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.
There are a few opportunities for youth in grades 6 and up, as well as elementary students in grades 3 to 5, to experience a weekend or full week at camp at DaySpring, our diocesan camp and conference center, just over the Skyway in Parrish. Visit the diocesan website at www. episcopalswfl.org and click on youth, then summer camps. Ask Alicia Schmid about scholarships.
Looking for a fun way to serve this summer?
Sign up to help at our fine-arts themed Vacation Bible School, “Praise,” August 8 through 10. More information about VBS can be found at spcathedral.org/children
Stay in touch! Let Alicia Schmid, Youth Minister, know you’d like to receive the information about youth ministry at the Cathedral.
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.
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.