Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. — 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
What a year and a half this has been for our youth. This pandemic has been hard for almost everyone and much harder for many. This year has challenged us in ways we are not used to being challenged. I’ve been praying about all of this as we’ve all lived through these pandemic times.
I have also been intentionally praying ceaselessly for our twenty-six teens; they’ve missed so much. They’ve had to adapt to learning via Zoom classes, then transition to “hybrid” education, only to be sent home again and then brought back for the end of the school year. They’ve had to maintain 6-foot distances from friends, sports were put on hold or canceled, and there were no performance opportunities for those who do theater, band, chorus, or choir. None of this seems like a big deal when you count the cost of the pandemic to the world, but for teenagers, these rites of passage and seminal events are how they learn how to fit into society. They will not get these things back, and many have suffered from situational depression through this, and some have suffered in other ways.
But, there is good news. St. Peter’s youth are resilient. In dealing with this crazy year, they have made sure they care for their spiritual selves and their religious education. They have signed into our Zoom classes each week for the past 15 months with surprising regularity. They’ve shown a passion for connecting and for learning from their Journey 2 Adulthood lessons. Their adult leaders have been impressed by their attendance and participation. It’s not easy to sit through Zoom classes at school and Zoom classes on Sunday mornings, too. We have made it through, and we’re all ready for a change! I speak for the youth and adult leaders when I say that we are looking forward to in-person classes in our youth rooms next year and returning to our everyday activities, trips, and events!
And now, as this school year ends, we celebrate our graduating seniors, Gloria Boykin, Robert Burlington, and Rebecca Minter. I want to ask for your prayers for them – for their well-being and smooth transition to this next part of their journey to adulthood. Indeed, please keep all of our young people in your prayers throughout this summer, and I invite you to help me welcome them back to Christian Formation in the Fall.
Lyn Holt, Director of Youth Formation