At St. Paul’s, we offer ministry programs for youth in Grades 6-12, 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 and start to take more ownership of their own faith journey. This process often involves lots of questions, doubts, and breakthroughs. It is our mission to walk alongside our youth as they seek answers and discover ways that faith can shape their daily lives.
If you’d like your youth to experience a welcoming and encouraging community — one that laughs, studies, & prays together — we want to invite them to join us! Our youth leadership team of dedicated staff and volunteers lead 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.
Sunday Youth Services (9:30a and 11:00a)
Our primary youth services take place during each of the main Sunday services at St. Paul’s. We offer an accessible discussion-based worship service for the youth every week while the parents attend church. We hang out, worship, pray, and study the same Scripture that is being preached and make it fun and relevant for their stage of life.
Wednesday Youth Group (7-9p)
Church isn’t just about Sundays. It’s about having a supportive 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 at the church 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.
For those youth who are interested in Baptism or Confirmation, we offer a regular preparation program. This is 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.
The goal of St. Paul’s Youth Music program is to raise up musicians who feel confident making 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 the music program at any church they choose to attend.
Youth practice reading, improvising, arranging and performing both contemporary and traditional church music. They provide the music for the Wednesday Youth Group, Sunday Morning Services (both youth and adult services), and often 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 to keep up with what is happening at the St. Paul’s Youth Ministry is to check in to this page. We will keep it updated with information on all upcoming events including digital forms and signups. You can also follow our Instagram for highlights from recent activities.