Youth Ministry Program Life Teen (HS) and Edge (Middle School)

Welcome to St. Thomas Life Teen and Edge!  

LifeTeen is a national high school youth ministry program that offers true Catholic catechesis and spirituality, service, and social opportunities.
Our high school and middle school youth groups meet on every Wednesday nights from 7:00pm-8:30pm during the school year.  
My high schooler goes to Catholic school.  Why should they come to Life Teen or Edge?
Investing in Catholic schooling is a big commitment and provides teens with incredible intellectual formation in the teachings of the Catholic faith.  At Life Teen, we believe that the key to engaging a teen in their faith is to move them beyond knowing things about God to actually knowing God.  
The intellectual formation that your teen has received at school will be a great foundation to their experience at Life Teen where we build community, tackle challenging issues in the life of a Catholic Teen, and help them discover God's great love and respond with a life of discipleship 
Life Teen and Edge  lead teenagers and their families into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church.  

Please visit this site, to read about Life Teen.


Please use the main entrance doors of Parish Family Life Center to come to youth group.

Please contact Kevin Cooney at the parish office if you would like more information 865-986-9885.

St Thomas the Apostle Youth 2018 Recap


The past year in youth ministry saw the growth of LifeTeen and Edge to a total registration of 150 young people. The encouraging part of that number is that approximately half of the students had already been confirmed. They were attending because they wanted to be there.

The year began with our participation at NCYC 2018 in Indianapolis. The National Catholic Youth Conference brings together 30,000 young people and their leaders every two years for a weekend of worship, study, and fellowship. The proceeds from iGiveCatholic went to supplement funding for the 23 student and two adult pilgrims.

 During the year our LifeTeen kids served at various parish dinners and sold Poinsettias to help defray travel expenses and be a visible presence at St. Thomas.

January provided the opportunity for a group of 25 to travel to Washington D.C. and participate in the national March For Life. The LifeTeen kids and adults made the trip by spending the night on the bus up and back.

In May, over 70 young people received the Sacrament of Confirmation at the Cathedral of the most Sacred Heart in Knoxville.

In June, 10 young people travelled to Atlanta for Catholic Heart Workcamp. There they spent 5 days in service and worship, while sleeping on the floor of the local Catholic High School.

Throughout June and July, our teens continued to meet each Wednesday for spiritual nourishment. (often supplemented by food or ice cream)

The most encouraging aspect of the year was the number of seniors who participated. Some of them had fallen away the last few years, but something drew them back. The question- was it ice cream or Jesus?