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.

*Life Groups will not meet Sunday, February 12 so high school students may serve at Church Under the Bridge.

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.

BIG Sunday

Sundays, 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.

Middle School Mission Trip

Monday, June 11 – Friday, June 15
Waco, Texas
Cost: $325 per person
Registration deadline: Tuesday, May 1
Middle school students will work with Episcopal churches in various projects, including neighborhood clean up, serving at homeless shelters and helping out with a Vacation Bible School. Scholarships are available. Please contact Florence Ritchie at 713-985-3843 or email hidden; JavaScript is required.

High School Mission Trip

Saturday, June 23 – Friday, June 29
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
Cost: $800 per person
Registration deadline: Monday, April 30
The high school team will return to 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. They will work with code violation homes as well as spend time in one of the poorest counties in America, Belle Glade, where they will assist with tutoring and life skills training. Scholarships are available. Please contact Florence Ritchie at 713-985-3843 or email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Vacation Bible School Volunteers

Student helpers are essential to the vibrancy of a successful Vacation Bible School (VBS) for children. We are thrilled to invite all middle and high school students to participate with us for this fun-filled VBS week that will be held Monday – Thursday, June 4 – 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at The Island.

Our theme this year is Joy Story, which will look at look at best friends in the Bible, such as James and John, Mary and Martha, and more. We will learn about what being a good friend means, as well as find out more about our best friend of all – Jesus! Our verse for
the week is Proverbs 17:17, “A friend loves at all times.”

Holli Kight, Director of Children’s Ministry, will gladly complete any paperwork for school or service organizations that require hours of volunteerism. Students are encouraged to come as their schedules allow. A full-week commitment is best; however, the Children’s Ministry team is happy to have students come any time – but they do need to know when students are available so they can assign job responsibilities. Middle and high school students who want to volunteer with friends will be kept together.

For more information, contact Holli Kight before Tuesday, May 1 at 713-985-3816 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 through Friday, April 6 from graduating high school seniors to be considered for the University Scholarship Award. The scholarship, which is made possible by the generous donation of a parishioner, 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.

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, and academic letter of recommendation from a high school teacher, counselor or coach.

Completed applications may be given to Florence Ritchie or Will Kulseth at The Island by Friday, April 6. Award recipients will be notified of their selection by Friday, April 20 and recognized during the Senior Sunday reception on Sunday, May 6. Awards are made in the form of a check made payable directly to the student’s college or university.

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


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.