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Youth Group Activities

All youth in grades 7 through 12 are welcome as are their friends.  Sunday morning youth group is a time for learning about the day’s scripture, discussion on a variety of topics of interest to the youth and catching up.  There is youth group each week from the Sunday after Labour Day until late June.

We have a weekly social activity that usually occurs on Friday evenings, with the occasional social activity held on a Saturday or Sunday instead.  Activities may be at the Church or another venue, and we typically meet between 6:30 and 9:30.  For events held at St. Thomas we start in the upper hall, and for events away from the Church we meet in the upper parking lot of St. Thomas to arrange rides.  Variations to event days or times will be communicated in weekly emails.


If you have any questions or would be interested in receiving emails regarding social activities, check out the youth group registration and information package, talk to Heather, Eden or Caitlin or email youth@stthomasunited.ca.  This email address is being protected from spambots.  You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

When youth who have not already registered arrive at a social event by their own means, the parent approval form must have been completed by a parent or guardian and brought to the event.

Leaders  Heather, Eden, Caitlin, and Matt look forward to seeing you!


Activity Schedule:

Sunday Morning Schedule:

• Sept 15 – What is on your bucket list?  What are your predictions for the future?  We will write our ideas on sticky notes so we can see how much we accomplished and how accurate we were later in the year.
• Sept 23 – Come hear Kurt Robertson talk about his experiences in Hawaii studying indigenous culture.  There will be a lunch and learn following the service.
• Sept 30 – Youth choir sings this morning.  They have a pizza lunch and get to hear the music for this year’s Christmas musical following the service.  All youth interested in participating in the Christmas music are encouraged to join in.
• Oct 7 – Thanksgiving Sunday
• Oct 14, 28 – Since Halloween is in October, themes will include ghostly stories, stories about spirits and artificial intelligence.
• Oct 21 – Youth will participate in the U of C’s Outrun the Stigma event which is raising funds for the Distress Centre.

 


Social Activity Schedule:

• Sept 14 – Larger than Life Board games....where you are the playing pieces!
• Sept 21 – Bigger and Better - start with a paper clip, go door to door and see what you can trade up for!  In the past, we've collected large stuffed animals and a guitar among other things.
• Sept 29/30 – Sleep over!  This will be a joint event with the Symons Valley United youth group.  It will be a lot of fun!
• Oct 5 – Bowness park walk, campfire, smores(weather permitting);  Otherwise, movie night at the Church
• Oct 12 – finger painting
• Oct 19 – Naked Faith at St. Matthews - We join together with youth from other United Churches in Calgary for a simple meal and a youth oriented service followed by active Church wide games. 
• Oct 26 – Assist Symons Valley youth group in setting up a haunted house. 
• Oct 27 – assist Symons Valley youth group in running the haunted house.

 

  

   


Heather Robertson    
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Heather grew up in the St. Thomas community and has thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the Jr. Choir, Teen Choir, and Youth Group over the years. In June of 2018 she completed her undergraduate degree in English Literature at the University of Calgary. Heather worked with youth at Camp Kasota for four years and now she works at the Vecova Recreation Centre as a lifeguard and swim instructor. She is excited to return for her fourth year working with the youth! "The youth are so positive, creative, and energetic, I can't wait to see what this year has in store for us!"

 

   


Matthew Taylor-Kerr   Andrew

Matthew has rejoined our youth leader team after a year and half away working in the UK. He has a variety of experience working with Children and Youth. From working as a teaching assistant at a special needs school, to time working as a coordinator at Naramata Centre, to being a youth leader at St. Thomas and Symons Valley. Matthew’s time in the UK helped him realize that he wants to become a teacher. Currently he is taking courses in order to go back to university for an Education degree. He is excited to be rejoining the youth team and try out new programming that he has not done before.

 

   


Caitlin Hornbeck
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Hi! My name is Caitlin. I was recently hired as one of your youth leaders! I'll be returning to the University of Calgary for my second year, majoring in Sociology. My end goal is to become a Social Worker, but that's a long time (and a lot of studying) away! In my spare time I love to cook, volunteer at animal shelters, and watch movies! I hope to infuse some of my passions into some of the programming we do this year, including intergenerational bonding, Right Relations, and meditation/self care! My home church is Wild Rose United, where I have been attending for about 6 years. Hopefully St. Thomas will become my home away from home!

Some fun facts about me:

1. I love dogs!!! (Small, large, old, young, energetic, grumpy... They're all good doggos!)

2. I'm currently trying to become a vegetarian, but it's been a little challenging for me at times!

3. If I could live anywhere in the world, I would live in Victoria, BC (I love the ocean!)