Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. – Galatians 6:2
St. Peter’s youth live the Gospel daily, especially during the summer. More than half of our high schoolers signed on for a plunge into the history of racism in a northern city, after having begun a racial reconciliation quest in the summer of 2016 in Ferguson, Missouri. For this summer, we chose a large city with a difficult past: Detroit, Michigan.
Our teens, their leaders, and teens from three other area Episcopal churches travelled 650 miles to the Motor City and participated in four very full days of intense and diverse learning, a good deal of fun, a little mission work, great experiences, interesting people, and much worship, including a 7:00 a.m. service of Holy Eucharist in the beautiful Episcopal Cathedral of St. Paul, our home for five nights. We learned much about both the hope and resiliency of Detroiters and the problems that remain to be solved. We came away feeling that Detroit is in a better place than at most times in its history, with many people committed to solving the problems that divide them and make their city less livable. It was an eye-opening, interesting, eclectic, and challenging experience.
We are excited about making a presentation to the parish on September 23, at the adult forum. We will also report on next week’s 30th annual HUGS Camp, a Diocesan offering. St. Peter’s is sending one HUGS camper, ten Helper Campers (high school teens who buddy up with a camper with special needs), four college kids (Counselors), and five adult staff members. It is a remarkable week that we want to share with you. Finally, the youth asked for the opportunity to serve last summer’s hurricane victims. We will spend a week in August in Florida helping with the clean-up. Please keep us in your prayers and come hear all about our summer mission work on September 23.
Thanks so much,
Lyn Holt, Director of Youth Formation