St. Gregory’s Church is truly committed to nurturing the spiritual development of our teenagers. To accomplish this, the church employs a full time youth minister, and actively supports the youth ministry program by providing resources and volunteers.
Here at St. Gregory’s, there is a purpose behind our youth ministry. We recognize that our students’ and volunteers’ time is limited, and therefore we strive to make every event and meeting purposeful – even if that purpose is merely to enjoy one another.
The youth ministry program at St. Gregory’s is based on the Great Commandment: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'" (Matt. 22:37-39) and the Great Commission: "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you." (Matt. 28:19-20) From these two Biblical principles, we draw five areas of focus for our ministry: Discipleship (Teaching), Ministry (Love your neighbor), Evangelism (Go and make disciples), Fellowship (baptizing them), and Worship (Love your God). We strive to create a ministry program that is well balanced in all five areas.
We offer two different youth groups for middle and high school students. The first Sunday of the month is reserved for a joint meeting and dinner, where as the groups meet separately the second through fifth Sundays of each month. We complement our weekly meetings with service projects, fellowship opportunities, retreats, and lock-ins.
The youth ministry team is lead by a group of regular adults and our youth minister. The students begin to build relationships with adult leaders at youth group events, and also when the youth ministry team attends and supports students at their extracurricular activities (band concerts, sporting events, scout honors, etc). All of our adults have taken the Episcopal Churches’ Sexual Abuse Prevention Program, Keeping God’s People Safe.
If you would like to find out more about our youth ministry program, please contact Bret Chandler, youth minister, at 847-945-1678 x 14 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org