SCAPC Youth Ministry provides students from 6th-12th grade with a safe and affirming atmosphere to explore their unique relationship with God, to build friendships based on trust, authenticity, and grace, to examine and embrace their own gifts and imperfections, and to develop a deeper sense of justice and open-mindedness for and with individuals and communities different than their own. Rather than being seen as passive conduits of knowledge, our youth are recognized for the wisdom, creativity, and strengths they bring to this world here and now and are empowered to be leaders for one another and for the church community.
It is our hope that students who invest time into SCAPC's youth program will not only develop a stronger sense of self, a more tangible understanding of how they can worship God and embody love in their own way, and a deeper acumen for serving and listening to others, but they will also have a network of compassionate, authentic relationships around them – stemming from their peers and their youth director yes, but also from our volunteer team, SCAPC college role models, and from congregational mentors.
Youth Group takes place on most Sunday evenings in the third floor Youth Room. Each evening consists of downtime for pure fellowship and dinner together, as well as organized games, activities, and discussions around a theme of the day.
Sunday School is offered for all 6th-12th graders between Labor Day and late May before Sunday worship in the 3rd floor Youth Room and occasionally through our @SCAPC_Youth Instagram.
Part of our youth ministry mission is to develop in our youth a deeper sense of empathy and justice for those suffering in our local community. To that end, a crucial part of our ministry happens each month, when on a given Saturday we offer to our 6th-12th graders a volunteer opportunity with one of our community ministry partners.