Church Friends

This is a mentoring program at St. Paul's.  We match children/youth with elders in the congregation.  

If you are a child/youth in the church and you are interested in having a mentor or a church friend, please fill out this application.

If you are an elder in the church and you are interested in being a mentor or a church friend, please fill out this applicaion.

Purpose:          

  • To bridge the generations
  • To provide an intentional relationship for children with an adult at church outside of their family.
  • To provide an intentional relationship for elders with a child at church outside of their family.  

Goals:

  • That all children who apply for a church friend will receive a church friend, although this may not be the case for adults.
  • To help elders be more aware of the children of our community and their needs.
  • To help children be more aware of the elders of our community and their needs. 
  • That there will be more understanding between the generations of the church.
  • That the relationship will continue and grow for many years.

Process:

1.  The application needs to be submitted to Deborah.  (Online applications will automatically be sent to Deborah.)  A team of people will then gather to make the matches.  

2.  When a match has been determined, the parents of the child/youth will be notified first and introduced to the elder.  

3.  If there are no concerns, the child/youth will then be introduced to the elder.

4.  Every partnership will look different.  Both child and adult will be encouraged to connect on Sundays, through cards in the mail, maybe by phone.  We will offer events at the church for all ages where these two might connect.  An adult might choose to attend the child’s school play or sports event and a child may choose to attend a concert in which the adult is involved or help clean their yard.  The two also might be there for each other in times of celebration or times of need.  Depending on the age of the friends and personalities, each relationship will look different.

5.  Other details:

  • All adults much have a police record check
  • It will be important to match every child/youth with an elder.  Elders may find themselves without a match if there not enough children or youth who have applied.