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109 York Street, Gettysburg, PA 17325
717-334-2012

Youth Group

Opportunities for faith, fellowship and fun for YOUth!

Follow our Youth Facebook page for announcements and updates. We also have an Instagram account where you can check out St. James Youth happenings!

We are happy to open our doors to all youth of the community to our Youth House. This is a safe and welcoming place for youth of all ages. The Youth House is located at 121/123 York Street. Parking for church and youth activities is at the rear of the property, and the primary entrance for the youth house is at the rear of the building through the youth yard.

Weekly Youth Group Schedule at St. James for 2022-2023

  • Wednesday Mornings
    • Middle & High School Breakfast (6:45 a.m. at the Youth House)
  • Wednesday Afternoons
    • K-5 Youth Group – Wednesdays (3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
  • Sunday Evenings
    • Middle Youth Group (5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at the Youth House)
    • Middle & High School Youth Dinner (6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the Youth House)
    • High School Youth Group (7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the Youth House)

Note:  We will follow the same guidelines the Gettysburg Area School District establishes regarding school closings (e.g. if school is closed, there is no youth-group). In the times of COVID, if GASD reverts to mask-wearing protocols, the church may implement similar protocols to keep our children and members safe.

If you have questions or want to know more about our programs, please email our Director of Youth and Family Ministry, or call the church office.

Adam Michael
Director of Youth & Family Ministry

Make sure these Youth Events are on your Family Calendar!

Also check out or Church Events Calendar.

Fri – Sun
November 18-202022
Middle School RetreatOur annual Middle School youth retreat, which is part of confirmation.
Time TBDCamp Nawakwa
Friday
November 252022
World Cup Viewing Party: England vs USACome cheer on the US as we watch the World Cup!
2:00 p.m.Pastor Andrew’s house
Saturday
December 172022
Breakfast with SantaCome have free pictures take with Santa by professional photographer, Brienna Richelle Photography, then mosey downstairs from some delicious breakfast.
Time TBDSt. James Gathering Area & Dining Room
Fri – Sun
January 6-82023
WinterfestSynod-wide High School youth retreat
Time TBDLancaster
Fri – Sun
January 13 – 152023
Quake: Youth Encountering the GospelYouth Retreat with music and guest speaker, Pastor Bill Yonkers
Time TBDHilton Harrisburg Hotel (1 N 2nd Street, Harrisburg)

Approved Adult Clearances

We strive to be there for our youth in all capacities. It is vital to generate strong faith-bonds with our youth, to show them our commitment and care. We need volunteers throughout the year, in multiple capacities. Consider how you might support our youth through volunteering, and learn how to obtain your volunteering security clearances.

Approved Adult Volunteer Clearance Instructions

Youth Group Volunteer Opportunities

Youth Group Registration

We welcome your youth’s participation in the youth ministry program at St. James! Please complete the following information. If you have any questions, please contact the office at 717-334-2012, or Youth Minister, Adam Michael (youth@stjamesgettysburg.org).


Youth Contact Information


Parent/Guardian Information


Transportation

If your child will come directly to Youth Group after school, please complete a Permission Slip instructing the school to allow St. James Lutheran Church volunteers to pick-up your child or to allow them to ride the bus to St. James Lutheran Church in Gettysburg.


Health & Wellness

In the event that my child becomes ill or is injured, I authorize the adults in charge to take the following steps:

1) Call the parents/guardians. If unavailable, the person below should be called to act on my/our behalf.

2) If the provided emergency contact cannot be reached, I authorize the adult volunteers to use their discretion in securing medical attention and treatment for my child.

I give my permission to the church staff or adult volunteers to seek/administer First Aid in case of a minor medical situation. In the event of an emergency where medical treatment is required, I give my permission to the church staff or adult volunteer to obtain the services of a licensed physician. Please notify me immediately concerning any such emergency. I understand that I am responsible for all costs incurred for such treatment.


Photo Release/Media Permission

St. James uses a number of tools to publicize activities to the congregation and community.
Please read the media release statement and check one of the options below:

I, parent/guardian, give St. James Lutheran Church the absolute right and permission to use the likeness or image of my child in photography or videography that may result in publicity efforts seen by the public. I understand that photography or videography may be used in publications, media release, electronic media or other forms of promotion. I release St. James Lutheran Church, its offices, employees, council, pastors, photographers and designees from liability for any violation of personal or proprietary right I may have in connection with use.


I give my permission for my child(ren), to participate in Youth Group events, choir, and Christian Education activities at St. James Lutheran Church.

You will be asked to sign a printed summary of this registration form and agreement at your child’s first Youth event, verifying/formally authorizing the submitted information on file with the Youth Minister and Church Office.

If you have any questions or concerns, you are welcome to speak with a member of the church staff by calling 717-334-2012.

Please complete this form for each child in your household that will participate in youth activities and events.