Youth/Teen Ministry and Outreach
Founded in April 2016 in response to youth suicides in Taos, Common Grounds developed to provide "A safe haven by teens for teens, to socialize without danger and have access to healthy recreation.”
It is teen focused, managed by teens with adult support as needed and legally required.
Common Grounds is an emerging Youth Outreach Mission sponsored by St. James and Kit Carson Electric Co-Op. Students in a HS STEM Elective at Taos Academy Charter School are involved in the development of Common Grounds.
Sponsors are creating an off-site teen gathering place that includes a coffee house, meeting space, and activities. Additional ideas include:
Common Grounds currently supports gatherings with Teen Talk every Wednesday evening, monthly overnight, supervised lock-ins, and various other activities at St. James such as referrals to professional counseling as needed and suicide intervention.
For additional information, go to TaosCommonGrounds.org, built by the participating teens.
Teen Talk / Talk About It
Teen Talk developed following the summer of four teen suicides in 2016. This group meets Wednesday evenings under the guidance of a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a minister which serves as a source of support. Participation is open to all teens in the area. Currently, there is a core group of regulars attendees, most of whom are not active members of this, or any other, church. Over 40 teens have participated in the 30 months it has been active. A “First Wednesday Dinner” has been added to the program in which participants cook together and sit down for a meal.
Teen Sunday School
Sunday School is offered for Jr. and Sr. High students on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month, using "Making it Real and Relevant" as the curriculum. It follows the readings as found in the RCL which are used for regular Sunday services.
Teens continue to work on the concept of relationship building in Taos. They are involved with: #endgunviolence, NM Coalition to End Homelessness-Youth Advisory Board, Taos Pride, Regeneration Festival, Taos Mountain Balloon Rally, Teens Talk to Educators: Professional Development Day for Taos Schools, Immigration Outreach and Support for families, Taos HOPE Project (Hold On, Pain Ends and the Common Grounds Radio, every other Wednesday on KNCE.
Jill Cline – youthMinister@StJamesTaos.org