The Youth Ministry Program at Saint John the Baptist Parish is administered by Deacon Paul Graham, who directs the Youth Advisory Board "YAB". This program is designed to give young people a sense of belonging to the Body of Christ through fellowship with peers and adult mentors, through spiritual formation, and through service to the Church and community. The goal of the program is to provide opportunities to participate in social justice, spiritual and social activities that will nurture personal, spiritual and social growth, as well as encourage a sense of responsibility to live out their faith each day by loving themselves and by loving others.
The High School YAB meets each 1st and 3rd Wednesday from 7:00 - 8:00 pm. The program seeks to encourage young adults to make a positive difference in the world by engaging in activities centered on spirituality and social justice (as well as "fun" activities). Examples of some of the activites are: annual trip to the Religious Education Congress "Youth Day" in Anaheim, California; annual week-long mission trip to the various American Indian Reservations throughout the Rocky Mountain West; visiting hospitals, retirement centers, homeless shelters and soup kitchens; sleepovers at the church; Rosaries and YAB Masses; hikes/campouts; snow (winter) and river (summer) Tubing trips; pool parties; and Leadership Retreats. For more information about the HS-YAB, please e-mail Deacon Paul at email@example.com or Teresa Stone at firstname.lastname@example.org. Information about the HS_YAB can also be found on the YAB Bulletin Board in the Gathering Space, in the weekly parish bulletin's "YAB GAB", and on the parish web site's calendar.
The newly-formed Middle School YAB meets each 1st and 3rd Thursday from 7:00 - 8:00 pm at the church. One of the primary goals of the middle school youth group is not only to prepare the kids for Confirmation, but also to make them excited about the Sacrament of Confirmation. We teach this not by talking about our faith; rather, by living our faith! We strive to convice each young adult that each one of them has the potential to change the world by being Jesus to others, and seeing Jesus in others. Examples of some of the activites include: visiting hospitals, retirement centers, homeless shelters and soup kitchens; YAB Masses; "Game Nights" at the church; Rosaries; hikes; and snow tubing. For more information about the MS-YAB, please e-mail Aimee Synowicki at email@example.com or Becky Chamberlain as firstname.lastname@example.org. Information about the MS-YAB can also be found in the weekly parish bulletin's "YAB GAB" and on the parish web site's calendar.