We take our responsibility to raise God’s children seriously, but Youth Ministry at St. Mary’s is also filled with the joy of living.

Students experience God in community—learning, serving, praying and helping each other on our journeys of faith. St. Mary’s Youth Ministry is led by a full-time youth minister with spiritual guidance from clergy and supported by adult volunteers.

Take a Look at What We Offer Jr. High and High School Youth

Youth Confirmation
A Year-long Journey

Confirmation is a personal response to the Holy Spirit’s presence in one’s life. Each Spring, students in 8th-grade and high school are invited to embark on a spiritual journey complete with retreats, stories, and conversations guiding them deeper into the Episcopal tradition and the pillars of the one, holy catholic and apostolic Church. The following February, our confirmands are blessed by our Bishop. Questions? Email

Community Service Projects

From bagging chicken at Arlington Food Assistance Center on the 4th Wednesday evening of each month, to volunteering in April on National Rebuilding Together Day, St. Mary’s Youth can get involved with local outreach ministry throughout the year to build relationshiops with our neighbors and each other.

Youth Calendar

Jr. High Youth Group
Wednesdays, 7:00-8:30 pm

Jr. High Girls and Guys meet the 1st Wednesday of the month at St. Marys. On the 3rd Wednesday,  Jr. High Girls meet at a lay leader’s home for fellowship, crafts and worship, while Jr. High Guys meet at Thirsty Bernie Sports Bar & Grill for food, fellowship and discussion. Youth Group meets September to May.

High School Youth Group
Wednesdays, 7:00-8:30 pm

From September through May, High School students meet the 1st and 2nd Wednesday of the month at St. Marys for faith, food, and fellowship. On the 3rd Wednesday, students meet at Thirsty Bernie’s for Wings and Bible Trivia.

Youth Forum
Sundays, 10:15-11: 00 am

Jr. High youth meet upstairs in the Youth Loft to learn about characters of the Old and New Testament through games, video, and lots of discussions! High School Youth meet downstairs in Classromm A to explore the truth, goodness, and beauty of the Christian life. and how faith plays a role in daily life.

High School Mission Trip

High School Youth travel with chaperones for a week-long mission experience. Past mission destinations have included Illinois to engage in street ministry in Chicago, Texas for Hurricane Harvey relief in the Houston suburbs, and a week in Kentuckly with Appalachia Service Project to help the poor in rural towns weatherize their homes.

Youth Worship Ministries

St. Mary’s encourages youth to become disciples of Christ by offering opportunities to serve as an Acolyte, sing in the Choir for Boys & Girls, join an Usher team, participate as a lay reader, help with Sunday School or Youth Forums and preach on Youth Sunday. Youth also lead and participate in the Diocese of Virginia’s Parish Youth Ministry. Questions? Email

Jr. High Outreach Camp

Rising 6th-8th-grade students are invited to a week-long Outreach Day camp. Each day is a new adventure in service with our outreach partners at Church of the Epiphany in the District of Columbia, Arlington Food Assistance Center, and Sprout Equestrian Therapeutic Center among others.