Led by Youth Minister Kaili Kinnon, our programs are for youth in grades 6 – 12.
“If I had to describe the youth group, I would say it is a fun place where nobody judges and we learn about the Christian faith”. (Grade 9 youth member)
What we’re all about…
Head. Heart. Hands.
Intellectual discovery. Spiritual growth. Creative and practical applications.
St Clement’s Youth Ministry is committed to fostering healthy friendships, forming strong and intelligent Christian leaders, serving those in need, and equipping young people with a solid theological foundation for grappling with life’s big questions.
Junior Youth Group (grades 6-8) meets during the 9am and 11am Sunday services to explore stories from the bible and their relevance to modern life through storytelling, drama, and activities that honor multiple learning styles. Afterwards we join the congregation for communion.
Senior Youth Group (grades 9-12) meets during the 11 am Sunday service. We delve deeper into the Christian life through talks, creative projects, bible study and small group discussions. Afterwards we join the congregation for communion.
St Clement’s also offers confirmation classes for youth in grade 8 and up. Confirmation class runs from October – June each year and is an excellent way for youth to be introduced to the Christian faith and to dig deeper into it. Because about half of our youth enter the confirmation class with little to no exposure to the Christian faith, our program is very much run as an introduction to the faith (history, beliefs, traditions). It’s a safe space for youth to have doubts, ask big questions, and try to figure out what they believe. The class is designed to honor the whole person – head, heart and hands – and as such is made up of rich intellectual discussion, bible study, creative activities, and practical application projects.
Service-Learning Formation Cycle – Haiti 2016
As a part of our commitment to practically living out our faith as a youth group, we are currently in our first ever Service-Learning Formation Cycle, which will involve a youth group trip to the north of Haiti in March 2016. The trip is part of a broader process named the Service Learning Formation Cycle – which involves months of fundraising, six weeks of preparation and team building meetings before the group leaves, a one week service immersion trip to Haiti, and then a debrief of the Haiti trip, followed by applying our learning in a service project in Toronto and then debriefing that project. The whole cycle will run from the beginning of February to the end of April with weekly meetings. The participating youth team members have committed to this lengthy process because they feel that “Jesus calls us to help the poor and needy, and by doing that we love our neighbour, just like God tells us to” (Gr.9) and that “As Jesus’ followers we are asked to follow Jesus’ example to share the blessings we have received, through acts of service.” (Gr. 11).
For information on upcoming events, questions, or just to talk, please contact Kaili Kinnon, Youth Minister, at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also request to join our Facebook page, “St Clement’s Youth” or follow us on Instagram, @stclementsyouth.