Welcome to Youth Ministry at St. Agnes Parish! Opportunities for personal and spiritual growth are provided throughout the year for Jr. High (7th and 8th grade), High School, and College-Aged youth. Check out this page for highlighted happenings, and browse our calendar and documents for information about all upcoming events. Want more access? Friend us on Facebook, follow us on Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter, or join our mailing list by sending Will an email. To receive text updates in regards to events, text @saintag to 81010 to subscribe.
Vision & Goals
The Saint Agnes Youth Ministry Program exists to foster the total personal and spiritual growth of the young people in the parish by offering the opportunity for growth and development in their lifelong journey through prayer and worship, catechesis, justice and service, and evangelization. St. Agnes Youth Ministry nurtures relationships between youth and their peers, families, parish, and local and world communities. Youth Ministry also works to empower young people to live as disciples of Christ in our world today. Our ministry seeks out and develops leadership potential in our young people in order for them to assume responsibility for the present and future of our church.
Core Values of St. Agnes Youth Ministry
- A welcoming community where everyone feels safe and comfortable to grow in their faith
- Recognizing, appreciating, and sharing individual gifts
- Recognizing that each person is loved by God
- Inspire commitment through consistently meaningful and enjoyable experiences
- Building community through service among St. Agnes members and beyond
Core Purpose of St. Agnes Youth Ministry
To empower youth to recognize Gods call and give the opportunity to live it out.
Youth Center Rules
- Be kind – we are building a community
- Permission slips are REQUIRED (no ifs, ands, or buts)
- Everyone is asked to participate (in ice breakers, group discussions, activities, etc…just do it)
- Show respect for yourself, others and property (no offensive or inappropriate clothing, language, music, jokes, movies, or gossip please)
- No smoking or illegal activities (police and/or parents will be called)
- Please ask before using Mary’s office
- CELL PHONES need to be put on SILENT and put AWAY – if they are seen or heard during youth group, they will be TAKEN AWAY until the end of the night
- Please stay on youth center property, once you leave the youth center for the night you can not return
- Games are for enjoyment… please respect youth center equipment and game rules
- Please try to arrive on time and stay for the whole activity
- No PURPLE (boys are blue, girls are red)
- Refrain from anything that would cause intentional physical harm
- This is our space – EVERYONE helps with cleaning up and putting things away (wash your own dishes, etc.)
Information for Adult Volunteers
There are MANY opportunities to share your gifts with our young people – contact Mary if you are interested!
- Youth Ministry activities (usually on Sunday evenings) that focus on prayer, community building, and fellowship
- Service (community and parish)
- Special events (one time larger events)
- Mission trips and retreats
- Fundraising for large events
- Regional Activities
- Leadership development – Visioning and Programming Teams
How you can become involved:
All of these activates require the help of caring adults and parents; how involved you get depends on your schedule and comfort level.
- Adult leaders for activities to help set up games and snacks, lead or facilitate activities, plan a night….the choice is up to you
- Adults who can commit longer chunks of time to help with service projects and special events (will often need to be drivers as well)
- Behind-the-scenes help, such as stuffing newsletters or bulletins, sponsoring a youth to attend one of the costlier activities
- People to speak or lead an activity on a specific topic
- small group leaders or chaperones for a retreat or mission trip
- helpers for fundraising activities
- Planners for youth events… The possibilities are endless!
- You must enjoy spending time with teenagers.
- To be a driver, you must be at least 21 and have a valid license, insurance, and reliable car.
- All adults who volunteer with youth in the parish must have a criminal background check and complete the Safe Environment training provided by the Archdiocese. (links with information can be found here).
- Please show up about 15 minutes early when you are scheduled to volunteer.
Please email or phone Will if you are interested in becoming involved.