St. Simon’s welcomes teenagers.  As a teenager, there are various ways you can join in Sunday worship.  Our services speak to people of all ages and aim to allow teens to find a faith home.  There are many youth, from junior to senior high school, who call St. Simon’s their home…and there’s a place for you.

Junior Youth: For Kids in Grades 6 to 8

Our Junior Youth meet every Sunday during the 10:00 a.m. service to enjoy a vibrant discussion group that deals with topics that are interesting and important to them.  Some of the fun activities the Junior Youth participate in are:

  • Fun outings such as Laser Tag, Glow-in-the-Dark Mini Putt, bowling, Blue Jays games, and Canada’s Wonderland.
  • The annual Amazing Race event.
  • Interfaith events with youth from other faith communities.
  • Outreach work in the community, helping those most in need through activities such as 30-Hours for Poverty, making breakfast/dinner at Kerr Street Ministries, and taking food donations to food banks.
  • Altar serving (through the Altar Server Ministry, part of the Worship Cluster).

Senior Youth: Grades 9 to 12

The SeniorYouth are welcome to join in on any and all of the discussions and activities that the Junior Youth participate in.  Some other events during the year are:

  • The annual Amazing Race event.
  • Interfaith events with youth from other faith communities.
  • Outreach work in the community, helping those most in need through activities such as 30-Hours for Poverty, making breakfast/dinner at Kerr Street Ministries, and taking food donations to food banks.
  • Every other year, youth are invited participate in the Mission Trip to Belize.
  • Senior Youth are included in many social and leadership activities in the parish and in the diocese, through programs such as Niagara Youth Synod, the Niagara Youth Conference and the Youth Leadership Training Program.
  • Those who seek to deepen their spirituality are invited to participate in confirmation preparation sessions, and to confirm their faith with their peers.
  • Altar serving (through the Altar Server Ministry, part of the Worship Cluster).

For more information, contact Robyn Michell.

Confirmation

At St. Simon’s, we make the age-old Christian practice of Confirmation a time for those in grade 9 and up to have a guided discussion around issues of faith that are important to young people.

Along with exploring the basics of what we believe, we also talk about how to relate to people of different faiths, how to relate to people around us, and why there are evil and suffering in the world. This is a year-long program of substance, grounded in a fun and interactive learning style.

Our classes meet once a month after the 10:00 a.m. service. The Confirmation service itself is held at Christ Church Cathedral, Hamilton.

For 2018-19, classes are TBA. If you are interested or have questions, please contact Darcey at darcey@stsimon.ca or 905-845-8351.

Mission Trips

In the summers of 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2017 St. Simon’s led mission trips to Holy Cross Anglican School in Belize. For more information about the school, please go to http://holycrossbelize.org/.

In 2019, we will be making our sixth trip in June/July. If you would like to make a donation to our mission trip, please see our Make a Donation page for more details.

We feel the mission trip is a time of partnership with our youth and with the people of Holy Cross. The goal for our mission trips is to show the love of Christ in practical ways that make tangible differences in people’s lives. Our aim is also to allow God to work in us through the residents and workers of Holy Cross, so that together we can be God’s hands in our world.

Youth Calendar of Events (Fall 2018)

WINTER YOUTH PROGRAM

April 12th-13th: 30-Hours for Poverty Program (see here for more details)

May 26th:  Bottle Drive

June 2nd:  Bottle Drive

June 9th:  Church Picnic

June 21st-23rd:  RibFest Parking

June 28th-July 8th:  Mission Trip to Belize

I can also give you ideas to help you complete your school volunteer hours.

Contact Robyn if you have any questions or want to attend. youth.stsimons@gmail.com cell 905-466-6821

30-Hours for Poverty

St. Simon’s is putting on the 30-Hours for Poverty program again this April.  It will run from 1:00 p.m. Friday April 12th to 6:00 p.m. Saturday April 13th.  St. Simon’s has been holding this program for several years.  We feel it is important for our Youth to be exposed to social justice initiatives, as it will give them an insight into how other people live, especially in our own community.

Agenda

(Friday)
1:00 p.m. – Gather
1:30 p.m. – Focus with Rev. Darcey
2:45 p.m. – Leave for Kerr Street Mission
3:00 p.m. – Prepare and serve dinner to families of the after school care program
6:30 p.m. – Return to St. Simon’s to relax, play games, and mingle
10:30 p.m. – Prepare for bed and settle

(Saturday)
7:00 a.m. – Wake up
7:40 a.m. – Breakfast
8:00 a.m. – Leave for Safetynet – tour and work in the warehouse (1317 Speers Rd.)
12:00 a.m. – Return to St. Simon’s for lunch
1:15 p.m. – Leave for Oakville Fareshare Food Bank – tour and sort snack bags (1240 Speers Rd., #6)
2:30 p.m. – Return to St. Simon’s
3:00 p.m. – Service of Reflection
4:00 p.m. – Debrief on the experience
5:00 p.m. – Dinner and clean up
6:00 p.m. – Depart

We will be eating full meals, though they will not be fancy. We will eat as if we received food from a food bank. Bring your sleeping bag and pillow (you will be sleeping on the floor), a change of clothing, and toiletries. Please avoid bringing any electronic devices (iPods, tablets, laptops, mobile phones). Any questions, please contact Robyn at youth.stsimons@gmail.com or 905-849-8629.

Please download and fill out the following form and bring it with you on the Friday. Forms will also be made available to be filled out at drop off, as well.

St. Simon’s also supports the initiatives of the Diocese of Niagara’s Youth Ministry and encourages youth and their parents to explore Generation, the voice of Canadian Anglican Youth Ministry since June 2006.