Episcopal Youth Community (EYC)
Our Youth Group, here at St. Paul’s, meets every week beginning the Sunday after Labor Day and continuing throughout the school year.
All youth (and their friends) in grades 7 through 12 are invited to join the Youth Group.
Meetings take place from 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. This is a time of fun and formation beginning with lunch, followed by program and activities.
EYC youth also plans service projects, fun activities, and other special events throughout the year. We also participate in an annual Mission Trip as well as provincial and national Episcopal youth events.
For more information, please call our rector, the Rev. Kirk Woodliff at 775-358-4474 or email him at Kirk@StPaulsSparks.org
For details to specific Youth events, check out The Epistle, our monthly newsletter, which can be found under the “News” tab on our homepage.
MEET ST. PAUL’S YOUTH LEADER
Hello! For those of you who don’t know me, let me introduce myself. My name is Tricia Woodliff. Hey, I know you, you might be thinking. You’re Father Kirk’s wife. Yep, that’s me, but let me introduce myself a little further.
I have been involved in youth work in various capacities since, well, since I was a youth. I was actively involved in my own youth group at Holy Comforter Episcopal Church in Vienna, Virginia while my father was in seminary, and then when we moved back to Oklahoma, Church of the Resurrection in Oklahoma City. I consider those youth groups two of the most influential communities of my youth. After I graduated from high school, I immediately went to Oklahoma’s Episcopal camp, St. Crispin’s, to work as a counselor. It is the camp where I attended as a child and youth, and it was an amazing experience to be able to be in community with a great group of people (including Kirk)! I was a camp counselor for three summers and then went on to be a dean for weeks of camp for several years. I was also a Chaplain for a week here at our own Camp Galilee two summers ago.
While in college I was the youth pastor at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Edmond, Oklahoma. When Kirk and I got married, he and I were the youth leaders at All Souls, McAlester, Oklahoma and then after Kirk’s seminary years I helped lead the youth at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. I completed Education For Ministry and feel like it has given me a well rounded education in Old Testament, New Testament, Church History, and Theology. I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education and taught High School and Middle School for seven years before I decided to get my Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology. I have worked as a Mental Health Counselor for children for many years now.
So, as you can tell, I kind of like working with young people! I have taken a break from youth work for a while and am looking forward to being able to return to it. Some others will be actively involved in youth group as well. Tia and John Mittelstadt have volunteered as well to be a part of this ministry. They all have been involved in youth programs as well and will be great additions. We look forward to this year and growing with these amazing young people!