Confirmation looks different this year! 7th and 8th graders meet for a 4-hour “mini retreat” one Sunday afternoon a month with Pastors Betsy and Peter and Cori our youth director. This more intensive time together includes a variety of activities and learning techniques – storytelling, digging into the Bible, drawing, skits, games, discussion time, highs and lows, quiet reflection, discussion, and sharing a meal together. Students are focusing on the biblical narrative with the goal of being able to “Tell our Story” on a deeper level and understand how faith applies to life.
Summer is quickly coming to a close! As the youth are winding down summer, I look forward to the opportunities to engage with them on a more consistent basis. This fall we will dive right into Wednesday night programming starting September 5th, and Sunday morning programs which really won’t look “normal” until the end of September.
Our new Youth Director Cori Forcey will lead the youth group Sunday mornings, Wed. evenings and other times, beginning the week of Aug. 16th. The Youth Director Interview committee worked closely with the youth group in the selection process.
The youth group told of their trip to the ELCA Youth Gathering during the services Sunday, July 22nd. The group with leader Erika Coe and Pastor Peter gave field reports from the Gathering in Houston, sharing how love, grace and hope change everything!
Erika Coe, who has been serving as our Youth Director here at Prince of Peace will be leaving her position later this summer. We’re so thankful to have had her presence and her leadership. This means we’re also now looking for the next person to lead our youth ministry and we could use your help in finding them.
Parent Erika Wold tells of the importance of Children’s Camp at Camp Wapo, a place to be “Together,” to grow in faith and instill community and friendships that will last a lifetime. At Camp WAPO, the children grow in faith and community with their peers within our own church community and beyond – “TOGETHER “, WAPO’s 2018 summer theme.