Student Ministries

St. Martin’s Student Ministry continually aims to go deeper in our conversations about the grace of Jesus Christ and welcome as many students as possible into those conversations. To learn about our Sunday morning classes, weekend retreats, conferences, annual mission trips and more that help bring our students to a better understanding of the Gospel, contact Student Ministries at 713-985-3843.

Episcopal Youth Community

10:15 – 11 a.m.
The Island
Come see how God works in your lives even when you don’t see it or feel it. Not only will we have lots of fun, but also more importantly we will learn about our awesome God.

Life Groups

5 – 7 p.m.
Home of Amy and Rob Pierce
Life Groups have started for this fall! All high school students are invited for a time of fun and fellowship. The evenings begin with games and dinner, and then move to Bible study  with great conversations and group discussions.

We are looking for small group leaders and hospitality team leaders. If you’re interested, let us know!

For more information about Life Groups and directions to the location, contact Will Kulseth at 713-830-3148 or email hidden; JavaScript is required or Amanda LeCornu at 713-985-3841 or email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Sonrise High School Bible Study

7:15– 8:15 p.m.
Youth Room at St. John the Divine, 2450 River Oaks Boulevard
High school students at Lamar High School and St. John’s School are invited to come together for Bible Study. These mornings are designed for students wanting to go deeper in their biblical teachings. Breakfast starts at 7:15 a.m.

Hosted by St. Martin’s and St. John the Divine

For more information about Sonrise Bible Study, contact Will Kulseth at 713-830-3148 or email hidden; JavaScript is required, or Adam Durer at 713-830-4132 or email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Christmas Crash

Sunday, December 10
5 – 7 p.m.
The Island
Students are encouraged to bring a friend for an awesome night of fun, games, contests, dinner and prizes. Wear a tacky Christmas sweater, reindeer antlers or great Christmas outfit. Celebrate Christmas in a whole new way!

Admission cost: One dozen cookies (baked or bought) to be donated to Westside Homeless Prevention

Feast of Lights Service and Acolyte Appreciation Dinner

Sunday, January 7
6 p.m.
The Church and Bagby Parish Hall
This beautiful candlelight service takes the light of Christ into the world literally with our actions and symbolically through candles. Members of the Acolyte Ministry will be commissioned and recognized during the service for their contributions to enhancing worship to help glorify God.

Acolytes and their families may click here to make a reservation for the dinner.

8th Grade Confirmation Class

Confirmation Classes
Sundays, January 7 – April 29*
10:15 a.m.
The Island
St. Martin’s 8th grade Confirmation class gives students the opportunity to learn about and think through the Christian message in a more intentional manner than ever before. Through 10 months of classes, discussion, fellowship and retreat, these students will be led through the journey from childhood to adult faith.
*Classes will not be held February 4 and 25, March 11 and 25, and April 1

Confirmation Retreat
Friday, February 2 – Sunday, February 4
Camp Cho-Yeh in Livingston, Texas
Click here to register for the retreat.

BIG Sunday

Sundays, January 21, February 25, March 25, April 22 and May 20
5 – 7 p.m.
The Island
Join Student Ministries for a fun time of games, worship, prayer, conversations, small groups and food. Bring your friends! Find out what the buzz is all about.

Welcome New Intern

We would like to introduce our new Student Ministries intern Adam Duerer who will be with us for the next year. He hails from Spring, Texas, and is a graduate of Texas A&M University (Gig ’em!) with a B.S. in Recreation, Park & Tourism Sciences focusing on Youth Development and Tourism Management. His hobbies include cars and basically any sports – and of course he loves coffee! Adam’s true passion is positive youth development through the context of youth ministry. Though he’s been with us since June, his leadership skills and compassionate heart have already proven to be an excellent addition to our Student Ministries team.


The order of acolytes is one of the most ancient ministries in the church. The word “acolyte” means “follower” or “one who helps.” In addition to carrying flags, banners, torches and crosses during the service, acolytes also assist the Clergy of St. Martin’s with preparing the altar for Holy Communion.  These are important and vital roles that are central to our worship at St. Martin’s, and help to develop a sense of reverence and understanding for the tradition of the Episcopal worship service.

The St. Martin’s Acolyte Ministry requires a one-year commitment. We try our best to schedule you to serve at the service time of your choice. Depending on the number of acolytes, you will serve one to two times per month.

Students in 4th – 6th grade are invited to serve at our Family Table Sunday worship service at 9:15 a.m. in the Old Church.

Students in 6th – 12th grade are invited to serve in The Church for Sunday worship services at 8 a.m., 9 a.m., 11:15 a.m. or 6 p.m.

If you would like to serve as an acolyte in The Church, click the button below to sign up.

Acolyte Training
To be scheduled
12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Vestry Conference Room
All 6th – 12th grade students are welcome! If you are new or interested in joining the Acolyte Ministry, register at the link above. One training session is mandatory for all acolytes. Lunch will be provided.

For more information, contact Barbara Piana at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

For more information about being an acolyte for:
Family Table service in the Old Church (4th – 6th graders), contact Beth Ollenburger at 713-830-4146 or email hidden; JavaScript is required
Worship services in The Church (6th – 12th graders), contact Barbara Piana at 713-830-4116 or email hidden; JavaScript is required

Cub Scout Pack 354 and Boy Scout Troop 354

Scouting with Cub Scout Pack 354 and Boy Scout Troop 354 at St. Martin’s is fun and a wonderful opportunity to teach life skills – leadership, ethics and more. The three promises of the Scout oath are: Duty to God and country; Duty to other people; and Duty to self. Based on this premise, the adult leadership works to bring the young men in the organization to independence and true self-reliance as they progress through the advancement program. This “boy-lead” concept enables young men to lead, make decisions, budget and plan for events. It is through these experiences they gain a greater understanding of themselves. Since 1957, 166 Scouts have earned the prestigious rank of Eagle from Boy Scout Troop 354. The troop meets every Monday at 7:30 p.m. at the Scout Center. Visitors are always welcome.

For more information about Boy Scout Troop 354, contact Kendal Miller, Scoutmaster, at email hidden; JavaScript is required, or visit
For more information about Cub Scout Pack 354, contact Daniel Lieberman, Cubmaster, at email hidden; JavaScript is required, or visit

Youth Choir

10:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Payne Education Center, Room 207/209
The Youth Choir is for 6th – 12th graders with unchanged voices. St. Martin’s Youth Choir rehearses from 10:15 – 11 a.m. each week, and then takes part in  the 11:15 a.m. worship service procession and sings with the Parish Choir. The mission of the Youth Choir is to challenge older singers with more difficult music while preparing them to become active, contributing members of our Parish. This young choir focuses on developing youths’ voices and musicianship
through preparation of challenging, sacred repertoire, and also collaborates with the Parish Choir regularly.

For more information, contact Kellen Gray at email hidden; JavaScript is required.