J2A PILGRIMAGE to the NAVAJO NATION JUNE, 2017
Once again we took our 9th and 10th graders to the Four Corners area where we met a Navajo Park Ranger, hiked into the Canyon de Chelly, and were hosted by a generous Navajo family on their homestead. We also rafted the San Juan River, and so much more. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our youth!
Recent YES Colorado service trips
Baton Rouge, June 4-10, 2017
Salt Lake City, July 9-14, 2017
St Barnabas Youth Group
St Barnabas Youth are encouraged to participate and lead in a variety of ways; by serving at the altar as acolytes and readers, by serving their community in the nursery and Godly Play classroom, and by joining their peers at twice monthly meetings as well as social gatherings, service projects and travel, and our annual Youth Group Camping Trip in August.
We introduce a new youth class of 6th and 7th graders every other year, and those groups remain together throughout middle and high school even while integrating with the full 6th-12th grade group frequently.
Every other year we hold a special liturgy called “Rite 13” to acknowledge and celebrate our young teenagers’ passage into young adulthood, even while renewing our baptismal vows and our commitment to presence for these young people.
On alternate years, our 9th and 10th graders prepare for and travel on Pilgrimage to the Navajo Nation and Four Corners Region. This trip is designed to help youth explore their relationship to God and themselves through sacred time, sacred space, and sacred journey.
St Barnabas Youth participate each summer in service learning and travel through our collaboration with YES (Young Episcopalians in Service); a multi-parish ministry of the Diocese of Colorado.