Posted on in Christian Education Blog by The Rev. David Marshall
Our youth at St. Dunstan’s are involved in a flurry of activity, and this coming weekend it will be even busier. They are participating in the 30 Hour Famine, and this coming Friday they will be hosting other youth at St. Dunstan’s as they all prepare for the weekend.
Friday, our youth will start fasting at noon. They will meet at St. Dunstan’s at 5:00, and then the fun begins. There will be a Songs of Praise sing-a-long led by the youth from Northern Lights International Ministry Church and lots of activities that will make all the young people more aware of the hunger in the world. They will be constructing a house made out of cardboard boxes and spend time in it outside, getting a sense of how it would be to live like that. We will have prayers and sharing of stories, and then spend the night at our church.
Saturday morning our youth from St. Dunstan’s will lead a prayer service. Following that we will leave for our outreach project for the day, which is to help with the Sunset Community Garden. We will be clearing, raking, weeding, hoeing, transplanting, and lots of other activities to help with this community garden. We will also spend time at the Shoreline branch of Hopelink and be treated to an informational tour by Hopelink’s president. It promises to be a busy and fulfilling day for both youth and adults. We’ll return to St. Dunstan’s Saturday afternoon, share our experiences and what we learned, and then break our fast by sharing dinner together.
We thank you for your financial support to the 30 Hour Famine. Our goal as a Youth Group is to raise $2,000, which will be sent to World Vision and used to feed hungry children around the globe. As of last Sunday, we are just past the halfway mark, having raised $1,238! Please consider contributing to this worthy effort if you have not already done so. There is a great deal of hunger in our community and in our world, and I am proud of how hard our own youth have worked so that they can make a difference. If you would like to contribute you can make out your check to St. Dunstan’s and write “30 Hour Famine” on the memo line. You can either mail it to the church or place it in the collection plate this Sunday. We are also happy to receive cash donations. There will be an adult and a youth at the table in the Parish Hall to gratefully accept your donation.
Thank you for your love and support of our young people. They are amazing and their outreach work this past year has been a blessing to many.
Mary E. Pacher