Our Morning Prayer service on February 12 was made ever more special by the participation of a wide range of our youth classes. The 8th grade read the psalm. The 6th and 7th grades presented the Old Testament lesson. Najla Deep and Caroline Goode read the Epistle and the Gospel, respectively. The Treble and Chapel Choirs sang a humn. Gavin Brown, Missy Williams, Katharine Thompson and Bobby Aveson gave the sermon and a quartet of Meriwether Roberts, Kelsey Mathern, Kelly Scott and Beth Stephens sang during the offertory. It was a magnificent and joyful celebration of our young people and all the good things they do at and for St. Mary’s.
The Youth Group gathered in the church kitchen on Sunday, February 5, to make lunches for our Caritas guests and to join them in watching the Super Bowl. Caritas is a group of Richmond area congregations that provides shelter, food and transportation to people down on their luck and who might otherwise be on the street. St. Mary’s is a proud supporter of Caritas, and we are especially proud of the contribution our youth made on a night they might otherwise have been looking out for themselves. To read more about Caritas, visit http://www.caritasshelter.org.
20 8th graders gathered on a cold, damp Sunday evening for a bonfire at the Harris family home. The fire kept us warm, the pizza was delicious, and the fellowship was the best. We enjoyed a short worship service by the fire. Thank you to the Harris Family for allowing us to gather at their home.
St. Mary’s youth who are participating in our mission trip to Tri Cities Workcamp sold concessions at the St. Mary’s Acts of Faith production of “To Whom It May Concern” and raised over $350 towards their goal of $1500. Thank you to all the Workcampers and their parents who participated. In particular, a big thanks to our parents Kelli Reed, Kelley Mathern, Valerie Haskins, and Meg Zehmer for all their help.