The Cathedral of St. Philip - Atlanta, GA

Youth Ministries

Becoming Beloved Community

At each baptism in the Episcopal church, several questions are asked of those wanting to begin a new life in the community of Christ. While some of these questions are about belief, others detail practices which sustain us in the work of “seeking and serving Christ in all persons.” In preparation for our pilgrimage to the Legacy Museum on October 19, the high school Sunday School class will explore how Christians in this region of the U.S. have both succeeded and failed in their practices to “honor the dignity of every human being.” Join us for conversations about how our faith calls us to engage the legacy of our shared history. We will meet in Room 368 from 10:10–11 a.m. starting Sunday, September 8. (Please note: Students need not attend the pilgrimage to participate in Sunday classes. The themes and ideas that will be presented in class are applicable to everyday life and all youth are encouraged to attend).

Colaborate: Bible Study

Sixth through eighth graders: join us for middle school Sunday School! This year we will take an in-depth look into the New Testament. Based on the “Colaborate: Bible Study” curriculum by Sparkhouse, we will use activities, videos, and scripture to ask questions such as, “Why do we hold Paul in such high esteem, given his poor track record with Christians?” and “Where did the Bible take place?” We will meet in Room 382 from 10:10–11 a.m. starting Sunday, September 8.

Welcome Our New Youth Minister, Nate Huddleston!

We are excited to welcome the Reverend Nate Huddleston to the Cathedral, as Priest Associate for Youth and Young Adult Ministries—and his wife Katherine! A native Tennessean with over ten years of professional experience in youth ministry, Nate comes to us most recently from Calvary Episcopal Church in Summit, New Jersey, where he served as Assistant Rector for Youth Ministry and Outreach. He holds a Master of Divinity from Sewanee - University of the South, as well as a masters in industrial organizational psychology from Middle Tennessee State University and a BA in psychology from Oklahoma State. Nate brings with him his great energy for and commitment to building community, fostering spiritual growth, and engaging youth through sacrament and meaningful service. We look forward to having Nate on our staff and to being blessed by his many gifts—and his BBQ!

Thank You, Maggie Paul!

Maggie Paul has served the Cathedral of St. Philip faithfully for the last four years, one as a Youth Ministry intern, and three as the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries. She has been a caring pastor to our youth and their families, while building up a community and programming that will continue to welcome and nurture them in faith. As Maggie leaves us at the end of June to begin this next chapter of her life and ministry, we give thanks for the good work she has done here and send her on with our blessing!

True Grit with Kathy Roberts

Our Raising Youth Series is back with Kathy Roberts coming to speak on Sunday, April 7 at 6 p.m. As pendulums do, they will swing through a wide arc and swing right back. In the last decade, the parenting pendulum took us through a period of overprotection, helicopter parenting, and smoothing out the bumps and valleys of our children’s lives. Mostly out of fear and good intentions, we DID lots of things for our kids that they could have done for themselves. Our kids became Dis–abled, Dis-couraged, and lost confidence in their own skills. Most are now learning how to fail and recover at the age of 25, which is not ideal. But we parents are resilient and can learn a new way (or an old way!) to En-able and En-courage our kids to live independently, confidently and resiliently. Come share and learn with us as we see how we got to this place and how to change our path forward. Please RSVP to Maggie Paul, mpaul@cathedralATL.org.

Youth Confirmation Starts Soon

Confirmation is when a person makes the decision to take ownership of the promises made by their parents, Godparents, and grandparents at their baptism, in order to live out their Baptismal Covenant. At the Cathedral, we encourage Confirmation during the 8th grade year, and our 8th grade Sunday school curriculum is a Confirmation curriculum. All youth are invited to participate in the Confirmation program if they feel ready, so long as they are at least in 8th grade.

Wednesday Nights on the Lawn

Bring a blanket or lawn chair and join us Wednesday evenings starting April 25 on the Lanier House Lawn for an old fashioned community picnic. Feel free to bring your own food and beverage or enjoy something from one of our vendors. Options will include market favorites: S&J's Woodfired Pizza, Good Food Kitchen (street tacos), and King of Pops. The Cathedral will also host our own food booth “Hot Diggity Dogs,” which will offer a variety of kid friendly meals. Hot dogs are $2 each and come with a glass of lemonade. Spring hours will be 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. See you on the lawn!

What Adults Should Know About Adolescent Mental Health

The Cathedral Counseling Center’s Caroline Paris will lead a discussion on the mental health of teenagers and college students on Sunday, March 4, from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Gould Room. The discussion will focus on communicating with adolescents and getting them to communicate with you. Other topics addressed will include social media, stress, depression, grief, and suicide. Please RSVP to Canon Cathy Zappa, czappa@stphilipscathedral.org, or Maggie Paul, mpaul@stphilipscathedral.org.

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