St. James youth engage in outreach programs in Wichita and the Diocese of Kansas. The youth are a vibrant part of the parish family. They are active in the liturgy serving as acolytes and assistants to the clergy. With their families, the youth also serve as ushers welcoming others to church for services and bearing the gifts of bread and wine for communion at the offertory.
Sunday school (grades 5th – 12th)
Sunday school takes place September – May every Sunday (except for the 2nd Sunday of the month) from 9:40 – 10:30 a.m. downstairs. The Middle school youth is led by Taylor Tracy and use the Living the Good News Curriculum alongside Wednesday Youth group. The High school youth is led by Deacon Jeff Roper and assisted by other adults.
Youth Group (grades 5th – 12th)
Here at St. James we aren’t interested in creating a “youth group.” Instead, we would rather our
youth be involved in an authentic, life-giving, and Christ-centered community. We take the time to have fun together, seek to do life together, help our neighbors, and deepen our faith. Our youth group is led by Anne Clark, with help from Jared Rowland, Kelly Staab and Taylor Tracy. The Middle school group (grades 6th – 8th) will meet from 6:45 – 8:00 p.m. in the basement. The High school group (grades 9th – 12th) will meet from 5:30 – 6:45 p.m. in the basement. The middle school youth will be sharing the Living the Good News Curriculum with the Middle school Sunday school group. The High school youth will be doing a bible study this year. We will participate in various community service projects throughout the year and the Wichita Alternative Gift Market in November.
Dates to Remember:
Sept 7: Back to School picnic @ St. James 6:00pm
Sept 17 – 18: Diocesan event: Fall Fest*
Oct 27-29: Diocesan convention*
Oct 30: Bishop’s visitation and Confirmation
Nov 11-13: Diocesan Event: Youthtide*
Nov 12: Alternative Gift Market 9:30am – 4:30 pm
Nov 13: Alternative Gift Market @ St. James 9:30 – 10:45 am
Dec 18: Christmas Pageant
Dec 19: Greening of the Church
Jan 14 – 16: Diocesan Event: MIQRA*
Feb 10-12: Youth Music Weekend*
Feb 25-26: Youth Weekend/Youth Sunday
Feb 28: Oyster Dinner
Mar 1: Ash Wednesday Meet at 6:30, service begins at 7:00 pm
April 9: Palm Sunday between services
April 14: Youth lead Good Friday service
April 16: Easter
April 28-30: Diocesan Event: New Beginnings*
May 6: Olde English Tea
May 10: End of year cookout 5:30 pm
June 4-10: Diocesan Event: Mega Camp at Camp Wood YMCA*
July 10-14: EYE*
July 25-30: Mission Wichita*
*For Diocesan event information, please google Episcopal Diocese of Kansas Youth Ministry or visit http://edokyouth.wordpress.com/events-programs/
Confirmation is available for 6th – 12th graders on a yearly basis. Classes take place during Youth Sunday school and usually begin in the fall before the bishop’s visit. This year confirmation takes place on October 30th. If your or your child is interested in being confirmed please contact Deacon Jeff Roper for more information.
The Choristers are young singers ranging in age from approximately age 8 – teens. Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 – 6:30, September – May, in the Music room. New members are always welcome. Contact Marlene Hallstrom, Director of Music.
The Choir welcomes adults as well as high school and college age singers. Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 – 8:30, September – May, in the Music room. New members are always welcome. Contact Marlene Hallstrom, Director of Music.
If you’d like more information about our youth ministries, please contact Chelsea Whipple, Director of Christian Formation.