The Saint Mary’s Middle School Youth Group, IGNITE, meets two Sundays a month (click here for a schedule) at 10:00 a.m in the youth room of the parish house. Our group is engaging and Christ-centered, focused on imparting the love and knowledge of God. Our ministry with youth grades 6th-8th encourages them to engage with their faith at a personal level by building authentic relationships.
Our approach is one of mutual inquiry and appreciation for the views and understandings of each of our attendees. Our Middle school youth group uses an emergent curriculum whereby adult leaders develop materials and activities to support student needs and interests. Through games and discussion-based teaching, we hope to answer questions, spark deeper questions, extend knowledge, and delight in the numerous ways that faithful people engage their faith. In so doing, we hope to become better at our baptismal covenant and to deepen our friendships with each other.
We welcome all middle school youth, from those who are merely curious about God to those who have a full-fledged desire to follow God.
If you have any questions, please contact our Yoth Group Leaders, Michelle and Will Chappel.
Beyond our parish, youth are also encouraged to engage in Diocesan youth events, joining with teens from around the state in creating new worship experiences and long-lasting friendships. Two events are held each year for high school and middle school respectively. For more information about youth retreats in the Episcopal Diocese of Maine, click here.
Saint Mary’s Middle School Youth Group is looking for adult volunteers! Are you over 18 and interested in being a second adult at formation or any other youth event? Are you safe church certified or interested in becoming certified? For more information, email Megan Akers. We would love to have you on board.