“Do not let anyone look down on you because you are young but be an example for the believers in your speech, your conduct, your love, faith, and purity.”

1 Timothy 4:12

Youth Ministry at a Glance

St. Christopher Youth Ministry invites young people in grades 6-12 to be actively involved in the life of the parish, especially in the areas of liturgy, faith formation, service and community building. Youth Ministry offers the chance to grow in love for Christ and share Christ’s service to others. Young people create friendships, develop leadership skills and nurture the value of striving to follow Jesus’ example.

HELLO & wELCOME
Hey there - I'm so blessed to be in ministry here at my home parish! I'm a St. Chris alum,  born and raised right here in Vandalia, where I now live with my big-ol' fam of five loud and crazy kids (4 girls and 1 boy), my hubby (my buddy, my pal, and our ring-leader), one flabby lab, and two cool cats...it's quite the crew 🙂 I am so incredibly in love with Jesus and the way that He has impacted my life: pursued me, called me, and transformed me ... time and time again! It's a love I am so excited to share with your teens...and that's really my approach in ministry: "I've got a BEST friend, a TRUE friend in Jesus...allow me to introduce Him to you"  OR "Oh my gosh, you know Him too - so let's talk!!!" LOL - So I love to have fun...and even more so, fun in and with the Lord and all my lil' bros/sisters he's blessed me with through ministry. 🙂
Elena Pope
Director of Youth Ministry
HERE'S THE SCOOP
SCHOOL YEAR YM

Jr High Youth Ministry

… Building you a better YM site!  More to come here – check back soon.

High School Youth Ministry

… Building you a better YM site!  More to come here – check back soon.

SUMMER YM

 

ALOHA CLASS OF 2020

Join us on Sunday, August 2, 2020 as together we celebrate 6PM Mass followed by dinner and a presentation (after Mass – 8:30PM) in the St. Christopher Courtyard [Hawaiian Luau Theme].

*** PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN LAWN CHAIRS/SEATING ITEMS ***

 
* Please RSVP and complete photo uploads by July 24th *
 

RSVP and UPLOAD PHOTOS HERE: https://www.cognitoforms.com/StChristopher1/RSVPSeniorAlohaDinner

 

WHAT DOES “ALOHA” MEAN ANYWAY?

In searching the meaning of the Hawaiian word “aloha”, you will find that it is a term used both when greeting someone and also saying goodbye. It actually holds a much deeper, spiritual significance of love, peace, compassion, and mercy. So for our Class of 2020, we found this term to be very fitting for this class at this very celebration as we come together to join and celebrate, as well as wish them all love, peace, compassion, and mercy on the path laid out before them. 

 

CAMPUS MISSION DAYS

Join us for [6] days of service throughout the St. Chris campus:
Wednesdays: July 8, 15, 22
Thursdays: July 9, 16, 23
*** MANY PARENT VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED EACH DAY ***

 

WHAT ARE CAMPUS MISSION DAYS?

Six days of clearing out, cleaning, prepping, painting, organizing, and creating throughout the St. Chris campus, giving our campus youth spaces a fresh, new look!

 

WHO CAN ATTEND?

All parish youth grades 6-12. 

 

DOES IT COST ANYTHING?

Nope, it’s FREE! 🙂

** However, it would be wonderful if you are able to contribute any sort of donation to cover the cost of paint and supplies. 

WHAT DO WE BRING?

Bring a cinch-bag with following items:
FAITH: Bring your own prayer journal, pen/pencil, & Catholic Student Bible (if you have one).
FOOD: Bring your own complete lunch and plenty of water/drink.

**Students will not be permitted to leave campus to buy food. **Refrigeration will not be available.

SERVICE: Wear old clothes and shoes that are ok to get paint on them.

**Youth and adults are encouraged to wear a mask.

WHAT ARE THE DROP-OFF/PICK UP DETAILS?

Drop-Off and Check-In:  8:45am-8:55am — Check in w/ Elena Pope at the courtyard between the school, church, and parish office. 
** If you are running late, after 8:55am on Wednesdays, please text me and let me know
** We will be in the church for Mass on Wednesdays at 9:00am // Thursdays on the lawn for faith formation.
** If it’s raining, we will meet in the Youth Center.

Pick Up: 2:30pm @ the lawn space in front of the Youth Center

 

HOW DO I SIGN MY TEEN UP?

Click here to fill out the form and waiver

 

I’M AVAILABLE TO VOLUNTEER – HOW DO I SIGN UP?

Click here to email Elena Pope – just let me know which days you can help.

 

August 13, 2020  |  $25.93  |  Christian Life Center

 
We still have tickets available for this AWESOME concert coming here to Vandalia at Christian Life Center. Don’t miss out on this GREAT worship opportunity! Don’t know who they are? Good News – You’ve got time to check them out on your preferred music source, jam to all their classic hits, and be ready to fan-out come August!
 

CONCERT DATE: Thursday, August 13 [CANCELED]
TICKET PRICE: $25.93 ( group rate plus tax and fees)
EVENT LOCATION: Christian Life Center on Little York Rd., Butler Township
WHO: Jr. High & High School youth, friends, and family
DOORS OPEN: 6:00PM
MEET @ CLC: around 5:30PM – It get’s packed VERY early – seats are first come, first choice. Although there is no “bad” seat there, we would still love to be able to sit together as a group for this event.

RESERVE YOUR TICKET

 

 

[CANCELED] ALIVE IN YOU: KNOXVILLE, TN | JUNE 23-28, 2020 | $400

OPEN TO: Current 8th grade youth through 12th grade

This summer camp is part service, part conference. Experience the love of Christ through the Eucharist, Reconciliation, Mass, service, high-energy praise and worship, prayer, talented speakers, team building, games, activities, and small faith groups. 2020 Camp Theme is Magnify: Join us as we will look at Mary, the Mother of God, and how our devotion to Mary leads us into a closer relationship with our Lord. Registration fee includes programming and admission to Knoxville Navitat Ropes Course or choice of Ijams Nature Park activities. For more information about the Alive In You experience, click here.

REGISTRATION DEPOSIT: $100** (remainder $ due 6/1)

**Although no payment is required at the time of registration, a registration deposit of $100 must be paid within 30 days of the registration submission date before the reservation is considered secured.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

BACK-UP PLANS ARE BEING DEVELOPED TO STILL PROVIDE SERVICE OPPORTUNITY AND COMMUNITY FAITH FORMATION AMONG OUR HIGH SCHOOL (CURRENT 8TH-12 GRADE YOUTH). CHECK BACK SOON FOR MORE DETAILS.

  • We will be going to Knoxville, TN for the AIY camp NEXT Summer in 2021 – EARLY BIRD signup for that coming soon – save your spot!

August 9, 2020  |  West Milton, OH

 

WHAT IS AMP FEST?

   

Unfortunately, we had to make the decision to cancel this annual parish event due to the size and nature of the event. 

We look forward to next summer and hope that you will continue to support and participate in our annual 2-Miler Race for the Youth!  

STAY CONNECTED
THE REMIND APP IS OUR PRIMARY FORM OF COMMUNICATION 
 
BE SURE TO OPT-IN!  ~

 

Please stay connected  for any upcoming/current event reminders, updates, and more! See the various communication group codes and text to opt-in. 

TEXT @_______________

TO NUMBER:  81010

Communication Groups

  • HS YM: @stchrisymh
  • JR. HIGH YM: @stchrisymj
  • SOS: @stchrissos
  • HS MISSION TRIP: @scymtrip
  • GIFT JR. HIGH: @giftjrhigh
  • CAMPUS MISSION: @scym45377