For Youth (grades 4-12)
Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. -- Matthew 18:3
Because we recognize the divine wisdom of childhood and adolescence, St. Stephen's is a place where youth and adults walk side by side, companions on the journey of faith. We strive to honor questions, avoid pat answers, and look together for the ways that God is at work in our lives. Our mission is to love and affirm all young people as children of God, to serve them as companions and guides, and to faithfully entrust their care to God. All are welcome here.
Summer activities for youth
Though weekly youth group gatherings are on hiatus until the fall, several summer activities for grades 4-12 are planned:
Sunday Family Suppers for June 18, July 16 and August 13
The weekly Sunday Community Suppers on these dates will have activities planned especially for youth (grades 4-12). No reservations needed--just come!
For Club 45 (rising fourth and fifth graders)
- Thursday, July 27: Richmond Flying Squirrels game
Gather at St. Stephen's at 5:45 p.m. to shuttle to the game in St. Stephen's vans. The cost is $17 per child* (includes ticket and transportation) and friends are welcome. If you can help chaperone, please contact Sarah-Keel Crews. REGISTER HERE
- Tuesday, August 8: Picnic at Maymont Park
We'll gather at St. Stephen's at 11:30 a.m. and drive to Maymont together in St. Stephen's vans. Please bring your lunch and a drink, as well as a towel to sit on. There is no cost for this event. If you can chaperone, please contact Sarah-Keel. REGISTER HERE
For rising 6th-9th graders
- Thursday, July 20: Movie night
We'll gather at church at 5:30 p.m. to have dinner together before going to the movies (specific movie is TBA, depending on what is being released--but it will be fun and age-appropriate!) Pickup will be at St. Stephen's after the movie is over (we'll let you know when that will be). The cost is $20* per person, which includes supper, a movie, and transportation. REGISTER HERE
- Thursday, August 17: Tubing on the James
Join us for a morning of tubing, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Wear close-toed shoes and sunscreen. The cost is $20* per person, which can be paid online when you register. Drop-off and pick-up is at Riverside Outfitters. Friends are welcome! Directions to Riverside Outfitters | REGISTER HERE
*Event costs: Please do not let a lack of funds prevent your young person from participating in these events; to request scholarship assistance, contact Michael or Sarah-Keel (contact info below).
There are many opportunities for young people to volunteer this summer, including at the farmers market, the food pantry, and in the East End. Please contact Sarah-Keel for more information.