Our Youth Liturgy is intended for youth grades 7 through 12. Youth gather weekly at 10:00 am on Sunday mornings in the Cathedral Café. Each Sunday we use one of the week’s Lectionary readings as a departure point for discussing life, pop culture, and world events. Through a three-stage conversation that moves through the Anglican pillars of scripture, tradition, and reason, we look for ways in which the Bible’s ancient wisdom can meaningfully connect with our modern world.
Many youth stay to participate in the Cathedral’s Noon Service following Youth Liturgy. Those who do not stay for the Noon Service are given the opportunity to leave Youth Liturgy early so that they can take the Eucharist with the 10am service.
For more information, contact Dan Carlson.
BQ is our in-depth bible study and formation group that meets on Wednesday evenings. We usually meet twice per month during the academic year, in the Youth Room (306) on the Cathedral’s third floor. Download our schedule for current dates.
Cathedral youth and those of St. Timothy’s Church in Anderson Township served food to local shelters while participating in a 30 Hour Famine event to bring awareness to both local and global hunger.
The cathedral youth program is designed for those in grades 6 through 12. Beyond Sundays, we gather at least once a month for teaching, service, or fun. We also connect several times each year through extended activities such as retreats, camps, lock-ins, service trips, or pilgrimages.
Our youth program is built around four central areas:
The Bible. The Bible keeps all Christians anchored in a shared conversation about history, ideas, ethics, and meaning. Yet Episcopal tradition insists that the Bible must be studied carefully through the lenses of tradition and reason. Learning to approach the Bible with curiosity, honesty, and a desire for meaningful understanding is a major goal of our youth program.
Christian Tradition. What’s the purpose of all the rituals and symbolic acts that make up our liturgy? What are the seasons of the church calendar? What is the Book of Common Prayer, and why do Episcopalians use it? Where did all this stuff come from, anyway? Our youth program aims to explore the roots of our faith, the lives of various saints and sinners who have come before us, and what it actually means to be a modern member of an ancient tradition.
Service. Our tradition holds that Christianity is less about what you think and more about what you do. By engaging in regular service projects and opportunities (both inside and outside the cathedral community), we hope to build this understanding into the lives of our youth. If we are being inspired by the Bible and focused by our Christian traditions, compassionate service to the world should be our ultimate response.
The Arts. We value the arts as a central expression of our religious identity. We make regular opportunities for our youth to engage with music, visual art, drama, and creative writing. We discuss works of art and what they mean, while trying to explore the arts as a whole: renaissance paintings along with modern movies, medieval hymns alongside popular music, stained glass windows in addition to video games. The arts can powerfully shape our understanding of God, the world, and ourselves — we take this power seriously.
For information about any of the youth programs, contact Dan Carlson.
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