Night of Joy: September 6-7
Date/Time: Event hours are from 4:00 p.m. Sat., Sept. 6, 2014 to 1:00 a.m. Sun, Sept. 7. We will leave St. Hilary’s at 12:15 p.m. Saturday and return no later than 2 p.m. Sunday.
Tween Mission Trip 2014
Five Saint Hilary’s tweens participated in a mission trip entitled Week of Hope. This was a service mission trip specifically designed for 10-12 year olds, which challenges them to “live as Jesus did,” preparing and serving meals to the homeless, working with disabled children, or sharing stories and games with nursing home residents. The program took place in Orlando, between Sunday, July 13 and Friday, July 18. Parents Eric Jones and Christina Holman acted as chaperones.
The theme of this year’s mission was “Repair: Be A Story of Transformation.” The tween mission team first planned, bonded and prepared to be God’s story in the lives of the needy in Orlando. They readied themselves to let God transform their life stories through service, by starting here, at St. Hilary’s. The team did chores around the campus on June 29 after the services to help get in the right mindset for serving the larger community. For some of our preteens, this was their first taste of service.
Thanks to the prayers and generosity of our congregation, the team had everything it needed to travel, as well as hundreds of dollars worth of diapers, baby wipes, and other baby toiletries to share with those in need in Orlando.
Once they arrived in Orlando, the kids worked with other mission teams of preteens to set up camp at a local church, and to feed each other, clean up, pray together, and learn about God together. During the day, St. Hilary’s team was transformed by the love of God through service to elderly and disabled adults at Daybreak in Orlando (an adult daycare center). They helped lead “chair yoga,” led a rousing game of Bingo, played 20 Questions with the center’s members, did crafts with them, and got to know them over a week-long period. Chaperone Eric Jones wrote, “It is truly a blessing to see St. Hilary’s Tweens engaging on a personal level with these folks, and to watch how much joy the kids bring them. Later, we learned a new dance or two to help us in worshipping, and placed our image of ourselves on the cross, to allow Jesus to transform us into the image He has of us. The kids really have made lots of new friends, and strengthened the bonds they have with each other.” All in all the kids were transformed by the love of God as were the adults they were serving. This was an amazing opportunity to be Jesus’ heart and hands for the world.
YOSH Teen Local Mission 2014
Our older teens spent a day working on the church campus in which they organized storage, moved furniture, and planned and created for VBS. We also helped a local man by mowing lawn, pulling weeds, cutting down trees, replacing his mail box and porch furniture and planting flowers. God’s spirit was with us! Click on photos in the gallery below to share in our day!
YOSH (Youth of St Hilary’s)
YOSH is an active group of middle and high schoolers who have regular programs, activities, and service throughout the year around our community and throughout the state, and beyond. The group meets twice a month for social fun, including backyard games, scavenger hunts, putt-putt golf as well as outreach service and events. Fund raisers are also a part of YOSH to help send us on God centered Mission Trips, Christian Events such as Night of Joy and SWFL Episcopal Diocese sponsored Dayspring teen weekends and summer camps. For more information contact Karin Winter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check our parish calendar for YOSH meeting times and dates.
Youth are also a very visible and integral part of our worship as acolytes, lectors, intercessors, eucharistic ministers, ushers, and greeters. Youth are welcome to participate in any ministry that interests them! Contact email@example.com for more information.
YOSH Sunday School
Middle schoolers participate in Weaving God’s Promises for Youth, an Episcopal Sunday School program that acknowledges the advancing development of middle-school youth and allows greater room for questioning and outlets for self-expression. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Teens in grades 9-12 are invited to participate in our Learn and Teach program in which teens are student aids in our elementary Sunday School classrooms. This provides an important opportunity for teens to act as role models for our younger kids. Contact Sunday School Superintendent Julie Corbin for more information.
Recent YOSH Activities
A couple of photos from some of the fun activities YOSH participated in during this last school year: