The Apostle Paul, one of Christianity’s great leaders, was a letter writer. So we know about some things that were really important to him as he sent off letters to various congregations in the emerging church as well as to some specific individuals. We have two letters from Paul to a young man he was encouraging to be a leader in the church – Timothy.
Paul wrote to Timothy: “Don’t let anyone put you down because you’re young, but set the believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, with integrity.” (1 Timothy 4:12)
Over the past several months it has been my privilege to work closely with several of our own young people – in preparation for Confirmation and then as a follow-up to that event with a Confirmation Plus class. In three different kinds of settings 12 individuals between the ages of 12 and 16 have been part of these workshops.
Here are some characteristics I have noticed about this group of youth:
They want to know more about Christianity and what it means for their lives.
They ask great questions. Almost every session starts with a basic structure I have put together for exploring some aspect of faith, but part way through that one of the teens will say, “I know this is not really what we are talking about, but I have a question…”, and then we get to something that is always interesting and always connected with their lives.
They don’t always want to get rid of old stuff and replace it with something new, but they do want a chance to talk about it, to ask questions and to branch out. We had a good discussion about the various Creeds and Affirmations of Faith that we usehere at St James and what they liked about each one.
They are building a community of faith and of relationships. The mid-point break for snacks is as important as the official discussion as they eat, laugh and talk about their lives with each other.
On Sunday, June 10 this group is helping to develop the various components of the 10 o’clock service and will be providing leadership in the service. I’m sure you will want to be part of that experience as an act of encouragement and as an opportunity to learn from this generation.
And that is just my experience of one part of our youth ministry here at St James. You will read more about other aspects throughout this newsletter. We are indeed blessed through our youth and through the ministry of Chrisann Harding, Donna Rourke, and others who support them including Judy Kirk, Frank Sissons and the parents of the teens.
“…Glory to God, from generation to generation, in the church and in Christ Jesus.”
Up & Coming
Friday, June 1, Dickinson Days Parade –CELEBRATION! St. James’ Youth will once again have a float in the annual parade. Parade start time 6:30 pm, parade starts/ends at the Manotick Arena. Come out and show your support and enjoy the festivities.
Saturday, June 2 & Sunday, June 3, Doors Open Ottawa – WELCOME THE COMMUNITY! St. James Anglican Church will participate as one of many sites of interest that Ottawa residents and visitors are welcome to tour. For hours of operation and further information click here!
Friday, June 8th, St. James Golf Tournament – BIRIDES, BOGIES, EAGLES!Sound familiar? Then you should be signed up for the tournament at Manderley Golf Course. Don’t know what these terms mean? Then you should be signed up for the golf tournament! For information on how to register click here!
Sunday, June 10th, St. James Parish Picnic – FOOD, FAMILY, FUN! Picnic will follow the 10 am service. Please R.S.V.P using the sign up sheet at the back of the church – we require numbers for hotdogs and hamburgers. Also indicate if you will bring a salad or dessert to share.
Opportunities To Give
Bales for the North – IT’S NOT TOO LATE!
If you would still like to donate new items for this initiative, you have one Sunday left (Sunday, May 27). There is a box located in the back of the church. For a list of items requested click here!
Bottle Drive for CLAY – RECYCLE WITH F.A.I.T.H!
OnSundays from May 27 to June 17th, the Youth will be collecting empty wine bottles, beer bottles & beer cans to help raise funds for their upcoming trip to CLAY 2012 in Saskatoon in August. Blue recycle boxes will be set-up on those Sundays in Tomkins Hall where we will be very happy to receive your empties. Please ensure all bottles and cans are rinsed. Thanks for your ongoing support to help the Youth get to CLAY.
Coins for CLAY – LEAVE CHURCH LIGHTER!
A huge glass jar is now set-up in the Narthex where the youth will be happy to accept your pocket change each Sunday. This glass jar will remain in the Narthex on an ongoing basis leading up to our next CLAY event in 2014. The Youth would like to thank you for all your support and generosity with their fundraising efforts.
From Sunday June 17th to September 2nd there will be one service at 9:30 am.
St. James is proud to support a vibrant youth community with the F.A.I.T.H. (Friendship, Acceptance, Inspiration, Trust and Hope) Youth Group. F.A.I.T.H leads and supports many outreach activities in the parish. It takes a community to keep the F.A.I.T.H so watch out for upcoming fundraisers and events where you can help our youth! For more information on F.A.I.T.H.click here
Thanks to all who supported the St. James garage sale by donating or buying goods or assisting with the event. More than $1700 was raised!
Thanks to all the ladies who helped with and attended our Big Fat Greek Fundraiser!
More than $1000 was raised to support a local family of four boys who lost their mother.
St. James’ Wardens / 1138 Bridge Street / Manotick, Ontario K4M 1A3 / 613-692-2082