Youth Group-Ages 6th-12th Grade
The mission of the COHS Youth Group is to provide an opportunity for the youth of our Church and community, where they may share in God’s blessings, build upon their faith, perform Christian outreach and have fun. We offer a variety of fun and service-oriented Youth Group activities for 6th through 12th graders. We try to meet two Sundays per month, but sometimes that changes depending on the scheduled activity. The Youth Group leaders are Alexandra Dadio and Richard Duesberry. Some of the activities of the Youth Group include:
- Barbeque and Game Night
- “Feed My Starving Children” Service Event
- Sleep-out for Homelessness-Keystone Opportunity Center
- Nightwatch- Diocese of Pennsylvania Young Adult Ministries
- Pizza Nights
- Spruce Lake –Winter Retreat
- Service Projects at COHS
- Serving Breakfast at St. Augustine’s of Hippo, Norristown
Spruce Lake Winter Retreat
Spruce Lake-Annual Winter Youth Retreat usually occurs the first weekend in January. Youth in grades 6-12 are invited to join us for this much-anticipated annual retreat to the Poconos. The weekend include worship, games, outdoor activities, fellowship and fun! It is a time of sharing faith stories, listening with a compassionate ear to the hurts and hopes of young people who are transitioning from childhood to adulthood, and developing lasting relationships of support and Christian witness.
Every three years, COHS high-school aged teens have made a pilgrimage as the apex of our Christian Education program. This vibrant curriculum encourages young people to be intentional, curious and discerning in their faith as they make the winding journey of adolescence towards healthy adulthood. An important part of this journey is undertaking a pilgrimage that allows young people the opportunity to more deeply explore and practice their evolving faith in an unfamiliar, yet hospitable, spiritual setting in the company of peers and trusted adult chaperones. Without exception, our pilgrims have found this journey to be life-changing. In 2016, our fifth group of pilgrims returned to Canterbury for their pilgrimage. Four previous groups of COHS high-school teens have participated in the pilgrimage to Lindisfarne, England, Dublin, Ireland, Salisbury, England, and Canterbury, England.
The next group of youth—who will go on pilgrimage in 2019 or 2020—are already beginning their preparations!
The pilgrimage trip is only part of the journey, however; it is preceded by many months of spiritual, relational and educational preparation in our Sunday School classes, special gatherings for worship and discussion, outreach projects, fundraising events and social activities. In the months leading up to the pilgrimage, our youth will learn about the history and theology of Christianity and the particular ethos of the Episcopal Church; the importance of the sacraments and sacramental living; and be supported as they ask questions, discern new ideas and grow in faith. This is an essential part of the pilgrimage; in fact, the pilgrimage cannot be undertaken without faithful preparation and the development of a sense of community with the other pilgrims.