ABOUT THE YOUTH MINISTRY
After doing the large group model of youth ministry for many years, and seeing its shortcomings, Matt and Penni now focus on small mentoring groups. What is a small mentoring group? It is a group of 5 to 10 youth who are mentored by two adults who have committed themselves to pouring their faith into the lives of the youth entrusted to them. As the group grows, it will split into a new small mentoring group led by two more committed adults, so the focus remains on small group, relational ministry.
We are currently meeting on first and third Sundays of the month from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the St. Bridget high school youth room. We begin by simply sitting around a table and eating a meal together, and while we are eating we discuss the topic for the night. It is a very laid back, relaxed, and great time of sharing together. Also, on the first Sunday of each month we have GAME NIGHT, which is when the youth bring their favorite board game, and we choose one to play as a group. These nights are just to have fun and get to know each other better.
If you have any questions, want to know more, or are interested in getting involved, please call or e-mail them at the above contact information.
Matt and Penni Warner
High School Youth Group Directors
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (660) 233-9159
Matt and Penni Warner began working in youth ministry together in 1991 in the Southern Baptist denomination. They fell in love, were married in 1992, and continued to be involved in starting and leading youth ministries in various Protestant congregations. Converting to the Catholic Faith in the year 2000 didn't diminish their love for youth, and they immediately began working in youth ministry in the Catholic Church. They have been involved in teaching Confirmation and high school youth groups, and starting and leading a regional Catholic youth ministry in the southern part of the diocese. They have also been on the leadership board of Heartland Teens Encounter Christ, and on the planning committee of our diocese's Kansas City Youth Conference in 2016, 2018, and upcoming in 2020. Most of all, their heart's desire is to see youth become excited about their faith, and to grow into being life-long disciples of Jesus Christ.