2017 begins!

Wow! It is already March, and St. Peter’s youth have been up to A LOT in January and February! So much, in fact, that we didn’t have time to post about it! Here is a belated update of all the wonderful things the youth have been doing in the last couple of months, from outreach, to fellowship, to pancakes.

In mid-January, the Confirmation class took its annual trip to the St. Louis Art Museum to tour religious art exhibits. This year, we looked at Christian, Muslim, and Egyptian art! Thanks to parishioner Ann Burroughs for making this experience meaningful year after year!

At January’s end, we had our third annual Youth and Family Night at the St. John’s Peace Meal! As always, this event was a huge success. We had returning families, as well as some new faces serving down in Tower Grove! It was a fun night–we made breakfast for dinner!

As February came our way, the St. Peter’s Youth Council hosted its second lock-in! Middle and high school youth gathered for a night of fun, games, food, prayer, and Star Wars! It was hard to capture pictures since everyone was running around!

Throughout all of January and early February, the St. Peter’s Youth Council also hosted a winter clothing drive for Kingdom House, a settlement house just south of downtown that provides a wide array of community services. Thanks to the generosity of St. Peter’s parishioners, SPYC was able to deliver lots of warm clothes to Kingdom House last week. They coordinated the drive in its entirety, from deciding on dates and the organization to deciding on drivers and delivery! What a group of young leaders we have in our church.

Finally, last night we had a HUGELY successful Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper! Many youth from the Confirmation class, along with other youth volunteers, served well over 100 people in a bustling Undercroft. We raised $572 for outreach!

We’ll be taking a little break in March for Spring Break, but be on the lookout for amazing youth events to come in April and May!

Peace,
Jillian

 

The End of 2016!

Hello, everyone! I cannot believe it is almost Christmas already! If you’re looking for some awesome updates about an awesome group of youth, then you have come to the right place.

In recent years, a group of youth has volunteered to help sell concessions at the Woman’s Guild Estate Sale in November. The proceeds from the sale go to our four outreach partners, so this a great way for our youth to team up with another group from the church AND to give back! Check out the pictures below! Our youth helped sell donuts, make to-go lunches, and a lot more!

Our St. Peter’s Youth Council, a leadership committee of youth in grades 6-12, has also been hard at work this fall! They’ve been meeting every few months to plan service and fellowship events for their fellow youth! Here’s a sneak peek at one of our meetings after church one Sunday.

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Finally, last Sunday we had our THIRD annual ECM Card Making Party! Episcopal City Mission provides chaplaincy to incarcerated children, and our youth made Christmas cards to remind them that they are loved this season and always!

 

This Saturday we have the Christmas Pageant rehearsal, where our older youth will help guide the younger children in their pageant roles and costumes!

There are a lot of exciting events to come in 2017, so be on the lookout at the beginning of the year! Merry Christmas and happy New Year to all of you!

Peace,
Jillian

 

 

 

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!

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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.┬áThis 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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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