In Gratitude for our Youth and their Parents

holtSt. Peter’s youth and their parents have much for which to be grateful. The support that the parish provides to its teens through the Journey to Adulthood program, summer trips, Diocesan activities and more, is second to none. Year in and year out, you provide our teens with the spiritual, physical, and financial support that forms them throughout their teen years. You help them grow into adults who will follow Christ in all facets of life.

The ways in which our youth leaders assist them in these endeavors are many and varied and you can be part of these endeavors, as well. As the 18-member Pilgrim Class of 2015 prepares for its mid-June J2A Pilgrimage to Spain, we want to take your prayers to offer for you at the holy sites we will visit on our journeys through Madrid, Avila, Toledo and Granada. Your prayer requests can be sent to lholt@st-peters.org. We would also be honored to serve you at our “Night in Italy” dinner and auction on April 22, our primary fund-raiser. The pilgrims will be your table servers, assisted by teens from the younger J2A and Rite 13 classes, and the 2013 pilgrims who are now seniors, ready to embark on the next chapter of their lives.

We ask for your continued support through your prayers for our youth, especially throughout the summer: for spiritual growth and new encounters with God while on the pilgrimage; for our middle school missioners who will serve Charlotte’s less advantaged at our Episcopal Outreach Camp; and for our high school missioners, who will serve in rural Appalachia through REACH, a mission organization in Roanoke, Va.

Your support in all of these ways enables our youth to connect to God, to St. Peter’s, to their leaders, and to each other. For most of our teens, this church and the youth group provide an oasis in a too-busy, overwhelming, overstressed world, from which it is hard to escape. By providing the respite and joy they encounter at St. Peter’s, you are their village, and we are all very grateful.

–Lyn Holt, Director of Youth Formation