Divine Lord, continue to transform us into your love and grace as we offer ourselves to others. May our hands your hands. May our tongue be your tongue. Grant that our bodies may serve to you. Transform our hearts and souls so that our memories, our wills, and our affections may reflect your desire for us and those we serve. We ask that we may live in you, and by you, and for you, for the sake of all those you love. Amen.
Ten ways to pray for our youth and leaders as they go….
These ideas capture some of the challenges of youth mission work, and can help focus our prayers for them and the communities they will serve. Consider using this as a daily prayer guide, praying for a different aspect of the mission, the journey and ministry each day while they are in Houston.
And if you are so compelled we need prayer partners! Please call or email: Alison or Susie if you feel God calling you to pray with us!
- Guiding and loving God, empower these people to be your hands and feet. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided to you (Matthew 6:33).
- By their actions and words, make them witnesses of your great love and your passion.
Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously and without criticizing, and it will be given to him (James 1:5).
3. Protect them, teach them, and support them as they take this next step in their own journey to becoming the people you want them to be.
Make my steps steady through Your promise; don’t let sin dominate me (Psalm 119:133)
- Send them into the world to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, and warm those who are cold.
Pray also for me, that the message may be given to me when I open my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel (Ephesians 6:19).
- Fill them with the Holy Spirit and enable them to do their tasks faithfully and joyfully. Hold on to the pattern of sound teaching that you have heard from me in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. Guard, through the Holy Spirit who lives in us, that good thing entrusted to you (2 Timothy 1:13-14).
6. Give them the grace to know how to respond to each person they meet.
Your speech should always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you should answer each person (Colossians 4:6).
- Provide for a spirit of unity as they work together and with others in mission work. Now may the God of endurance and encouragement grant you agreement with one another according to Christ Jesus (Romans 15:5).
- Bring them safely home and then let their experience further enrich us. Don’t worry about anything, but, in everything through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7).
9. Make them risk takers in the name of the Jesus Christ. Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.’ (Matthew 19.14)
- Pray for those to whom they go that they may know God’s comfort and peace through our youth. Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing. (1 Thessalonians 5.11)
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Creating a place where youth can learn, grow, and discover what it means to have a relationship with God is so valuable and integral in a young person’s faith life and formation. The Well is our youth night where we offer just that!
The Well is for middle school and high school students and we meet from 6:30-8:15 PM on Monday evenings. We begin with dinner (often provided by one of the youth’s family), and then spend time in a lesson, prayers, and a group game. Our lessons range from Bible stories, current events, and relevant topics that pre-teens and teens are exposed to on a daily basis, such as bullying, social media, judgment, and peer pressure.
We have several adult leaders who help facilitate the evening, and we are very blessed to have them onboard. We welcome friends and visitors anytime, and we look forward to meeting you!
30 Good Minutes
This is for all middle school and high school youth, and we meet after the 10:00 service on Sunday mornings. We gather down in the Youth Room (located off of the Undercroft), and we discuss the Gospel reading from that morning—What does the reading mean to you? What questions do you have about the reading? What does it have to do with us today?
This is a very relaxed, informal atmosphere and sometimes we just sit back and get to know each other better! This program runs at the same time as the adult 30 Good Minutes, which meets in Cummins Hall.
Confirm Not Conform
This is our Confirmation program for middle school and high school students. In the past, it has been offered as a joint effort with other Episcopal parishes in the Diocese. We meet twice a month, once at our own parish and the other night at one of the participating parishes with all the youth who are in the program. Unfortunately, there was not enough interest from the youth in our Diocese so we do not have a regional program for this school year, 2017-2018. However, if you have a child who would like to go through this program, we are glad to offer an in-house class at our parish.
Once a month, throughout the school year, we try to offer a fun activity or event for our youth. It can be anything from going to the Pumpkin Patch, having sleepovers at church, roller skating, lunch at the Lake Oswego Creamery, or just watching a movie and eating popcorn together! There may be a small admission cost to attend, but we often use program funds to cover part of the expenses. *Scholarships are available too.
High School Mission Trip
During the summer, we invite high school students to participate in a mission trip. What is a mission trip? It is a week-long (sometimes longer) trip to a community or neighborhood where we partner up with the residents to do God’s work. This may include: building homes, leading summer camps for children, working in a homeless shelter or orphanage, visiting nursing homes, or helping with the aftermath of natural disasters.
These trips can be near or far, even out of the country! This past summer (2017), we went to Idaho and participated in a camp called Idaho Servant Adventures. We met youth groups from all over the country and served residents in the nearby area. We painted, weeded, mowed lawns, painted the high school bleachers, visited with nursing home residents, and more.
As part of the mission trip experience, we ask participating youth to help with three fundraisers prior to the trip. We find that the youth get so much more out of these trips when they had to raise the funds to attend. So, we try our best to raise a majority of the funds to cover the cost and expenses of the trip.