Every Sunday evening (6:30 – 8:30 pm) from September through May our senior high youth gather for Youth Group. The group spends considerable time building relationships with each other and adult leaders, so that youth group becomes a place of safety, belonging, openness, and support. Each youth group gathering has a focus, such as: learning, service, or fun.
Trinity uses several curricula including Journey to Adulthood and training in Peer Ministry through which youth deepen their relationships, strengthen their connection to the scriptures, and practice their faith through prayer, sharing, and learning.
Taking Their Place
Youth and young people are not the church of tomorrow, they are the church of today. Part of youth ministries at Trinity is equipping young people to claim their rightful place within the larger congregation. Trinity youth avail themselves of ministries in the church according to their interests and gifts, including: helping to lead Sunday worship (lector, acolyte, server, instrumentalist, Hand Bell Choir, preaching, leading Maundy Thursday service) and service (Blessing of the Animals fundraiser for Episcopal Relief and Development, Advent Alternative Giving program, clothes and supply drives for White Earth, Mental Health Initiative).
The “Journey to Adulthood” program culminates in a pilgrimage to a holy place or site. Senior high youth will be exploring and potentially preparing, during the 2019-2020 program year, for a pilgrimage to Spain to walk the Camino de Santiago or, the Way of St. James, that people of faith have been walking for over 500 years.
Trinity annually offers a 12-week confirmation class which is an opportunity for our young people to make a public and mature affirmation of their Christian faith. The class is a time to question and learn.
It has been said, “you are not doing youth ministry until youth are doing ministry.” At Trinity, youth lead the rest of the congregation in significant outreach projects. Much of that work has been partnering with indigenous communities.
Several times per year, the senior high youth pull a full shift at First Nations’ Kitchen (FNK) which is a ministry of All Saints’ Episcopal Indian Mission. FNK has been serving healthy, organic, traditional indigenous food in a welcoming, family environment since 2007. FNK models environmentally sustainable practices and serves fare based on an ancestral diet of First Nations people (buffalo, wild rice, elk, fish, venison, and turkey). Trinity senior high youth have been a full partner with All Saints’ since 2010 and raise money for needed supplies, equipment, and wild rice.
For six consecutive summers, Trinity youth traveled north to spend a week serving members of the White Earth Nation – tribal members who do not live on the reservation and thus cannot be served by the tribe. Along with youth from neighboring Episcopal churches, Trinity youth are full partners in the White Earth Mission Project, hosted by the White Earth tribal government. In addition to working on housing projects and sponsoring a Vacation Bible School for indigenous children from Cass Lake in the summer, Trinity’s senior high youth engaged in fundraising all year long to provide the supplies and materials needed for the week up north. Additionally, the youth took their partnership seriously, engaging in anti-racism work throughout the year, and also broadening their knowledge of the history and culture of Ojibwe people.
The White Earth Mission Project is temporarily on sabbatical due to changes in leadership and a healthy reimagining of the partnership and its work. Learn more about the White Earth Nation.