Youth ReCreation

Youth reaching for hand of statue of JesusReCreation binds our community together. Through diocesan, convocational, and intergenerational events we become more aware of our call to be one Church, one people united and made whole through faith.

Water Wars cap off EYC year


May 18 will be our last Sunday of EYC (Episcopal Youth Community) before we break for the summer. That afternoon, we will have a big celebration called Water Wars for all fifth through twelfth graders.

We will gather at the Deanery at 2142 Chilton Rd. from 2:30–5 p.m. for an afternoon of spiritual formation, food and fun. Dean Thompson will open the swimming pool for Water Wars. We will have different events that all deal with water in some way, plus we’ll have a few prizes to give out.

Parents are invited to have their own conversation with Dean Thompson at 4:30 p.m. while the youth are enjoying the swimming pool at which they may share hopes for the Cathedral’s youth program and ask any questions they may have.

If you plan on attending, contact youth ministry assistant Andrew Boney so we have enough food for everyone.

Fun is certain at lock-in

Youth pose for a group picture in front of the Art Car Museum

Destination Unknown is a lock-in for fifth through eighth graders scheduled for May 9–10. The purpose of Destination Unknown is to help us realize that, many times, we have to take a leap of faith, since we don’t know what the future holds or, perhaps, where our next step will take us. To practice this leap of faith, we will venture out to different places around Houston, but the destination is … you guessed it, unknown.

Participants have no idea what will happen next. In the past, we have played laser tag, watched the bats fly under Waugh Bridge, gone to the Orange Show, checked out the art exhibit of presidents’ heads and even gone box-sledding.

You won’t want to miss out on this year’s awesome adventure. Drop-off time will be 5 p.m. on May 9 at the Cathedral; pick-up time is 10 a.m. on May 10. You are encouraged to bring a friend. The cost is $40 and scholarships are also available. Register by May 7 on the Cathedral website or call Jeremy Bradley at 713-217-1349.

Youth prepare for summer mission trips

Cathedral youth volunteer on a trip to New York in 2013

Mission trips are one of the most impactful opportunities for a young person to take. They enable us to practice our calling as Christians, to go out in the world proclaiming the name of Jesus and to love our neighbors. The memories will last a lifetime along with the lessons learned from the experience. This year, the Cathedral youth have three mission trips.

Fifth Grade

The Fifth-Grade Mission Trip will be held in Houston from June 15–17. Current fifth graders and high-school leaders will work with the homeless and with nonprofit organizations around Houston. Get to know your hometown in a completely new way! Finish the mission trip with an adventure to Schlitterbahn in Galveston. The cost is $199.

Permission and Medical Release Form (PDF)

Middle School

The Middle School Missionpalooza is in Oklahoma City from July 20–25 for current grades 6–8. We will help with reconstruction after the region’s devastating 2013 tornadoes. The cost is $399.

Missionpalooza Release Forms 2014 (PDF)

High School

The High School Mission Trip will head to Boston from June 20–27. Current high school students will explore the historic town while serving different ministry sites throughout the city. The cost is $1,399.

Download the Boston Mission Trip Packet (PDF)

The Giving Tree, which is our annual fundraising opportunity to help financially support students in their mission, will be April 27 and May 11, 18 and 25 in the cloister. This allows us to support youth who would otherwise not be able to go due to monetary constraints. We need volunteers to help at the Giving Tree. Contact Jeremy Bradley at 713-217-1349.

Remember, friends are always welcome to come along on these trips and scholarships are available for those needing assistance.

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