“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” ~Jeremiah 29:11
A survey of Saint Mark’s youth ministry will reveal teenagers from a dozen different Birmingham area schools. A variety of teenagers who excel in athletics, academic, gaming, or music; and even some who are still trying to find where they fit in. Such a diverse community of teens could be considered an anomaly, but I attribute it to our youth ministry inheriting our church’s culture: “Love Lives Here.” Our youth ministry strives to be the necessary place in a teenager’s life where they can find the acceptance, love, encouragement, and accountability he or she craves and needs from their fellow youth and our awesome team of adult counselors. Through our worship, small groups, service, and fellowship we strive to create a culture where young people are encouraged to live into their calling in Christ as agents of the kingdom within the household of God.
What is the Youth?
The Youth is a group of young men and women from 7th to 12th grades who gather together in fellowship to grow and to bond together through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Young adults are faced with new, more diverse challenges every day and through this youth ministry they have a loving place to express themselves and to be close to God. We love our Youth, we invest in them throughout the church and we are excited to watch them grow throughout the years at St. Mark. And we hope that you will join us on this amazing journey!
We can’t talk about our Youth without mentioning their own Youth Center. What a blessing it has been that the Youth have their own space, their own game room and music room, their own classrooms where they can go to worship, to sing or just to be themselves. Nearly all of their activities are set in the Youth Center. This is where they come for the youth sermon, for their small groups and for singing with the praise band. Just check out this space!
Schedule of Activities
While the Church has scheduled activities for members of all ages, the Student Ministry has a schedule all its own that runs alongside the normal church activities.
Wonderful Wednesdays for the youth beings at 5:30 PM in the Youth Center for 7th through 12th grade. There they can enjoy free activities until 6:00 PM when they split into two groups. The 7th through 9th grade students will remain in the Youth Center for Bible Study while the 10th through 12th grade students may choose to be involved in other Wonderful Wednesday activities – to help with the younger children, to join adult classes or study on their own. Please note that Wonderful Wednesdays only run through the school year. Find more information here.
Sundays also have their own schedule for the Youth. On Sunday Mornings, the youth enjoy their own Sunday School classes in the Youth Center from 10:00 AM to 10:45 AM, before they join the rest of the congregation. But Sunday nights are really when the youth come alive! At 5:30 PM, they will join their friends for Snack Supper in the Fellowship Hall, followed by fellowship and games in the Gym. Around 6:20 PM, they will head down to the Youth Center to hear a message and worship together in the Youth Worship Room. After that, they will break into small groups to discuss what they are facing today in their own lives and how it relates to the message that evening. Finally, at 7:15, they will follow the Youth Choir Director to the choir room to practice singing in our own youth choir – Godspeed!
As with any youth program, you can expect that there will be extracurricular activities for the students to become involved in – and St. Mark’s Student Ministry is no different! We are proud to offer our youth a developing suite of programs to choose from, including: Youth Basketball, Youth Praise Band, Choir, Leadership Team and Outreach. Please schedule a time to speak to our Youth Director to find out more!