Middle School Retreats

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Just as Jesus needed to retreat and change His scenery to worship at His best sometimes, we too can benefit from getting away for a while to truly focus on God’s words to us and our hearts.

STM Middle School Youth Ministry offers fives retreats per year—some local or on-site, and some in farther destinations. Retreats are some of the most powerful experiences proclaimed by participants, and we invite you to a similar journey to grow closer to the Lord.

Fall Retreat

Fall (October). 6th-8th grade.

As the autumn leaves change with the season, so we too spend time away from the craziness of everyday life by reflecting on ways to die to ourselves. As we shake off the distractions, we instead invite a renewal in Christ. Middle School youth are invited to spend a weekend in October at the Stone Canyon Outdoor Ed Center in Larkspur, CO (about 45 minutes away from St. Thomas More).

*This retreat meets the requirements of Retreat Component for Middle School Confirmation preparation.  

Mountain Madness

Spring (February – typically President’s Day Weekend). 6th-8th grade.

Living up to its name, this retreat is the most anticipated retreat of the year! Over one-thousand Middle School youth from the Archdiocese of Denver gather on President’s Day Weekend at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, CO (about two hours away from St. Thomas More). This is a powerful weekend of high energy speakers and activities, dynamic worship and adoration, and a memorable mountain-top experience to ignite and fan a passion for Jesus Christ to be cherished and lived in our everyday life.

Lenten Retreat

Spring (Palm Sunday Weekend). 6th-8th grade.

As we approach Easter, we spend examining our Lenten experience and reflecting on ways to carry out our growth in this season to be continued and celebrated with the rising of our Lord. This two-day overnight retreat on Palm Sunday Weekend is on-site in the St. Thomas More Catacombs. We conclude with our parish Palm Sunday walk and Youth Mass.

*This retreat meets the requirements of Retreat Component for Middle School Confirmation preparation.

Life With a Mission

Summer (June). Incoming 6th-12th grade.

What better way to bring in the summer, than with our heart set on a special mission in Christ, and the momentum to live it out! All Middle and High School youth are invited to this week-long retreat that takes place at St. Thomas More, in mid-June. We kick-off on Sunday evening with Youth Mass and dinner together, and then we spend the next few evenings through Thursday by breaking into our theme nights. We conclude this roller-coaster of a week through Friday with our optional day-long trip to Elitch Gardens! We’re in for a week of fun and games in the sun, praise and worship, vibrant talks, and more.

*This retreat meets the requirements of Retreat Component for Middle School Confirmation preparation.

Winter Park Mission Trip & Bible Sports Camp (Incoming 7th & 8th grade)

Summer (July) – For incoming 7th & 8th grade youth only.

A Christ-based service opportunity to practice leadership and growth in your faith, as you help teach and coach younger children in sports and lead Bible studies! We also get to visit and serve various parishes in the Winter Park area (about two hours away from St. Thomas More). We take a small group so spots are limited and fill quickly, and this trip takes place in mid-July.