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.

St. Martin’s University Scholarship Awards for Graduating High School Seniors

An intelligent mind acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge. Proverbs 18:15

St. Martin’s Episcopal Church is proud to announce the St. Martin’s University Scholarship Award for graduating high school seniors. Higher education is extremely important in today’s world, and the Church believes it’s our calling to assist when possible. Because of this, St. Martin’s 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 award varies from year to year.

Award Requirements

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:

Please include a letter of acceptance to an institution of higher learning

Award Applications

To download a University ScholarshipAward Application, click here or contact Student Ministries at 713-985-3843, or pick up a form in The Island.  The application deadline is April 3, 2020.

Award Notifications

Award recipients will be notified of their selection April 30 and recognized during the Senior Sunday reception on May 10. 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 Florence Ritchie at or 713-985-3843.

Senior Recognition Sunday

Sunday, May 10
10:15 a.m.
The Island

It is our privilege each year, as our high school students prepare for graduation, to honor, encourage and pray for them as members of our church family, to celebrate their accomplishments and send them forward with our blessing.

If you have a high school senior, please send us the following information so we may include them fully in this moment of celebration and congratulations:

  • Student’s full name
  • Parents’ names
  • Student’s High school
  • Student’s college (or other plan for after graduation)
  • High resolution baby photo
  • High resolution senior photo (or current photo – close ups are best)
  • Student’s St. Martin’s “God moment” – a moment when he/she has seen God at work

Send all photos and information to Florence Ritchie at email hidden; JavaScript is required by Thursday, April 30.

For more information, please call Student Ministries at 713-985-3843.

BIG Sunday Stories

Sunday, April 5
5–7 p.m.
The Island

This month’s storyteller will be Barbara Piana, who will share with us her God moments and why she serves the church as our Worship Coordinator. Come out to hear her story, and spend time with us having fun, sharing a meal, and worship together. All students grade 6–12 are welcome!

High School Mission Trip

Nashville, Tennesse
June 21-26
Cost: $800 (airfare included)

Deposit: $150
Registration deadline: March 31

High school students are heading to “Music City, U.S.A.” this year to partner with City Service Missions, an organization focused on serving and supporting those struggling with poverty in urban settings. As a part of this team, you will support and build up Nashville-based ministries to their full potential of service through an offering of your time, energy and prayers as you are integrated into a variety of hands-on ministry opportunities.

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.

EYC will not be offered on the following dates
March 15Spring Break
April 5Palm Sunday
April 12Easter
May 24Memorial Day

Life Groups

Sundays, Jan. 26–April 26*
4–5:30 p.m., Middle school groups (refreshments will be served)
6–7:30 p.m., High school students (please bring $5 to cover the cost of dinner)
The Island

This fellowship/study/discussion group offers great conversations, fun and encouragement to help students through the week. There are three Life Groups, one each for middle school boys and girls, and one for high school students.

*Life Groups will not be offered Feb. 2, Feb. 16,  Feb. 23 for high schoolers (Middle Schoolers will meet on Feb. 23.) March 11, April 5 and April 12.


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 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, click the button below to sign up. (must be filled out on a computer)

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. 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 grade girls. The 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 Anderson at email hidden; JavaScript is required.