Youth & Children
opportunities for youth & Children
We believe that children are not just the church of the future; they are the church of the present. From Sunday school and youth group, to service projects and summer camps, our youth challenge themselves and embody the love of Christ in authentic and humbling ways. They are passionate about social justice and equality for all, as they wrestle with their faith and ask courageous questions about what it means to be a follower of Jesus in the 21st century. Throughout the year, St. Paul’s provides a number of opportunities for children and youth to build relationships, serve the community, and learn more about the Christian faith.
SUNDAY YOUTH GROUP
During the school year, our K - 12 children and youth gather after the 11:00am service for lunch, team-building activities, music groups and more! Youth Group provides an opportunity for our children and youth to build community, ask important questions about their faith, explore new interests, and grow in a safe and affirming environment. Our Kindergarten - 5th graders participate in group activities, crafts and St. Paul’s Children Choir. Our 6th - 12th graders enjoy team-building activities, topical discussion groups, and have the option to join St. Paul’s Handbell Choir! The K - 12th graders occasionally come together for campus-wide Capture the Flag or Kickball on Sunday afternoons. For more information about St. Paul’s Sunday Youth Group, email our Associate Minister, Rev. Amanda Kerr.
SERVICE & OUTREACH
For most of our youth, service is a core value of their Christian faith and it is a favorite way to spend their time. Over the past year, our youth have partnered with the Helen Wright Center for Women, A Place at the Table, Church World Service, and more. Our youth also value interfaith relationships and recently visited The Light House Project, participating in interfaith dialogue with our Muslim brothers and sisters. Every summer, our youth look forward to a local or regional mission trip to learn and serve; we recently partnered with Appalachian Service Project and Raleigh Youth Mission.
CAMP caroline: Youth Retreats & Summer Camps
Camp Caroline is the regional camp for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in North Carolina. The camp is located in Arapahoe, North Carolina along the sound of the Neuse River. Camp Caroline holds a special place in the hearts of so many of our children and youth! We spend the year counting down to the next retreat or summer camp to reunite with friends from all over North Carolina, sail on the Neuse River, and spend time around the campfire. Fall and Spring Retreats are available for 3rd - 5th graders, 6th - 8th graders, and 9th - 12th graders. Summer camps are available for children and youth of all ages! For more information, check out Camp Caroline’s website.
NURSERY & TODDLERS
On Sunday mornings, we have a Toddler Sunday School class and our nursery is open for children 5 and under from 10:00am - 12:15pm. During Toddler Sunday School, children engage with Bible stories through music, play, art, and reading. The nursery is filled with age-appropriate toys and boys, an gated outdoor play area, and a larger playground. Your child’s safety is our top priority and that is why all of our nursery staff have had background checks and are trained to provide First Aid or CRP is necessary.
If you have any questions about programs for children and youth, please contact our Associate Minister, Rev. Amanda Kerr.