High School Youth Group:
Fun, Faith, and Fellowship
The High School Youth Group normally meets on Sunday nights twice per month from 7-8:30 PM in the Parish Hall room# 5/6. A great place to have fellowship with old friends and meet new friends who share your Catholic Faith. We play games, talk about issues of faith that affect our lives, do service projects together, hang out (and eat!) at social events, and come together to celebrate our Catholic Faith. Occasionally, we have off-site activities.
Scroll down and take a look at some of the things in store for you this year!
Sunday June 2
In the Gathering Area
Come to the Beach to celebrate the end of another year together. Join us outside in the gathering area for food, games, and fun with your friends. Please bring $5 to cover the cost of pizza. Hope to see you there!
Saturday October 13 7:00–9:30 PM
2012 Kickoff Social Event: “Blast from the Past”
Grab some food while you meet & greet your peers and youth leaders. Find out what St. John’s Youth Group is all about and what we have planned for the coming year. Then join us for a blast from the past at our outdoor “Drive-In” movie where we’ll watch the classic 1950s sci-fi film Earth vs. the Flying Saucers.
The High School Youth Group meets in the Parish Hall Rooms 5/6.
All HS youth who are not currently enrolled in Religious Education classes must bring a completed Emergency Contact Form to have on file for the year. (Scroll down the the end of this page for the form)
Sunday, October 21 7:00–8:30 PM
Hot Topic Night: Holy-ween or the Occult?
Once the celebrated eve of a Christian holy day, we now live in a culture that uses Halloween to celebrate all things dark and evil. Join us for a serious discussion on the very real dangers of playing around with Occult in its varioius forms (tarot cards, horoscopes, charms, ouija boards, mediums, fortune tellers, etc.) How can we as Christians celebrate this day in an appropriate way? This night will help teens understand the real weapons God has given us to repel evil (sacraments, prayer) and the importance of our Guardian Angels and St. Michael the Archangel.
Sunday, November 4 7:00–8:30 PM
Hot Topic Night: What’s the Big Deal?
You’re hearing and seeing a lot of heated controversy lately regarding contraception, gay marriage, and religious freedom? Are these really our ”rights”? You’ve heard what the media has to say and you know the Church objects to these things. What’s the big deal anyway? Join the conversation as we talk about the widespread myths vs. the Truth of these issues, why the Church stands her ground, and why a good understanding of God’s truths about these issues are vital for you as a Christian and a soon-to-be American voter.
Sunday, November 18 7:00–8:30 PM
Service Project: Feed the Hungry
Participants will help prepare 175 bagged lunches to be donated to St. Ann’s homeless outreach center in West Palm Beach. High School pariticipants need to bring two packages of Oscar Meyer Honey Smoked Turkey Breast, which is on sale at the Reserve Publix Buy-One-Get-One-Free (the package looks like bologna). Total cost $5.00. If you can afford more, we also need individual packages of plain Lays potato chips.
Here is the link to the Youtube video we watched last night. Encourage your children not to let pre-conceived ideas about people prevent them from reaching out in charity, and challenge them to notice the needs of others around them and do small things that can CHANGE someone’s life:
Here is some information about St.Ann’s Place, a homeless outreach center in West Palm Beach. St. Ann’s Place
Sunday, December 2 6:00–8:30 PM
Social Event: Laser Tag offsite at Fun Depot, Lake Worth
Join us for some friendly competition in this laser tag free-for-all! $12 gets you unlimited laser tag all night and the chance to tag your youth leaders. Permission Slip (click here DOPB Field Trip Consent and Release Form April 2 2009 ) along with $12 must be turned in by Friday November 30. Parents drop off and pick up their children. We can help you arrange a carpool. Children or friends not enrolled in Religious Education must have a completed emergency contact form on file with us. See the bottom of this page for the form.
Directions: Take I-95 North and exit at 10th Avenue North. Turn left (west) onto 10th avenue north. Fun Depot is 1/8 mile on the left at the back of the shopping center (2003 10th Avenue North, Lake Worth, 33461). About 25 minutes from West Boca.
