Lent Food Drive kicks off February 11:
The Youth Leadership Team is again taking the lead on the Lent CHUM Food Drive which starts on Sunday, February 11 at the Lent Festival. Youth will be at the Food Drive booth handing out purple grocery bags for people to collect food in.
There will be a youth planning meeting on Wednesday, February 7 at 6pm (sit together at dinner)!
TEC (teens encounter Christ) Retreats coming up:
There are two upcoming opportunities to experience TEC; which is a 3-day experience of learning about God and yourself, making new friends, and growing in your faith. One is a new statewide TEC April 13-15 at St. Mark's Cathedral in Minneapolis, and one is the St. Paul TEC April 20-22 at Ascension Stillwater. You can attend one or both! Contact Luisa who is on the planning teams for both for more info! Registration info is here:
Be the Light Advent Teen Retreat Pictures:
Youth Leadership Team-(YLT) is youth created, youth led, youth working together!
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Pictures from Hands Across Duluth 2017
Reflections from some of the youth who attended Hands Across Duluth:
My HAD experience this year was so far the best one I've had, because I feel like everyone got along very well and we did everything as a team and everything worked out very well. I also learned many things like how much micro plastic is in lake Superior and how we can help keep the earth clean and healthy .I think this was a very good experience and that anyone in middle school or high school should try it because just helping the community in some kind of way with such a great group can make such a big difference, like at the animal shelter for example, when we were sorting the bags it took us 30 minutes but if one volunteer tried to sort them it would have taken them hours and that is amazing. To sum it all up I am definitely coming back next year and I can't wait to see the new faces and new projects.-
We enjoyed many parts of Hands Across Duluth. We really liked meeting new people from Stillwater and getting to know St. Paul friends better. We also enjoyed all the places we went to like animal allies, the bike cave, sunshine lake, and many more. We learned a lot about helping the community and all about God’s dream. The night prayers helped us think about our lives and others.
It was a great experience. I had a great time volunteering and helping others, and also getting to know more people.
My fourth year participating in Hands Across Duluth was definitely the best. Not only did I get to see old friends from Stillwater and Woodbury, but I got to see young people get involved in our church and our community. We started as 30 people, but we ended as one family and that was really amazing to see. As we did service work in Duluth I saw God in everyone there. Whether it was them cooking food, or inviting others to hangout with them during free time, or singing along during night prayer. I saw God in each and every person. I got to see the future of our church, that’s what I took away from Hands Across Duluth 2017. -
This was my first year at HAD and I have to say I really enjoyed it. My favorite part was probably getting to know all the people from Ascension and getting closer to all the people from St Paul's. At the beginning of those three days I thought that I was going to not really enjoy it but in the first couple of hours I realized that I would have many friends through out the whole thing. From that experience I learned that you can make a difference and even though it might seem small to you it can be like a dream come true to someone else. Working down in the bike cave, helping out at animal allies, or even picking up trash at the beach is helping your community and that is what HAD is to me.
RESOURCES FOR TEENS
http://www.myfaithmylife.org/teens.html A site devoted to Episcopal teens; with prayers for teens, sermons by Episcopal teens, meditations and more!
www.safeteens.com Be smart.. make sure you are using your cellphone/internet wisely.
http://www.d365.org/back2school/ A series of reflections with music written especially for students. A quiet space for contemplation and prayer.
YouTube Video: Mr Deity Mr Deity is a series of videos that chronicle the day in the life of God.
These are just hilarious, but address questions teenagers often have about God such as, "Why does God allow bad things to happen?"
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