Youth group

Grace’s young iconographers

by Elizabeth Wolterink, Youth Group Leader How many of you played Lent Madness?  While we were all playing and learning about our spiritual forbearers, the High School Youth Group has been taking their saintly studies a step further.  During Lent, each student chose a saint and has been learning about them while creating an icon …

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Children and Youth Council established and working on behalf of our young people

by Sue Kelly and Catherine Turnbull Grace has established a new Children and Youth Education Council as recommended by the vestry and rector to oversee the educational programs for children and youth at Grace. The council met for the first time on February 22 and established its simple yet profound mission: Serve God, love kids …

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Grace Pilgrimage – a tradition since 1998

By Donna Olendorf Director of Children & Youth Formation From the earliest days of the Church until today, Christians have made pilgrimage a part of their faith. And, in 1998, having adopted a curriculum that holds pilgrimage as its central feature, Grace youth also embraced this tradition, traveling to distant lands in search of God …

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Episcopal Youth Event draws Grace teens to Oklahoma City

By Brittney Collins Stepping off the plane into Oklahoma City, I wasn’t quite sure how a week of Episcopal Youth Even (EYE17)t would affect me. I definitely expected to have some fun, though I never imagined that there would be times where I couldn’t breathe because I was laughing so hard. I expected to feel …

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Youth Group serves the hungry in Chicago

The Grace Youth Group took the train to Chicago for an Urban Adventure on 5/19/17.  They visited a Jewish synagogue and an Islamic Center, navigated their way to museums, and ended with Sunday mass and an outreach activity at St. James Cathedral, where they served 140 hungry people a hearty good brunch. This gallery is …

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Immigration crackdown: Exchange student denied entry into U.S.

By Cyriaque Gilbert, as told to Donna Olendorf I am a 14-year-old exchange student, visiting the Blondia family from France. There are six children in my family, and it has become a tradition for us to come to Traverse City as teenagers. Two of my brothers have already been here, one in 2012 and one …

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Youth group commits to pilgrimage – one step at a time

By Donna Olendorf Director of Children & Youth Formation I remember the day that Daniel told me he had cancelled the youth group pilgrimage. It cost too much money, he said, and required so much fundraising that the spiritual focus of the group was lost. Furthermore, pilgrimage hadn’t deepened the faith of the participants, but …

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Racial Reconciliation Retreat: Understanding the gap between our vision and our world

By Donna Olendorf Director of Children and Youth Formation I failed the State of Louisiana literacy test. Yes, I flunked a voting test designed to measure whether or not I could read at a fifth grade level. There were 30 questions and I had 10 minutes to complete the test.  More than one wrong answer …

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Youth delegate Maggie Miron exercises “voice, seat, and vote”

By Margaret Miron Diocesan Convention Youth Delegate I am not a stranger to long car rides. Transient stays in hotel rooms are not a new experience, and I’m certainly not unaccustomed to navigating the Church Family. So the first time the magnitude of Diocesan Convention really “hit” me, so to speak, was my first step …

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Where do my children belong?

By Donna Olendorf Director of Children and Youth Formation Finding a good learning fit for our children is one of the most challenging–and rewarding–aspects of being a parent. We want our children to be nurtured in an environment that promotes learning, builds confidence, and encourages relationships. We want them to be comfortable, but not so …

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