Here at St. Mark’s we love youth and are convinced that youth are not only the future of the church, but are very much the present church. That is why we are a community that is dedicated to providing a place for youth to meet Christ and come to know Him personally. We believe there is no greater force in the world than the love and grace of God as shown to us through the life and death of Jesus Christ. It is the responsibility of the Church to teach our young disciples about this life-giving grace. The youth of St Mark’s are learning to read God’s word and form relationships with God—through Christ—and others. Our ministry seeks to grow and learn within the walls of the church, and take what we have learned and go into the world and serve others in Christ’s love.
St Mark’s youth ministry has been named “The Shipyard” in reference to John Shedd’s quote, “A ship stays safe in the harbor, but that is not what ships are meant for.” A young Christian is safe in the church—but that is not what Christians are meant for. Our youth ministry is dedicated to teaching our young Christian brothers and sisters about God’s grace so they may “set sail” to their schools, work-places, sports teams and other areas of their lives empowered to share the love of Christ with others. The Shipyard is also a place where the youth of St. Mark’s are encouraged to step out of their comfort zone in order to serve in Christ’s name (Matt 25:40).
Our youth ministry seeks to offer a variety of channels each month in which our youth can encounter the life-giving God. Through fellowship, service and Christian study our young people can find a community to call their own in which they can grow together in their knowledge and love of the Triune God
During the school year, youth are invited to St Mark's straight from school (off Lord Botetourt High School's bus 56) to share prayer concerns, "God Sightings" and play games together. This is a time to unwind and hang out in the middle of the school week.
Unwind meets every Wednesday school-day from 4-6pm
Youth Sunday school meets in the Youth Cafe every Sunday morning from 10-10:45am. There, Bible stories are studied and applied to students' own lives while taking a closer look at the culture in which the story initially took place. All are welcome!!
Between 6th and 7th grade amazing faith questions really start flowing from young minds! For many, this means that they become very interested in the tradition in which they have been growing up. This is the perfect time to join us for confirmation! Pastor Justin and Erin Huddleston are co-teaching confirmation class during which we will be talking about everything from our Christian history, to the United Methodist Church and what we really believe! At the end of this semester-long class, students are invited to join the church with all of the rights and responsibilities of full voting members.