After college, many young adults begin careers in new places. Working in a new area, it can be hard to find friends and make connections. Having an active young adult ministry is an invaluable resource for them to find a new peer group, especially one that has similar values and faith.
For Karisa Thompson, moving to a new city just before getting married, she was looking for some way to meet other young adults in the area. When filling out a stewardship renewal commitment card, she marked that she was interested in the Young Adults Ministry, only to find that it wasn’t currently active — so she stepped up as the leader to start this ministry once again.
“The group is still building but we have been meeting a bunch this year,” Karisa says. “We focus on three pillars — Social, Service, and Faith Formation. This gives us the opportunity to really get to know each other, build trust, and develop our relationships.”
Social activities involve things like grabbing dinner together after Mass or sharing in a Mardi Gras celebration. Service activities include assembling care packages for the homeless, volunteering at the parish picnic, or hosting a dinner for the Totus Tuus camp. Faith Formation includes discussing Mass readings at some of their monthly meetings.
“We have a lot of fun when we have our social gatherings,” Karisa says. “It’s a great place for us to get to know each other and really develop those friendships. Our church has many ministries that are active but I wanted to use this as an opportunity for us to volunteer as well. We value our faith and when we can spend time together serving others, it is a way to deepen those relationships as well. I’ve been very surprised by the response we have gotten from our Scripture readings. It is great to be a part of a group where we can speak about our faith freely and just learn more about our faith together.”
The ministry meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. Service and Social activities are planned throughout the month and can be found in the parish bulletin. The group currently has around 20 members.
“We generally advertise that we are for ages 23-30,” Karisa says. “However, we don’t want to discourage anyone from joining. If you feel that you fit into the Young Adults Ministry, we welcome you! We have married couples and single people. We have graduate students and those who have just started their careers. It is great to have a variety of people with many different views and experiences.”
Anyone interested in getting involved can contact Karisa Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 620-617-0604, or show up to any of the meetings or events.