Growing up balanced and with a solid – yet growing – spiritual life is the goal of the youth ministry at St. Andrew’s. By spiritual life we mean the kids have feel that they are on a good, trustworthy path with God as a follower of Jesus. We want to provide them a place to start off, be planted, and be nurtured with their peers and with adult leaders who will befriend, support, and guide them.
We like to use the following metaphor for youth ministry – even it really applies to all religious life at any age. In these early years we are helping the young people build a flower box to grow in. The box contains good soil, it provides safety and security and structure. It gives meaning, support, and a sense of identity. In modern culture where every institution and foundation is questioned and doubted we want to provide a place to start.
The question and doubts will come, sooner or later, if they keep growing. This is why the box has no lid, and the box can be added onto and even remodeled. But kids need a place to begin their spiritual life and our aim is provide one for them.