Episcopal Youth Community (EYC)
Episcopal Youth Community is a group of 7th through 12th graders who are becoming Christ-followers through Bible study, fellowship,and service to others. Generally, EYC meets in the Youth Room (on the second floor of the Parish Life Center) on Sundays from 3:00-5:00 p.m. We reflect on our week, have Bible study, and play games. We also have off-campus fun outings, lock-ins, and service projects.
Once a youth is in tenth grade, we begin looking to Confirmation. Confirmation is the sacramental rite in which we "express a mature commitment to Christ, and receive strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop" (BCP, p. 860). For youth at St. Alban’s, Confirmation preparation spans several months and covers the promises made on their behalf at their Baptism, a brief history of the Church, and instruction in the liturgy and customs of the Episcopal Church. All youth Confirmation candidates are matched with a mentor who walks along side them on this journey.
Each year, the EYC members and adult participants spend a week serving a community. This inter-generational trip builds lasting relationships, exposes youth to a wider view of God’s creation and God’s children, and instills a deeper understanding of our calling to love and serve. In years past we have ventured to Atlanta, Houston,and New Orleans, Denver, Port Aransas (for Harvey Recovery), and Memphis. We were unable to take a trip in 2020 due to the pandemic, but had a modified (camping!) in-town experience in June 2021. In June of 2022, we will be serving the community of Galveston!
Lisa Perez is the Youth Minister and would love to answer any questions you might have about youth ministry at St. Alban's! You can find out more about her on our staff page.