youth group

Young people in Archstl share insights ahead of 2018 bishops’ synod

Lauren Scharmer, director of youth ministry for St. Louis Life Teen, led prayer during a meeting of the teen ministry at Bishop DuBourg High School.

For Lauren Scharmer, youth ministry is more than giving teens a place to hang out once a week to talk about their faith. The Church, she said, is there to help them understand the relational aspect of the Church — and its desire to help young people become closer in relationship with God.

Students grow in faith through prayer, community, service during summer break

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Emilee Richie, deep in prayer, knelt at adoration at the XLT praise and worship event June 17 at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Church in Ferguson. Richie and other teens are finding ways to remain involved in their faith over the summer break. “God doesn’t stop loving so why would we stop loving Him?” asked Richie.

Bright and early on a summer morning, seven teenagers stroll into your parish's daily Mass. You do a double take, blink a few times, but they're still there. Aren't they usually sleeping? Playing video games? Letting each day roll lazily by?

Some teens might, but not those from St. Louis LifeTeen. They're among the many St. Louis area youth groups in full swing, morning to evening, throughout summer break.

Prayer and Community

New youth ministry effort is a work of collaboration

Teens in a new high school youth ministry group in south St. Louis County have been meeting for only a few months, but already their new space is transforming into a place where collaboration rules.

John 15 is an effort of four south St. Louis County parishes -- Annunciation in Webster Groves, Our Lady of Providence in Crestwood, St. Michael the Archangel in Shrewsbury and Seven Holy Founders in Affton. The group started meeting in August, under the guidance of youth minister Tim Lucchesi.

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