Youth Education & Fellowship

youth ministries

Sunday Morning Offerings


Confirmation is offered each year for eighth graders.  The course spans the school year, and a confirmation service is typically held at St. Mary’s in the spring.  Contact the Director of Youth Ministries, Matt Rawls for more information or to inquire about registering.

High School Hangout

A hangout space and time for conversation and breakfast is available for grades 9-12 during the 10 a.m. education hour.


Youth Group

The St. Mary’s youth group meets regularly on Sunday and Wednesday evenings for food, fellowship, and fun.  Sometimes the plans are outrageous–like visits to a huge trampoline park or to mission fields–and sometimes they are more low-key–like pizza hangouts–but they’re always a good time! Contact the Director of Youth Ministries, Matt Rawls for more information.


Parish Youth Ministries (PYM) Shrine Mont Weekends

PYM offers three retreat weekends at Shrine Mont.  Each begins on a Friday evening (registration generally begins at about 7 p.m., with the opening session beginning after dinner), and ends by about 11 a.m. on Sunday morning. Youth from around the Diocese of Virginia are invited.

  • PYM 6th & 7th Grade Weekend at Shrine Mont – April 21-23, 2017. $150 per participant. Click here for the registration and information packet.
  • PYM 8th Grade Weekend at Shrine Mont -May 19-21, 2017. $150 per participant. Click here for the registration and information packet.


Summer Mission Trip Opportunities

This summer, the youth at St. Mary’s have a number of opportunities to serve. High School students are going to the Rosebud Sioux Reservation, the confirmation class is going to New York City for a service trip, and the middle school students are going to North Carolina. In addition, there are multiple opportunities for service days around the Richmond Metro area. Contact Matt Rawls for more information and to sign-up.

High School Trip to Rosebud Lakota Sioux Reservation, July 15-22, 2017

Who: Rising 10th grade- Graduated Seniors
When: Saturday, July 15 – Saturday, July 22
Cost: $1,200 (will go down slightly with more participants)
What: We will be serving on the Reservation in two capacities. For part of the week we will be running a vacation Bible school for children. We will also spend a couple days doing service work around the Reservation.
Led by: Matt Rawls

Sign-up by March 1, 2017 by contacting Matt Rawls via email or call 804-784-5678
Expected fundraising: We expect each participant should easily be able to raise at least half of the cost of this trip through fundraisers.

Middle School Mission Trip to Lincoln County, WV, July 23-28, 2017

Who: Rising 6th – Rising 9th grades
Where: Youth Works Camp, Lincoln County, WV
Cost: $350
When: Sunday, July 23 – Friday, July 28
What: We will be serving the community in Lincoln County, WV, through painting cleaning, yard work and other simple projects. We will also be planning and leading VBS programming for children in the area.
Led by: Matt Rawls
Sign-up by April 1, 2017 by contacting Matt Rawls via email or call 804-784-5678
**We will need additional chaperones for this trip**