In late January, our intrepid youth, and a few “older kids” had a blast playing paintball. I can assure you that everyone involved had plenty of fun. In early February, our youth gathered with youth from St. Paul’s, Daphne and St. Luke’s, Mobile for the Neptune’s Daughters Mardi Gras Parade. The event was a lot of fun. We had approximately 25 youth from the other churches and it was a great opportunity for our youth to forge new friendships and have some fun. The youth played “Ninja” in the Chapter House, enjoyed some Al Chow-cooked hamburgers and hot dogs, had a front row spot to watch the parade, and finished the evening in the chapel with Compline. I would like to thank the Chows, the Hoppers, the Jeffers, and Sarah Bolt for making the event go so well! It is my hope that we will continue to partner with area youth groups in the future.
With the addition of Sarah Bolt to assist with our youth, we are working to have events twice a month. We are blessed by Sarah’s interest and commitment to youth ministry and her rapport with our youth. Upcoming events include a game night, an instructed Eucharist, a “study break” dinner, and a few other surprises. For more information about upcoming events, see page 16.
The Confirmation class continues to meet under the direction of Carolyn Jeffers. I am thankful for her ministry and that of our mentors. They are spending time getting to know the confirmands and helping them in their spiritual maturation. This month, the kids will learn about service to others, including participating in a foot washing service, and evangelism. Additionally, the confirmands have been challenged to undertake an outreach project. With the help of the other Sunday School classes (FUN Club, Junior High, and Senior High), the confirmands will have a pancake breakfast on March 22, after the church service. The cost is $8 per person. The goal is to raise $800 to donate to the Fuse Project. The Fuse Project is a non-profit that is “dedicated to providing the spark for innovation, funding and implementation of projects benefiting children along Alabama’s Gulf Coast. [It] invests in initiatives promoting the health, fitness, education and social responsibility of our children.” (www.fuseproject.org) The Cathedral’s own Grant and Brie Zarzour have helped found this organization. The youth are excited to assist Fuse and they need your help! Please look for more information about the pancake breakfast on page 14 of the March 2015 issue of The Messenger.
We are blessed to have plenty going on with our youth. We are very much in need of your help with this ministry. From the new EYC room to the pancake breakfast to chaperoning, there are plenty of ways that you can help our youth help this community of faith and our community. Please consider how you can help and feel free to contact me.
Have a great month and I’ll see you at church!