Late October Fun!

The last few weeks have been very busy for youth at St. Peter’s! Last weekend we had the annual Confirmation Lock-in and Giving Tree Bake Sale! On Saturday evening, the class helped wrap baked goods for the sale, played hide and seek in the church, and watched a movie! On Sunday morning we had class and raised over $500 for the Giving Tree! Thanks to everyone for their support.

Just a few days ago, we had a work day at The Haven of Grace! We had a lot of people of all ages show up, and it was great to learn about and give back to such a wonderful organization. We raked, weeded, swept, and even threw a little frisbee!

30691893825_bb3e7dea40_o

Finally, on Sunday the 30th, three of our high school youth (and Youth Council members) hosted the Rector’s Forum! They discussed how and why they are involved in their community, including service work through the church, a gender equality and empowerment club, and an Eagle Scout project! These youth really showed that they are living out their faith through their actions!

 

It is great to see our youth being so involved in the community in a variety of ways! They are truly showing Christ’s example in the world!

 

Stay tuned for more as we head towards Advent and Christmas!

Peace,
Jillian

World Food Day and More!

Last Friday evening, 9 folks from St. Peter’s gathered at John Burroughs School from 6-7 pm and helped pack meals for those hungry locally and internationally! In that hour, our group (along with many other groups from around the region), we able to pack 19,000 meals for people who are malnourished!

After, nearly 30 people from area Episcopal churches gathered in the Undercroft for pizza and a discussion about the realities of hunger and poverty! It was a fun and informative evening!

On Sunday, some families from the Confirmation Class helped host breakfast, and we had our first Senior High Discussion Group!

So many great things are happening for youth at St. Peter’s this fall! We’ve got some upcoming service opportunities, so make sure to contact me if you’d like to be a part of them!

God’s Peace,
Jillian

Fall Fun-Raiser!

On Saturday, October 1st, nearly 30 people gathered in the Undercroft to support the youth program at St. Peter’s! A fall-picnic themed event, the day consisted of grilling out, enjoying fellowship, a delicious lunch, and learning about upcoming youth events (including Summer 2017 mission opportunities). We also heard from those who went on the trip to the Navajo Reservation in June. It was a ton of fun, and we raised over $1500 to go towards youth activities!

Thanks to all who came in support, and a special thanks to all those who came early to man the grill, get food ready, and decorate the space! Check out some pictures below!

 

Now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for: WHERE ARE WE GOING IN 2017??????

From June 10-17, 2017, rising 9th graders-graduated seniors are invited to attend our annual Senior High Mission Trip! We will be going to Washington, D.C., to work with those experiencing homelessness and hunger!

From June 20-23, 2017, rising 7th and 8th graders are invited to be a part of our second annual Junior High Mission Stay! We will spend the week giving back to St. Louis and having fun in our city!

Details have been sent out, but contact me if you have any more questions! In the meantime, email me to get a copy of our Fall Youth Calendar to learn about all the great things happening for youth RIGHT NOW!

God’s Peace,
Jillian

 

Back-to-School Lock-in!

This past Saturday and Sunday, we had an awesome back-to-school lock-in, which was planned by our equally awesome youth council! We had twelve youth here to stay overnight! It was a fantastic opportunity for our middle and high school youth to spend some quality time getting to know each other better and having fun at the church!

We were unable to take pictures for a lot of the night because most of the group games were in the dark, but you can see a little of the fun below! We ate pizza, played capture the flag, sardines, infection, and board games, made homemade popcorn, and closed the night with an evening prayer and a viewing of Space Jam!

 

Thanks again to the Youth Council for planning the lock-in. This was a great way to kick-off the year for the youth–stay tuned for some super cool events this fall!

 

Peace,
Jillian

Mission Stay- Day 4!

(From yesterday!)

We dropped off the cookies at Sunshine Ministries and got a tour of the building! Then we went to the Haven of Grace to clean apartments! There was some very random stuff laying around. They also brought us water and doughnuts! (“That was a good doughnut”-Ann Parish)

We went to Crown Candy Kitchen for lunch, but we got it to-go so we didn’t have to wait in the long line outside! It was good and we sat under an awning! We listened to Jamaica Ray play the steel drums, too. Then in the car we listened to Can’t Stop This Feeling a lot.

 

After we went to that nice lady Ginger’s house and played with Nacho the French Bulldog and Minnie the Golden Retriever. And we packed up all our carnival stuff into a yellow wagon and walked over to Grace Episcopal Church for ECM’s fundraiser!

The carnival was great and we gave away most of our big prizes! We even played some other games ourselves. Finally, we closed out the night with a movie back at the Dutton residence. It was a fun week!

The first annual Junior High Mission Stay was a great success. Special thanks to Ann and Ginger for helping all week! We had a lot of fun and learned a lot in the community.

Until next time,
The Whole Crew

Mission Stay- Day 3!

This morning we made cookies for Sunshine Ministries! We put some butter in the parking lot today (to soften). They were chocolate chip with 4th of July sprinkles. We made 150 small cookies and THE cookie–a giant cookie we had for ourselves. The cookies were delicious.

mission-stay-day-3_27251643934_o

After we made our booth for the Episcopal City Mission carnival. It’s a ball toss. It’s got blue and blue and red and white felt. The circles were not that great but we put in a lot of effort and tried our hardest. It was really fun! We also made a sign for the booth.

mission-stay-day-3_27251637344_o

This afternoon we swam at Allie’s house! We swam and we swam and we swam. And Joe convinced Bailey to swim and it was so much fun. We played Oreo and the movie/tv guessing game. Joe won that game. Addie almost made a basket from the diving board. Crocket the dog dove for his torpedo. Ann gave us ice cream and Popsicles!!

