EYC (Episcopal Youth Community)
The EYC, for 6th -12th graders, exists to glorify God by our words and actions, to serve others, to share the good news of Christ, and to strengthen our relationships with one another and with God. The path of discipleship in which we follow Jesus is a life-long journey; EYC is a great way to begin or continue on that journey for the youth of St. Andrews.
EYC generally meets September through May on the 1st & 3rd Sundays of the month. We kicked off the year on September 26 and there is much to look forward to this year. Check out or 2021-22 schedule below!
EYC Service Projects
Above: Cold weather kits for those displaced in our community; Right: Preparing food for Servant Center residents
Confirmation is Coming
The rite of Confirmation is an affirmation of one’s faith and a claiming of baptism. Preparation for youth confirmation allows teens to deepen their discipleship, to ask hard questions, to wrestle with their faith, and to explore their own lives in Christ in a safe space. It offers the church an opportunity to support adolescents in their faith journeys. Young people are traditionally confirmed when they are in the 8th grade or older. If you are interested in confirmation in fall 2021/spring 2022, please email Rev. Ginny Inman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Glory Ridge 2021!
We are on the calendar for Glory Ridge, August 8-13, 2021. If your youth is interested in attending and/or if you would like more information about this mission trip, please reach out to Rachael Revell at 276-224-0118 or email@example.com.
What is Glory Ridge, you ask? Glory Ridge is a multi-denominational Christian camp in Madison County, North Carolina, situated on 26 acres overlooking the French Broad River. Youth, chaperones, and college-age youth advisors participate in community work projects during the day and enjoy dinner, fellowship, and games in the evening. Learn more at https://www.gloryridge.org/ — or ask us!
Talking About Race and Social Justice with Children and Teens
Why should we be talking about race? As Christians we are called to create Beloved Community. Jesus’ command to us was to Love God and to love your neighbor as yourself. In our Baptismal Covenant we commit ourselves to strive for justice and peace among all people and to respect the dignity of every human being. We have far to go, and awareness and understanding are the first steps in change. The resource at the link below provides support to families who want to initiate and deepen conversations about race and social justice.
Our 2020 Local “Glory Ridge” Did a Lot of Good!
The youth did an amazing job in August building a wheelchair ramp and landscaping a backyard for members of our parish family. They worked long hours Saturday and Sunday in the heat and humidity helping others in need, joining together in fellowship and fun. The youth demoed a deck, poured concrete, hammered nails, moved lumber, drilled, mowed and cut down branches, all without a bit of complaining! Of course, in true Glory Ridge fashion, the youth also made time for fun with water balloon-tossing and playing pickle ball.
Many thanks to our youth, the EYC parents who volunteered their time and especially our project leaders, Kelley Root and Scott Durham. We, as a church family, should be so proud of our Episcopal Youth community!