Youth at Saint Mark's
Youth of Saint Mark’s will primarily engage with one another using online platforms this fall. Fellowship, bible study, service projects and confirmation training will be offered to our kids beginning remotely but with the hope of strengthening their camaraderie even during the time of Cathedral closure and online schooling. As in-person gatherings become possible in compliance with Cathedral reopening plans, we will work to gather our youth in person once again.
Saint Mark’s is committed to creating a place where youth are fully welcomed and valued as members of the church community. We recognize that all members of this community add a richness to our shared experience. This is why on any given Sunday morning youth participate in all aspects of the service including serving as acolytes, lectors, or greeters. ALL are welcome to participate in “making” worship happen.
We strive to be a place where youth feel not only welcomed, but urged and encouraged to let their voices, collective and individual, be heard and honored. We hope to create a space for youth to be a part of and help make community. We also hope to inspire our youth to be a driving force in creating a welcoming and inspiring community for all. We hope that in doing so, our youth will help the other communities they are a part of to be welcoming and inspiring as well.
By showing, modeling and creating a healthy and safe community where all are welcomed, respected and honored, we hope to be a place a transformation. A place where youth have room to consider how navigate a world that sometimes does not present as safe and healthy. We believe that by offering a glimpse of other cultural experiences and giving room to see other ways of being in the world as possibilities, allow for youth who can be transformed and see the world through the lens of Jesus.
We recognize that church is more than what we do when we gather on Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights. Although these times are important to creating and sustaining community, they also serve as a time to learn who we are called to be in the world, to practice this way of being, to wrestle with our struggles and to pray for each other as we journey together. When we gather, we support and prepare ourselves to be in the world serving those in any kind of need.
The Rite of Confirmation for Youth
Confirmation is about making a mature decision to be a part of a community and the desire to have a deeper relationship with God. There is no “right age.” It is typically offered at the cathedral once a year, on Cathedral Day. If you believe this is something you would like to do, then let’s begin the conversation.
Youth Service Project with Nurturing Roots Community Farm
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 10, 12:45–3 P.M., 6218 Beacon Ave. S., Seattle
Middle School and High School youth will offer their elbow grease to assist with the fall chores on this thriving urban farm and community farming program that values community, self-sufficiency, food empowerment, social justice, and education. The Saint Mark's Creation Care Ministry hosted a wonderful forum last April called "Sacred Ground" which included Nyema Clark from Nurturing Roots. If you're interested in an update, check out this inspiring new 6-minute video about the activities at Nurturing Roots, including their "focus on sharing the truth about systematic oppression with an emphasis on food and environmental justice." The youth of Saint Mark's are invited to visit the farm and get their hands dirty for a good cause (or plan ahead and bring work gloves!). We will meet onsite at the farm at 12:45 p.m. on October 10 after church. Check out the farm's website at www.nuturingrootsfarm.org.
Diocesan Youth Night
SUNDAYS 7–8:30 P.M.
Every week join youth from around the dioceses for Youth Night! Youth (grades 8-12) from all across Western Washington gather for games and activities, discussions, guest speakers, and worship. We’ll engage with topics such as racism and social justice, the environment and God’s creation, mental health and wellness, where God shows up in our daily lives, as well as more low key topics such as favorite movies or books, or what music we’re listening to right now.
Spring Youth Vespers on the Labyrinth
Youth Movie Night
Lenten Daily Pop-Up Prayer
When is the right time of day to turn your heart to God for a moment? NOW!
Each day of Lent, beginning Ash Wednesday, February 17, the call will go out for youth to hop on YouTube Live for a quick minute of guided prayer. When will it happen? Youth and parents will be given a few minutes of warning via text message and email to stop what they are doing and PRAY as lead by lay leaders, clergy, and other youth.
Youth Advent Sunset Vespers on the Labyrinth
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 20, 3:45–4:45 P.M.
Middle School and High School Youth gathered in person outside, on the cathedral's front lawn and labyrinth, at sunset on December 20.