Welcome to Youth Ministry at St. Thomas More Parish!
We are so glad you stopped by! We have three great programs for youth 6th-12th grade, and special events as well! Please take a look, and remember that drop-ins are welcome for all non-sacramental prep programs. Special events can be viewed on the program schedules, and online registration will be available here when announced.
This Lent, Youth Ministry is collecting supplies to assemble Easter Baskets for the children of needy families. Donations can be dropped in the Narthex after all Masses, in the Parish Office, or brought to Youth Nights. Monetary donations can also be marked "Easter Baskets" and put in the collection baskets at Mass. All donations must be received by March 26th.
We are asking for: baskets, Easter grass or other basket filling, candy, small games, toys, books, coloring books, markers, crayons, notepads, stickers, etc. Religious items appropriate for children are also welcome.
Easter Baskets will be given first to our own parish families in need, and any leftover will be donated to the Catholic Community Services foster care program in Snohomish County.
If you are a registered parish family and need to request an Easter Basket, please submit the following form. The deadline for submission is March 26th. Requests will be filled as donated supplies allow, on a first-come, first-served basis.
Calling all youth in grades 6th-9th: You are invited to join us as we go to the Junior High Rally on Saturday, March 11th, at Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bellevue! There will be 600+ Junior High youth from around the Archdiocese gathering to enjoy a day of live music, games, awesome speakers, fun workshops, prayer experiences, and Mass. The cost is $65. Email to inquire about scholarships: email@example.com
Our registration deadline has been extended until Feb. 26th!
To register, fill out the online registration form. Under payment type, select "Parish Invoice." Then go to our parish website online payment page and enter $65 in the "Junior High Rally" section, or send a $65 check in, made out to St. Thomas More Parish.
Don't miss out on this great opportunity to grow in faith with friends!
ENCOUNTER (grades 6-8)
ENCOUNTER, the Junior High youth group, meets on Wednesday evenings, from 6:30-7:45 PM in the Youth Room, located in the basement of the Parish Office. This time is particularly advantageous for families with younger siblings attending Children’s Faith Formation on Wednesday evenings.
This year, we will encounter God through His self-revelation in Sacred Scripture! We will use "T3: The Teen Timeline" Bible study, by Ascension Press. This fun program has hilarious videos hosted by Mark Hart, interesting activities, and a way of helping us to wrap our minds and hearts around the "story" of the Bible that brings its power into our present lives.
EMPOWER (grades 9-12)
EMPOWER, the Senior High youth group, meets on Sundays, 6:30-8:00 PM, September-May, in the Youth Room (Parish Office basement). Whether you're a regular or interested in dropping by for a night or a special event, all are welcome!
This year, we will be empowered by the life-changing teachings of Pope St. John Paul II as we enter into "YOU: Life, Love, and the Theology of the Body." Described by Christopher West as "a theological time bomb set to go off," the Theology of the Body opens to us an incredible truth: it is through the body that the invisible is made visible, the spiritual and divine are revealed. By coming to know the unrepeatable goodness of ourselves, as physical-spiritual beings created in the image of God, we come to better understand WHO and WHY we are.
Confirmation is a 2-year process. For the 1st year, youth must regularly attend EMPOWER, our Senior High youth group (no more than 3 absences), or a Catholic High School.
For the second consecutive year, youth must be aged 16+ by February 1, 2017, and attend the Confirmation group (no more than 2 absences). Confirmation group sessions are on Sundays, 3-4:30 PM, in the Youth Room (basement of the Parish Office). Parish-based service hours and attendance at the Confirmation retreat on Jan. 13-15 are among other requirements. Please see the Confirmation pack for further details.
Eligibility requirements for Confirmation sponsors are listed in the Confirmation pack. Responsibilities are laid out in the Sponsor Guide. Sponsors must register online by Oct. 23rd. Recently printed copies of Sponsors' Baptismal certificates with notations of First Communion and Confirmation are due to the Youth Ministry Office by Oct. 30th. It may take time to send these copies, especially if the Baptismal parish is out-of-state or country, so requests should be placed ASAP. In the event that there is no possible way to obtain the certificates (for example, all records destroyed in a church fire), then sponsors may attempt to request that their current registered parish complete the Sponsor Verification Form.
As noted on the schedule, there are three possible Confirmation Mass dates (with possible rehearsals on the Thursday before them). The Archdiocese will confirm one of the dates around mid-October and an announcement will be made. The program will end with the Confirmation Mass, so any sessions scheduled after the final Confirmation Mass date will be cancelled.
Our Confirmation group will continue with the "Chosen" program by Ascension Press that we began last year. Chosen is the top-rated Confirmation program out there, challenging candidates to re-examine their understanding of the meaning of their lives and their ultimate call to holiness.
Youth Ministry Volunteers
Youth Ministry would be impossible without caring adult volunteers! Whether you're interested in helping out regularly, just once for a special event, or every now and then, we can use you and your skills! To volunteer, you will need to send in a volunteer application form and a background check request, either by e-mailing the Youth Minister, or mailing or dropping it off at the Parish Office. Upon approval, you will be asked to take a Safe Environment training. To find a training near you, click here and look under the Seattle Archdiocese sessions. For the forms, see below:
Questions? Contact the Youth Minister, Becky Harmon, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (425) 743-2929 x106