Youth Formation

Sunday Formation Classes for Middle and High School
Sundays at 10:20 | September – May 2

In Youth Formation, we gather for 45 minutes to enjoy donuts and discussion. We have pondered questions like “Is God Male?”; “Did God write the Bible?”; and “What is the real meaning of Christmas?” Occasionally, we will join the Adult Formation when it features a special lecture series, and we always follow the curriculum of the wider church’s small groups when they occur. Come to formation this Lent for a writing workshop on our own personal statements of faith.

Registration is not required. Just come to the Youth Room on Sunday.

Youth Group

Social group welcoming grades 6th to 12th
Most Sundays from 5-7PM

Youth Group meets weekly on Sundays during the program year, typically from 5-7PM. We usually spend three of the four weeks each month at the church, with the fourth at an offsite community-building trip like a Sox game or a hiking outing. Each night begins with dinner, often made by parent volunteers. Look out for our monthly @SPRYouth Newsletter at the Welcome Table or outside the youth room for that month’s schedule. 

Parents! We welcome parents' help for youth group meals each week. Sign up in advance here.

If you'd like more info on youth programming, contact Addie Domske, Youth Leader:


Recent and Upcoming Youth Groups...

April 30 (5-7p) - The Great Not-Very-British Baking Youth Group!
Have you seen the Great British Baking Show? Well this will probably be nothing like that...come tonight to compete in a technical baking competition to see who is...(duh duh duhhhh) SPR's best amateur baker!

May 7 (11:15a-1:15p) - Second Meeting of SPR Girls Group - We will gather in our newly-formed lady-identified small group for an outing at a Hyde Park nail salon for fellowship, feminism, and fun!

May 7 (3-6p) - Mission Trip Fundraiser - CAR WASH!
The youth of SPR are raising money to go to Detroit, MI this August to learn about inter-religious dialogue and allyship between Muslims and Christians, and to gain some concrete tools to fight Islamophobia in our communities. We hope to bring what we learn in MI back home to see Chicago in a new way. (ALL TIPS FROM CAR WASH GO TOWARD THE MISSION TRIP!)

Saturday, May 13 (9:30-11:30a) - Experience SPR Food Garden Work Day
Join us in the morning to work in the SPR food garden and learn a bit about this ministry's work in the surrounding communities. Refreshments provided!

May Confirmation Class
Do you want to be confirmed or to be officially received into the Episcopal Church? Join Dan Puchalla for a confirmation class that will meet 12:30–2:00p on May 14, 21, and 28. You will then have the opportunity to be confirmed or received at a diocesan-wide liturgy at St. James Cathedral on Saturday, Jun 10. This class is open to high schoolers and adults. To sign up, email Dan

May 21 (5-7p) - Fellowship Night at Addie and Dan's Apartment! - Come tonight to Addie and Dan's apartment in Washington Park to enjoy a night of fellowship, home cooked food, and to see where Vincent (our official youth group cat) reigns supreme! We'd love it if you signed-up here so we know how much food to make.

Saturday, May 27 (all day) – Starved Rock Hiking Trip
Join us on Memorial Day weekend for our annual hiking trip to the Starved Rock park. Picnic lunch provided.

June 4 - Last Youth Group of the Year!
Masjid al-Rabia is a women-centered, LGBTQIA+ affirming pluralist organization in Chicago. We will spend a night hearing from their community here in Chicago to prep for our time in Detroit.


Mission Conference is a week long immersion into global service for all ages. The conference hosts mission workers from all over the world in the small college town of New Wilmington, PA. (In fact, each year Addie creates the high school curriculum for this mission conference--bonus fact: Addie and Dan got married in the Conference Amphitheater last year!) 

Mission Conference is great for anyone looking to deepen their relationship to service in the world. A typical youth group member interested in NWMC would be independent, excited for mission, and ready to branch out for the week to immerse themselves in the NWMC programming (aka, freedom!) Check out NWMC here.

Pricing | Middle Schoolers: $340; High Schoolers: $390; $120 scholarships available. 
Interested in registering for New Wilmington Mission Conference? Sign-up here.

DETROIT, MI | August 20-25, 2017
How does inter-religious dialogue inform our own faith? This August, we are headed to Detroit, MI to learn about inter-religious dialogue and allyship. We'll also focus on how we can better equip ourselves to fight against Islamophobia in our own community here in Chicago.

We will be visiting the community of Dearborn (the largest Arab American community in the country) to dine on Middle Eastern cuisine, the Arab American Museum to learn about intersections of identity in the Arab American and Muslim communities, and a variety of Detroit faith communities to inform our own faith practice!

Pricing | $250; Full scholarships available.
Interested in registering for the SPR Youth mission trip? Sign-up here.