Happy Eastertide! The Alleluias have returned, we are in the Great Fifty Days of Easter. Welcome Happy Morning, indeed. After a holy Lent I hope you are now enjoying a joyful Easter season. Over the last few months, I have been providing updates concerning our youth programs, and I would like to continue to do so.
Now is a great time to start thinking about the summer and the opportunities for our children and youth. From June 7 through June 9, we will have our annual Vacation Bible School (VBS), led by Alison Mitchell. Our program this year is Egypt: Joseph's Journey from Prison to Palace. It should be a fun time for our younger parishioners. We would love for folks to come and get involved. We will need Tribe Leaders, Shop Keepers, Drama Members, Outdoor Play Persons, Kitchen Helpers, and Pre-event Shoppers. Donations are always welcome. Look for our wishing well to make another appearance in the Chapter House before VBS. I encourage our youth to come and help put on VBS. This is a great way to minister to others, have some fun, and get service hours.
Parents and grandparents, it is never too early to start thinking about the summer ministry that happens at Camp Beckwith. Children and youth, I know you love Beckwith! Perhaps you would like to attend a session or be considered for an assistant counselor position? I would like to encourage everyone to check their website (http://www.beckwithal.com/summer-camp/) for more information. Last summer, I enjoyed going to Beckwith to serve as a chaplain for the final session of the summer, the family session. It was a joy to go to "God's front yard" (as Bishop Kendrick calls it) and have some fun.
Concerning our own youth, this month on April 17, we will have lunch here at the Cathedral and then head over to Port City Mini Golf for some miniature golf and some good times. In May, our youth will enjoy a study break event at IHOP (May 1) and then our second annual "Blow Out on Dog River" at Ken and Erica McElhaney's house (May 15). I am very grateful for their generosity to have our youth once more at their Dog River house. Details will be forthcoming.
I am very thankful to all of you in our Cathedral family who have supported our youth this program year. People have cooked for us, donated food, donated money, and given their time. Parishioners have commended our youth events to their children and grandchildren. Thank you for your support and prayers! We have been blessed to have a great lock-in overnight here at the Cathedral and last month's progressive fast/dinner was a success. The youth learned about hunger challenges for both children and adults here in Mobile. They also learned about spiritual hunger. The youth, themselves, then came up with several suggestions as to how they (and the Cathedral family) could help here in Mobile. It is my goal to take their thoughts and turn them into opportunities for service-so stay tuned.
Later this month, Sarah Bolt and I will be attending the Adults Who Work with Young People Conference, a diocesan training event. It is a great opportunity for us to learn from other youth leaders, share what we have learned over the last year, and then hear from Jamie Martin Currie, Missioner for Christian Formation (Diocese of Texas) who will give the keynote.
Thank you again for your support and prayers. Should you have questions about our youth programs or if you would like to help, please do not hesitate to call or email me.
Have a great April and a joyful Eastertide everyone, and I hope to see you at church!