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

Sundays
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.

Christian Formation Conference

Sunday, August 27
2:30 – 5:30 p.m.
The Island, Main Hall
It’s time for us to create an intentional plan of Christian Formation for our students from birth to graduation. We don’t want to take this important step without you! Lend your voice to help build clarity and consensus on the future of Children’s and Student Ministries. Click the link below to RSVP. Child care will be provided upon request. The deadline for child care requests is Friday, August 25.

For more information, contact Florence Ritchie at 713-985-3843 or email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Fall Retreats

at Camp Cho-Yeh
in conjunction with St. John the Divine Episcopal Church

High School
Friday, September 22 – Sunday, September 24

Friday
6 p.m., Meet at St. John the Divine, 2450 River Oaks Boulevard, for a light dinner
7 p.m., Leave by bus for Camp Cho-Yeh

Sunday
1:30 p.m., Return to St. John the Divine

Join us for some fun on the water! In addition to a weekend filled with worship, teaching and small group time, we also will enjoy a day on the lake, s’mores by the campfire and tons of group games! All while being surrounded by the beauty of Camp Cho-Yeh in Livingston, Texas.

Middle School
Friday, October 6 – Sunday, October 8

Friday
6 p.m., Meet at The Island at St. Martin’s for a light dinner
7 p.m., Leave by bus for Camp Cho-Yeh

Sunday
1:30 p.m., Return to St. Martin’s

Let’s get muddy! Middle school students will enjoy an afternoon on the mud course during the retreat as well as wonderful speakers, meaningful worship and group discussions. And don’t forget s’mores – there will definitely be s’mores!

Cost – $190 for each retreat ($75 deposit due at registration)

For more information, contact Florence Ritchie at 713-985-3843 or email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Acolytes

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
Sunday, August 27
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.

So that we may adequately prepare for lunch, please RSVP by Wednesday, August 23 to 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 www.troopwebhost.org/Troop354Houston/Index.htm.
For more information about Cub Scout Pack 354, contact Daniel Lieberman, Cubmaster, at email hidden; JavaScript is required, or visit cubpack354.org.

Youth Choir

Sundays
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.