The youth of our parish are a vital component and we are so pleased to have them participate in all aspects of parish life! On any given Sunday, our youth are attending Christian Education, being cared for in our newly renovated nursery, enjoying our swing set after services, and serving as readers, ushers, acolytes, in praise band and choir, and even serving as LEMs! They are also very active in discernment committees and in attending convention.
We continue to make sure our youth are engaged, not only parish life, but in events available to them throughout our diocesan youth programs and events, as well as community events such as the Amos Herr Community Festival and the Hempfield Area Food Bank project.
If you have any questions regarding diocesan or convocation events listed below, please contact the parish office or speak with the rector.
Our own Lancaster Convocation has many events, throughout the year, to engage our youth and bring opportunities for all youth to get to know each other and be “in community” with one another. Below is a list of events currently on the calendar. Contacting the sponsoring church will be the best way to find out further details if you are interested in having your youth attend.
Lancaster Convocation Youth Events 2019-2020:
Nov. 3: Battle of the Saints Host – St. Thomas
Dec. 7: St Nikolaus Mass Host – St. James
Jan 11: Game night host
April 9: Maundy Thursday Lock in – St John’s Lancaster
Below is a current calendar of upcoming events and you can also click here to download a pdf to place at home to refer to.
CPA Youth Events 2019-2020
October 5, 2019, Youth Leadership Day 10:00 – 2:00
October 11 – 14, 2019, Pilgrimage for Racial Reconciliation (PYE)
October 12, 2019, National Acolyte Festival Washington National Cathedral at 10am. Acolytes and vergers are invited to this time of fellowship and festivities.
October 18 – 19, 2019, Convention in Harrisburg, grades 7 – 12
November 22 – 24 2019, Winter Retreat grades 6-12, Theme: The Warmth of God’s Love
January 18 – 20, 2020, Leadership weekend to prepare for Happening.
February 14-16, 2020, Happening grades 9 – 12 @ CML
Feburary 29, 2019, Absalom Jones Essay contest and reception to follow.
March 27 – 29, 2020, Middle School Retreat grades 6– 8, Theme is Narnia
April 25 – 26, 2020, Youth leaders and Youth EYE retreat for Leadership development.
June 13 – 14, 2020, EYE planning retreat.
July 6 – 10, 2020, EYE Washington DC
August 15 0r 22, 2020, Post EYE Retreat
August 22 0r 29 2020, Day with the Bishop for youth and families
September 2020, Youth Leadership Retreat
October 2020, Convention
November 21 – 23, 2020, Winter Retreat