The youth have been having lots of great events, in addition to the normal Sunday School classes and serving during worship as acolytes, crucifers, lectors, prayers assistants, communion assistants, ushers, and sound operators.  Here are just a few of the highlights from this semester so far!

On January 3, youth and parents gathered to watch a movie and have a discussion about it.  We watched the documentary God is the Bigger Elvis, which was a great documentary about a Hollywood actresIMG_2367s who gave up her career after heeding the call to be a nun.  We discussed issues of vocation and listening to God.

The youth held a lock-in on January 29.  We played games, heard about the Kairos prison ministry from Jay Jacob, we made placemats for the next Kairos trip, we played a few rounds of Secret Service (a youth favorite!), and we watched a movie.  Lock-ins are always a lot of fun for our youth!

On February 7, the youth spo   nsored the Souper Bowl of Caring.  Congregation members donated soups to share, and we took up an offering of $460 to donate to the Urban Ministry Center.

We attended the LYO (Lutheran Youth Organization) Assembly on February 26-28 in Greensboro.  We joined with hundreds of other youth from our synod for a youth-led weekend of worship, learning, and funIMG_2486 at the Greensboro Embassy Suites!  The theme this year was “Amazing Grace,” and we learned more about God’s grace for the world.

The youth held a “Talent & Tacos” Fundraiser on March 6.  Lots of congregation members signed up for a variety of talent show acts, and we had a blast listening and seeing talent from all ages in our congregation!  We raised over $1,000 to be split between the 2017 youth mission trip and August 3’s Stop Hunger Now Event.

On March 15, youth led the preparations for Room in the Inn.  We hosted twelve homeless neighbors for a night, preparing dinner, setting up their beds, and interacting with them.  Our youth love serving others!

On Easter Sunday, our youth did a fantastic job leading our special Easter tradition, The Dressing of the Altar.  If you’ve never been to St. Mark’s on Easter, this is a wonderful tradition of re-decorating theIMG_2617 church after it was stripped of its glory on Maundy Thursday.  This helps us remember and celebrate the resurrection Jesus, and how he brings life into the world.

In April we have been preparing for Youth Sunday, which will be a youth-led worship service at St. Mark’s on May 1.

These were just a few highlights from this semester.  Check back in a few months to read about more great youth activities!