania for coffee, tea, hot cocoa etc and pastries. We did ask youth who are scheduled to serve at the 10:30 to try to find a substitute, but of course if they prefer to stay and serve we support them wholeheartedly! We will be back before the end of the service, and looking at the weather report, will meet families …

Imagine - St. John's Youth Are Going to Quest

This past fall, Tina and I both had the opportunity to attend Quest, the diocesan youth retreat, for the first time. We had both heard so much about it and were excited to experience it for ourselves. What we discovered when we got there was deep community, relevant faith messages for youth, and a lot of fun! Youth and volunteers from St. John's and St. Barnabas both had a great time and left looking forward to come back.

We're going back to Quest this Spring, April 20-22, and hoping to take more youth to experience it for themselves! There are so many voices telling youth who they are and who they should be, including parents, friends, classmates, employers, guidance counselors, colleges, etc. Quest is a place where youth can cut through the noise of all those voices to hear who God says they should be.

In addition, the Spring Quest is going to be tackling what God calls us to do, being people for justice and living out our Baptismal Covenant. Read below for the weekend theme…

What's Going On - Spring Youth Schedule Update & Greetings from Tina

[Click here for a printable hand out of this message and new schedule.]
Greetings St John’s Youth Families,
I want to thank everyone for such a warm welcome over the last few weeks and to update you on some of what our team is planning for SJC Youth in the next few weeks. I am so pleased to be here and have enjoyed beginning to get to know everyone. I hope your families will join in on many of these formational, service-oriented, and simply fun opportunities:
[Note: All events, including Super Sundays and Sleep-In Sundays will be open to both Middle & High School youth moving forward. We have replaced “First Fridays” with “Super Sundays” because of the difficulty of fighting traffic on Friday nights. This new time will still be used for fun, fellowship, and formation, just like First Fridays! Please contact me at if you have any questions or need help figuring out rides to and from events!]
Sundays:High School Confirmation/Youth Group & Middle School Youth G…

Gotta Serve Somebody - Why YES Mission Trips & Registration Information!

Last week we announced the Diocesan Mission Trips St. John's will be participating in - including one that we are excited about hosting! Registrations can be turned in starting this Sunday (Jan. 21) and there are a limited number of spots, so please sign up EARLY by clicking on the trip below and returning the form and deposit to John Putnam or Tina Clark by the appropriate deadline.

Clendenin, WV - High School Only  - June 3-9, 2018 - $100 Deposit due by Feb. 18  - Total: $799 Denver, CO - Middle & High School - July 22-27, 2018 - $50 Deposit due by March 15 - Total: $199 Hondorus - Young Adults (High School Graduates and Up) - July 6-15, 2018 - $1,500 - Email Young Episcopalians in Service for more information!

What is so meaningful about these trips is that it isn't just our church going into a community and serving, but it's about the larger Episcopal youth community in Colorado coming together, building relationships with each other and the communities we serve, and …

Fun, Fun, Fun! - Summer Youth Trips

It's cold outside, but that doesn't mean we can't be thinking about warm rays of sunshine, beautiful hikes in the Rockies, and all of the awesome trip offerings for youth this summer!

We're of course excited for Cathedral Camp(June 17 - 23) for all 3rd graders through High School Youth, a week long opportunity to craft, play camp games, form (and reform) new and old friendships, and grow closer to God in the beautiful outdoor Sanctuary that is Cathedral Ridge. We can't wait to see you at camp this summer! Registration begins THIS SUNDAY, January 15th! Sign up early because spaces go FAST!

In addition to camp, we are also extremely excited about 3 mission trip opportunities, including one hosted by the Cathedral! Last year we sent 3 youth who had a BLAST! All trips are hosted by Young Episcopalians in Service (YES!), led by Tina Clark, our incoming Christian Formation Director. I (John) am also on the planning team, and we are both very passionate about these fun and …

Good News & First Friday Youth Group!

We're super excited about this upcoming weekend! Not only will we have our extended First Friday youth group for Middle School (6:30 - 9:00 PM, pick-up and drop-off in the Welcome Center) and our regular, Sunday youth group at 10:15 AM (Middle School – Room 300, High School – Room 209), but we also just got brand new sets of Bibles, Books of Common Prayer (BCPs), and games for Room 300!

Okay, I know what you’re thinking: what’s the big deal about books and shelving? One of the big things we want to do is show our youth how exciting our sacred stories can be and build on the work of Godly Play, by giving them the opportunity to open up the Bible to explore, question, and discuss for themselves. More importantly, scripture and prayer can be incredibly powerful resources for youth who are finding their voice and identity in the person God made them to be.

The Bibles and BCPs that we were using had been handed down from other ministries with a lot of wear and tear. Now, there is NOTHING…