Articles filed under "Youth"
If you had told me two weeks ago today that I would be going to an Anglican conference in North Carolina, I wouldn’t have believed you. And that’s exactly what happened.
In 2009, God spoke a new vision for VBS. He said, “Go and tell!” VBS was taken out from behind the church walls and held throughout the community. That first year there were 10 sites; last year there were 15; and this year, VBS is being hosted at 20 different sites (18 homes plus two homeless prevention shelters). Nearly 120 parishioners supported the sites and served more than 300 children, over 70% of whom were not members of the church.
On August 6, 2011, Central Union Mission and Mission Partners will be hosting Operation Backpack, an annual event where children in need, grades Pre-K through High School, are given backpacks filled with school supplies for the upcoming school year. Your help with the event will be instrumental in making it successful.
Mission Haiti 2011 is in the final days of getting ready to go and minister at the Lacroix New Testament Mission in Lacroix, Haiti which is found about 80 miles north of Port au Prince along National Road One. Founded by the Rev. Vaugelas Pierre and his wife Ermithe in 1980 the mission now feeds and educates 3,500 children in seven locations every school day.
This past Super Bowl Sunday, February 6th 2011, Church of the Epiphany in Herndon Virginia participated in the Souper Bowl of Caring for their sixth year. The Souper Bowl of Caring is a national organization dedicated to supporting charities that feed the hungry and help the homeless across the nation and all over the globe. As of today, February 8, 2011, over five million dollars has been raised to help people in need.
When Rector Elijah White of The Church of Our Saviour – Oatlands met Mother Superior Clare in Fiji, the parish’s Third-World Scholarship Fund for educating young Anglicans in impoverished countries came to life. Mother Clare suggested 12-year old Anita for the program, who became the first child from St. Christopher’s Home for the orphaned to graduate from high school. Fulfilling Mother Clare’s assessment, she earned a coveted admission to the University of the South Pacific, the only one in the Islands, where The Church of Our Saviour paid for four years of education and she graduated well in her class. Anita then became the only Christian teacher in a Hindu Indian high school, where she bears quiet but unashamed witness to her Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
In July, sixteen ADV members from Potomac Falls Anglican Church and Church of the Word set out on a week-long mission trip to the Dominican Republic. Organized through Orphanage Outreach, the trip gave them the opportunity to stay on the grounds of a boys’ orphanage in a town called Jaibon. Liz McCaslin, youth director at Church of the Word, and Amanda Holz, volunteer youth leader at Potomac Falls Anglican Church share their experience below.
For some years now, we have been praying that God would bless us with children at St. Stephen's. He has been answering our prayer in wonderful ways. If you were there on Youth Sunday to hear our graduating seniors, you will know how God has prepared their hearts to face adulthood as disciples of Jesus Christ.