HELLO FRIENDS AND WELCOME TO ALL NEWCOMERS,
We hope you all had a great summer filled with friends, family and memorable adventures. As your advisors, we are excited about the Episcopal Youth Community (EYC) and the year ahead. We will continue to come together through the various gatherings listed below. While in some respects, the year will mirror last year, there are a few new opportunities being offered that we are particularly excited about, because these ideas came from you and your fellow youth.
As many of you may remember, a number of us held our usual meeting this past spring during the parish retreat at Shrine Mont. In that meeting, many great suggestions were made regarding activities and events you wanted to do in the coming year. We have touched on many of these suggestions this fall and we will continue to address them throughout the year. In particular, we will be creating two units of EYC to meet you where you are and with your peers. We have now established a “Jr. High” EYC for those in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade and a “Sr. High” EYC for those in the 9th grade and up. To allow each group the chance to grow together without losing the bigger picture of one EYC, we will be holding one Jr. and one Sr. High Breakfast Club a month, complimented by a joined monthly EYC function for all grades.
This year we will continue to follow one of the many successful designs that the EYC has been using for numerous years all across this nation. We will be using the words on the EYC logo: Sharing, Caring, Praying, Playing, Listening, Loving, Dreaming, and Doing as an umbrella of topics as a guide. Yet, as with other EYC programs, we will focus on one specific theme for each year. Because we will be building a Jr. High and Sr. High EYC we will use Community as our guiding theme for the majority of the year. To do this we will be exploring, together, what a community is and what it means to us and in our daily lives and with God. This will be a fun and interactive discussion that will try to appeal to you at your individual pace. It is our hope that the EYC will eventually become what it is created to be: an open community of youth, run by youth, and for youth in supportive and formative ways for everyone.
In addition to these new opportunities, starting on the first Sunday in October, the EYC Room will become your own space for a “youth only” coffee hour. This means that anytime you are at the church outside of program time the room will be open for you to hang out at your leisure. This also means that because it is a youth-led coffee hour, it is up to you to make it as rewarding as you want. There is a Keurig, board games and plenty of seating for everyone. We will see how things go and if needed we will begin a roster of hosts to take turns bringing snacks, etc.
We are eager to begin these activities and programs with you and we continue to be excited by the endless potential for lifelong friendships and growth that EYC can offer to everyone. As always, anyone between the 6th and 12th grades is welcome, and friends are always invited. We hope to see you all this fall, and if you have not been able to join us before, please don’t let that stop you from joining us now or at any time throughout the year.
Andy, Carrie, Jeannie, Jim, and John
JOIN THE FUN!
(And remember, there are more dates in December to come, plus a winter retreat in January at Shrine Mont -- so stay tuned for more details to follow soon!)
Sunday Evening – 3:45-7:00 – EYC Kick off – Miniature Golf at Burke Lake
Sunday Morning Breakfast Club - Jr High EYC
Eucharist in the Orchard – Leaving Zabriskie Chapel at 9:30 returning after lunch
Sunday Morning Breakfast Club – Sr High EYC
Sunday Evening – 4:00-8:00 – EYC’s 3rd Annual Bonfire and Pumpkin Carving with the other Episcopal Youth in Alexandria
Sr. High PYM
Sunday Morning Breakfast Club – Jr High EYC
the Saturday Service Project AFAC
Sunday Morning Breakfast Club – Sr. High EYC