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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.

Summer Mission Trips

Middle SchoolGoing to Galveston!
Monday, June 12 – Friday, June 16
Middle school students and leaders will be going to Galveston this summer to work with both St. Vincent’s House (a 501(c)(3) non-profit social service mission of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas) and Grace Episcopal Church helping the underserved and disadvantaged population, and bringing positive change to the lives to those in need. Students entering 6th grade in the fall are eligible to attend the middle school mission trip. Students entering 9th grade in the fall may choose to attend either the middle school or high school mission trip.
Cost: $300 (includes nonrefundable $75 registration deposit)

High SchoolFlorida Here We Come!
Saturday, June 24 – Friday, June 30
High school students and leaders will head to Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, for a week of service through Hearts of Palm Ministry, an interdenominational mission host site located on the campus of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and School. Students entering 9th grade in the fall may choose to attend either the middle school or high school mission trip.
Cost: $800 (includes nonrefundable $75 registration deposit)

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

Summer Interns

Student Ministries is seeking college-age summer interns with a passion for Jesus and students. This paid internship begins in late May and continues until the end of July.

For more information, contact Will Kulseth at 713-830-4148. Please submit your completed application to him at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

BIG Sunday

The fourth Sunday of the month – March 26 and April 23
5– 7 p.m.
The Island
Students in 6th – 12th grades are invited to a fun time of games, worship, prayer, conversations, small groups and food. Bring your friends! Find out what the buzz is all about!

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

Life Groups

High School
Sundays
5 – 7 p.m.
At the Pierce’s home
This fellowship/study/discussion and dinner group offers great conversations, fun and encouragement to help students though the week.

Middle School Girls
Sundays
5 – 7 p.m.
The Island Lounge
This group is a great way for students to grow in their faith and build community as they study the word of God together. For more information, contact Amanda LeCornu at 713-985-3841 or email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Middle School Boys
Wednesdays
5 – 6:30 p.m.
At the Moxley’s home
Students can study the word of God and grow in their faith in a fun and encouraging environment. For more information, contact Alex Hays at 713-830-4132 or email hidden; JavaScript is required.

University Scholarship Award

Higher education is extremely important in today’s world and St. Martin’s believes it’s our calling to assist when possible. Because of this, Student  Ministries accepts applications in the spring from graduating high school seniors to be considered for the University Scholarship Award. The scholarship may be applied to either two-year or four-year degree plans for the area of study of the student’s choice. This is a one-time scholarship. The number of scholarship awards and amount of the a ward varies from year to year.

Applications are accepted from members of the St. Martin’s family who are active in the Parish. This includes Student Ministries, acolyte service, Outreach  and any other facet of Church life. The award is not based on academic achievement. Financial need is taken into consideration during the application review.

When submitting an application, students also must include:
• A letter of acceptance to an institution of higher learning
• Academic letter of recommendation from a high school teacher, counselor or coach

The application deadline is Saturday, April 1. Completed applications must be given to Florence Ritchie or Will Kulseth at The Island. Award recipients will be notified of their selection by Monday, May 1 and recognized during the Senior Sunday reception on Sunday, May 7. Awards are made in the form of a check made payable directly to the student’s college or university.

For more information about the University Scholarship Award, contact Will Kulseth, Executive Director of Student Ministries, at 713-830-4148 or email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Senior Sunday

Sunday, May 7
10:15 a.m.
Bagby Parish Hall
Congratulations to the class of 2017! It’s hard to believe our graduating seniors are in the midst of proms, ceremonies and parties as the school year draws to a close. As their church family, we want to celebrate this  milestone along with our seniors’ family members and friends. Parishioners are invited to join us in recognizing, encouraging and supporting these young adults as they leave to pursue new goals.

Graduating seniors will be recognized as they prepare to enter a new chapter in their lives where they can carry their faith with them. To participate in the event as a senior, students are asked to submit their senior photo, baby photo, high school name and plans for after graduation to the Student Ministries office by Monday, April 24 at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Acolytes

All 7th – 12th grade students who attend church faithfully are welcome to serve as an acolyte. The word “acolyte” means “follower” or “one who helps.” The job of an acolyte is to assist the priest in charge of a worship service and enhance the worship service to help glorify God.

Each Sunday, acolytes help begin the service with the cross and torches as they lead the procession. During the service, acolytes also lead the Gospel procession, serve in setting the Table for the Eucharist and participate in the presentation of the offering. 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.

Acolyte Information Meeting
Prospective acolytes and their parents are invited to attend a meeting to learn more about serving as an acolyte.

Sunday, March 26
10:15 – 11 a.m.
Vestry Conference Room

If you would like to serve as an acolyte, please complete both the Acolyte Covenant and Acolyte Information Card (click on the links below) and return them by email to email hidden; JavaScript is required. For more information about being an acolyte, 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. More than 145 Eagle Scouts have come from Boy Scout Troop 354 since 1957. The troop meets every Monday at 7:30 p.m. at the Scout Center. Visitors are always welcome.

For more information, contact Walt Schroeder, Scout Master, at email hidden; JavaScript is required, or visit houstontroop354.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.