Youth (Grades 6 – 12)
We are grateful for our wonderful youth at Westminster. All young people, grades 6-12, are welcome to participate in Westminster’s youth ministry programs. Through our ministries we seek to provide:
- time for young people to grow and learn from God’s word.
- opportunities for youth to participate in, and lead Christian worship that ascribes all praise and honor and glory and power to the triune God.
- a commission to serve as the hands and feet of the church in a compassionate ministry that feeds the hungry, shelters the homeless, befriends the lonely, and cares for the Earth.
- fellowship gatherings where each, as a blessed and gifted child of God, will know the grace and love of God through Christ Jesus in our congregation and the larger circle of the Presbyterian Church.
Sunday School classes for middle school and high school students begin at 9:50 a.m. in the Annex, the house just west of the parking lot.
Confirmation is an opportunity for young people to reaffirm the vows made for them at baptism (or be baptized) and become full voting members of the congregation. Confirmation class is intended to prepare them for this step into adult faith by instructing them in the theology, worship, history, and traditions of the Presbyterian Church. We also strive to create a warm community where students are welcome to ask questions and examine their own faith. Each confirmand receives an adult partner who is not a member of their family to walk with them on the journey to confirmation.
For the 2019-2020 school year, confirmation classes are open to 8th and 9th graders (or older students who have not yet been confirmed) and will be held the 2nd Sunday of each month after 11 o’clock worship. We meet in Room 10 in the education wing and lunch is provided. Please contact Pastor Ellen for more information.
Westminster Youth Fellowship
For grades 6-12, meets Sunday evening from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. Our time together includes recreation, a devotion, singing, and a meal – always with a great group of youth and advisors. We also like to meet with youth from other Austin Presbyterian churches for offsite events. Check the calendar page for the most up-to-date schedule.
Under the direction of Shaunna Shandro, the Westminster Youth Ensemble combines the vocal and instrumental musical talents. The ensemble provides inspirational and joyful music during Sunday morning worship.
Along with offering their musical gifts for worship, Westminster youth regularly participate in the leadership of worship as acolytes, scripture readers, and in other portions of the service. They also lead a spirited Youth Sunday service each spring.
Westminster middle school and high school youth traditionally participate in a summer weeklong mission trip. On these trips, we learn about the causes of poverty, build relationships with people who are invested in their communities, and offer hands-on help to those in need. Recently, we have served at The Center, a ministry of the Presbytery of Baltimore, and participated in Hurricane Harvey relief work through Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. Stay tuned for more information about our summer 2020 trip!
Westminster youth participate in Mission Presbytery’s mid-winter conferences and the summer Junior High Jubilee Camp at Mo-Ranch. They also join Westminster members for an all church retreat on the weekend after Labor Day.
John Knox Ranch
Westminster children and youth are active in the summer camping programs at Mission Presbytery’s John Knox Ranch near Wimberley, Texas.