At St. Paul’s, we offer ministry for youth aged 11 to 17, because we believe that God is doing special work in the lives of young people. It’s a time when they begin to realize God’s unique plan for them. We love to be a part of that process by encouraging them to take ownership of their faith.
As parents, you want your child to make good choices and to have good friends and mentors, so our Youth Ministry is all about fostering relationships. Ian Koiter, our Youth Pastor, along with a team of dedicated and screened volunteers, leads your youth in Bible studies, discussions, games, and activities. The meaningful friendships that they form during their time in Youth Ministry will positively influence your youth in a life-lasting way.
It’s my youth’s first time attending. What do they need to do?
If it’s your first time attending, come on downstairs to our youth room (follow the signs or ask a greeter!). When you arrive, don’t forget to say hello to Ian and/or one of our youth volunteers so that we can learn your name and answer any questions you might have. We want to make you feel as welcome and comfortable as possible. God has welcomed us into his family, so you are most welcome in ours!
Sunday Mornings 9:30 and 11 am
All youth aged 11 to 17 are invited to the Youth Room (located on the lower level of St. Paul’s) for a service specifically for them. Through music, videos, prayer and discussion, your youth will dive into God’s word, learn about the Bible in a relevant way, and learn how God offers love and guidance for them at school, at home, and with their friends.
Wednesday Nights7 to 9 pm
Church isn’t just about Sundays. It’s also about building a community throughout the week too!
Every Wednesday at 7 pm from September to June, youth are invited to come to our Midweek Youth Group. We meet in the Youth Room (and the gym) for an informal and relaxing time of games, music, snacks, teaching and discussion.
Annual Youth Retreat
One of the highlights of the year is when our youth group takes a weekend retreat up in Muskoka Woods in the spring! Youth build friendships, play games, unplug in nature, and experience a special program of teaching aimed to deepen their relationship with God and with each other.
Every other year in the winter, we offer a program for youth who wish to prepare for Confirmation or Baptism. It’s an important time in a young person’s life when they have a chance to focus on what it means to be a committed follower of Jesus. Each youth has the opportunity to make the choice to publicly state their commitment to follow Jesus at a confirmation service.
For more information, and to register for baptism or confirmation, contact Ian Koiter.
Youth Music -
Wednesdays 5 to 7 pm
The goal of St. Paul’s Youth Music program is to raise confident musicians who can make music in a church setting. By the time they graduate high school, our youth musicians will have the skills they need to be an asset to any church they choose to attend.
Youth practice reading, improvising, arranging and performing both contemporary and traditional church music. They provide the music for Wednesday night youth group, Sunday morning services (both youth and adult services), and they get invited to play outside of St. Paul’s at retreats, conferences, and other events.
Contact Ian Koiter to register your child for the Youth Music program.
In addition to the annual retreat, youth are invited to special events throughout the year. Some of our favourites include separate boys and girls sleepovers, game nights, Toronto sports (Raptors 905 and Argos games), musical events, bowling, rock-climbing, and laser tag! In the summer, we offer scholarships for youth to attend Intervarsity Pioneer Camp.
How do I stay connected with what’s happening in Youth Ministry?
The best way is to connect with us through the Parents Facebook Group where we post updates and about what’s happening and what’s coming up next.