Youth

   Our youth program at St. Stephen focuses on three things.  The first is building relationship.  By planning together and doing activities together our focus is to build healthy relationships between the youth and their friends and also with the adults of this congregation who help and support the youth program.  Through healthy relationship we learn what it means to respect, love and encourage each other.

 

   The second is service - where our youth have an opportunity to put their faith into action.  Through various opportunities, together we learn what it means to love and serve our neighbour.  We participate in events like World Vision's "30 Hour Famine" or Canadian Lutheran World Relief's "Hunger Inter(mission)".  We join events like local mission trips to learn about homelessness and feed the hungry.  We participate in CLAY (Canadian Lutheran Anglican Youth) gatherings where we learn about our neighbours in this country and in the world.  We serve our communities and congregation by hosting fund raising activities such as yard sales or Easter breakfasts. Through the confirmation program (youth ages 12 - 14) we assist in worship and this past year, with congregational support and with CLWR (Canadian Lutheran World Relief), we sewed dresses for girls in developing countries.  Older youth also have the opportunity to help out with our yearly Vacation Bible School program.

 

   Our third focus is to have spirited fun!  We enjoy events like sleep-overs with friends here at the church.  We go bowling, play dodge ball and the ever-popular manhunt, go swimming, visit places like the Toronto Zoo, go on museum outings, go tubing at Chicopee in the winter, go skating and drink hot chocolate, see movies and so much more!

 

   Our program is open to junior youth ages 9-11 and senior youth ages 12-16.  All youth are welcome and their friends, too!