Youth are the church of today. We believe a rich faith life starts with formation, so we strive to come alongside our young people and meet them where they are, affirming them as young people who are capable of great things.

 

December Highlights

Sunday, December 2 | Christmas Cookie Bake + Giveaway
Following the 10:15 am service, youth and families are invited to bake Christmas cookies. The youth will then take them to the local St. Pete fire department to share holiday joy and cheer.

Sunday, December 2 | Family Advent Wreaths
Following the 10:15 am service, families are invited to the garden to make a live Advent wreath to use throughout Advent. There will also be family resources for ways to observe Advent at home. We have a limited number of wreaths, so please email Hillary Peete to reserve yours. Suggested donation of $8/wreath.

Friday, December 7 | La Noche de las Velitas
Middler and Youth (ages 8-18) are invited to attend Christmas event at St. Mark’s in Tampa. Contact Alicia Schmid if you are interested in attending! This is a diocesan event and more information can be found here.

Sunday, December 9 | Tacky Sweater Christmas Party
Wear your favorite holiday sweater or accessory and bring a friend! There will be food, fellowship and a mystery raffle. We’ll gather in Harvard Hall following the 10:15 am service.

Sunday, December 16 | Christmas Pageant
During the 10:15 am service, the children, youth and adults will perform the Liturgy of the Word by telling the story of the birth of Christ. Children of all ages are invited to participate by dressing up in a costume or joining the Pageant Choir. Contact Alicia Schmid to join us! *Rehearsal on Sunday, December 9 from 9:15-10:00 am and required dress rehearsal on Saturday, December 15 from 10-noon.*

Stay in touch! Let Alicia Schmid, Youth Minister, know you’d like to receive the information about youth ministry at the Cathedral.


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Middler Chapel | SUndays at 10:15 am

Middler Chapel (ages 8-11) offers a worship space on Sunday mornings during the 10:15 am service. We use the Whirl Lectionary curriculum. We love Whirl because it reinforces the church year and liturgical seasons, uses animated videos that encourage kids to see real-life connections with the Bible story, and provides families with a take-home leaflet with opportunities to put faith in action. Middler Chapel is lively and engaging while teaching pre-teens about the building blocks of Episcopal worship: hearing God’s word in scripture, wondering how God is calling us to act in the world, and offering prayers to God.

Middlers are invited to join us in Middler Chapel at 10:00 am to hang out until Chapel starts at 10:15. Middlers will rejoin adults in the church following the offering so that they can participate in Eucharist.


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Children’s Eucharist | 2nd Sundays

Children’s Eucharist takes place every 2nd Sunday in the Children's Chapel, Children and Middlers come together to participate in this integral heart of the Episcopal liturgy and life. They remain in Middler Chapel for the entirety of the 10:15 service and join their families at coffee hour.

From 10:15-11:00, Middlers participate in the regular rhythm of Middler Chapel and at 11:00, join the children for Eucharist led by Father Earl Beshears. Father Beshears intentionally uses the same Rite II language from big church so that youth become familiar and comfortable with the liturgy. Youth are offered opportunities to serve as acolytes and assist in serving the bread and wine.


Post-Coffee Hour Hang Out | Every Sunday

Youth are invited to stay after the 10:15 am service. Sometimes we’ll meet for a fun gathering (like a tacky sweater Christmas party!) or to do a service project, or for a Bible study. Contact Alicia Schmid for the most current information.