Every month, we’ll present the “view” from a different Vestry member, giving parishioners a full picture of the ministry work that the Vestry is involved in
Mission Team 2017 made up of nine St. Hilary’s Teens and three chaperones returned from Copper Hill, Tennessee with renewed enthusiasm and belief in the Word and the Work of Christ. We worked hard to repair a dangerous kitchen floor and rebuild a new front porch on a trailer home for a lovely, elderly woman named Cleo. The teens and adults learned building skills and great patience as the week progressed and things did not always go smoothly. Though a lively Chapel each evening led by college age students, YOSH joined 200 mission campers in praising the love, forgiveness and grace of Jesus. We are preparing a slide show for a presentation in the fall but until then feel free to ask the teens about their trip. Give them the opportunity to share not only their physical journey but their spiritual one as well. Every child was impacted in some way, great or small, and brought home lively stories. While we appreciate your monetary donations, which helped send them on this trip, we value even more the potential for intergenerational relationship within St. Hilary’s. If achieved, it is a mighty force which can propel St. Hilary’s forward in a time in which many churches are in decline.
Vacation Bible School Outback Rock had low camper attendance BUT was a success in so many other ways. Our campers were led by the YOSH teens and adults through Bible stories, making items for Salvation Army, Games ending in loud fun on our homemade slip-n-slide. Browning Hall was transformed into the Outback of Australia that taught “God is always with us”. A huge thanks goes to our directors Angeli Chin, Sarah Lenius and Kat Hannemann, our nursery staff.
Through additional parish events like Youth Sunday, Parish Breakfasts, Movie Nights, and invitations to visit and help with Children’s Church, Yosh and Nursery, we have tried to involve the congregation with the children and youth. We are still trying and are hopeful that our message is getting out that the youth of St. Hilary’s ARE St. Hilary’s and need to feel the overwhelming love of their congregation. Loving these young folks means getting to know them and spending time with them.
Our Vision Statement, “WeBelong! A Place to Grow in Christ,” was created three years ago through a Diocesan Workshop to grow and support the ministries to and by the children and youth of St. Hilary’s. The goal was to integrate the young with the people of St. Hilary’s congregation and in return encourage the congregation to consistently and lovingly reach out to our young as Christ did.
We invite you all to join us at our Social Gatherings, Service Opportunities and Christian Formation. A small but committed group of parishioners is carrying a heavy load to keep the Youth & Families Ministry vital
at St. Hilary’s. Valerie Kienzler has graciously volunteered to be the Children’s Church Director. Our Nursery Staff have brought crafts and fun to Nursery. YOSH parents, Children’s Church teachers, and a few others spent a Sunday afternoon cleaning the Ed Wing from top to bottom, in preparation for the upcoming school year. The current 8-10 adult volunteers frankly need renewed commitment from St. Hilary’s to support our youth and families. All adults must take the Safeguarding God’s Children Seminar to volunteer with children or youth but you can visit anytime.
We hope you will reflect on where St. Hilary’s will be in 5, 10, 15 years. Reaching out to, sharing with, and welcoming young families, children and youth is how we can make St. Hilary’s A Place to Grow in Christ.