Children and Youth Ministry
NEW MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH GROUP MEETING
Saint James invites St. Gabriels tweens and teens in Middle and High School to explore a new youth group called Gather. Gather will meet in the parish hall on Saturday, January 20 from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm. There will be some faith discussions on topics of their choice and food! Explore how Jesus' teachings can help build a better world close to you and beyond our shores. Feel free to come with a friend!
For more information, feel free to call, text or email Michelle Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org, (703) 626-4888.
At Saint Gabriel’s all our children are cherished members of the Body of Christ - the living saints! We take seriously the promise that is made during the service of Holy Baptism - to do all in our power to support our children in their life in Christ. All children and youth are welcome to serve as acolytes, ushers, lay readers, and outreach missioners and evangelizers.
At every Sunday service the clergy deliver a Children's story based on the Gospel reading for the day. The children along with their teachers and child care providers gather at the front for the story and then go to classes. They return for the Peace and Eucharist. Child care is provided by Mildred and Nellie every Sunday. Sunday School coincides with the school calendar year but child care is provided every Sunday.
The third Sunday of the month is YOUTH SERVICE SUNDAY. There is no Sunday School on this day and the children perform all the ministries of the service including Altar Guild, Acolyte, Readings, Ushers, Offertory and more. This is a time for the youth to take ownership of the service, fully participate in the service and learn in a meaningful way about what each part of the service means. All youth are invited to participate in ways they are most comfortable.
ST. GABRIEL'S ACOLYTES PARTICPATED AT 2017 ACOLYTE FESTIVAL
Click here to see the vidio of our acolytes processing into the National Cathedral with the clergy and seminarian of Saint Gabriel's ~ San Gabriel on Saturday, October 7th, 2017
YOUTH STATIONS OF THE CROSS at the Chapel in the Woods on Good Friday 2017
All youth and their parents are invited to join us for this special LENTEN event. This presentation of the Stations of the Cross will be child and teen friendly and offers an age appropriate reflective look at Jesus' final hours. We have done a similar practice of this walk in Sunday School. On Good Friday, at the Chapel in the Woods will walk through all the stations.
Over the past few weeks we have been studying the traditions of Easter. We learned about the Paschal Candle, Stations of the Cross, Palm Sunday. Deacon Holly helped us remember the complete story of easter by sharing the resurrection eggs with us. .
SUNDAY SCHOOL MARCH 26, 2017
This week we learned about two lesson from today's service. First we learned the story of how Jesus healed the blind man from John 9:1-41. To help us remember the story we made a special moving art piece. 1)The man could not see. 2) Jesus picked up mud from the earth and placed his muddy hands over the mans eyes 3)When the man washed it away he could see.
In the second part of our lesson we learned about today's Psalm 23. This is a very familiar Psalm, but for some of the students it's the first time they are hearing these words. To help us remember and follow this PSALM we made a prayer bead key ring. Each color of the bead represents a line in the PSALM. At the end of the prayer we ring the bell to celebrate that we will "dwell in the house of the Lord forever."
YOUTH SERVICE SUNDAY, MARCH 19, 2017
During this week's Youth Service Sunday we focused on all the stories from the readings and the Gospel that spoke about water. The students joined Fr. Daniel in a special blessing of the water and they were able to take a small bottle of this "Living Water" home with them to use in special ways.
SUNDAY SCHOOL 2017
We prepared a Lenten "WREATH" to remind us of all the events coming up in the next 40 Days. The wreath featured images of Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday, The Last Supper, Good Friday and Easter Sunday. It also showed the STATIONS OF THE CROSS. In the coming weeks we will be walking the stations of the cross in a special way.
SUNDAY JANUARY 15th-YOUTH SERVICE SUNDAY
This Sunday we celebrated the Gospel John I:23-34. As part of Youth Service Sunday we all processed in together with our streamers of "fire". During the Children's Story Father Daniel had us
hold the LIGHT of God in our hands. It was a powerful representation. As usual each student took on their rolls in the service as Altar Guild, Acolyte, readers, ushers, gift bearers. We are enjoying great feedback from participants and parents as we continue to add to this monthly service. Our next YOUTH SERVICE SUNDAY will be February 19th.