Welcome to Youth Ministry
We at the Church of St. Michael & St. Peter are looking forward to celebrating the year’s events, milestones, and exciting seasonal events with you! Make sure to check out the side task bar to see what is happening!
Youth Ministry and Your Family
Youth Ministry encompasses all programs for children PreK- 12th grade and their families. Children’s Liturgy of the Word, and Faith Formation classes encourage participation from even the youngest members of the church community. Sacrament preparation begins in the 2nd grade for First Eucharist and First Penance. Children continue through Faith Formation classes filled with service opportunities, fun activities, and active participation in our church community.
Junior High Faith Formation marks a change in the opportunities for our youth. The child is encouraged to take a more active role in pursuing their journey of faith through Teen Ministry activities, and a greater freedom to choose their service and liturgy involvement. This change in program format allows the Junior High Faith Formation to smoothly flow into the Confirmation program. A two year program centered on allowing the candidates to explore their faith along their own interests. Confirmation candidates meet in small and large groups, and journey through many activities to help them find their place in the church community.
Teen Ministry provides a bridge between the “need to” and the “want to” aspects of the church community. Teen Ministry raises awareness and money for our twin parish in Haiti, as well as supporting local organizations such as BirthRight, Vera House, and Catholic Charities. Teen Ministry is about more than service, and the teens gather for food, fun and conversation several times a month, including “adventure outings” such as Laser Tag, the Zoo, and Tomb Adventure.
Bible Land Adventures is a multi-generational week long adventure through the rich history of our faith. Each day our children join with teen and adult volunteers for stories, games, crafts, music, snacks, and prayer. The adventures culminate on Friday evening with a celebration for our children to share with their families all that they have done and learned.
Our Fearless Leaders
Bonnie Barker Kim Lasinski
Bonnie has been the Director of Faith Kim has been the Youth Minister since 2008,
Formation since 2006. and has taken a larger role as Confirmation and
She is an organized soul who keeps JH Coordinator in 2013.
soul who keeps the Youth Ministry She loves coming up with new ways to inspire
Office running relatively smoothly. teens and young adults. If there is a way to
She loves seeing the joy and excitement integrate technology, then she has probably tried.
on the faces of our children especially When Kim isn’t chasing the teenagers around the
when they receive Jesus for the first time; church she is happily, if a little frazzled,
In her “spare” time Bonnie enjoys reading, raising her three energetic children with
playing with her cats, and delicious her wonderful husband.
diner breakfasts with her husband.