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Youth Ministry 

 

 

In Matthew’s gospel, Jesus leaves us with the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19), to go and make disciples of all nations.  At St James,  Youth Discipleship and Evangelization strives to live the parish mission statement: Be disciples of Christ. Make disciples of Christ. We can’t give what we don’t have. We strive to become disciples by:

 

  • Prayer and the Sacraments
    Through prayer and the sacraments we come to know Jesus and His Church.

 

  • Friendship
    Bible studies and Discipleship Groups help us build authentic friendships where we encourage our peers to bring their faith into their daily lives.

 

  • Serving and Loving Others
    In sharing the Gospel, we share Christ by going outside of ourselves to love and serve others.  

 

Click the tabs below to see ways you can get involved!

 

Summer Missions

Local Mission 2019: July 22-26
July 22—July 26, 2019 (7:30am-3:30pm)
8th – 12th graders (Fall 2019)
Registration Cost : $50
Click
HERE and register today!

Join us July 22-26 for the Local Mission Trip. We will kick off the Local Mission in two locations: Racetrack Backstretch (8th-12th graders) and Mission Our Lady of the Angels (option for 11-12th graders). In the Backstretch, we will be creating a mini summer camp for the children there with games, sports, arts & crafts and more! Over at the Mission OLA, teens will be helping the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist in the west side of Chicago. Everyone will meet again to serve at St. Malachy in Chicago for the last three days to clean and restore the school and church for the school year. We will also host a cook out and outdoor games for the summer school kids.

Racetrack Backstretch & St. Malachy 
Arlington Heights, Chicago
July 22-26, 2019
8th – 12th graders
$50 (includes transportation)
Click HERE and register today!

Mission OLA & St. Malachy 
Chicago
July 22-26, 2019
11th – 12th grade
$50 (includes transportation)
Click HERE and register today!

 

 

Catholic Heart WorkCamp 2019: Milwaukee & St. Croix
We are called to be imitators of Christ and share His love through our actions, kindness, and love for one another. Join St. James Youth on mission each summer for service, spiritual growth, and fun! Join us as we join thousands of other youth from parishes across the country serving with Catholic Heart Work Camp. This summer, we are excited to have two locations for our away missions- Milwaukee and St. Croix!

Milwaukee June 9 – 15, 2019
9th – 12th graders 

St. Croix June 22 – 29, 2019
11th – 12th graders 

St. James has been partnering with Catholic Heart Workcamp for many years! We’ve taken teens to serve various parts of the country and two years ago took a group of teens to serve in St. Thomas.  CHWC is comprised of two elements, Service and Program. At these camps, youth are given the opportunities to truly serve the communities by working with local agencies. They feed the hungry, restore homes, accompany the elderly or disabled, lift the spirits of children and much more. The experience doesn’t end there. The program element of CHWC engages teens through testimonies, concerts, dance parties, sports/games, and fun. With a great combination of work, play, and the essentials of mass and prayer and worship, CHWC helps give youth a greater perspective on how to fully live their faith.   

 

Chaperones Needed
If you are interested in being a chaperone for the CHWC Milwaukee Trip or Local Mission, please contact Christina Hudson (chudson@stjamesah.org). All chaperones must be 21 or older. In compliance with the Archdiocese’s Office for the Protection of Children and Youth, all chaperones must be VIRTUS trained. VIRTUS training is offered throughout the Chicagoland area. Please click here to register for a training that fits your schedule.        

 

 

 

 2018 Recap Thank you to all the teens and chaperones who made mission season 2018 possible! Our time in Farmington, MI with Catholic Heart and our local mission serving our neighbors in Arlington Heights and Chicago was truly blessed.   

               

 

           

Summer Drop Ins

Middle School Nights
June 19 | July 2 | July 9 | July 16 | July 30
4-5PM
This summer, St. James will be hosting a few drop ins for our middle school students! All are welcome to join us in the Church basement (Laramie Room) for fun, food and friends.

This summer we will be reading through and reflecting on the upcoming Sunday gospel and have some activities to follow. Snacks and drinks will be provided. We’ll try to give you a heads up of when things might get messy (ie: waterballoons) but will be sure to have fun! Sign-ups aren’t necessary, but helps us with food count. Bring friends- the more, the merrier.

To get plugged in, sign up here to join.

 

 

HS School Happy Hour
June 19 | July 3 | July 10 | July 17 | July 33
3:30-5PM
Summer is busy, but the good kind of busy. It’s full of family vacations & staycations, summer school, summer jobs, camps for this, that, and everything else. This summer we will have HS Happy Hour! Wednesdays we’ll be hanging out at Starbucks (across the street from Walgreens) from 3:30-5pm. Come after school, after camp, or after work! Stay for a little or stay the whole time!

 

Questions
Feel free to ask! Contact Christina Hudso(chudson@stjamesah.org).     

Volunteer Opportunities

Check back later for more volunteer Opportunities. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIFETEEN is the title of our High School Youth Ministry Program that we will be using here at St. James beginning in the fall. Here is a video to give you an idea of why LIFETEEN works.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CUPBYhi92A.

LIFETEEN will meet on Sunday evenings starting September 15th after the 5PM Mass.
The nights will be from 6:00 -8:00 pm. We will release the full calendar in the middle of July.

Any student grades 9 – 12 are invited to attend LIFETEEN each week.

The fee for high school students is $150 for the year. This will help to cover the cost of dinner, outside speakers and musicians and other resources and materials will use throughout the year. You will also have the option to pay $250 which includes registration for the St. James LIFETEEN Retreat.

We look forward to walking with all of the families here at St. James. For financial assistance  or questions, please do not hesitate to email Christina Hudson (chudson@stjamesah.org).

If you are ready to jump in and register for the fall, you can do so by clicking HERE. Maybe not today? That’s okay. Registration will be open all summer long!

We’ve laid out the ground work and this summer we are diving into preparations. We are ex­cited for what’s to come and we hope you will be to. Get ready!

 

 

Parent Core Team
There are many different ways to serve, pray for, and support our new youth ministry programs. If you feel called to serve the youth of our parish, please consider applying for our Core Team. CLICK HERE to access the application.

 

Coming this fall to St. James Middle Schoolers: 

In a similar format to LIFETEEN, for our middle school students, we are bringing EDGE. EDGE is the title of our Middle School Youth Ministry Program that we will be using here at St. James beginning in the fall. Here is a video to give you an idea of why EDGE works.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DgN6ezoUQk

EDGE will meet on Tuesday evenings and will follow the RE calendar for the year. The nights will be from 6:30-8:00 pm. We will release the calendar in the middle of July.

All students grades 6-8 are invited to attend EDGE each week.

The fee for EDGE is $50 which will help to cover the cost of snacks and some of the materials that we will use throughout the year.

We look forward to walking with all of the families here at St. James and please do not hesitate to email Theresa Storto if you have any questions at TStorto@stjamesah.org

Registration for EDGE will be open all summer long! Click HERE to register today!


Parent Core Team
There are many different ways to serve, pray for, and support our new youth ministry programs. If you feel called to serve the youth of our parish, please consider applying for our Core Team. CLICK HERE to access the application.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about how you can be involved with youth ministry at St. James, please contact:  Theresa Storto, Administrative Assistant for Evangelization and Formation at tstorto@stjamesah.org (224) 345 – 7213