The Branches: Youth Ministry: Our mission statement, incorporating ideas written by the youth is: St. Helen’s Anglican Youth Ministry, “The Branches”, intentionally develops friendships and character, and grows in the Spirit within a safe environment while having fun and reaching out to the community.
Youth ministry is active and thriving at St. Helen’s, thanks be to God! Our first meeting with the youth and leaders at the synagogue, Kehillat Beth Israel, went very well as we got to know one another and learned a great deal about their synagogue, their faith and their traditions. We shared a pizza lunch together, which was thanked for and blessed to our bodies in traditional Jewish ceremony both before and after eating. We plan to continue the relationship with a reciprocal visit and to find some community service events to do together. On April 13, Susan+ and Peter+ showed us how to make palm crosses for Palm Sunday. The Parish Games Night was well received and we have been encouraged by parishioners who attended to host another one. It was a great opportunity for some intergenerational fun, something families do together (and we are a Christian family!). In that vein, you may have noticed a jig-saw puzzle in Trinity Hall during coffee hour. When (not if) you go for coffee between services, take a moment to find a piece or two and perhaps get to know someone you don’t know or someone you do know better. Before summer, we will be thinking ahead and planning events for next year, including more fundraising events for our youth to attend CLAY 2020 in Calgary.
For further information about any aspect of the Branches Youth Group speak to any of the leaders: Olivia Pelling, Ron Harder, Carol Danson and Berthorie Beauvoir.
The Branches leadership team is always open for new leaders, if you feel that is your calling. Speak to Olivia Pelling or the clergy for more information.
Thank you to our youth and to their leaders for their ministry in our parish.
All youth of the parish (12-18) are welcome. For more details contact the Church office or any member of the leadership team: Olivia Pelling; Ron Harder; Carol Danson; Berthorie Beauvoir.