"Hey everyone! My name is Dave and I have the privilege of leading San Pedro Youth (SPY). Our mission is for students to know, grow, and show the love of Christ. We do this by designing programs and events where our students build friendships, study God’s word together, and put their faith into practice by serving others. We have an amazing group of adults that gather around our students and model an authentic relationship with Jesus. All students, grades 6-12, are welcome to be a part of our San Pedro Youth family!"
Latest Youth Ministry News
Summer Movie Nights are back!
This summer our Summer Movie Nights will return. In years past we enjoyed meeting together on Wednesday nights to watch some fun films, then we would gather on Sunday mornings to discuss spiritual themes found in the film. Although we had to take a break because of the COVID pandemic, we are excited to start this tradition back up. This year we will be screening five films in July and August. Here are a list of the moves we will be watching.
Big Fish - July 7
PG-13, 2h 5m, 2003
This picture follows the incredible life of Edward Bloom, through a series of flashbacks that begin when his son Will visits him for the last time. As Edward's story unfolds once again, Will tries to finally understand the truth about who his father really was.
The Help - July 14
PG-13, 2h 26m, 2011
An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African American maids' point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis.
Life is Beautiful - July 21
PG-13, 1h 56m, 1997
When an open-minded Jewish librarian and his son become victims of the Holocaust, he uses a perfect mixture of will, humor, and imagination to protect his son from the dangers around their camp.
Italian language with English Subtitles
Won’t You Be My Neighbor - July 28
PG-13, 1hr 23m, 2018
This documentary paints a portrait of the philosophy and work of cardigan-wearing children's entertainer Fred Rogers, star of the popular show "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood." A former minister, Mister Rogers creatively communicated themes of empathy and acceptance using a colorful cast of puppets and friends for more than 30 years.
Star Wars: A New Hope (original theatrical version) - August 11
PG, 2h 1m, 1997
The Imperial Forces, under orders from cruel Darth Vader, hold Princess Leia hostage in their efforts to quell the rebellion against the Galactic Empire. Luke Skywalker and Han Solo work together to rescue the beautiful princess, help the Rebel Alliance and restore freedom and justice to the Galaxy.
San Pedro is foregoing the typical summer "slow down" for church life. We've decided to go full throttle into a super summer fun spectacular celebration of really awesome stuff. In short form: it's our San Pedro Super Summer.
Lots of activities means lots of coordination. To assist your June planning, consider the following events. Each is hyperlinked for more information and RSVP options.
- June 6th - July 18th Backpack Drive for Christian Assistance Ministry! INFO
- June 19th Adult 80's Music Concert outing. It's a local band called the Spazmatics; according to church members they put on a great show. Kerry and I will be there... INFO
- June 20th Senior Pastor Installation service. My father is preaching, there will be food and bagpipes. It's the official process of confirming my call to San Pedro, and it will be my honor to have you attend. Bring an empty stomach (for the food), and earplugs (for the bagpipes). INFO
- June 21st - 25th - VBS is back! This is a major outreach to our local community - sign up your kids to attend; your older students to help; adult servant leaders always needed. INFO
- June 20th - 25th - Student Mission Trip. Jr Hi and Sr Hi students will help with VBS in the morning, then serve local nonprofits in the afternoon. INFO
- June 26th - Christian Adult Night Out (CANO) is going to be at our house with fajitas and fellowship - come check out our new home and enjoy a relaxing evening of fellowship, food and fun. INFO
- July 7th - August 11th Summer Movie Nights and Sunday Discussions. INFO
These are only a few of the highlights for summer - there's more to come.
I am excited to announce our 2021 Summer Mission Trip, June 20-25. This year we are having our mission trip right here in San Antonio. We will be spending the night at our church and serving around our community. As always, our mission trips are a great way to know Jesus, grow in community, and show the love of Christ in our city.
Even though we are staying local we are going to have a great time! Plus, we won’t have to spend hour in a van. On our mission trip we will help lead our Vacation Bible School and serve at other local ministries such at Christian Assistance Ministries, SAMMinistries, Daily Bread Ministries, and Presbyterian Children’s Home. We will also have plenty if fun, with possibilities of going to Top Golf, Splashtown, ZDT’s and more!
While this is a local mission trip, we want to create an authentic experience. This means that you will commit to being a part of the group for the entire event. Please fully invested in your time with the group and not plan to attend alternate activities that may conflict with our mission trip.
One of the great things about staying local is that we can significantly reduce cost. Coupled with our past fundraising, we are able to offer this year’s mission trip for only $50 per participant. Scholarships are available to those in need, we do not want anyone not to attend because of cost. Of course, participants will want to have some spending money for meals out and other expenses.
Finally, we are also looking for adults to be a part of the mission trip experience. Mission trips are not just for teenagers. Our adults have had a great time and built quality relationships on previous trips, and this year will be no exception. While I would love to have adults attend the entire trip, I understand that may not be possible. Talk with me about your availability.
To register for this trip please complete the registration form, either online or on paper. I would love to have people most registered by June 2nd. This will help with making plans and working out all the various details that lead to a successful mission trip experience!
Here is to a great trip!
Dave Reiss, Director of Faith Formation.
The following is Kaela Williamson's Senior Testimony presented to the congreagation on Sunday, May 23, 2021.
Good morning, I am Kaela Williamson. I will be graduating from Reagan High School as a Summa Cum Laude in a few weeks and will be attending the University of Alabama to study Hospitality and Management.
