Our youth are an important part of the life of St. James. A crucial aspect to our youth program is allowing young people the space to explore and question their faith. The Rev. Alina S. Williams is the St. James Associate Rector for Youth and Young Adults.
EYC: Episcopal Youth Community
Youth from sixth through 12th grade are encouraged to be part of this program. Each week we eat dinner together and engage in worship, prayer, service and fun! If you're interested in volunteering for a meal for the youth on a Sunday evening, please contact Alina+!
Some other activities that St. James EYC does include: Fall Lock-In, attending a New Orleans Hornets Game, Cardboard City in March, and the End-of-the-Year All-Nighter.
Ever wondered what it really means to be confirmed? What's the big deal about church and faith anyway? And what if you're not sure you always believe in God? Bring all your questions, doubts, answers, and thoughts to Confirmation. Youth from eighth grade and older gather weekly to engage in discussions on faith, the Episcopal Church, and other questions. St. James wraps Confirmation class up with a wonderful and unique confirmation liturgy, where you recite and discuss scripture you have memorized. Classes take place every spring, culminating in the iConfirm service in early May. Contact Mtr. Alina for more information.
Each summer we have opportunities to participate in mission and ministry trips to serve others, and learn more about our own faith. Past trips have included traveling to Appalachia and serving families in need through home repair. We have also journeyed to Heifer International’s Ranch in Perryville, AR. The youth are already planning and working toward finances for their summer 2013 trip to New York City for a Wonder Voyage, June 22-28, 2013.
Sunday Morning Fellowship
Youth meet in their own space on Sunday mornings for donuts and Sunday School. Stop by and hang out with us any Sunday morning from 10:00-10:45 in the Ministries Center, across Fourth Street from the church, Youth Room (second room on the left going down the hall on the first floor of the Ministries Center).
Email Mtr. Alina for more information.