Youth Ministries

We believe that it is much easier to raise faith-filled children with the love and support of a faith community, and are delighted to welcome families of all shapes and sizes to participate in our ministry together. We welcome children in worship, at the communion table, and in worship leadership positions. We also offer Sunday Church School and youth group activities for children and youth of all ages.

 

 

 

Information about our Sunday Church School program is available here.

 

We are intentional about protecting the children and youth who worship and learn at St. Stephen. All adults who work with children or youth on a regular basis are trained, screened, and supervised. A copy of our Child Protection policy is available here. 

 

 

 

Upcoming Events

Please note:  All in person Youth Functions are suspended until further notice.

 

For a list of at home ideas for kids- go to  https://sslc.360unite.com/groups/youth  .


October 17, 2020 - 7PM - 8PM

All ages.  Congregational Game Night - Every Saturday

Join us for this congregational hour of game playing! A good way to reconnect, laugh, and have some fun at the same time!

Join Zoom Meeting

Join URL: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88308319903


October 18, 2020

Mrs. B's Sunday School Class- 9:30AM

Join Zoom Meeting-

Join URL: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86815124508 


October 22, 2020 - 6PM - 7:30PM

Ages 5-12.  Join us for our Junior Youth Meeting.  We will continue meetings virtually for the time being.  Friendship, socialization, and a quick lesson!  Bring a friend.  You don't have to be a church member to come!  Email your friends and ask for friends to join in, for some out of school connection time with them.

Check back on the day of to get the link which will be posted here!

Zoom Join URL: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81765886435  

 They should also bring up Nearpod at the same time, on any web browser. 

 Go to join.nearpod.com .

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October 24, 2020 - 7PM - 8PM

All ages.  Congregational Game Night - Every Saturday

Join us for this congregational hour of game playing! A good way to reconnect, laugh, and have some fun at the same time!

Join Zoom Meeting

Join URL: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88308319903


October 25, 2020

Mrs. B's Sunday School Class- 9:30AM

Join Zoom Meeting-

Join URL: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86815124508 


October 31, 2020 - 3PM - 5PM

Ages 5-18.  Join us for St. Stephen's Virtual Youth Halloween Party, October 31, 2020, from 3-5PM.  Kits will be dropped off or pickup can be arranged, for kiddos attending, so that they can complete crafts and activities as part of the group, during the party.  There will also be a few "goodies" for the kiddos, in light of many not getting to participate in Trick-or-Treating this year.  

Please fill out a separate survey for each child attending.  Please fill out no later than 10/16/2020.

Kiddos can sign up at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/53YMCD5 . 


October 31, 2020 - 7PM - 8PM

All ages.  Congregational Game Night - Every Saturday

Join us for this congregational hour of game playing! A good way to reconnect, laugh, and have some fun at the same time!

Join Zoom Meeting

Join URL: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88308319903


November 12, 2020 - 6PM - 8PM

Ages 13-18.   Join us for our Senior Youth Meeting.  We will continue meetings virtually for the time being.  Friendship, games, socialization, and a quick lesson!  Bring a friend.  You don't have to be a church member to come!  Email your friends and ask for friends to join in, for some out of school connection time with them.

  Join us in Zoom at:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87009293653


November 19, 2020 - 6PM - 8PM- (Group meets every third Thursday of the month)

This group will resume over the net.  

Join URL:  
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89925427577

All Grades. Home/Cyber School Group.  This group was originally designed for all the Home/Cyber school families to reach out to each other for support, fun, and socialization.  

As we continue forward during these unusual times, we have all, now found ourselves in this category.  Everyone dealing with kiddos at home, should feel free to participate in this monthly session.  You don’t have to be a member of the church.  Extend the invite to your neighbors, friends, or family.  Our meeting will cover any necessary introductions, hand out information, and find out what you'd need/like to see for this group going forward.  Share ideas and advice from what’s been working for you, learn tricks and tips from those of us that have always done this, socialize with other parents, meet new friends or reconnect with old ones, network/build connections with other families, create study groups, do an activity, and get support from each other.  We’ll even try to fit in a game or two for the kiddos.

