Youth Formation

Download Life at GSL Program Guide: Fall 2022 - Early Winter 2023 | August 14 – January 16 | Worship, Formation, Community, Music & More Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.

November 30 Update

Warm Clothes Drive. This November, our youth group will gather donations of socks, gloves, and hats to support More Than A Meal here at GSL. Donations can be dropped off by youth at any event and given to Amzie or dropped by the church office during weekday hours.

Sunday Morning:  Led by Amzie Williams, MG Nix, and Maxie Sanson, our Sunday formation draws upon multiple sources to create a living curriculum that follows the liturgical season, current events, and interests of our vibrant youth community. All youth meet in the Red Room for our first three gatherings for a special formation year kick-off series.

EYC December 4: Christmas Movies and Cookie Decorating. Meet in the Red Room
EYC December 11:
Christmas Party with Gift Swap. Last EYC of the Year! 

Please note: Starting in December we will change our EYC times to High School from 4–5 and Middle School from 5–6.

Tuesday HS Coffee Hours: All 9th-12th graders are invited to Tuesday morning coffee hours at Ugly Mug from 7:15 – 7:45 a.m. Come start your morning with breakfast, community, and prayer.

Wednesday MS Biscuits & Bible: is open to all 6th-8th graders and will meet Wednesday mornings in the Red Room from 7 – 7:45 a.m. A great midweek opportunity to start your day with breakfast, Highs and Lows, and some morning prayer. 

Youth Confirmation Class: Beginning November 6, Amzie Williams and Jenn Gibbs will lead the youth confirmation class for youth in grades 9-12 who are seeking to deepen their connection, understanding, and participation by exploring history, values and traditions of the Episcopal faith. The class will take place over seven weeks following the 10:30 service in the Red Room and will use the text My Faith My Life, by Jenifer Gamber. To sign up or learn more, contact Director of Youth Formation Amzie Williams.

Fall 2022

Sunday Youth Formation: Our Sunday Formation will draw upon multiple sources this year to create a living curriculum that adapts to the liturgical season, current events, and interest of our youth community. Below are some of the resources that will be drawn upon for our formational discussions and activities.
 

  • The Salt Project  
  • Faith Lens   
  • Bible Project  
  • The Thoughtful Christian  
  • Prayer Book Guide to Christian Education  
  • Echo the Story  

Sunday Mornings at 9:15 a.m. 
6th-8th Grade: Yellow Room 
9th-12th Grade: Red Room 

EYC. Our Episcopal Youth Community gathers on Sunday evenings for games, fellowship, community engagement and building lifelong friendships. Here we hope to deepen our understanding of Episcopal values, history, and beliefs while having fun every step of the way. Our activities and meeting locations often vary, so keep an eye out for our weekly emails.  

Sunday Evenings: Meeting in the Red Room
6th-8th Grade: 4 – 5 p.m.
9th-12th Grade: 5 – 6 p.m.

4th Sunday EYC. The last Sunday of the month, both MS and HS EYC groups will join together for an afternoon of community engagement around Memphis. We plan to partner with many local church ministries and non-profits to provide opportunities for our youth formation to engage and support our Memphis community. Times may vary due to the nature of the activity; so keep an eye out for the details each month in our emails or GSL eNews.  

Confirmation classes will be offered this fall starting October 16 during typical Sunday formation hours at 9:15, using the text My Faith, My Life by Jenifer Gamber. Join us for 8 weeks of gatherings open to all 9th-12th graders. Find registration links on our website or in weekly emails.  

High School Coffee Hours. All 9th-12th graders are invited to Tuesday morning coffee hours at Ugly Mug beginning September 27 from 7:15 – 7:45 a.m. Come start your morning with breakfast, community, and prayer.  

Biscuits & Bible is open to all 6th-8th graders and will meet Wednesday mornings beginning September 28 in the Red Room from 7 – 7:45 a.m. A great midweek opportunity to start your day with breakfast, Highs and Lows, and some morning prayer.  

GSL Comes to You Form. It is no secret that our youth do some amazing things, and we want to help support them along the way! If your household has a big game, show, or special occasion coming up,  fill out this simple form and we will try to make it and show our GSL support.

Save the Date: Fall Campout at St. Columba with Holy Communion & Calvary. Tentatively scheduled for October 28, but watch for updates in September. 

Amzie Williams
Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministries
901-252-6326 | awilliams@gracestlukes.org

This Fall's Youth Staff

HOST AN EYC MEAL

Sign up to donate or bring a meal for the EYC on Sunday evenings . Meals can be given either as a donation to the EYC program for that Sunday OR meals can also be prepared and dropped off Sunday evenings at 4:45 PM, and offers a great chance for you to get to see our EYC in action. To sign up, follow the link below! https://forms.gle/kzxtDLEnWvJZF1kW6

EYC

An opportunity for fellowship, relaxing, and fun! EYC offers a more laidback atmosphere for youth to build meaningful and lasting friendships. This time is less focused on structured learning and more devoted to community building, self-expression, impactful service, and seeking to understand the ever-changing and messy world around us. Please note that locations and times may change depending on the nature of our activities, look out for monthly emails from awilliams@gracestlukes.org to keep updated on all things EYC. In addition, the what and where of EYC is subject to change concerning conditions of COVID 19, but know we always plan to have something offered at this time for you and your family!