Youth & Young Families 2019-2020
by the Rev. David Andrews
As we have done the last couple of years, we are partnering with Trinity Episcopal Parish and Immanuel Highlands Episcopal Church. Our Youth and Young Families (YYF) ministry is in transition as many of our older youth are now in college and so this is an opportunity to try some new things with the other Episcopal parishes in Wilmington. I wish to thank the faithful leadership the last couple of years of Beth Jones, Kathy Ouma and Nana Soto who brought energy and creativity to this ministry and my hope is that they will continue to offer their gifts to move this ministry forward.
This program year, September, 2019 through May, 2020, promises to be one where the youth of all three parishes will continue to get to know one another as well as to learn and practice being a young disciple of Jesus Christ.
Monthly Activities, September, 2019 through May, 2020
Waffle Church at Trinity Episcopal Parish (geared for young children to 2nd grade). This will be the second Saturday of each month from September until May of next year. The time will be from 10:00 to 11:00 on September 14, October 12, November 9, December 14, January 11, February 8, March 14, April 11 and May 9.
September 15, 2019 – meet at 1:45 at the Axiom Escape Room. Space is limited to 25. The escape room in located in the Shoppes of Graylyn, 1708 Marsh Rd, Wilmington, DE 19810.
October 20, 2019 Hayride and cook out at Bellevue State Park. We have reserved two wagons and space will be limited so please contact Fr. David soon if interested in coming to this fun afternoon in the fall.
November 17, 2019 — Trinity Episcopal Parish will host a fun activity using Legos as a way to teach our youth about Jesus.
January 12, 2020: SsAM will host this month and the focus will be on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
February 16, 2020: Immanuel Highlands will be our host and the event is still being planned.
March 14, 2020: We will gather at Trinity Episcopal Parish and pack meals for the RISE FOR HUNGER project.
May 17, 2020: All parish celebration of the end of the year. Place to be determined in early 2020.
As you can see this is a full and creative schedule and hope that I can count on our youth and families to be involved as your busy schedules allow.
Saturday, February 15, 2020, 10-11:30 a.m. —
Youth Confirmation Begins.
Father David has modified the dates for youth confirmation program. These sessions will occur on Saturday mornings, February 15, March 7, April 4, May 16 and June 6 from 10:00 to 11:30 in the morning. The curriculum we will be using is Faith Confirmed by Peter Jackson and Chris Wright. Please contact the church if you are interested in having your youth (7th grade and older) join us and we will order the book from the office.
Contact the YYF
Please use our contact form or call the church office at 302 656-6628.
YYF Members Serve the Church
YYF members are encouraged to choose an area of responsibility at SsAM: reader, greeter, acolyte, usher, etc. Every year, YYF members are active participants in the Shrove Tuesday Supper, the evening before Ash Wednesday and the start of the Season of Lent. There are many opportunities available in the SsAM music program.
Canon Casson Scholarships Are Available
Every year, the Community Advocacy Committee sponsors scholarships for students entering college and those who are already enrolled. The scholarship program is open to members who attend SsAM. Here is a link to the 2018 scholarship application form, still in use: Scholarship Application SSAM.
Sponsored by the Diocese of Delaware, this is a camp for youth entering third through eleventh grades. The camp experience enriches young people’s relationships with one another, nature and God. Campers develop their sense of adventure and spiritual awareness as they participate in the activities, outdoor life and community of camp. To learn more and to register for Camp Arrowhead, CLICK HERE to visit their website.
The YYF Youth composed this prayer during their retreat on September 6, 2014. It is be prayed at their meetings:
Our Lord, Jesus Christ, Holy Spirit and Creator God, Hear us today.
Let us hold fast to our dreams.
We pray for all who have guided us in the right direction.
Dear God, we pray that you heal us with your spiritual love.
Bless us with your light and protection.
We pray for everyone who struggles and is going through hard times.
We pray for anyone who has not yet spoken (pause).
We thank you for forgiving the people who have sinned.
As we move throughout our days, carrying us all to the future tomorrows, we offer these prayers in your name.