Children & Youth Newsletter

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Children of the Shepherd Newsletter

Recurring Events

Didache

A Greek word for teaching, referring specifically to a catechetical manual from the first century known as The Teachings of the Twelve Apostles. At Didache, we present the church’s foundational beliefs and understanding about God and life. 

Sunday mornings at 10am at Setze Cottage.

Praxis

Activities and events specifically designed to give students an experience of the lessons we teach on Sunday mornings while preparing them to enter the world as leaders and team players. 

Sunday evenings at 4:30pm (6-8 grade) and 5:30pm (9-12 grade) at Setze Cottage.

Lectio

Students gather to spend time in Holy Reading (Lectio Divina) and to discuss how Christian writing affects their lives. 

Wednesdays at 6pm at the DSM Office.

Small Groups

Finding Christ in common interests.

Wednesday Adventures

Using tabletop role-playing games, we explore real life scenarios of hope, challenge, distress, love, and purpose. 

Wednesdays from 4:00–6:00pm, and 7:00-9:00pm at the DSM Office.

Middle School Prayer Breakfast

We play, we pray, we hear scripture, and we eat. 

Every Tuesday at 7am from mid-September to May, in the Small Parish Hall.

The Table

For all ages! Bring a snack, bring a game, and unplug from technology.

Fourth Sunday of every month, from 4:30 – 7:00pm, at Setze Cottage.

Second Sundays

We join with Episcopal churches across Augusta for a fun outing.

Fifth Sundays

Where in the World is our Eucharist? Join with other Episcopal teens for worship “out there,” somewhere in our community. 

Church League Basketball

Good Shepherd participates in the annual Augusta Christian Basketball Association League, with co-ed teams from under 9 years old to under 18 years old. Teams are contingent upon having enough players and coaches for each age division. Practices in the EDS Gym.

Confirmation

Open to students who profess readiness for public affirmation of faith. Learn more.

Retreats & Conferences

Happening

Happening is a Christian experience at the Honey Creek Conference Center presented by teenagers for teenagers. It is designed for youth in grades 10 – 12 and sponsored by the Episcopal Church. 

Most young people have serious questions about Jesus and the Church. Happening is designed to address these questions. During a Happening weekend, participants experience the love of Christ as shown through prayer, worship, and the ministry of peers, clergy, and lay adults. The Happeners are encouraged to make their renewed faith a part of their everyday lives. Happening shows how Christianity can keep pace with the many changes in our lives and our world.

New Beginnings

A retreat for youth in grades 7-9. Youth from across the Diocese will gather at Honey Creek for a time of worship, reflection, joy, and laughter. 

 Beginnings is primarily led by high school youth whose experiences at New Beginnings, at Happening, and at other youth events have led them to want to offer their experiences of unconditional love to younger teenagers.

Service Opportunities

Altar Servers

Students join other adults in the humbling privilege of leading worship services. For 6th grade and older – Leads must be in High School. Meets Sundays in the Acolyte Room. 

Leads

Altar servers who have discerned a specific call on retreat are trained to lead teams of other altar servers in public worship. For more info, order the book.

Service Special Events

As Published
Sending apostles to share the good news of Jesus and to make life easier for others. 

VBS Crew Leaders

Students learn to lead and minister to those younger than them. 

Hometown Missions

In partnership with the Diocese of Georgia, Student Ministry coordinates a weekend of service in the Augusta area, inviting youth from all local Episcopal congregations.

Mission Trips

Annual experiences to places we have never been to serve and learn from those we meet along the way.

Volunteer with Youth Ministry

Middle and high school is a crucial and formative time – often when students build foundations, good or bad, that will endure throughout their lives. Good Shepherd believes strongly in the vision of our church to raise up students to be transformed and to transform culture.

Good Shepherd’s youth ministry will only ever be as strong as its community support. If you feel led to serve, or have gifts or skills you want to share, please get in touch.

Specific areas where volunteers are needed:

  • Youth Group leaders
  • Sunday School leaders
  • setup for meetings + events
  • hospitality
  • coordinating food
  • chaperoning for trips throughout the year
  • organizing databases and information

Safeguard God's Children

The safety and security of our children and youth is our highest priority. All volunteers must pass a background check, and take an online course detailing safety procedures and appropriate behavior when serving with young people.

Complete the online course

Church of the Good Shepherd Youth Volunteering