The mission of St. Paul’s youth ministry is to experience Christ’s love by inviting youth into a journey of faith, nurturing them in a lifelong relationship with God, and challenging them to share their gifts of faith.
Our youth group is open to all 6th-12th graders. We primarily meet after our worship service (11:30 a.m.) twice/month for a couple of hours. Our activities include bowling, tours of downtown, community meals, prepping and serving a meal for Liberation Veterans Services, volunteering at the Richmond Folk Festival, and many other fellowship and service-oriented activities. Our hope is to live out our Christian mission with one another and learn more about what that means in our everyday lives.
Resources for Youth during COVID and Beyond…
Centering prayer is a method of contemplative prayer which begins with an intentional effort to focus, as well as to open one’s self up to hearing from God. Centering prayer works by focusing on a word or phrase which you consider to be sacred. As you get comfortable, silently reflect on this sacred word or phrase. As you find yourself thinking of something else, return to the sacred word or phrase which you are centering on. Try to maintain this centering posture for 20 minutes. When you finish, spend a moment in silence and close your time by offering a prayer of thanks or confession. Follow this link for more information.
Lectio Divina is an ancient practice of “divine reading”. This method of spiritual reflection begins by meditating on a passage from sacred scripture and invites us to listen to what God’s Word has to say to us today. This method begins by finding a peaceful and quiet moment and offering up a prayer as you settle in. Focus on your breath and posture. The method then moves on to the lectio, or reading. Slowly read the passage of scripture on which you want to reflect, perhaps even more than once if there is something moving to you. As something begins to grab your attention from the passage, you then meditatio, or reflect on this word or phrase for a few minutes. Think about what this phrase means for you. Oratio is when you “express” these thoughts openly and honestly before God. Your thoughts may be in thanksgiving, lament, petition, praise, or anything in between. Lastly, resting, contemplatio, means to simply rest in the stillness of your heart before God. For more information, please follow this link.
Breath prayers are prayers that are broken into two parts and repeated. After a controlled and mindful inhale, you utter the first part of the prayer (“The Lord is my shepherd…”). After slowly releasing your breath, you then complete the words of the prayer, silently or gently aloud (“…I shall not want”). Follow this link for some more examples and thoughts on this reflection method.
While not a spiritual exercise like some of the resources listed above, this resource can help us reflect on who we are within our family units and systems. Doing so can help us gain self-awareness, be more at peace, and find ourselves in positions to be able to reflect spiritually. Reflect on your own family system through the lens of developmental relationships. Take these findings to God in perhaps a centering prayer to see what they may mean to your innermost self. Families are essential to our endurance in these hard times; the resources offered here encourage us to reflect on how we can be a better member of a family.
To sign up for youth ministry activities and tell us a little more about yourself, please check out our contact form here.