Middle School Youth Ministry

Hi, middle schoolers! Welcome to St. Thomas More Middle School Youth Ministry!

Life can be interesting when you’re in sixth, seventh and eighth grade. You’re learning more about yourself and the types of friends you want, there are many changes in your life, and you’re discovering what God and our Catholic faith are all about.

We provide a wide variety of opportunities to cater to every different type of middle schooler – creative and athletic, co-ed to gender-specific, social events to intimate Scripture studies, rallies and monthly service opportunities, two weekly youth groups on Tuesdays & Thursdays for grades 6th-8th. (ECHOFIRE), a summer mission trip (Winter Park Bible Sports Camp) 4 retreats per year (Mountain Madness, Lenten Retreat, Life With a Mission, and Fall Retreat). Also, our high school mentor program allows you to build connections and receive guidance from high school youth. We like to do everything in youth ministry with a spirit of fun, so be ready for a lot of laughs and great memories!

We want to help you in your walk with Christ and in building faith-based friendships. No matter what you’re interested in, where you are in your faith or how your schedule looks, there is a place for you here at STM. Stick around to check out what’s coming up!

For more information, contact Greg Johnson

gregj@stthomasmore.org303.220.3388 x2.

 

Youth Mass: Sundays at 5:30pm

Liturgical ministers include the St. JP2 Youth Choir, youth lectors, ushers, greeters, and more.

Youth and families are invited to join us in worship at the Youth Mass every Sunday! This Mass features energetic Youth Liturgy, and vibrant contemporary songs of praise. Come and open the Word of God with us. Hear the messages of God’s love through enriching, relevant homilies. Share the heart of our Catholic faith in the Holy Eucharist. Receive these gifts and more, in the company of your peers!

This is also an opportunity to hear youth announcements and learn of the youth opportunities in the parish. All are welcome!

For information on the Youth Mass, and how you can become involved, contact
Kelley Contreras at kelleyc@stthomasmore.org or call 303.220.3388 x5.

ECHOFIRE – 6th, 7th & 8th Grade Youth Group

Tuesday & Thursday Nights 6:00-8:00pm in the Catacombs Youth Center, for grades 6th-8th.  Each week the same night will be ran Tuesday and Thursday.

Woohoo, you’re officially a teenager! You know what that means? Along with maturing in your Middle School experience, you’re also maturing in your walk of faith in Jesus Christ. You’re probably starting to ask more questions, and seek out deeper community of friends in the Church who can help you grow. What better way than to attend weekly youth group, as you develop as a disciple of Christ and share Christ to the world! Join us for relatable topics in our Church and society today, applying scripture to daily life, games, small groups, friendships, and more.

Guy’s Sports Group

Males only. Select Fridays at 4:00-5:30pm (school year), 9:00-11:00 (summer). See calendar.

“Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable” (1 Cor. 9:25). Run the race and train for the prize—the eternal prize of our life in Christ Jesus. Exercise your muscle of self-discipline, teamwork, and challenging your thought process as you open the word of God with your Middle School male peers. Join us for bro time through Bible Study and playing various sports. In the Summer, we begin by attending Mass together with GRACE.

Girls Respond Actively to Christ’s Example (GRACE) (Summer only)

Females only. Select Fridays at 9:00-11:00am. See calendar.

“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior” (Lk. 1:46b-47). Middle School girls come together to study scripture and discuss the different ways in which they can grow in their identity as girls of worth and examples of Christ to others in daily life. Join us for female fellowship, activities, chit-chat, and laughs. In the Summer, we begin by attending Mass together with Guy’s Sports Group.

Bible and Beyond

Middle School (grade 6-8) meets Monday afternoons at 4:00-6:00pm.

Have you ever felt a little lost in figuring out how to start reading the Bible more intentionally? Check out this year-round co-ed Bible Study to learn the Gospels and apply them to everyday life. Students are enlightened in their faith true to the teaching of the Catholic Church. You’re invited to find a sense of purpose which can inspire and prepare you to face the world with validation, integrity, and courage. Discuss real life issues connected to joyfully living out your faith, and find your second home in a welcoming group environment. We feature a supply of Bibles, parties, guest speakers, games, movies, snacks, and more!

Join the group by contacting Kelly Westover at kellywestover@msn.com or call 303.917.7911.

Retreats

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.

Click here to learn more about our Middle School retreats.

Service Opportunities

Select Saturday mornings, see calendar for dates and times. Signup is limited, first-come-first-serve.

“The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.'” (Mt. 25:40). Every month, we offer two service opportunities to show Christ to people in need. At the St. Elizabeth Sandwich Line, we help prepare meals to be served to people without homes. On the Nursing Home Visit, we meet for breakfast together at Panera Bread and then walk over to spend quality time with the senior residents. Both opportunities allow for a chance to meet new people, get to know them and their stories, and be an example of Christ’s hand in their life even in simple ways.

Project 600 – A massive annual Christmas party for inner-city kids from some of the poorest areas of Denver. This project incorporates volunteer preparation for the event, as well as generous parish toy donations as Christmas gifts for the kids. Click here to learn more.

St. JPII Youth Choir

Do you sing? Play the guitar, drums, or any other musical instrument? The St. JPII Choir is an opportunity to participate in the Mass and build tight community and friendship all around the gift of music. We invite YOU to join!

Open to all youth in 8th-12th grade.

MS PDF Calendars

Middle School Youth Ministry Calendars:

November 2018 MS