Let us help you to work out the bugs of cyber learning!

This is not a religious event. Any home school/cyber school families can attend.

We ask that parents plan to attend with their children, as child care will not be provided.


, 2020 - PM

All ages.  

We would like to invite you to our Senior Youth run class!

Our next teacher will be , who has chosen to teach us about !!  

The Senior Youth Group kids will be hosting a Zoom class each week (1 class per week, rotating through the kids as teachers).  This will be helping the kids to develop and hone their leadership skills.  To start classes, they are allowed to pick any topics they would like to do it on, and they have come up with a fascinating assortment of topics to teach!  If they like teaching (fingers crossed), we will eventually be getting them to move on to teaching some church topics.  

We are inviting kids and adults alike.  We need a strong show of support for our Senior Youth!  Please attend as many of them as possible, so the kiddos don’t end up with an empty classroom!  

Join Zoom Meeting


The following scheduled activities are on hold pending COVID-19 conditions:


Second Monday of Every Month- 5PM - 6PM

Ages 10 - 18.  We are starting a community support group for children of divorced families.  If you have or know someone that could benefit from being able to vent about their experiences in a safe, judgement free zone, get non-partial information about divorce and custody, receive support, or simply meet others going through the same thing, please invite them to these meetings.  

We will be meeting once a month, for one hour, and will be exploring different topics, having Q and A times, discussion times, and exploring exercises for coping and stress management skills.  Meetings will be led by Jenny Batcheler and Cathy Burson.  Parents will not be permitted to stay or attend.  Please make arrangements for children to be dropped off and picked up.

Our goal is to provide children with a safe atmosphere, where they can feel free to talk and express themselves, without fear or retaliation.

Anyone with questions may contact Jenny at yfmd@ststephenlc.org .    


June 13, 2020 -3PM - 6PM

All ages. Come join us for a congregational picnic at Lower Allen Park. Bring your favorite potluck food, wade/swim in the creek, let the kiddies play on their large playground, or take a walk through their nature paths. You can bring your favorite lawn game, to teach the younger generations, too!

Friends, food, fellowship, and fun! Let's enjoy all that God has to offer in his beautiful nature.

Lower Allen Park is located at 4075 Lisburn Rd, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055.


August 22, 2020 - 3PM - 7PM

Ages 13-18.  Senior Youth Laurel Lake Outing.  We will be hiking, swimming, cooking out (dinner), and doing bible study.


September 12, 2020 - 9AM - 3PM

All ages.  Annual Harvest Festival.  Join us for our annual Harvest Festival.  Games of chance, crafts, bingo, vendors, blood donation, yard sale, firetrucks, lunch by donation, cakewalk, kiddie games, Bocce Ball competition, and more. 

All proceeds go to help local families in need.

We are currently looking for volunteers to help with the Festival and vendors to reserve spots for the Festival.  See Jenny Batcheler, YFMD@ststephenlc.org , for details.


September 19, 2020 - 9AM - 10PM

Ages 13-18.  Annual Senior Youth Trip to Cherry Crest Farm.  Join us for an A-MAZE-ING time at Cherry Crest Farms!  We will leave St. Stephen at 9:00AM and be returning late (parents will be notified of our return via text/phone).  While we are there, we will be participating in their famous Amazing Maize Maze.  We will be taking the Ultimate Challenge and breaking into teams to see which team can complete the challenge first.  This corn maze will take 2-4 hours to complete. Each team will be provided with a game board and will search the maze for all the puzzle pieces, which when found, will provide you with the map of the maze.  There are also obstacles, trivia, and challenges to complete on your way.  The maze is located on a working farm, so participants should be aware that the ground may be uneven, sloped, or bumpy in parts.  Weather appropriate clothing and closed toed shoes, are a must, since we will be walking all day and temperatures may fluctuate.

