It's Time for the 2013 EYC Summer Mission Trip!
A team of 23 participants (6 chaperones, 17 participants) will be spending a week of service in NYC. Departing Baton Rouge on Monday, JUly 22, our trip is through Wonder Voyage, an organization that plans and leads customized mission trips. The focus of this trip is on urban poverty in its many forms. We will be doing a lot of work at Bread of Life (http://www.breadandlife.org/programs.html), an organization in Brooklyn that provides a bevy of services for some of the city’s poorest areas. They provide food through their Mobile Soup Kitchen, but also go beyond physical needs in their access to tax assistance and legal services. It hasn’t been specified as to what exactly we will be doing, but it will likely be assisting in their food pantry or in providing meals. We will also be helping at The Father’s Heart located in the East Village. Similarly to Bread of Life, The Father’s Heart provides a multitude of different services beyond meals, such as anger management and parenting classes (http://www.fathersheartnyc.com/aboutus.php). They also have a program that focuses on gang prevention for the area’s youth. In between times of service and work, the kids will get to experience NYC in all its glory. Visits NYC landmarks, like Coney Island and the Empire State Building, will surely show them the history and beauty unique to that city. Read more about the itinerary here.
Young people are an important part of the life of St. James. A crucial aspect to our youth program is allowing young people the space to explore and question their faith. Mary Claire Ferachi is the St. James Interim Minister for Youth and Young Adults.
EYC: Episcopal Youth Community
Youth from sixth through 12th grade are encouraged to be part of this program. Each week during the school year, we eat dinner together and engage in worship, prayer, service and fun! If you're interested in volunteering for a meal for the youth on a Sunday evening, please contact Mary Claire Ferachi!
Some other activities that St. James EYC does include: Fall Lock-In, attending a New Orleans Hornets Game, Cardboard City in March, and the End-of-the-Year All-Nighter.
Ever wondered what it really means to be confirmed? What's the big deal about church and faith anyway? And what if you're not sure you always believe in God? Bring all your questions, doubts, answers, and thoughts to Confirmation. Youth from eighth grade and older gather weekly to engage in discussions on faith, the Episcopal Church, and other questions. St. James wraps Confirmation class up with a wonderful and unique confirmation liturgy, where you recite and discuss scripture you have memorized. Classes take place every spring, culminating in the iConfirm service in early May. Contact Mary Claire Ferachi for more information.
Each summer we have opportunities to participate in mission and ministry trips to serve others, and learn more about our own faith. Past trips have included traveling to Appalachia and serving families in need through home repair. We have also journeyed to Heifer International’s Ranch in Perryville, AR. The youth are counting down and packing for their summer 2013 trip to New York City for a Wonder Voyage.
Sunday Morning Fellowship
Youth meet in their own space on Sunday mornings for donuts and Sunday School. Stop by and hang out with us any Sunday morning from 10:00-10:45 in the Ministries Center, across Fourth Street from the church, Youth Room (second room on the left going down the hall on the first floor of the Ministries Center).
Please contact Mary Claire Ferachi for more information.