•  Unleashed

    Open to 6-8th graders (High Schoolers help lead)

    We’re launching a brand new camp this summer for middle schoolers, combining some of the best elements from Summer Stretch and VBS After Hours with a lot new ideas that have our teens very excited! .
     
    It’s structured like VBS After Hours (same days & times), and features a daily off-campus fun site like Summer Stretch used to (like Grand Slam, a beach day, Whirley Ball, or Bunker Beach). But Unleashed also mixes in some strong faith elements (via some great talks & group activities), a week-long color wars competition between the groups, and some whacky water or messy games on-site too!

    TThe color wars and onsite games are what have our high schoolers most pumped up - each day we’ll do 1 or 2 of our favorite water or ‘messy’ games that we’ve done over the years, like Slip-n-Slide Kickball, food games, and “ultimate fruit” (ultimate Frisbee, but with apples, bananas, pineapple, etc.). The high schoolers are helping us pick a “best of” schedule featuring the games that 6-8th graders will absolutely love and remember for years to come! And it’s all part of creating strong Christian fellowship to grow together!

    Date/Time: June 17-20 (Monday-Thursday), Noon - 5:30 PM

    Location: Onsite at St. Odilia, but with offsite fun sites each day (transportation provided to those of course)
    To Register: Register online now!
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    MS After Hours
     
    Stop by our new Middle School youth nights!
    After lots of planning and a pilot run in the spring (as Fortnight Faith), we're launching our new Middle School youth group nights! Join us every other Thursday for some open youth room time (full of games of all kinds, including multiple video game systems). That's followed by a short relateable talk (usually by our high school leaders) & some small group time, before we close with a large group game together! youth ministry, we want it to be an awesome one!

    1. Friends & Food - We start with "open youth room" time with tons of games & snacks. It's time to relax, chat with the high school leaders who will be there, play board games, video games, foosball, twister, etc. - all in the new Youth Room!

    2. Faith - The faith components each Thursday will be quick-moving and age-appropriate, a short message for the students to consider and some small group time to discuss it.

    3. Fun - Our final piece each Thursday will be a large group game organized by myself and our teen leaders - something creative, unique, and a blast to play!
     
    Day/Time: Thursday afternoons, 4:00-5:30 PM
    2019 dates: Jan. 3, Jan. 17, Feb. 28, April 11, April 25, May 9, May 23
    Location: St. Odilia Youth Room
    To Register: Events are Free! Registration not required, but if you know your child is attending, registration helps us plan.
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    FS

    Open to 6-8th graders
    Faith Spark is St. Odilia's new youth ministry program for middle schoolers, designed to pump up our youth and inject some excitement into our experience of faith!
    With great high school leaders, funny videos by by the teens, and high-energy games, these nights are sure to help spark some interest in faith for our kids. And the youth-oriented messages help students take those first steps in their faith. If this is our kids’ first experience with youth ministry, we want it to be an awesome one!

    Day/Time: Wednesdays, 6:30 - 8:00 PM

    2018-2019 dates: Sept. 19, Oct. 3 Nov. 7, Dec. 5, Jan. 9, Feb. 6, March 6, April 10, May 1
    Location: The Courtyard at St. Odilia
    To Register: No registration required and it's FREE!
     

     

    AfterShock

    Open to 6-8th graders
    High schoolers have had fun summer nights at St. Odilia for a while now, and its time to let middle schoolers in on the action! Starting in June we’ll be offering a big summer blast a few times a month, for all our 6-8th graders to connect with each other, make friends, & keep their faith going through the long hot months.
     
    Each night will feature a large-group game outside for all the teens (don’t worry, we’ll have indoor backups for rain) - something really active that we know goes over well with this age group! Then we’ll head inside for dinner and social time, a joy-filled and uplifting talk, and more time to connect over conversation and prayer. It’s drop-in friendly, cheap, and fun!

    Day/Time: Wednesdays, 5:30 - 8:30 PM

    2018-2019 dates: June 12, June 26, July 17, July 31, Aug. 14, Aug. 28
    Location: St. Odilia (Courtyard, gym, youth room & outside!)
    To Register: Registration coming soon, event is also drop-in friendly!
     

    encounter slim
    Open to 8th-12th graders
    Join us on Sundays for our 8-12th grade youth events, where we aim to "encounter Christ in worship & in each other." We focus on growing closer together as a community and on growing in faith, with fun games, engaging prayer experiences and live worship music, and authentic small group conversations
     
    We model each Encounter Night after a mini-retreat experience. To start with fun and fellowship, dive into a message for the night and some meaningful prayer, and follow up on those experiences in consistent small groups, with teens that you'll bond with more and more over time. We know that our retreats are the most-loved events that we offer, and for good reason - there are aspects that really resonate on retreat in a way few things can.

    But we're not content to just have those experiences every few months - we want to live a "Retreat Life" - one in which we support each other, grow together, and live our spirituality just as we would on a fantastic retreat. We see our Sunday night Encounters with Christ as a way to keep that retreat life going strong in between the big experiences. We hope you'll join us on a Sunday and that you -like so many others before- will encounter God in a meaningful way!


    Day/Time: Sundays, 7:00-9:00 PM
    Program Dates: Jan. 6, Jan. 20, Jan. 27, Feb. 24, Mar. 3, Mar. 10, Mar. 24, April 14, April 28, May 19
    Location: Starts in the Courtyard (then uses the church too)
    To Register: No Registration needed, and it's free! Open to 8th-12th graders
     

     
     

    lifeline

    Open to 7-12th graders
    Lifeline is a huge teen mass and event that draws over 1,000 people per event! There are excellent, youth-oriented homilies and fantastic music by Christian rock group SONAR. Each month after mass there is a keynote speaker, concert, or breakout sessions. The event is hosted by NET Ministries, and features students from dozens of parishes each month. St. Odilia organizes a group to travel to and attend the events most months, and we also get dinner before the event - check below for details on registering and joining our group for the trip!

    Day/Time: Saturdays, 3:30 - 10:00 PM
    Program Dates: Dec. 1, Jan. 5, Feb. 2, May 4
    Location: Event is at NET Center in West St. Paul, we carpool from the Faith Formation building
    To Register: Watch for online registration to open about 3 weeks prior to each event!
     

     Summer Programs

    Click here to check out all our summer programs for 2019!