At the same time that we are remembering, sharing, and unpacking the 2019 Youth Pilgrimage in this Sunday’s Forum, we must begin the process of preparing the next class of youth pilgrims for their life-changing journey in 2021. Join us for Shrimp and Suds on Saturday, October 5 at 6:30 p.m. on the St. Peter’s Rooftop Patio.
This Sunday, the nine members of our 2019 Pilgrim Class, their adult leaders and our Priest-in-Charge will receive the “Gifts of Pilgrimage,” outward and visible symbols and tools to enable these pilgrims to grow in grace and in their relationships with God and Jesus. As we walk this Holy Pilgrimage together through London, Canterbury, and Northern France we will concentrate on growing community and being present in each sacred place we visit.
The beauty of attending church and participating in Christian formation is that this is where we all come to give and receive a regular infusion of love, acceptance, peace and knowledge. As this class of seniors take the next steps on their journeys, may they know that they take with them our unceasing prayers and our well-wishes for the coming years.
The Youth Pilgrims embark on their Holy Pilgrimage this summer and invite the parish to join them in celebration at the “St. Pierre’s Spaghetti Dinner” and Silent Auction on Saturday, March 16. All proceeds benefit their journey and experience connecting to God.
Purchase Homemade Chili this Sunday to support the Youth Pilgrimage Fund as they travel to France this summer.
As we prepare for the beginning of a new year in the Church liturgical calendar on December 2, the first Sunday of Advent, I am reminded of the practice of setting new goals for the new spiritual year.
The annual Low Country shrimp boil supporting our youth pilgrimage fund is this weekend.
I believe that our small investment in the spiritual education of our young people will return huge dividends to our congregation, to the Episcopal Church, and to the world. We are all helping to provide our young people with tools to become successful adults who keep God at the center of their lives. The youth will share their observations from this summer’s trips and camps. Please join us next Sunday, September 23, 9:30–10:30 a.m. in the parish hall for our Summer of Mission presentation.
St. Peter’s youth live the Gospel daily, especially during the summer. More than half of our high schoolers signed on for a plunge into the history of racism in a northern city.
After over twenty years of experience and study of youth ministry I am convinced that parents who engage their children in faithful worship attendance, formation classes, and outreach ministry, provide their teens with a strong foundation for navigating the teen years, college, and adult lives.