Happy New Year!
I hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas and Epiphany. As we begin another calendar year, I would like to provide an update on our EYC, Fun Club, and Christian formation opportunities. If your children and youth have not been able to make it to some of our offerings, I do hope that in this new year, they will.
In December, our youth got together for “Mystery Visits and Mexican.” This year, we visited Mrs. Alice Carwie and Mr. Fairley Morton. The youth were engaging with both of our parishioners as we all learned something new about them both. At the conclusion of the visits, we prayed together and gave thanks for this opportunity. After our second visit, it was off to Los Rancheros where the youth talked about the visits, how they interacted with Mrs. Carwie and Mr. Morton, and then enjoyed the time together. A good time was had by all!
While our youth had a great time with the visits and eating Mexican, our Fun Clubbers attempted to go ice skating at the Cooper Riverfront Park. We had children and chaperones, but there was one problem, the weather! As I’ve been told about the weather here in Mobile, “We have two seasons, summer and February.” Well, our Fun Club will be hoping for cooler temperatures when they try to ice skate once more this month. Next month, our Fun Club will enjoy a Mardi Gras parade party.
We have some very exciting events happening for our youth over the next two months. First, on January 31, the Cathedral will play host for a diocesan-wide youth event. Last year, we hosted youth from St. Paul’s, Daphne and St. Luke’s, Mobile. This year, we will be hosting youth from the diocese for the Neptune’s Daughters Mardi Gras Parade. There will be worship, fun, food, fellowship, and of course a parade! I do hope that our youth will come and have fun and make our guests feel right at home. If any would like to help us with this event, please contact me at your convenience. Second, the Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast is bringing back Happening. Happening is a Christian experience weekend that is staffed by youth with the help of adults and clergy. Happening is a ministry of the Episcopal Church and is active throughout many dioceses. The purpose of Happening is to build Christian community among the participants, deepen the relationship between participants and Jesus Christ, and then strengthen the participants to greater Christian commitment in their daily lives. The weekend is open to 10th through 12th graders and takes place February 26-28 at St. James, Fairhope. I want to encourage our youth to consider attending this event. Please feel free to contact Dean Gibson or myself if you have any questions about Happening.
This month, and through early May, we will continue to offer Christian formation for our children and youth, from kindergarten through high school. I am so thankful for the ministry of our Sunday school teachers. They are dedicated and love working with their students. Parents, I do hope that you will continue to support our formation efforts by having your children and youth participate in our offerings.
Have a great January and Mardi Gras everyone, and I hope to see you at church!
The Reverend Daniel A. Wagner,