Youth

About Us

Saint Anne Youth is a body of Christians who are claiming their place in the family of Saint Anne and in the larger Body of Christ. We know that we are empowered by the Holy Spirit to go out into the world in Christ's love.

Meetings

We meet immediately after the 11:00 worship service on the first three Sundays of each month.
We will begin with lunch, song and then reflection and discussion centered on our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

PARENTS: I need for you to fully support our efforts by insisting that your Youth attend not just for themselves, but for the health of the whole group. If one is missing, we are not complete. -- Ftr. Jim

Lock-ins Schedule and Format Update

By popular demand we will resume our WHOLE GROUP (grades 6-12) lock ins which will now be held every other month in the parish hall. The rule is: For Admission, Bring a Friend!! The next lock in is scheduled for the first Saturday Night in May (May 7). Mark your calendars now.

Staff:

Kathryn Mendenhall, Youth Minister

Was brought up in Cedar Hill, Texas, spending most of her time outdoors competing in sports such as swimming and kayak races. She received her B.S. degree in marine & freshwater biology at The University of Texas at Austin, and her M.S. degree in fisheries & mariculture at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. If asked to describe herself in three words, she would say resourceful, adaptive, and compassionate. She currently serves as a Wings Intern at the Trinity River Audubon Center in Dallas, and a volunteer at the Dallas Zoo/Children's Aquarium, all of which provide her the opportunity to work youth (something she loves). Kathryn will be marrying her undergraduate sweetheart, Adrian, this coming October.

Jose & Martha Weller

They've been members of Saint Anne for almost 5 years. Martha is a middle school math
teacher and Jose works for a spine and pain management center.

Ftr. Jim Harris, Senior Pastor

serves as the Senior Leader/Pastor with support from Laural Harris and Suzy Keylon.  We are engaging the younger Saint Anne Adults (all of them!) as supportive ministers who assist us via rotation. For example; at a recent lock-in we had young adults rotating in and out all night performing a variety of tasks from helping with games and monitoring activity, to supervising the youth in charge of cooking dinner, to sitting and holding vigil over the youth as they began to bed down watching a movie or two, to coming in and cooking pancakes for the youth early on Sunday morning. Ftr. Jim says: "It works great and keeps me in the leadership and relationship building role.  We have a LARGE group of youth and they are active, active, active! They’re pretty smart too (gotta keep an eye on them!)"

Events

We serve as staff at Happening and New Beginnings retreats, as counselors and support at summer youth camp Camp All Saints, we serve as Pages at the diocesan convention, and we sit in leadership roles on the Diocesan Youth Commission. Our senior high youth just returned from Happening #158 at Camp All Saints, where Malory Keylon and Rachel McNulley served on staff, and Ftr. Jim served as one of the two Spiritual Directors.

Happening – A Christian Experience is a weekend retreat for Senior High students in grades 9, 10. 11 or 12. Its purpose is to be one of the instruments within the Anglican Tradition to renew the Christian Church in the power of the Holy Spirit, in order that the Church may respond more readily to its call to spread the Kingdom of God throughout the world. It seeks to achieve this purpose by bringing young persons and adults to a more fulfilling personal knowledge of and relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, and to a deeper level of commitment and apostleship. Through various activities such as talks, large and small groups, music, and worship, the Happening experience readies teenage Christian leaders to share with their peers a living experience of what is fundamental to being a Christian.

Happening is a Christian experience presented by teenagers for teenagers with the help of clergy and lay adult leadership. Every diocesan Happening program operates under the authority of its diocesan bishop or Ecclesiastical Authority. The retreat is sponsored by the Diocese of Dallas Youth Commission and led by a team of youth and adults from around the diocese.

More information can be found on the Diocese of Dallas website.

New Beginnings is a weekend retreat for Junior High students specially designed to help participants grow in their love of themselves, others and our Lord Jesus Christ by focusing on the two great commandments: loving God with all of our heart, mind, and strength, and loving our neighbors as ourselves. The event is a unique experience designed specifically to respond to the needs and concerns of Junior High students. The retreat is sponsored by the Diocese of Dallas Youth Commission and led by a team of youth and adults from around the diocese

More information can be found on the Diocese of Dallas website.

Contact

Please contact the church office at (972) 709-0691 for more information. Father Jim Harris can be contacted directly via email at frharris@gmail.com, and by phone at (386) 405-5566.

 

1700 NORTH WESTMORELAND RD. DESOTO, TX 75115
(972) 709-0691
OFFICE@STANNEDESOTO.ORG


Saint Anne Church of the Incarnation is in the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas, a member of the worldwide Anglican Communion.


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