St. Joseph's Episcopal Church

3300A South Seacrest Blvd., Boynton Beach, FL 33435-8661
Office Phone: 561-732-3060 - Fax: 561-739-9173
Our Parish Mission is to bring all people into the fullness of Christ's family and nurture their spiritual development.

St. Joe’s Youth House Phone: 561-731-2500

Youth Programs

Rite 13

Young people in middle school grades in the exploration of themselves, their relationships with others, and their relationship with God. A comfortable and nurturing environment in which the youth can grow with one another.
To aid the youth in their spiritual survey

J2A Journey to Adulthood

Young people in grades eight, nine, and ten, who have graduated from Rite 13. A two year program covering areas of society, spirituality, sexuality in preparation for spiritual maturity and confirmation. 10:45 a.m. on Sundays
Activities and projects (Urban Adventure, Pilgrimage, Ropes Course, etc.)

YAC (Young Adults at Church)

Young adults in grades ten, eleven and twelve at church, having completed J2A. A spiritual, comfortable community for young adults in grades ten, eleven and twelve at church

Activities: Youth Band/Youth Choir
Weekly fellowship meetings and discussions
Monthly fellowship dinners outside of church

Contact: Debra Titkemeier :


Serving as an acolyte is a wonderful way to experience our worship service and to grow in your commitment to God. This is an important ministry actively assisting at the altar in the worship of our God. Our youth in 3rd grade and above are eligible to serve as acolytes. Acolytes are trained to serve at God’s altar in various roles: banner bearers, crucifers, torch bearers.

4th Grade through Adult Acolyte Opportunities

Acolytes are such an important part of our worship service that I would like to invite children from the 4th grade who may be interested in becoming a beginning acolyte to consider this ministry to serve our Lord in this very special way. 4th & 5th Graders may volunteer to acolyte at the 9:30 worship. They will serve on a rotating basis with training at 9 am on the Sunday they are scheduled to acolyte. Student Acolytes miss Sunday School on the Sundays they acolyte.

There are four levels of acolytes:

  • Beginning Level- All new acolytes start at this level by learning how and when to carry the torches
  • Junior Level- After much experience during services with torches new responsibilities will be added including lighting and extinguishing candles and accepting items from the ushers.
  • Senior Level-These acolytes have at least two years serving experience and will help with various parts of the Eucharist including such things as presenting the elements and ringing the bells
  • Adults- These are experienced high school and adult acolytes.


The new acolytes will be scheduled two (2) at a time once or twice every other month to serve on the Altar. They will need to arrive at 8:55 the day they are scheduled for a brief training and then they will be shadowed and trained on the altar by an experienced acolyte or leader.
If you feel your child is ready to make this commitment please
Contact Sherry Thomas or 561-704-6414

Sincerely Yours,
Sherry Thomas
Acolyte Master