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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 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!
• Sept 10 – Welcome Back Sunday – Come catch up with your friends and share you summer vacation stories.  There will be a barbeque for the whole family following the service.
• Sept 17 – Several youth and leaders from St Thomas travelled to Zambia this summer.  Come and hear about their experience.  
• Sept 24 – The service this morning will center around reconciliation and how we can respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s report.  The youth will listen to the message and debrief afterwards
• October 1 – World Wide Communion Sunday – The youth will go to the youth room for part of the service and will return to the service for Communion.  Discussion topic yet to be determined.
• October 8 – Thanksgiving Sunday – Long Weekend UNO!  Come join in the fun playing the youth group special version of UNO  
• Oct 15 – Discuss topic TBD
• October 22 – Joy of Song Sunday – The youth will remain in the service for this celebration of music.  The youth Choir will be singing along with all the other musical groups at St. Thomas.  
• Oct 29 – Discuss topic TBD

Social Activity Schedule:  
• June 25 - Labour Day - The youth group will be talking a break for the summer.  Hope everyone has a great summer!  
• Sept 8 – Come and join us for the first social event of the season.  We will catch up on everyone’s summer, welcome new members, brainstorm ideas of what we would like to do this year and build our own Sundaes.
• Sept 15 – Outdoor games around the Church weather permitting;  Otherwise active games inside the Church  
• Sept 22 – Get ready for some friendly competition.  We will be having a cake decorating contest!
• Saturday, Sept 23 – 2:00 – 5:00 – St Thomas will be hosting the ‘Blanket Exercise’.  It is a very thought provoking activity that helps us to understand how the Indigenous population of Canada might have felt with the arrival of the European settlers.  We encourage all youth to attend.  Supper will be served following.  
• Sept 29 – We will meet at the Church and head out to the Calgary Corn Maze;  For those in Senior High, there will be Stay Late tonight
• October 6 – Movie night at the Church
• Oct 13 – Games Night at the Church
• October 20 – Naked Faith – We join together with youth from other Churches across Calgary for a simple meal and a youth oriented service followed by games.
• Oct 27 – Tonight we will help those less fortunate than us by making sandwiches for Alpha House.




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 has thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the Jr. Choir, Teen Choir, and Youth Group over the years. Earlier this year, Heather completed a semester abroad in Sweden, and this fall she is entering her final year at the University of Calgary for her degree in English Literature. She also works at the Vecova Recreation Centre as a lifeguard and swim instructor, and she is excited to return for her third year working with the youth! "The youth are so full of energy and positivity, I can't wait to see what this year has in store for us!"

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.  Brittney is currently doing an internship in Ottawa.

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.