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Youth News 2018

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Twelve youth, along with youth leaders and trumpet player, Father Jon Strand brought Christmas joy to several of our shut-ins and elderly. Afterwards we all enjoyed fellowship, pizza, and a fun white elephant game.

Youth Caroling       Youth Caroling
Youth Caroling       Youth Caroling
Youth Caroling       Youth Christmas Party
Youth Christmas Party       Youth Christmas Party

Sunday, December 9, 2018


Ten youth traveled into Washington, DC to provide a hot Christmas dinner to 21 women at Mount Carmel Women’s Shelter. Each women received a care package of warm clothes, $25 gift card and other necessities. The youth sang carols and ran a bingo game after dinner that was enjoyed by all. “This really feels like Christmas" remarked one youth. Thanks to Linda Lee Malone for initiating and for putting together the many details. Also, thank you to Pennywise Thrift Shop for donating warm clothing and to the parents who provided food.

Youth Group Outreach       Youth Group Outreach
 Youth Group Outreach       Youth Group Outreach

Thank you to Andrew and Clay Turner who stepped in to usher at the last minute at worship services and saved the day on Sunday, December 9.

Youth Ushers        

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Youth attend Christian Pop Concert

11 youth really enjoyed the exciting and uplifting music of King and Country at the Eagle Bank Arena on December 2.  Thanks to the Setliks and Gordon parents and youth leader Lizzy Norcott for ensuring everyone stayed safe and had a good time.

Youth at King and Country Concert
Youth at King and Country Concert       Youth at King and Country Concert

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Youth decorate and pack care packages for women's shelter

The middle school and 5th and 6th grade youth had fun packing 21 care packages that included a $25 Walmart gift card, warm scarf, gloves, hat, and many other useful items, to be delivered on Sunday, December 9.

Youth make care packages for women's shelter       Youth make care packages for women's shelter
Youth make care packages for women's shelter       Youth make care packages for women's shelter

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Facets Outreach 

Twelve youth joined the Facets team on Sunday, November 11. Six youth worked in the kitchen to help prepare the food—washing apples; counting out cookies for the baggies; putting the apples, cookies, utensils, napkins, and veggies in the bags; then helping with pouring chili into the containers for distribution. Nine youth delivered 10 dozen hard-boiled eggs and bottled water to add to the 105 meals distributed to 35 clients.

Thanks to Elena Hamman, Adestan Gordon, Erin-Grace McGuire, Maddie Boam, Caroline Garrod, Jordan Peterson, Lindsey Stewart, Olivia Stewart, Shannon Eastman, Jordan Eastman, Drew Turner, and Matt Hussey for all their hard work. It was all greatly appreciated. Our parent driving team of Tanis Batsel Stewart and Suzi Garrod accompanied Facets drivers Jim Menke and Sandra Wilson.

Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.  – Matthew 25:45

Youth Group Outreach       Youth Group Outreach
Youth Group Outreach      

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Youth Group Music Night

Youth Group enjoyed making music with the help of very talented musicians. We had Chris Gordon leading with vocal and guitar accompanied by Emma and Will Setlik on guitar, Owen Setlik on percussion, Cailean Gordon on saxophone, Conner Davison on guitar, and John Kelley on tuba. Vocal backup was provided by Abby and Thomas Setlik, Erin Grace McGuire, Sophie Payze (who added in some very creative dance moves), Kathryn Davison, Adestan Gordon, and Sydney Coute.

The youth included several prayers for the election on Tuesday. Not being able to vote themselves they prayed that God would “Help our parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, and all our family create and build communities that will protect the poor, stand up for the vulnerable, advocate for those who are not seen and heard, and listen to everyone’s voice.”

Youth Group Music Night       Youth Group Music Night

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Facets Outreach

Seven youth joined the Facets team on Sunday, October 14 to help pack the food into the van and then accompany the Facets drivers Lisa Wood and Leslie Barnhart in their own small armada of cars to provide hard-boiled eggs and water. The eggs and water were a much appreciated addition to the 106 nutritious meals provided by Facets. The youth distributed 5 dozen eggs and 10 dozen bottles of water. Thanks to parent driver Kari Govan and youth Maddie Boam, Libby Cammiso, Kathryn Davison, Grace Govan, McKenzie Mercer, Thomas and Susan Weinhardt.

