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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 Andrew, Heather, Kirsten, Brittney, or Matt 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  Andrew, Kirsten, Heather, Brittney, and Matt look forward to seeing you!

Activity Schedule:

Sunday Morning Schedule:
• June 18 -  Skits of your favorite Bible stories.  Come have fun acting out some of your favorite Bible Stories.  There will be a cake walk following the service sponsored by the Zambia Youth Exposure tour team.  You could win a cake to satisfy your Dad's sweet tooth!
• June 25 - Sept 3 - The youth group will be taking a break for the summer.  We'd love to see you in Church over the summer!

Social Activity Schedule:  
• Saturday, June 24 at 1:00 – Wind up - A hike at Grassi Lakes near Canmore with Rev. Tracy followed by a barbeque.  Location and time TBD
• June 25 - Labour Day - The youth group will be talking a break for the summer.  Hope everyone has a great summer!  
• Sept 8 - First youth group meeting for the fall 




kirsten standrews

Kirsten grew up in the Wild Rose United Church community where she sang with the choir for about 10 years.  She was part of the Praise band as well where she played guitar and sang more contemporary spiritual music as part of the prelude and special performances. She was part of the youth group at WRUC from grade 7 - 12.  She currently is part of the Naked Faith worship band and also takes part in the 18+ worship service held monthly.  Kirsten currently is employed at the Calgary Zoo and will attend Ambrose University taking a Behavioral Science degree concentrating on psychology and sociology.  Kirsten's interest in youth work was sparked by her own positive and enriching youth experience and hopes to be the role model, friend and "go to girl" that her youth leaders were to her.  "I want to keep kids connected with their spirituality, their community and other youth in the city and have fun with them."

Andrew Taylor-Kerr   Andrew

Andrew grew up in the St. Thomas community and was actively involved in the youth group growing up. Andrew has been involved in youth ministry at St. Thomas ever since graduating from high school. He was a Junior Youth leader for 2 years before becoming a youth leader for 4 years. He then helped out with both youth group and Junior Youth Group for 2 years before returning to being one of the main youth leaders in the fall of 2015. Andrew worked with youth at Camp Kasota and at Hull Homes. He has also been a leader in the scouting organization. He is currently employed as a registered nurse with Alberta Health Services. ‘I enjoy teaching and learning from the youth. It is very rewarding work.’

Heather Robertson                            Heather                           
 Heather grew up in the St. Thomas community and thoroughly enjoyed being a member of the Jr. Choir, Teen Choir and Youth Group over the years. She is currently working towards an English degree at the University of Calgary, and works as a swim instructor and lifeguard at the Vecova Recreation Centre. She has also been a Jr. Youth leader for the past four years, and she is looking forwards to her second year with the youth group. ‘My favorite part about the youth group is how energetic, positive, and friendly they all are!’  Heather is currently on a leave of absence since she is completing a Study Abroad Term in Sweden!

Brittney Whittaker    

Brittney grew up in St.Thomas and as a result, she has been fortunate enough to have had plenty of opportunities to spend time with the church youth. Brittney was previously a full time youth leader at St.Thomas, and she is returning as a substitute youth leader after studying abroad. She completed her undergraduate degree majoring in both Political Science and Law and Society, and she is working on her Master of Public Policy at the University of Calgary. She is looking forward to utilizing her experiences to build on the thriving youth program at STUC. It is important to Brittney to continue to see the youth involved in the life of the church and have the youth be valued and heard by the church. She also hopes to encourage their personal and spiritual growth so that they have the confidence to bring their time and talent to not only St. Thomas, but also their wider community.

Matthew Taylor-Kerr
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 a Bachelor of Education. He is excited to be rejoining the youth team and try out new programming that he has not done before.