After the maze, we will explore the other activities including pedal cars, apple blasters, paintball shooters, rope making, battle zone (think Nerf balls from a pressurized air guns), various strength tests, a petting zoo, life size board games, mat slides, a wagon tour, bouncy pillows (adult sized), pig races, take a tour on the Stroudsburg Railroad (extra cost), and more!  Adventure abounds on this all day trip!

Parents should pack food for teens (packed food or money).  Tickets are $34 online and can be purchased at https://www.cherrycrestfarm.com/fall-pricing.  Everyone should get the Hog Wild Pass.  Anyone needing a scholarship for all or part of the expense, can contact Jenny Batcheler, troublemk@pa.net , or Pastor Best, matthew@laceduplutheran.com . 

RSVP to Jenny Batcheler by September 12, 2020.  Can’t wait to see you!


October 3, 2020 - 12PM - 6PM

Ages 5-12.  Annual Junior Youth Trip to Corn Cob Acres.  Why let the big kids have all the fun?  Corn Cob Acres awaits you!  Explore a corn maze, peddle a car, take a hayride, see a pig race, bounce your heart out, or play in the corn crib.  Fun abounds at this place packed with activities.  All activities are designed for younger crowd and shorter attention spans. 

We will leave St. Stephen at 12:00PM.  Parents should provide for a lunch (either a packed lunch or money).  We should be home around 6:00PM (unless kiddos tire out sooner!)  Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at https://www.corncobacres.com/tickets .  Anyone needing a scholarship for all or part of the expense, can contact Jenny Batcheler, troublemk@pa.net , or Pastor Best, matthew@laceduplutheran.com . 

We want everyone to be able to go with us!

We will also be looking for chaperones for our trip.  We can’t have a trip, if we don’t have enough adults!  See Jenny to volunteer J.

RSVP to Jenny Batcheler by September 26, 2020.  Can’t wait to see you!


October 18, 2020 - 1PM - 6PM

All Ages.  Fall Foliage Days at Camp Nawakwa.  Paint a pumpkin, cook a smore, do a scavenger hunt across the camp, take a hayride, make applesauce, and more! 

This yearly event, combines the memories of summer camp, with the beauty of fall! 

Dinner provided.  Any age welcomed.

Cost to be announced.


December 31, 2020 - 8PM - Midnight

All ages.  New Year’s Eve Party.  Come celebrate New Year's with the entire family, in a safe environment!  No alcohol, but plenty of cheer! 

Bring 2 secret Bingo prizes, wrapped and valued under $5 each (Dollar Tree is perfect for this!!) We'll be playing a different type of Bingo than you're used to!

Games, food, and fun!  Countdown and kiddie ball dropping!  All ages, all abilities!

Please RSVP to Jenny Batcheler, yfmd@ststephenlc.org , so we can get a head count for food.

Looking forward to seeing you!


 

Summer Camp

 

                    

We are fortunate to have two incredible church camps right in our backyard: Camp Nawakwa (Arendtsville PA, near Gettysburg) and Camp Kirchenwald (Colebrook PA, near Lebanon). St. Stephen proudly supports these camps, and provides camp scholarships to children and youth each year so they can attend camp. More information about our camps is found here. 

We want everyone in the St. Stephen family to have the opportunity to experience church camp, regardless of the family’s ability to pay. We believe that summer camp is a wonderful opportunity for people of all ages to live in Christian community, to experience God’s presence in the great outdoors, and to be renewed in their faith. We believe that participation in outdoor camps helps to strengthen disciples for service and proclamation of the Gospel, and we are excited to offer camping opportunities through our partnership with the Lutheran Camping Corporation.

Through the generosity of present members of our congregation, and the endowed funds of those who have gone before us, we are able to offer scholarships to help make camp a reality for all who are interested.

Camping brochures can be found in the Fellowship Hall beside the Resource Room.

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