Youth Summer Update
Two weeks ago on the eve of Good Shepherd Sunday, Anna Hurdle, our Director of Children and Family Ministry wrote in this column about an exchange our patron saint, Peter, had with Jesus. She wrote that in Mark’s Gospel, Jesus asked Peter if he loved him, and Peter replied “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Tend my sheep.”
Many of our youth are following Jesus’s metaphorical instructions to care for his people this summer. I am writing to you from HUGS Camp, a Diocesan camp for people with varying abilities and high school youth who become friends and helpers to them for a week. Nine of our youth have come to Haw River State Park to do just that—befriend and assist folks who ordinarily would not have an opportunity to enjoy a week at summer camp. This 33-year-old camp experience is a true slice of heaven on earth.
Additionally, eight of our youth will join a friendship- and mission-oriented trip to Limón, Costa Rica, where they will partner with teens from St. Francis, Greensboro, and three Costa Rican churches and youth to paint walls at San Marcos Epicopal School. We will also build, paint, and install bat boxes for three churches on the Caribbean coast to prevent bats from living in and leaving guano in their worship spaces. Harris Holt, one of our youth leaders, has created designs for the boxes and the Right Reverend Orlando Gomez, who is the Bishop of Costa Rica and an accomplished carpenter, will cut the boards that we will install..
It is such a joy to assist these sixteen St. Peter’s youth as they intentionally live out their faith so fully. And we are thrilled to have this summer filled with some of the work our teens have missed these last two-and-a-half years. We hope you will pray for us as we finish up the week at HUGS Camp and as we prepare for the Costa Rica trip. And, we hope to make a presentation to the parish in the Fall about this work we are doing, so please stay tuned for more information.
— Lyn Holt, Director of Youth Ministry