Youth Education & Fellowship

Sunday School for Youth

Sunday School classes are available for all youth (6th – 12th grade) on Sunday mornings from 10 -10:50 a.m. Download and fill out a registration form for Sunday School.

6th & 7th Grade Sunday School (September – June): 6th-7th grade students will spend the year studying faith and film, exploring the inspiring connections between faith and pop culture.

Confirmation Class (8th Grade) (September – May): At St. Mary’s, young people often prepare to be confirmed in their 8th grade year. While this convention works well for many, it is certainly not a rule. Any youth entering 8th grade or older who is interested in continuing to explore his or her faith is welcome to join the class. Our Confirmation class is held during the Christian Formation hour on Sundays from 10-10:50 a.m. During class we will look into the importance of faith, scripture, and reason in the Episcopal church. Information session for youth and parents is on Sunday, September 22, 2019 at 10 a.m. Contact Emily Bruch for more information or to inquire about registering.

High School Sunday School (September – May): This class delves into the important topics in the world today as they help to prepare, and lead youth worship services held throughout the year.


Youth Group – an All-Welcoming Community

St. Mary’s youth group is an all-welcoming community to youth grades 6-12. It is our mission to provide a safe and encouraging environment for our youth to experience God’s abundant love through relationships, fun, and questioning. Throughout the year we meet for a variety of activities, outings, and service projects. Youth group meeting times may vary week to week based on the event.

Download the 2019-2020 Youth Ministries Brochure.

Click here to download the brochure and see the full calendar of events.

Cooking Class:

During youth cooking classes our youth learn new recipes and techniques as they prepare a meal together. Following cooking the group breaks bread as a community to share the meal that they have made.

Fishing Club:

Whether you are a fishing expert or new to fishing, youth of all grades are welcome to be part of the St. Mary’s fishing club. The group meets several times throughout the year to fish all over the Richmond area. It is through time spent together in nature that we are able to truly connect with one another.

Upcoming Youth Group Events:

Sunday, December 15, 2019: All youth Christmas Party is at 4:30 p.m. in the Education Building. There will be a white elephant gift exchange for those who want to participate. All gifts should cost $15 or less and come wrapped. Don’t forget to bring a friend! Games, snacks, and fellowship will be provided!

Sunday, January 19, 2020: All youth (grades 6-12) come hangout after church for games, pizza, and fellowship. Meet in the Education Building from 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Friends are always welcome!

All Youth Ski Trip, Friday, January 24 – Sunday, January 26, 2020:

St. Mary’s youth are taking a weekend ski trip to Massanutten! Whether you are an expert skier/snowboarder or you enjoy drinking hot chocolate in the ski lodge, we hope that you will join us for this weekend of fun. We will leave St. Mary’s at 5 p.m. on Friday, January 24 and will return Sunday, January 26 at 1 p.m. During this trip we will spend an evening at late night snow-tubing and all-day Saturday on the slopes. There are a variety of trip packages offered based on your needs:
• $185 if renting ski equipment
• $150 if providing own ski equipment
• $220 if renting ski equipment and taking ski lessons


2020 Summer Youth Mission Trips

Registration for St. Mary’s 2020 Mission Trips with YouthWorks is now open! Please download the Registration Form linked here. Bring or mail completed form with a $100 deposit to Emily Bruch by Sunday, January 5 to secure a spot. Please make check payable to “St. Mary’s Episcopal Church.”

As a reminder, the dates of the two mission are:
High School (current 8th – 12th grade) Mission: June 21 – 27 to New Orleans, LA
Middle School (current 5th – 7th grade) Mission: July 12-18 to Beckley, WV

If you were unable to attend the Informational Meeting, please download the “General Information” form. Contact Emily Bruch 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. Around 200 youth from around the Diocese come together for a weekend of fun, games, singing, worship, Bible study, and time in nature. Best of all, the weekend is led by an amazing group of high school students called PYM’ers.

  • PYM Senior High (9th-12th Grade) Weekend at Shrine Mont – November 1-3, 2019
  • PYM 6th & 7th Grade Weekend at Shrine Mont – April 17-19, 2020
  • PYM 8th Grade Weekend at Shrine Mont -May 8-10, 2020