Sunday, December 9 7:00–8:30 PM
Service Project: Shelter the Homeless
Learn about and experience the plight of homeless individuals, and find out ways that you can help these people as Christ has called us to do. In preparation for this meeting, We are sponsoring a clothing for the Philip Lewis homeless outreach center in West Palm Beach, which serves homeless families. We are having a contest, Middle School Youth Group vs. High School Youth Group to see who can collect the most donations. See the flyer here Homeless clothing Drive flyer-1 for details.
We’ll begin the night by announcing the winner of our MS vs. HS clothing donation drive. teaming up to compete and cook the best “soup kitchen” meal using only donated food on hand. Everyone will then humbly eat the meals prepared. After a short presentation on the plight of the homeless and our Christian call to help, we’ll hear the testimony of someone’s journey to homelessness and back.
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, January 4-6
Theology of the Body for Teens Retreat Weekend:
Discovering God’s Plan for Love and Life
TOB for Teens will help you understand the ultimate purpose and meaning of your life. It will answer the questions you have about the Church’s teachings on sexual morality and how you were created for greatness. This weekend will help you “unlearn” the misguided teachings of the modern culture and provide you with the very key to life–the key to happiness and peace. What is the ultimate purpose for which God created you? Find out this weekend. For Teens in 9th grade and older only.
Saturday, January 12 7:00–11:30 AM
Service Project: Gleaning
Saturday, January 19 5:00–8:00 PM
2nd Annual Chili Cookoff
A major fundraiser for Youth Group events throughout the year.
Sunday, January 27 6:45–8:30 PM
Social Event: Idol Chef Competition
Join us for dinner (hot dogs and chips) followed by the Idol Chef Competition: A combination of American Idol and Top Chef, teams will compete to create and present the best meal and then perform a song of their choice. Judges will score teams on the best meal/performance.
Sunday, February 10 6:00–8:30 PM
Faith & Film Night: October Baby
Join Us for Dinner and a Movie. Afterward we’ll talk about how various aspects of faith affects different characters in the movie. On the menu tonight is Baked Ziti and dessert.
As the curtain rises, Hannah hesitantly steps onto the stage for her theatrical debut in college. Yet before she can utter her first lines, Hannah—unscripted—collapses in front of the stunned audience. After countless medical tests, all signs point to one underlying factor: Hannah’s difficult birth. This revelation is nothing compared to what she then learns from her parents: she was actually adopted … after a failed abortion attempt.
Bewildered, angered, and confused, Hannah turns for support to Jason, her oldest friend. Encouraged by his adventurous spirit, Hannah joins his group of friends on a Spring Break road trip, embarking on a journey to discover her hidden past … and find hope for her unknown future.
In the midst of her incredible journey, Hannah finds that life can be so much more than what you have planned.
Parents can check out the trailer here: www.octoberbabymovie.net
Sunday, March 3 7:00–8:30 PM
Hot Topic Night: What’s Your Priority? Jesus as the Center of Your Life
With the constantly moving society we live in today, teens find themselves with lives filled with activity. School takes up the majority of time, but today there is also a multitude of outside factors constantly being added to their already full plates. From sports to dance to school clubs, to friends, all of these factors leave little time for God. Being pulled in so many directions makes is easier to disregard Mass and faith formation. In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus challenges us to look at the anxieties of everyday life that seem to distract our priorities. High School youth will examine the priorities in their lives and be challenged to see the importance of setting Christ and their faith life above all other things. Their other priorities will fall into place when god is set as number one.
Sunday, March 10 7:00–8:00 PM
Parent Social Night: Wine and Cheese
Can you believe that St. John’s Youth Group is just one year old? Come and join us for a celebration of the great families and youth we have at our parish. Weather permitting, join us under the stars in the gathering area as we mix and mingle over drinks and yummy snacks. Meet the Youth Leaders and other families. Listen to what we have planned for the year and our philosophy in working with the kids, as well as some of the challenges we are working to overcome. Bring your thoughts and feedback. We’d love to hear what you have to say! Wine, beer, and light appetizers will be served. Bring a friend that might be interested in learning more about our Youth Group and the families involved.
