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Lamplighter - Fr. Aran

posted Feb 25, 2016, 12:33 PM by St. Thomas Church   [ updated Jun 6, 2019, 10:17 AM ]

Hello friends . . . grace and peace,

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again:

We don’t shut down youth ministry activities in the summer time.  I know several churches that do.  And mainly it’s because they are volunteer led or have a part-time or quarter-time untrained person running the youth group.  But it just never made sense to me that, when school is out, and all the students have a lot more time on their hands, churches shut down for the kids??

So, with that in mind, here’s what The STYG is up to this summer!!

Summer Camp

Camp is amazing.  And there are sessions for high school students, middle school students, elementary kids, and even “ankle biters”.  Literally, programs for 4 year olds up through young adults.  If you, or your family, or people you know, haven’t been to camp… check it out!

Summer D-Groups

D-Groups leave the building and head out to peoples’ homes, places in the community, and more.  Students going INTO 7th grade in the fall up through graduated seniors (and even sometimes the “old” college kids) are invited to join us for bonfires, movies, cookouts, overnights, swimming, boating, tubing, cruising, roller-coastering, and more.  ALL of it is aimed at gathering students together to keep those relationships with one another and with God burning bright.

Summer Mission Trip

Each summer we head off to be the hands and feet of Jesus somewhere in the world, sharing and spreading and participating in God’s Love… that’s why we call it a “Love Journey”.  This summer we head to Appalachia (Jonesville, VA) to work alongside Appalachia Service Project to provide warmer, safer, and drier homes for those in need.

Summer Sign Up

There are multiple events that students are required to sign up for if they want to attend.  Things like overnight events, road trips, etc.  Signing up online for any

Summer Film School

OK, so we DO shut down ONE thing during the summer.  Film School takes a break (along with the rest of the Sunday Morning classes) until we start back up in September. J

Summer Prayers

Please do continue to keep this ministry among students in your prayers, asking for God’s blessing and the empowerment of God’s Spirit.  Our continued prayer is that we can gather together in order to practice a Way of Life so that it can be lived for the benefit of those around us and thereby partner with God's restorative mission for the world.

peace to you