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 (Crossfire and ECHO), a summer mission trip and at least four or five retreats per year. 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 or Yifat Shahrabani
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 303.220.3388 x5.
ECHO – 7th & 8th Grade Youth Group
Wednesday nights at 6:30-8:30pm in the Catacombs. (*Summer hours 7-9pm on Tuesdays).
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 ECHO Christ to the world! Join us for scripture study, games, adventure, friendships, and more.
Crossfire – 6th Grade Youth Group
Thursday nights at 6:30-8:00pm in the Catacombs. (*Summer hours 6-8pm).
Whether you are currently finishing elementary school or entering into a new Middle School environment, there are many exciting new beginnings in your life. You may already be starting to witness the crossfire between the love of God and the weight of the world. Come to weekly youth group to learn more about God and how you can participate in His love in the world.
This is chance to experience adventure, faith-based friendships, activities and laughs, and a closer look at the Bible. You will also get to encounter older High School and Adult mentors who are here to guide you on your journey.
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 Night Out (GNO) (School Year only)
Females only. Select Fridays at 6:00-8:00pm. See calendar.
Sometimes girls just wanna have fun when Friday night arrives after a busy week of school! Middle School girls gather once a month for a special outing, event, or activity. Some months are free, some are more extravagant—some months have limited spots, and some unlimited. Our time together includes mall trips, bowling, lock-ins, movie nights, and more. If you are a girl who is new and looking to get involved in Youth Ministry but you’re not quite sure where to start or how to meet friends, this is the ministry for you!
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 email@example.com or call 303.917.7911.
Females only, grade 5-8. Tuesday evenings at 6:45-8:15pm.
Challenge is a club for girls to grow in virtue, friendship and their Catholic faith. It’s a place for girls to learn about themselves by doing apostolic projects and creating a positive impact on family, friends and the world.
Challenge’s recipe for success is based on a combination of doing apostolic work and formation. This dual approach helps to unite the girls with Christ in order to live virtue, find happiness and make a difference.
Challenge also offers retreats each year for all girls in 5th-8th Grade as well as a week long Summer Camp. See the calendar for dates.
For Information on Challenge, please contact Cheryl Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 303.501.3685.
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.
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.
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.