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~ Children and Youth News from April 2023 Newsletter ~

Thank you to all who donated items for the Lent giving tree! We collected enough items to donate to Sharing and Caring, and to the Pavilion. They were very appreciative! Thanks to Jennifer Willey and Dorothy Briley for organizing this successful Lenten event.
The youth group room will be open from 10 to 10:25am on Sundays for the middle and high school kids only. This will be Jr. and Sr. EYC (Episcopal Youth Community) fellowship time. We request a different teen/parent to volunteer each week, to be in charge of bringing a snack, and a parent to stay to observe. Parents, please sign up for a Sunday on
the list to be posted on the door of the youth group room. 


Sunday, April 16, 2-4:00PM: Off to St. Simon’s to resume our project with the Creative Community Coastal Life Sculpture Program. Joining the children and youth from St. Simon’s on the Sound Episcopal Church, we’ll be painting the animal models we worked on at the beginning of the month. All 3rd through 12th graders are invited to join in the fun; snacks will be provided!

Sunday, April 23 and April 30: Following the 10:30 service, Jr and Sr EYC will meet in the youth group room from 11:30 – 1:00PM. Bring your book, “My Faith, My Life, A Teen’s Guide to the Episcopal Church”. Lunch will be provided.

Pam Smith invites our children and young people to participate in three, 30-minute rehearsals and two performances through May. These choir rehearsals will be on Sundays, March 12, April 23, and May 14 from 9:30 - 10:00 in the choir room. They will sing the offertory during the 10:30 services on April 9 and May 14. As always, children and young people are invited to share their musical talent with us during service preludes, postludes, and/or offertories. Contact Pam at or 850.621.6135.

Children & Yout Handbook

Safeguarding God's Children

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St. Jude's Episcopal Church is committed to ensuring it provides a safe and caring environment.

We aim to create safe environments within which our welcome to all is matched by proper and effective safeguards.

Having employees and volunteers well-trained in abuse prevention is essential in creating a safe environment for everyone.

More information about the required training can also be found on the Diocese website at

The Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast requires everyone who works with children and youth to take online Safe Church / Safe Communities training.

St. Jude's also maintains a policy of two-person integrity in all situations involving children and youth.

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