Youth Ministry

The Saint James Catholic Church Youth Ministry Program strives to foster the life of the Spirit in the development of the human person by:

  • Assisting families in the responsibility of raising youth in the faith; 
  • Teaching youth to pray/encounter and;
  • Connecting youth with their peers practicing the faith

Follow us on social media for the latest news and reminders in addition to signing up for Flocknote below to receive email and text reminders as well!

For questions or to RSVP for an event, email Youth Ministry coordinator Amy Bigart, [email protected]. Adults needing a background check, click here to register.



Summer dodgeball fun. Adult volunteers always needed. Visit to sign-up.


Our WorkCamp crew spent June 22-28 in Frederick County, VA, participating in a week of service. This program is administered by the Office of Youth, Campus, & Young Adult Ministries and combined prayer, great speakers, games, daily Mass, confession, evening formation, and tons of fun, making it an integrated experience of true Christian community and one of the most transformational opportunities of the year! 

Father John Paul led our 25 teens and adults from Saint James at WorkCamp this year. This year, the diocesan group was the biggest ever, with 120 crews with close to 700 teens working on more than 100 construction projects that included helping to repair and build decks, roofs, wheelchair ramps, and other needed work throughout greater Winchester.  

Thank you to Father John Paul, the five Saint James contractors, and all our volunteers who gave their time and talents in supporting WorkCamp. Also, we thank Saint James parishioners for their support through our various fundraisers this past year. A special thank you to a long-time parishioner who led a crew to make 183 lunches for some of the WorkCamp participants and staff.


College students, including recently graduated seniors, are invited to weekly to the 6:30am Wednesday Mass followed by Coffee at Godfrey’s this summer. Feel free to bring a friend!

The Campus Ministry at George Mason University is hosting Thursday Night Gatherings (TNG) for all local college students and graduating high school seniors every Thursday in June and July starting at 7pm at the St. Robert Bellarmine Chapel (4515 Roberts Road, Fairfax, VA). It’s a great way to meet college students from different schools! Follow us @catholic.patriot on Instagram! Find out more at or email [email protected]


Signup for Flocknote-Get the latest news and updates from Saint James Youth Ministry by signing up for Flocknote. You can receive email and text notices. Fill in the fields below and click ‘SIGN ME UP’.

If any adult can volunteer for middle school events, click here.


Youth Ministry Calendar (Updated 4/20/2024) – Get the latest news and updates via text and email by signing up for Flocknote above.

The Arlington Diocese prohibits the use of cell phones during youth ministry events.  We ask that students leave their cell phones at home or place them in the cell phone box at sign in.  Cell phones will be returned at the conclusion of the event. 

ADULT VOLUNTEERS – Youth Ministry needs adult volunteers for most activities who must be VIRTUS compliant and have completed a background check through the Arlington Diocese. Visit the Office of Child Protection website for more information on background checks, click here.

  • If any Virtus-approved adult can volunteer for middle school dodgeball games, click here.


First Friday Food Distribution-Community Outreach Opportunity-High School-We are seeking additional high school youth volunteers for our monthly Food Distribution.  This outreach initiative typically occurs on the First Friday of the month in Heller Hall.  Volunteer shifts begin in the afternoon and end by 7:00pm.  If you are interested, email Amy Steinbicker, [email protected]. We ask that volunteers officially sign up, rather than just show up on the night of Food Distribution.     


Check out our slide show below and see some of the many Youth Ministry events we have had.