“I appeal to you therefore, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
At All Saints’ we take seriously our promise at baptism to “do all in our power to support these young persons in their life in Christ."
We see our role in the middle and high school years as helping young people hear the ”still, small voice of God” in the midst of very loud and busy lives. We are reminding them of God’s love for them, in the rough places, especially. Working to give them opportunities to step- up and out into leadership, our goal is to help equip these young people for a life well- lived … in the service of God.
Every two years we invite our young people to leave the comfort of their lives and to go someplace unknown where they might experience the living God in a way that only stepping out of your comfort zone provides. We have worked in the inner city of Philadelphia, the mountains of Appalachia, and have ministered- to and been ministered- by the homeless in our nation’s capital
Acolytes play a very meaningful and enriching role during the worship service. The acolytes are responsible for lighting and extinguishing the candles at the beginning and conclusion of each service, bearing the cross in procession, and serving the celebrant in preparation for the Holy Eucharist.
Any person 10 years of age or older may become an acolyte and bear the cross and/or light and extinguish the worship candles. Confirmation is an addition prerequisite for those who serve at Holy Eucharist. The acolytes at All Saints’ are led by one or two of the adults in the congregation who provide guidance and training to prospective servers. The parish priest also plays an integral part in their training. Becoming an acolyte is a meaningful step in a youth’s religious life as that young person becomes an integral part of the worship service.
Throughout the year, teens are encouraged to reach out in service: feeding the homeless at the Judeo-Christian Outreach Center, facilitating Creation Care Eco Events, packing weekend Beach Bags meal bags for those children who live in or on the edge of poverty. They have hosted a 30-Hour Famine simulation for youth in our convocation.
Great Neck Community
All Saints' is home to The Great Neck Community Music School—a special program of Virginia Beach Children’s Music Education (CHIME). Its instructors are members of several professional performing groups within Tidewater, including SYMPHONICITY (the Symphony Orchestra of Virginia Beach), the Virginia Symphony, Virginia Opera, in addition to teaching in several Virginia Beach Public and independent schools.
Private instruction for beginning and intermediate level students is $30/week for a 30-minute lesson. Several discounts are available, as is need-based financial assistance. Please don't let pricing get in the way of your dreams—we will work with you!
Sunday School for youth 6th to 12th grade is available Sundays at 9 a.m. from the Sunday after Labor Day through the Sunday before Memorial Day. The curriculum we are using is called LIVING COMPASS. Designed by an Episcopal priest/therapist, this curriculum encourages teens to evaluate their life based on HEART, MIND, SOUL, and STRENGTH. Categories for self-evaluation and goal setting:
Rest & play
Care for the body
School work & organization
Relationships & emotions
In addition, youth participate in Intergenerational Events at the church including "Harry Potter & the Sacraments, the Advent Wreath Making Breakfast, and Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper.
In the spring, our teens serve as lay readers and musicians. Graduating seniors preach. This is followed by our parish picnic.
Vacation Bible School
Youth age 11 and up are encouraged to step into leadership in the life of the parish by assisting with this fun-filled, faith-forming experience. Youth serve as “counselors” in recreation, art, music, and feast.
Confirmation class for rising 7th graders thru 12th grade will be held once monthly on Monday evenings from 6-8pm. Parents will sign up to sponsor a pasta dinner for each of the 8 meetings.
Youth will be confirmed by the Bishop at our
May 19th Youth Sunday Service.
For more information, contact
Wednesday Nights in July
Wednesday nights in the month from 6 to 8 p.m., youth of the parish gather for a summer program.
(except for July 4th)
Camp Chanco is our diocesan camp for children and youth, where they can learn about faith in nature and in community. Teens have the ability to transition from campers to counselors.
YOUTH SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Some members of All Saints’, particularly newer members, may not be aware of the All Saints’ Scholarship Fund. The following is a brief summary of what the fund does—In 1992, a member of All Saints’ Church, Gertrude “Dodie” Carroll, left the bulk of her estate upon her death to create a scholarship fund. The fund today is valued at slightly more than $1,000,000.00 which is administered by a Scholarship Board.
Historically, the Board has awarded approximately $50,000 per year to deserving college students, including graduate students. In addition to college students, the Board accepts applications from persons and organizations within our church who may request financial assistance for an educational program or activity, but the great majority of the financial awards go to college students. Membership at All Saints’ is not a requirement for college applicants.