Let no one despise your youth, but set the believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.... (Timothy 4:12)
The rumors are true...there is a video of the Rector dancing and she dances to PSY's Gangnam Style. On Friday, September 14th, St. Margaret's hosted a Youth Lock-In. The event was about fun, faith and figuring out how to experience more of each. There were a few brave adults who helped me out: Mark Retherford hooked up our audio; Terry Brady, Graham Segroves and Daisy Njoku oversaw pizza making; Teresa Terry led the Anglican Prayer Bead workshop. Graham Segroves also brought in a ton of cookie dough and conducted the late-night decorating of over a hundred cookies for the clients of Charlie's Place. And, on Saturday morning, Emily came in to take "the morning shift."
Words cannot express how grateful I was for these adults: their gifts and presence. I was equally grateful for the youth, who gave up a Friday evening and Saturday's sleeping late to do church work. The youth were active, thoughtful, funny and profoundly interested in what it means to be faithful. They did earnest work on their community covenant (which includes rules like "NO ina-pro-pro language or actions" and "LOVE EACH OTHER"); they helped one another (with a little teasing and pranking around the edges); and they dreamed out-loud about ministry possibilities.
On very little sleep they roused themselves and, while some had to go to fulfill other commitments (like really early soccer games), the others stayed to volunteer at Charlie's Place. They helped set up and serve. They had the pleasure of serving beautifully-decorated, homemade cookies to appreciative recipients. They modeled servant ministry at its best and it was beautiful to see. Later on, Emily said to the Vestry that we should not ever underestimate the gifts of our youth, nor the power of their capacity for ministry. I whole-heartedly agree. My goal for St. Margaret's Youth Ministry is not that we have a huge 70's era youth group; my goal is that we recognize the fantastic gifts of the youth we have and that we learn from what they know...which may or may not include a new dance. Kym+