Spring 2021 was a fruitful time for the St. Mark’s Youth & Family Ministry, even while we continued to follow State and Synod guidelines to keep participants safe during the ongoing pandemic. Read about our highlights below:
On most Friday afternoons throughout the semester, youth were invited to a Zoom check-in.
On January 3, children met with Pastor Tim and Alex to learn about Epiphany.
Children’s families gathered in February to learn about Lent and to enjoy a pancake dinner together virtually.
On February 27, youth enjoyed a picnic that included a discussion on prayer and several games.
Youth and parents gathered on March 20 for a service morning. We made 175 lunches for the Roof Above remote shelter and also care packages for each of our congregation’s college students
Children gathered on Zoom on March 28 for an Easter program. We progressed from the Triumphal Entry to Maundy Thursday to Good Friday to Easter Sunday. We enjoyed videos, crafts, and prayer.
On April 17, seven St. Mark’s Youth gathered at our building to participate in the Virtual LYO. This event normally takes place in Greensboro, but was moved online due to Covid. We made the best of it, and enjoyed good discussions and great fellowship throughout the day.
On April 25, youth members led the congregation in worship during Youth Sunday. Youth led in liturgy and music, and three high school seniors prepared and delivered thoughtful and authentic homilies. We are grateful that our youth share their gifts with the congregation!
On April 27, children gathered on Zoom for a program entitled “Christ is Alive in Me!” Pastor Tim delivered a children’s sermon about Doubting Thomas and we enjoyed dinner together remotely.
On May 22, families of our confirmands joined at St. Mark’s for dinner and rehearsal of the Confirmation rites.
After a three-year Confirmation process, three young people were confirmed as full members of St. Mark’s on May 23, Pentecost Sunday. We are proud of our young people!
In addition to the activities listed above, youth members also served as lectors, prayer assistants, sound system operators, and video operators. Recently, youth have once again taken on the roles of acolytes and crucifers. At St. Mark’s, we believe that youth and children are not only the future of the church, but that they are important members of the body of Christ today. As we continue to move forward, we will seek to plan worthwhile and safe gatherings for our children and youth!