Youth Group Outreach        

September 7–9, 2018

Shrine Mont Parish Retreat

Youth enjoyed a good mix of planned activities and unstructured time. Popular activities included Walkie Talkie Tag, Human Hungry Hippo, Capture the Flag and Hiking. A pickup basketball game also attracted attention and of course, the whole family enjoyed Family Feud.

Youth at Shrine Mont Retreat 2018       Youth at Shrine Mont Retreat 2018
Youth at Shrine Mont Retreat 2018      

Sunday, July 1, 2018

7th-12th Grade Pool Party

It was a wonderful way to celebrate the beginning of summer and another successful Hogwarts VBS week. Several prefects who are not members of Holy Comforter joined our youth to enjoy James Abbot’s beautiful shaded pool and garden. Around 25 youth and a dozen adults had pizza, salad, and ice cream on this fun fellowship afternoon. Thank you to all who brought food and especially to James and Daniel for sharing their home.

Youth Pool Party 2018       Youth Pool Party 2018

Friday, June 15–Sunday, June 17, 2018

7th–12th Grade Beach Trip

Twenty-one 7th–12th Grade youth enjoyed beautiful weather, good food, and fellowship at our annual Beach Trip to Cape Henlopen State Park. Thanks to adult leaders, Lynne Brents, Andrew Eastman, Lauren Breeden, and Hannah Picardi for ensuring a safe and fun time was had by all. There is something special about eating smores around a fire pit in the woods at night under the stars and sharing our stories.

Youth Beach Trip 2018       Youth Beach Trip 2018
Youth Beach Trip 2018      

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Student-Led Worship Service

The 11:00 a.m. Student-Led Worship Service was a special way to celebrate Mother’s Day and it showed by the large turnout. Twenty-five children and youth played an active role in all parts of the service except those reserved for clergy.

Students filled the roles of greeters; ushers; audio visual; lectors who read the Collect of the Day, First Reading, The Epistle, and Prayers of the People; helped Mother Valerie with The Peace; started the Nicene Creed and the Lord’s Prayer; and brought up the Elements.

We were also specially blessed with a dramatic reading of the Gospel by two youth, accompanied by the Acolytes. The wonderful heartfelt sermons by Emma Payze and Christian Leavitt expressed their own personal connection to God and the strength He can give all teenagers as they go through the ups and downs of their journey to adulthood.

We were treated, as always with beautiful music and singing byour Choristers with a special performance by Maddie Boam on the violin playing Minuet in A Major, by Luigi Boccherini, accompanied on piano by our inspiring Minister of Music, David Kelley.

Student-Led Worship Service       Student-Led Worship Service
Student-Led Worship Service       Student-Led Worship Service

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Youth Help with Britepaths Deliveries

Eleven 7th–9th Grade students spent their Sunday morning delivering groceries to families in need within our immediate community. Each student had the opportunity to act as lead greeter and to interact with the recipients. Students shared that they really appreciated getting to see a smile on the families' faces when delivering a little support in the form of basic groceries. Here, youth members Susan, Luke and Evelyn and youth leaders Hannah and Tim are getting ready to pack up the car for their deliveries.       Youth help with Britepaths deliveries

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Youth Help Out at Facets

The youth, accompanied by drivers Hannah Picardi and Tim Davis joined the adult delivery team of Jim Menke and Lisa Woods to provide eggs and water to our clients. Madeline Boam led the adults and youth in a lovely prayer she had researched from our BCP.

For the Poor and the Neglected
Almighty and most merciful God, we remember before you all poor and neglected persons whom it would be easy for us to forget: the homeless and the destitute, the old and the sick, and all who have none to care for them. Help us to heal those who are broken in body or spirit, and to turn their sorrow into joy. Grant this, Father, for the love of your Son, who for our sake became poor, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

      Youth help out at Facets

Sunday, March 4, 2018

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5)

In 2007 the 7th and 8th Grade class laid claim to "The Wall" and decided that since The Wall was with them every Sunday as they met in fellowship, friendship, and worship, it should represent their connection to God and their goals and dreams for tomorrow. They hoped that each succeeding class would add their mark so that it would be a constantly evolving record of hope and faith in the future. John 15:5 was chosen as the theme, black was chosen as the background, and the vine was added. Each student added their own symbol to represent them and the fruit that they hoped to bear by staying connected to Jesus.

On Sunday, March 4, the 7th and 8th Grade class continued the tradition that has occurred for every class in the last 11 years. Drop by anytime and see the artwork. Questions? Please contact Interim Youth Ministry Coordinator, Denis McMullan.

      Painting the wall