Tomorrow we’re helping at the Haven of Grace and eating at Crown Candy. We’ll cap of the day with the ECM carnival and a movie night!

Bye bye, aloha,

Addie, Joe, Katie, Bailey, and Allie

(and Jillian and Ginger and Ann)

Mission Stay- Day 2!

This morning we got to St. Peter’s on the hottest day of the year. We went to Beverly Hills to garden with Beyond Housing! We saw a cabbage butterfly and a dog. And a squirrel. And a bird. Just the one bird.

mission-stay-day-2_27742850272_o

In the garden we hoed the weeds and watered a lot of plants. There was no running water, so used laundry detergent jugs. We also planted sweet potatoes! We also drank some Powerade–thanks Jillian! Bailey does like memes. Everyone learned about weed weasels. We worked super hard, but took lots of water breaks because it was hot. April and her dog sugar were our hosts!

mission-stay-day-2_27768155651_o

We went to Fitz’s for lunch and then kicked butt and bowling. Allie won, but Joe went easy on everyone. After that, we went to Schnuck’s and did not buy refried beans. We got unsalted butter, eggs, sprinkles, and most importantly, chocolate chip cookies supplies! We’re making cookies for Sunshine Ministries in the morning!


Day 2 (6)
Adios amigos! Goodbye my dudes! It is Wednesday!
Allie, Addie, Joe, Bailey, Katie, Ann, and Jillian

 

Mission Stay! Day 1!

Today was the start of our junior high “Mission Stay.” All this week, rising 7th and 8th grade youth are going out into the community and giving back to St. Louis, followed by fun local activities in the afternoon!

DSC_1428

For our first service project, we headed up to north St. Louis near All Saints’ Episcopal Church and picked up trash! Ms. Lewis, a parishioner at All Saints’ and member of the neighborhood, led us all around as we helped beautify the area. It was an awesome morning! And it wasn’t super hot, so that was nice.


Then we headed to Bailey’s Range downtown for some delicious burgers. After that we spent some time at the City Museum and topped of the day with some refreshing Mr. Wizard’s Frozen Custard!

 

More updates to come tomorrow!
Jillian and the Junior High Crew

Day 7-What a Random Day!

This morning started with an extra early wake-up call–4:45 am! (And that was after a late night of stargazing!) We went to the outside of the chapel for a corn pollen blessing by Deacon Paula! It was beautiful and a really great experience. We learned even more about the culture and it was awesome. Some of us were allergic to pollen and could not eat it, but some did anyway.


Then we went back to bed and got another two hours of sleep! Tommy and John woke up the boys at 8:30 with a vacuum cleaner–NICE. Afterwards we made big breakfasts of all our leftovers. We went around the reservation and picked up trash. Mary found a spoon. Nell saw a fluffy dog. We hung out on the playground after we packed up and did some sweet swing tricks.


Gloria and Gordon made us some delicious tacos at the Hummingbird Café! Which we got to via our newly painted bridge. Then we packed up the cars and said our goodbyes to Mother Cynthia and Deacon Paula!


We drove to Albuquerque and jammed and watched vines and some people slept. Our hotel is super awesome. We got here and relaxed and took showers and the water pressure is amazing.

For dinner we went to El Pinto and ate more chips than an average person can consume. There was a cool Jeep that we spent a lot of time on. We also Snap Chatted A LOT.


Now, it is our final night, and we fly home tomorrow. It was a really great trip and everyone wants to come back next year. We’re gonna miss the  reservation and the dogs and cats and the people and the popsicles and the BBQ Lays and the games and the jam sessions. And we’re gonna miss the fam.


Kwaheri, hadi wakati mwingine,
Henry, Nell, Mary, and Jillian

 

Day 6-Corn, Paint, and More!

Hola Padres! Donde está el Shamu?

This morning we woke later than normal because Jillian is super awesome. Thirty minutes can make a difference! Jack did so much work today. We went to Morning Prayer and then we went to work! Some of us went back to the garden and basiled it up and some others watered some blue corn. Planting the basil is very relaxing, except when they’re short. We met Wade and he told us a lot about Navajo culture and racism. The rest of us painted and scraped the Hummingbird Bridge more.





After lunch, Nell fell on cactus. Then we did more inside work. Jack, John, Nell, and Henry squadded-up with packaging blue corn to sell, while the rest of us became cleaning masters. We then finished the Hummingbird Bridge and it looks dope! Some people went to finish painting the inside of a house and painted a quirky and fun table with a lizard. We did some awesome work today!


We spent a lot of time on the playground this afternoon, while Juliana sang in the church! We also had a very controlled argument. Dinner was leftovers because we leave tomorrow! Edd came back and autographed some pictures for us and blessed Chris’s necklace. Then some people from Spain rolled up on their motorbike and John and Rachel were master translators. Tommy asked them about soccer. Tell Andrew H. they like Reál and Barcelona!

 

We just finished up Compline and we will be heading out soon to star gaze! Tomorrow we wake up SUPER EARLY for a corn pollen blessing at sunrise!

 

Adios Amigos! See you in dos days!

Jack, Juliana, Chris, Rachel, and Jillian