Youth

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Welcome to the Trinity Youth Page

The full Youth Ministries calendar for 2021-2022 can be found here. 
Sign up for the weekly Youth and Families Newsletter here. 


Youth Group During the COVID-19 Pandemic (updated 2/3/21)

Starting on February 21, 2021, youth group will alternate between Zoom meetings and outdoor, socially-distanced in-person events. Please see the calendar for up-to-date information on the schedule. In order to attend an outdoor event, youth are expected to:
   
  • Follow California and CDC guidelines about when to quarantine, and refrain from attending if you have symptoms of COVID-19, or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive
  • Follow California state travel guidelines and refrain from attending if you have recently traveled
  • Wear a mask except when actively eating or drinking
  • Remain 6 feet away from all other participants, or 10 feet while eating or drinking
  • Have your temperature taken at the check-in table
  • Have a parent fill out a multipurpose release

If youth are unable to attend an event for any reason, please contact Ben for opportunities to join in-person events virtually.
 

Youth Group Overview
Trinity offers a thriving youth program for young people in sixth through twelfth grade.  Youth group meets most Sunday evenings and is led by Ben DeShazo-Couchot, our associate for youth ministries Our youth program offers a balance of faith, fun, fellowship, and food. Dinner is served at evening youth group meetings.   

In addition to Sunday night youth group, there are also various opportunities to serve in worship, as well as special trips and activities away from Trinity campus, sometimes for fun and sometimes for service.

Sunday Evening Youth Group
Youth Group meets most Sunday nights from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for food, fun, fellowship, and faith.  We share a meal, play some games, get to know one another, share spiritual reflection, and experience moments of peace and prayer.

 

Small Groups
Trinity youth have the opportunity to spend time together in small groups.  These groups are facilitated by an  adult volunteer, and meet on the fourth weekend of each month.  Youth are encouraged to decide together what they want to do and what they want their group to be like.  This means that some groups might primarily do social activities.  Some might go on a hike. Some might volunteer together.  Some might talk about something related to spirituality and faith.  Anything is game as long as they are together and in relationship.  These groups are a way to get to know a few youth in a way that larger group meetings don't always allow.

Confirmation
Confirmation classes are open to youth ages 8th grade and up, regardless of whether they believe in God, go to church, or actually want to be confirmed. Confirmation classes are a great opportunity for youth to explore their faith more deeply, in community with their peers. You can learn more about our
confirmation program here. 

Acolyting
Youth are encouraged to train for and take roles during worship as acolytes. Confirmed youth are invited to read scripture during the liturgy of the word at the 10:00 service. 


Mission Trips
Each summer our youth carry out mission work together. Recent mission trips have been to New Orleans, South Carolina, Alaska, Ferguson/St. Louis, Los Angeles, and New York. In preparation for these trips, youth raise funds to support their costs and learn about the area they will be visiting and the people they will meet. Mission trips are especially formative in young people's understanding of our part in a larger community of faith. Our youth come together as a team on mission trips and have a great time doing it.

About every other year we have a pilgrimage trip, and so far, those trips have taken high school youth to walk the Camino in Spain, an ancient pilgrimage route that ends at the cathedral in Santiago de Campostela.   Pilgrimages are both an outward adventure in a foreign culture but also an inward spiritual adventure.  In our pilgrimages, we have walked the last 100 kilometers of the Camino, the mimimum distance required to receive the pilgrimage certificate.  


Summer Camps

The Episcopal Diocese of California maintains two camp and conference centers in Sonoma County, each of which offer different camping experiences for youth during the summer.  You can find more information about these by clicking on the links below.


St. Dorothy's Rest (ages 8 to 15 over various weeks).
www. stdorothysrest.org

The Bishop's Ranch (camps for kids, youth and families over the course of the summer).
www.bishopsranch.org

 

Safe Communication Policy 

Click here for information on our policies about staff and volunteer interactions with youth, both virtually and in-person. Our policy is adapted from the Diocese of California Whole and Healthy Church guidelines. Parents should fill out the youth communication form in conjunction with this policy.