Sunday, March 17 6:00–8:30 PM
Service Project: St. Patrick’s Ultimate Game Night
Wear your green tonight as we celebrate St. Patrick’s eternal joy in heaven with a night of goofy games! Are you up for scavenger hunt, giant-sized Yahtzee, and glow tag? If you’re not afraid of a few green snacks and leprechauns, then come have some fun and fellowship!
Traveling Stations of the Cross
Good Friday, March 29, 2013
Join us as we literally carry Jesus’ cross down the sidewalk on Yamato Road and then 441, stopping periodically to pray each station of the cross. What a great way to witness your Christian faith to everyone driving by. Who knows, maybe the sight of teens carrying the cross and praying will prompt someone to remember that Jesus’ death saved them from eternal death and opened the gates of Heaven for them. Maybe they just might join in worship on Easter Sunday. Only God knows how your witness might change someone’s heart. But it won’t happen unless you come.
Sunday, April 7 Time TBA
Youth Group Meeting: FAU Ropes Challenge Course
We’re in this Together! Florida Atlantic University is home to the most comprehensive Ropes Challenge Course in South Florida. With over 30 low and high elements, you’ll have fun participating in physical/mental challenges (ice breakers, climbing, balancing, ropes, etc.) as you work together as a team to accomplish challenges and group problem solving. $35 per participant. Parents are responsible to drop-off and pick up students at FAU (or find a carpool ride).
Sunday, April 21 7:00–8:30 PM
Hot Topic: The Media and Conforming to Christ
Saturday, May 4 3:00–9:00 PM
Social Event: Beach Bash & Bonfire
Spanish River Park at A1A, Boca Raton
Sunday, May 19 6:15–8:30 PM
Faith & Film Night: The Human Experience
Join Us for Dinner and a Movie. Afterward we’ll talk about various faith aspects of the movie. We ask that everyone who is coming please bring an appetizer or dish to share. The parish will provide soft drinks.
We will be watching the award-winning, The Human Experience. The story of a band of brothers who travel the world in search of the answers to the burning questions: Who am I? Who is Man? Why do we search for meaning? Their journey brings them into the middle of the lives of the homeless on the streets of New York City, the orphans and disabled children of Peru, and the abandoned lepers in the forests of Ghana, Africa. What the young men discover changes them forever. Through one on one interviews and real life encounters, the brothers are awakened to the beauty of the human person and the resilience of the human spirit. Follow this link to watch the movie trailer http://youtu.be/ctyX5ItSQEI
Beach Bash HS End-of-Year Party
June 2013 7:00PM to 10:00 PM Parish Hall
Celebrate the end of the school year with food, games, and fellowship.
Steubenville Florida HS Conference
June 21, 22, 23 2013
We were created to seek and know the truth and encounter the life of God. Therefore, we are committed to boldly proclaiming Jesus Christ as the Way, the Truth, and the Life and illuminating for young people the richness of the Catholic Church. We understand that teens are constantly confronted with lies and choices that lead them away from Christ and the Church. The Steubenville Teen Conference not only provides teens the opportunity to encounter Jesus Christ, but challenge them to live for Him. Through the power of the Sacraments, inspiring talks, dynamic music, and expressive praise, teens are given an awesome weekend that can literally change the course of their lives. The High School Youth Conference will challenge Catholic youth to stand firm in their faith, rely on the awesome power of Jesus Christ who is their guide, friend, and Savior, and show that faith to the world.
The Sacraments are the highlight of the conference. Teens will join in a dynamic Eucharistic Liturgy during the weekend and will be given the opportunity to participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. There is also a powerful time of Eucharistic Exposition and Adoration. Many teens encounter the Holy Spirit for the first time. This leads to a tremendous conversion for many young people.
Download the field trip permission slip here Field Trip Consent and Release Form April 2 2009
Download the Emergency Contact Form here Emergency Contact Form