Ways to Serve

Youth Ministry

shaping young minds

The Core Team is a  group of Catholic adults who work with the youth minister to help plan a high quality ministry program. Adults who have been Confirmed and can commit to one hour of in-person time per month are encouraged to apply.

Interested in serving on the Adult Core team?

Peer Ministry

Our peer ministry program offers leadership development and service opportunities for youth ages 16-20 who have received the Sacrament of Confirmation and who demonstrate strong ethics and skills in leadership, inclusivity, and peer-to-peer outreach.

Interested in the Peer Ministry program?

Service Learning

Opportunities abound for teens (along with adult chaperones) to serve both at church and in the wider community. Examples include: Habitat for Humanity, Crisis Nursery, Simpson Housing, and Feed My Starving Children.

Interested in our Service Learning opportunities?

Retreats

Youth retreats are typically offered during the summer or over long holiday weekends. Teens and adult chaperones will experience incredible music, phenomenal speakers, outrageous games, hilarious skits, and great food. Adult volunteers are needed to chaperone the retreats with youth.

Interested in joining our Youth Retreat team?

Outreach

Boldly and relentlessly recruit, invite, and welcome youth to form community in Christ. Youth ministry depends on volunteers who are willing to make calls, send emails, write postcards, and warmly greet youth. This commitment is very flexible.

Interested in joining our Outreach team?

Co-Leaders

Co-leaders are socially easy going volunteers age 21 or older and who are willing to assist the youth minister at events and workshops. The calendar for youth events is set a month ahead of time, and volunteers may select from any of the scheduled events to co-lead.

Interested in serving as a co-leader?

Protecting Children and Vulnerable Adults

 

The Church of St. Thomas the Apostle has a long and dedicated history of providing a variety of ministries to meet the many needs of the parish community. The value of parish programs has also included the unwavering expectation that these ministries take place in a safe and healthy environment grounded in respect for the dignity of all persons participating. In keeping with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, all parish employees as well as all adult volunteer ministers who have either regular or unsupervised interaction with minors or vulnerable adults must complete what the Archdiocese calls the Essential 3:

1. Background check

2. Safe Environment training (including VIRTUS)

3. Signing a Code of Conduct.

These requirements must be renewed every three years.

Ministers younger than 18 who work with children must sign a Youth Code of Conduct and provide two written references from trustworthy adults attesting to their character and dependability for their ministry position. Attending a VIRTUS session is recommended but not required.

In addition, in the event that an incident of abuse is known or suspected, all parish staff and volunteers are committed to fully comply with reporting expectations of both civil and Archdiocesan authorities. Contact us for more information about the Essential 3.

 

Questions about this policy? Would you like more information?

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