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. For more information, please contact: Rebekah Gilmore, Interim Director of Youth Ministry: rgilmore@saintmarks.org


Coming up in the Fall!

  • Sunday morning "Donuts & Discussion" resumes online
  • Youth Radix Project, Session III (October-November)
  • Inquirer's Class for Youth (an introduction to what it means to be Christian as an Episcopalian)
  • Intergenerational Advent Event and alternative holiday gift giving project
  • and in the Spring... the annual Mardi Gras Celebration and Liturgy, organized by the youth of the cathedral and the Seattle Service Corps.

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. Contact Nicole Silvernale or Rev. Canon Cristi Chapman.


Questions? Want more info?

Please contact Contact Canon Cristi Chapman:
youth@saintmarks.org • 206-323-0300, ext. 203

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PAST EVENTS THIS SEASON


Youth Kickoff Meeting and Great Chocolate Chip Cookie Baking Extravaganza!

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 7-8:30 P.M., via Zoom
As this unique school year begins, the youth of Saint Mark's will be invited to dig deep, goof off, wrestle with big questions, and learn to lean on each other—figuratively if not literally. Join us for our first event of the season to learn what is coming up this year from service projects to Bible study to confirmation. How will we be together when we can't be together? Let's talk about it.
WHO: All middle school and high school kids and parents (for some of the time) with Interim Youth Minister, Rebekah Gilmore and other adult leadership.
WHAT: We will all synchronize our cookie making and then let the parents finish the baking while the kids have their own time and parents bring us our cookies. 🙂
SUPPLIES: Please have on hand the ingredients & necessary utensils for baking already set out prior to the meeting, a mixer, and oven access with Zoom capabilities in the kitchen. Here is the recipe happening in Rebekah's kitchen that night.
Email Rebekah Gilmore for the link to participate.

Diocesan Youth Offerings

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. We’re there every Wednesday from 7 p.m.–8:30 p.m. via Zoom... and you’re invited to join us.
Learn more and find the link to register here, or contact Alex Flannagan (aflannagan@ecww.org) for more information!

Guiding Values

Welcome

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.

 

Inspire

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.

 

Transform

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.

 

Serve

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.