I have been attending San Pedro since I was 14, so only about 4 years. I have however been attending church my whole life. My parents raised my sister and I on going to church every Sunday and attending the preschool that was located in our church in Georgia. We celebrate Easter and Christmas, and did VBS almost every year. Christ has been a part of my life since I was a baby. Now how did I end up here you may be asking, or not and that’s cool too. We moved to San Antonio right before I got to middle school in 2014. We had scoured the city of San Antonio to find a church just right for us. Not too modern, not too big, something just right. It took us years, when finally a friend of mine Maggie Joyce who attended this church started to go through confirmation. Her mother had asked me to join her as she was not the closest with anyone here. I reluctantly accepted as it was nerve racking. I was going to commit myself to a year long church activity to a church I had never been to. Even after the first meeting I was still a bit unsure as the first impressions were extremely intimidating. But I still went through with it, and I am so glad I did. This church has such an accepting environment and the youth program is amazing.
One of the fondest memories I have through my years of attending San Pedro is my first Youth Sunday. The Theme, Make An Impression. Which is kinda funny considering how much of an impression it made on me. I volunteered to act in the play we produced. I am not and have no plans on becoming an actress so, so sorry for all the mediocre performances I have done. This was an experience that was so different from anything I had ever done for church. It is such a creative way to get the youth involved in spreading the word of God. It makes the youth listen to the message as well as the audience. This is such an impactful memory as I saw for the first time, how much everyone truly cared to make the event work. No one slacked on their parts and made sure they were not the one to ‘mess it up’. Because of the amazing experience I had the first time I was compelled to keep doing it. Sure Dave’s pressure did have an impact on my decision, but it was not a burden. I would have volunteered anyways. It's my favorite week of the year and I am sad I will not be a part of it next year. This event always helps me to strengthen my trust in God by understanding his messages in a new enlightening way.
Mrs. Cindy and Dave have had the most impact on me through my years in the youth program. They have always pushed me out of my comfort zone in order to be more involved. Without them I would have never attended my first lock-in. Which was so much fun. They teach everyone in the youth program how valuable they are as people and how they can have an impact on everyone’s lives. I also want to thank my parents for raising Landry and I in such a caring environment. Attending church from such a young age has taught me valuable life lessons and shaped my personality. I do not know who I would be without Christ in my life. I hope to find a church as homey in Tuscaloosa as it is here at San Pedro.
San Pedro has been able to teach me more about the Bible and life lessons that I can use. It has most importantly taught me that God is there for me. He cares about me and knows what's best for me. San Pedro has one of the best youth programs and I am glad I got to grow up here if only for a short while. I encourage any youth on the fence about participating in youth activities that you should definitely include yourself. It may seem intimidating at first but everyone here is so nice and Dave will make you feel included. Thank you so much for making me feel welcome here and I will miss coming to church here every Sunday, well most Sundays.
The following is the senior testimony of Parker Mapes presented to the congregation on May 23, 2021.
Hi good morning everyone , most of yall already know me but if not my name is parker mapes , i'm a graduating senior from johnson high school and will be attending the university of north texas in the fall. I will be studying speech pathology and hope to be a speech therapist one day to kids. I've been here at san pedro my whole life, yep, all 18 years. So many of y’all have seen me grow up here and share memories with me from when I was a kid, that I usually don't remember, but hey it is always amazing to hear about. This church is my 2nd family and growing here gave me nothing but great memories and lifelong friends.
I came to know about Jesus at a very young age, and have always been surrounded by the church growing up. I felt the love of not only Jesus but by everyone here in this church who constantly helped me grow. Mrs carol shelfer for being the best confirmation sponsor, Mrs pj and Mrs dawn for including me on wednesday nights with the kids and treating me so well, dave for always encouraging me with my faith and every individual here that i've met whos always only wanting the best for me. I truly love each and every one of yall.
Here at San Pedro I've been given endless opportunities to put myself out there with Jesus by my side, and do what I can for him. All the mission trips i've been on (which will never be enough) have let me learn so many things and helped me get to know myself as well as grow with those around me. Several years ago i gave a youth sunday speech and briefly brought up heifer ranch (one of the most “unique” trips i've been on) this trip has stuck with me and always will. We were put in poverty scenarios for 3 days and had to live without air conditioning, proper food, showers, electricity, and worst of all, We couldn't even...have… our phones. I know it's unbelievable. 3 days living like this and you'd never think you could. But in reality there are people, families, and children who live like that everyday and yet all we continue to do is still complain about the things we don’t have. Yet they continue to be thankful to have each other and a roof over their heads. It has shown me how absolutely blessed I am to have everything I do and I thank the lord everyday for it. I don't need a whole bunch of fancy food or the best technology they have to offer, or the new clothes everyone's buying, all I need is those around me who continue to love me and care for me for who I am.
I'll always try to stay involved in church as much as I can, yes even in college I know I know, because the church has endlessly shown me the best version of who I am and who I can be and it will always be here for me, I've loved my time here at San Pedro, and the memories and photos are there to prove it, and my connection with you guys, God and Jesus will be here to keep growing with me every single day and i will be forever grateful for that.
Inviting people to church is vital for church growth. In a recent survey it was discovered that 71% of people would attend church if someone invited them. The Williamsons are one such family. Several years ago, Kaela, the oldest daughter, was invited by a friend in her Irish Dance troupe, Maggie Joyce to a youth event. Kaela and her family slowly started attending church services and youth events.
When the Joyce family moved away, I wondered if the Williamsons would begin to look elsewhere. Thankfully, that was not the case. Kaela and Landry have been active members of our youth program, attending small groups, going through confirmation, and performing in Youth Sundays. Their mother, Gina has been a youth leader and adult small group leader. She currently leading one of our Good Life small groups!
You never know what will happen when you invite someone to church, but you do know what will happen if you don’t. Inviting people to church can seem intimidating, here are a few suggestions. Invite them to an age-appropriate event. Share with people why you love San Pedro. Ask them what they are looking for in a church.
But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!” - Romans 10:14-15 (NLT)