Celebrating our Youth on Sunday

Celebrating Our Youth

As we end a full program year of in-person classes in youth formation, it’s been a year of working through many things: masks or no masks, waiting for vaccines, being in our classrooms again (at school and at church) and figuring out how to manage extracurricular and social activities, church, formation and, of course, studying. It has been a lot for our youth and their leaders.

As we get ready for the summer, we are thrilled that most of our youth have registered for our summer opportunities for spiritual and missional growth. The Diocese is finally able to conduct HUGS Camp in person and eight of our youth will be camp buddies to forty HUGS campers. 

Additionally, ten of our youth will travel to Costa Rica along with youth from St. Francis, Greensboro, where, with Episcopal youth from the Diocese of Costa Rica, we will serve three churches. We are excited to get to know the Costa Rican youth and hopefully create bonds with youth from our companion diocese, with each other, and with our traveling companions from St. Francis.

Summer trips and events are very important for creating bonds and shared memories among our youth and for forging lifelong ties to the Episcopal Church. The work we do in the classrooms at St. Peter’s is also important, but these are not the primary things that keep them connected. Yes, we teach about God and Jesus, the Bible, and their obligations to society, but the classroom is not necessarily where they experience God in their lives. It most often happens in service to others, in experiencing other places that need their help, and practicing their faith in the world.

We have a wonderful summer planned, but we are also looking forward to this Pentecost Sunday, when our youth will serve in positions of worship leadership usually held by adults. Esther Burlington will preach the homily at the 9:00 and 11:15 a.m. services, and various teens will serve as ushers and readers, as well as filling their usual roles as acolytes. 

Our youth and their Journey to Adulthood leaders want to thank you for your love and support of these young Christians as they navigate the “new normal.”

Lyn Holt, Director of Youth Formation

Sunday

Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 7:45 a.m., Church
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 9:00 a.m., Church
Formation for Children and Youth, 10:00 a.m. 
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 11:15 a.m., Church and Livestream
Choir Brunch and Hymn Sing, 12:15 p.m., Parish Hall (a few spots still available, register at st-peters.org/choir-brunch)

Sign Up Now for the Pentecost Brunch, June 5. The St. Peter’s Choir will host Sunday brunch and a hymn sing on the Day of Pentecost, just after the 11:15 a.m. service. The cost is $40 per person, with a $100 family maximum. Children under 6 may join at no charge. Reserve your space now at st-peters.org/choir-brunch. This event supports the Choir’s 2023 pilgrimage to Ely Cathedral in England.

High School Seniors Honored on Sunday. As part of Sunday’s Youth Sunday, we honor our high school seniors: Millie Holtz, graduating from Charlotte Latin School, and Mia King, graduating from East Mecklenburg High School.

Josiah Daniels to be Ordained June 4. St. Peter’s parishioner, Josiah Daniels, currently studying at Virginia Theological Seminary, has completed his final preparations for ordination. Josiah will be ordained a transitional deacon alongside three others at 11:00 a.m. on June 4 at Phillips Chapel, Canterbury School in Greensboro. St. Peter’s parishioners are invited to attend this joyous occasion.