9633 East State Route 37 | Sunbury, Ohio 43074 | Phone: 740.965.1358

High School Youth Ministry


Confirmation and High School Youth Minister: Tina Burtch

Phone Number: 740 965-1358 x102
E-Mail Address: tburtch.saintjohn@gmail.com

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2015 Summer dates announced:

June 8-12 LEAD at Franciscan University($350)  June 12-14 Steubenville Youth Conference ($195) register with Tina

June 15-18 Sanctified Middle School Camp-SALT leads this camp

June 21-26 High School Week at Catholic Youth Summer Camp  www.cysc.com  ($495)

July 8 THRIVE day retreat beginning with 11 AM Mass

July 12-16 Blest Week Ever at St. Therese's Retreat Center with Resurrection ($200)

July 24-25 CORE/Chosen Retreat  Camp Mowana-Fleming Falls  Mansfield

August 1-2 SALT (Super Awesome Leadership Team) Retreat at Heartland 3 PM Saturday-6PM Sunday. Commissioning at 5 PM Mass.                 

Sundays-YDisciple and Big Events  PDF Calendar HERE

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Every week  from 6-8:30 PM come to our super awesome time of fellowhip including: hang out time, skits, music, food, and prayer led by our CORE and SALT teams. This year's theme is Overflow and we will focus on filling up with Christ in every way (Mass, Adoration, Personal prayer, fellowship, Scripture study) so that He automatically overflows in our lives. We are a reservoir that never runs dry, we literally ooze Jesus.

We have a parish Mass at 5PM every Sunday before our night begins. Mass is followed by dinner together, (which includes our Confirmandi) prepared by our incredible parents in our hospitality ministry. If you would like to contribute to our hospitality ministry your generosity is welcome. See Pay Pal below or you can send a check to St. John Neumann. Attn: Tina-food

We gather for YDisciple Scripture Study with our small discipleship groups.These small groups are life changing. Members of each group are committed to attending and very close. Our teens love the face to face contact in our age of technology. Here's what some of our teens are saying about YDisciple:

“It helps to deepen my faith and understanding of Church teachings.” –Zach

“YDisciple is my favorite thing to come to…YDisciple is more close-knit and personal. It’s sitting down together and discussing the issues at a heart level.” –Morgan

“YDisciple…I love the small group atmosphere and how open it is. I loved being able to connect with my group and learn about such relatable topics. YDisciple’s kinda my favorite.”  -Megan

“YDisciple is small, focused and builds brotherhood.” –Adam

“It was so great this year having a small group that I could talk to about any of my struggles and discuss my thoughts and views with.”  -Maria

“I like to deepen my knowledge in Scripture.”  -Anna 

“There is such a strong sense of community and I always feel so welcome. I know how important it is to have faithful friends to fall back on in times of trial. I love YDisciple!” –Rachel

And our leaders have this to say:

“YDisciple continually encourages the youth to think about Who is with them on their faith journey. “ Nancy

“YDisciple is great because it allows you to open the Bible, seek out truths and hear real world examples of how to live in this world according to Christ’s teaching.”  Renee

“…it relates the readings to the teens’s lives which allows them to dive deeper into the Scripture and understand why we do what we do as Catholic Christians.”  -Ryan   (young adult leader)

Big events...

-Kick off. check out our video from Aug 2014 here: https://animoto.com/play/ZfX5M9QDKPtMAjRzJbwNKQ

-CORE and SALT retreats video here: https://animoto.com/play/jPj73N9M45MaPQtUCHKLpg

-Martyr Mayhem: October 26th  https://animoto.com/play/4aKXtHGnEg3Sc101F5JggQ

-Confirmation retreat: November 1-2 https://animoto.com/play/OxHtSnXGCKpxg3qd2DYOSQ

-Giving Tree delivery December 13 to Holy Rosary St. John  https://animoto.com/play/EOltMJHDnbS1kw8cIVHJ9A

-Winter Retreat February 20-22 at Heartland Retreat Center https://animoto.com/play/h2p0VJWst7YEWfHgmwH0BA

-Senior Send off is May 3rd. This is different than the schedule that went out in the Fall. This is a great event for all of our teens to wish our seniors well and welcome our Confirmandi. Seniors and families will receive details in the mail mid April. Our speaker will be Bryce Haynes, the long snapper for the National Champion Ohio State Football team. He is a Catholic active in his faith and will tell us how he balances his faith life in college.

Evangelization is also a big part of our ministry; reaching out to all of our teens (8-12th grade) in the parish is our goal. If your teen hasn't joined yet, contact Tina to find out how to get them started. We have something for everyone.

TIP: Encourage your teen to get homework done BEFORE Sunday night & to ask off work.

Something new...

We have added some Saturday evening opportunities

For our Seniors in high school: THRIVE is a way to explore their next steps and fortify their faith in preparation for life after graduation. We began this year with our first ever THRIVE retreat and gather once a month on the last Saturday of each month (except December) THRIVE dates: Oct. 25, Nov. 29, Jan. 31, Feb. 28, April 25. 5-8PM) Check out our THRIVE retreat video: https://animoto.com/play/s9ByLPKfr9ktmHgXOn1ndA


All year we try to incorporate service opportunities into our schedule. This past summer we, once again, combined our Blessed Week Ever efforts with Resurrection and served in Central Ohio. Some of our favorite places to serve are: Soup Kitchens, Homeless Families Foundation, Nursing Homes, Run the Race, Vineyard Urban Ministries and various other venues. Our teens love to serve. Click on this link to see a video from Blest Week Ever 2014: https://animoto.com/play/QPkai5dSoO4eX0iCoz91VQ

One of their favorite events is the long standing tradition our parish has with the Giving Tree serving our brothers and sisters at Holy Rosary St. John. Check out the video from last year https://www.dropbox.com/s/2sgtj5ohcqlo6wo/giving%20tree13.mov

If you would like to serve and be part of our team we welcome your help. Contact Tina for details about hospitality (food), big event logistics, driving. chaperones, CORE support etc. Financial contributions welcomed to help defray the cost of meals after the 5 PM Mass each Sunday.

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