We believe that the Youth Ministry at St. Paul’s should be about connection. Our desire is for every youth to connect with God and to connect with one another. We also believe that parents are an integral part of that connection. Together, we have the privilege of shaping and molding the future, equipping youth with biblical knowledge and experiences to help them grow in their faith and carry it with them through college and beyond.
Sunday School starts at 9:40 a.m. sandwiched by our 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. services. We have a brief time of fellowship before Sunday school for all ages. We encourage you to join us for a cup of coffee in the hallway, drop your kids off at a class for their age, and then sit in on any adult class.
We hope that your family will Connect, Grow, and Serve with us at St. Paul’s!
- Youth are known at a personal level, as we seek to recognize and foster their individual gifts.
- Youth are integrated into, rather than segregated from, the larger church family and ministry. The youth are invited to be active participants in St. Paul’s worship, fellowship, and service to Murfreesboro and the wider world.
- Our relationship with our youth does not end when they graduate from college. Whether they remain in Murfreesboro or leave, we are committed to maintaining the personal relationships that have developed during their time at St. Paul’s.
- We are committed to teaching our youth how to think with a biblical worldview. This includes teaching them the pillars of the Christian faith and how it compares to the secular and humanist worldview of culture.
- The primary spiritual leaders of a youth are his or her parents. St. Paul’s seeks to include and equip the parents of youth.
- The youth of St. Paul’s are involved in the service and justice programs of the church.
- St. Paul’s values its Episcopal and Anglican heritage and seeks to share this appreciation with our youth.
The Youth Group at St. Paul’s consists of students in grades ranging from 6th-12th. This wide range of ages allows for the cultivation of mentoring and leadership within the group along with relational connection. These sessions on Sunday morning are not created for sole academic study of the scriptures or theological study. It is our goal to create a sacred space for each of these Spiritual Formation groups as they uniquely ponder faith and engage with prayer and scripture.
Sunday morning Spiritual Formation (Sunday School) is the only time the students are separated by age/school year. Classes take place on Sunday mornings from 9:50 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.
- Middle School (6-7th), Courtyard/Sewanee Room if inclement weather
- Confirmation (8-9th), Wise Room 2nd floor Parish Hall
- High School (10-12th), The Hive Youth Room 2nd floor St. Margaret’s Hall
The curriculum for the upcoming Fall 2021-Spring 2022 semesters is different for each Spiritual Formation class.
- The Middle School will go through the Jesus Storybook Bible as they discuss the ark of scripture and how the stories fit together.
- Confirmation will consist of curriculum from Manna and Mercy alongside a glance at church history. This is a year-long process from August 2021-May 2022. Students do not have to attend every class, but they are encouraged to take part in as much as possible!
- The High school curriculum will be focused on Spiritual disciplines as the students prepare to make their faith their own.
REFUGE, Sundays 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., The Hive 2nd floor St. Margaret’s Hall
Our large-group gathering for all grades (6th-12th). Each Sunday night combines activities and games with worship, devotionals, and Bible study. A meal is provided, so we ask parents to consider contributing $30 to this effort per semester. The goal of REFUGE is to create a space for students to connect and feel the refuge of God’s presence through fellowship.
Fall Retreat, Spring Retreat, and Summer Trip–TBD.
October 22-October 24th are the prospective dates for Fall Retreat in 2021. More details to come on both of these retreats!
Youth Volunteers—St. Paul’s youth program has added new volunteers to its roster, and thanks to the continued service of all of our existing volunteers. Several other volunteers work indirectly with youth by serving meals and helping with setup and takedown of events. We are always looking for new people who want to be a part of the exciting and stimulating world of youth ministry.
The Youth Leadership Council consists of St. Paul’s Youth Director, Cam Parham, the Rev. Michael Whitnah, and a select group of students, parents, and volunteers. This group is created for the benefit of the youth group as we strive to do ministry together. Students, parents, and volunteers are able to give Cam perspective and insight as she plans curriculum and events for the youth. Ministry is meant to be done in community and this group contributes to that effort!
Have younger kiddos? Explore nursery and children Sunday school classes and events.
Looking for you? Choose from a variety of adult classes.