Everything we do in Youth Ministry at Good Shepherd aims to engage and excite our youth to be full, active members of the Body of Christ. We do this primarily by our example as joyful Catholic Christians within the community and secondarily, by forging healthy relationships with our youth that are Christ-centered. Youth Ministry programs are open to any youth who wishes to have fun and share their faith. Our youth ministry complements our Faith Formation (TYM) program. Youth do not need to be enrolled in Faith Formation at Good Shepherd to participate, nor do they need to be Catholic. We welcome youth and their friends from any and all denominations.
We typically offer several additional events throughout the year including: Sleep Out Saturday (homelessness awareness), Gingerbread Creations, Lock-Ins, Senior-to-Senior Program, JHYD (Jr. High Youth Day) and SHYCON (Senior High Youth Conference.) We invite youth to gain community service hours by volunteering for many of our outreach opportunities (Birthday Blessings Cake delivered monthly to Centre House, Bell Ringing during Advent, Lenten Dinner Dessert Team, and Seder Meal servers, to name a few). We also attend the National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) held every two years (open to 10th-12th grades) and continue to encourage each teen to TJWY (take Jesus with you) as they grow on this journey of faith.
Spring 2018 Update: Currently, our Youth Ministry and Faith Formation staff are transitioning. Please stay tuned to this space for more information.
BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS MINISTRY: Please consider blessing another with the gift of a birthday cake! Through Sleep Out Saturday, we met a woman who shared her story of how birthdays just come and go, unnoticed sometimes, when you find yourself homeless. From her testimony, we began this ministry two years ago and deliver a birthday cake (home made or store bought) with "Birthday Blessings" written on it to Centre House, our local homeless shelter, on the 15th of each month. We have volunteers signed up for the next few months, but consider adding your name and I will call you when the time comes to bake! Thank you so very much, this ministry reaches all ages... and can be a wonderful family gift to others! Sign up today!!!
Both groups are always in need of wonderful volunteers to help facilitate and chaperone events either on a one-time basis or throughout the program. Please pray about spending time sharing your faith and have some fun with a great group of teens. Since the expansion, our teens have taken great pride in making the Warehouse "shine" with color for Jesus. Come and spend some time with us!
More detailed information for each event can be found on the Youth Ministry bulletin boards in the gathering space, or our parish bulletin. If you would like to volunteer for any of our events, please contact the parish office: (814) 238-2110.