Youth Ministry

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Our culture blurs the line between childhood and adulthood: how do our children know when they are “grown-up”? As parents, how will we know? Week-by-week, our comprehensive Journey to Adulthood program offers a safe place for Youth – our Sixth through Twelfth Graders – to wrestle the important questions they ask themselves and one another. Encouraging Youth to pursue their curiosity within the healthy, vital community of their faith, the program builds from two primary principles: first, that manhood and womanhood are free gifts from our loving God; and, second, that adulthood must be earned.

Journey to Adulthood comprises three, two-year segments, allowing participants the benefit of constancy and companionship with their peers and the programs’ mentors. Exploring four key components of a whole person – self, spirituality, sexuality, and society – the curriculum balances bible study, prayer, and conversation with more playful community-building.

Windsor Campus Contact:  Mike Peterson | Woodland Campus Contact: The Rev. Kathy Pfister

Formation Offerings

THE BRIDGE
6th Grade
The Bridge guides our Sixth Graders personally and spiritually, as they negotiate the leap from elementary to middle school.


RITE 13
7th - 8th Grades
Rite 13 celebrates the God-given individuality and creative potential of each young person. This two-year experience supports our Youth as they take the first steps from their families and into their own lives. The class takes its name from the “Rite 13” liturgy prayed twice-annually during one of our 10:30a worship services. This rite of passage, celebrated near a young person’s thirteenth birthday, anticipates participants’ mature acclamation of faith at Confirmation, while, as a parish family, we promise our support of their continuing journey toward adulthood.


J2A
9th - 10th Grades
The heart of the Journey to Adulthood program, J2A teaches Christian living through the practice of action and reflection. This two-year experience welcomes critical thinking and culminates with a spiritual pilgrimage, which is often a life-changing experience for Youth.

In the second year of the program, J2A participants prepare for the important decision of claiming their faith as their own, in Confirmation. The Right Reverend C. Andrew Doyle, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, will confirm our Youth at the 10:30a service on May 7, 2017.


YAC: YOUNG ADULTS IN THE CHURCH
11th - 12th Grades
Buoyed by their Confirmation, YAC participants explore their changing roles as young-adult leaders, finding their vocations in the Church, in their communities, and in the world. The group explores their God-given gifts by serving as peer mentors in other Formation programming.


EPISCO-PALS
Age 11 and Older
Join your friends as together we serve, learn, create, and play. Every week is different, and every week is fun.


EYC: EPISCOPAL YOUTH COMMUNITY
Middle School EYC (6th-8th Grades)
Senior High EYC (9th-12th Grades)
EYC (Episcopal Youth Community) is our traditional “youth group” meeting time. This is a more laid-back time for Youth to enjoy one another’s company (within the noted age groups) with games, activities, discussions, music, videos, snacks, and as much fun as we can fit into an hour!

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Where & When

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The Bridge
Sundays, 9:30a
Education Center | Windsor Campus

Rite13
Sundays, 9:30a
Education Center | Windsor Campus

J2A
Sundays, 9:30a
Education Center | Windsor Campus

YAC
Sundays, 9:30a
Education Center | Windsor Campus

Episco-Pals
Sundays, 10:00a
Woodland Campus

Senior High EYC
Sundays, from 4:30p - 6:00p
Education Center | Windsor Campus

Middle School EYC
Wednesdays, from 4:30p - 5:2op
Education Center | Windsor Campus

MISSION TRIP TO BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA

All 6th-12th grade youth are encouraged to join us this summer as we travel to Baton Rouge to do service work in an area that was heavily affected by flooding last summer. Good Shepherd has a special relationship with Baton Rouge, as we raised an incredible amount of funds to support the Episcopal School of Baton Rouge after the floods (and we will have a chance to spend some time with folks from the school while on our trip), ad we look forward to building on this relationship while doing some real good and enjoying the Louisiana culture! Spaces are filling up, so sign up today!

July 16th-22nd, 2017.
All youth currently in 6th-12th grade.
Cost: $400 (confidential scholarship available to all by request).
Deadline: $200 deposit or confidential scholarship request is due by Sunday, April 30th (registration will close earlier if trip fills up before that date).

For more information, contact Mike Peterson: mikep@gsaustin.org.

Click here to register today!

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