Basilica of St. John the Baptist Youth Ministry
The Basilica combines our youth program with St. Peter Church and our meetings are held at St. John. Our youth group is for grades 8-12. If you are an adult over the age of 21 interested in chaperoning or volunteering for events, please contact us.
Stark County Youth Ministry
The Catholic community is not simply inside the walls of St. John the Baptist Basilica—it is everywhere! Here at St. John we encourage this larger Catholic family by collaborating with surrounding Catholic parishes in Stark County. With about one event a month, the youth can participate in community outreach programs such as Hammer and Nails or St. Joe’s Soup Kitchen. In addition, there are also social events, such as laser tag outings or bowling nights, and several overnight retreats where the youth can take some time out of their busy schedules to grow in their faith and spirituality.
In addition to Stark County Youth Ministry events, St. John the Baptist also has semimonthly youth group meetings which follow the guidelines for teen catechesis as set by the diocese. We collaborate with St. Peter Church and have our meetings in the Gallagher Center on Sunday evenings (4:30-6:30). These meetings are a combination of social and catechetical. We use many different methods to educate the teens, such as movies, games, prayer services, and art projects. Come by and check us out!
Does your teen need service hours? Joining youth ministry may be a great way to fulfill some of those hours! In addition to the many service opportunities offered in the Stark County area, we also encourage our young people to help with parish events, such as the Chili Cook-Off, the children’s Halloween party (held at St. Peter), assisting in the liturgy, or helping maintain the church grounds of both St. Peter and St. John the Baptist parishes.
Every year in the summer months, St. John the Baptist Basilica and St. Peter Church Youth Ministry takes a group of teens down to Appalachia (Cumberland, KY) to serve communities in need. It is a week-long event, and it assists teens in understanding discipleship and the real problem of poverty facing our world. In addition to serving the community, the youth also have the opportunity to attend daily mass, take a tour of the Coal Miner’s Museum, and learn about the culture in Appalachia.
If you have any questions, comments, or wish to volunteer as a chaperone for teen events, please contact the Director of Religious Education at the Basilica office (330.454.8044) or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org