A Complicated Problem

By Bill Andersen, Jr. EYC Mentor

Last evening, Jr. EYC engaged in another one of our  “Things we don’t talk about at church, but probably should” sessions.

The topic was homelessness. And more specifically, the following question:  “How should we – as followers of Christ – interact with the people we see begging for money on 15/501 and near exit ramps?”

Everyone shared an observation.. some were emphatic in their views …. others were more reserved… but all had empathy.. and all realized this was a complicated problem.

Then we tried to “physically categorize” ourselves by moving to one of 4 couches, each signifying a position,  from “never” to “no, but because..” to “yes, but because” to “always” (interact/give money).

Some knew right off where they fell .. many switched as the discussion went on.. some couldn’t bring themselves to align with a single position and so straddled in between couches..

Mentors were careful to avoid injecting their opinions .. but prodded with questions that began with “why..”

We ended with more questions and opinions than we could get to…. but it was clear – our youth are definitely paying attention when we
drive up to those intersections and exit ramps…

[This discussion will continue next week with a stirring documentary about how some Episcopalians in Durham are engaging the homeless… Here’s a short preview. -PMC]

“…singing belongs to one who loves…”

Augustine long ago observed that,

“he that sings praise, not only sings, but also loves him of whom he sings…”

We pray that our children grow to love God more and more.  As we pray for them, we teach them to sing, and we joyfully sing with them.  This week during Sunday School, our children learned two songs to help them grow in love for God.

The first is a simple song with motions by which our 3 & 4 year old class learned part of the SS gospel text (Luke 4:16-21):

“Jesus came…to heal the broken-hearted, to set the captives free, to make the blind see…”

Second was the hymn “I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light,” which you can find in our hymnal (#490).  What truer words can we teach our children?

I’m looking for the coming of Christ.

I want to be with Jesus.

When we have run with patience the race,

we shall know the joy of Jesus…

Each week, we end Sunday School by singing together.  Come join us!  Do you have favorite songs of the Church that you sing at home?  Please share in the comments.

Have You Heard?

By Paul Cizek, Youth Minister

If you haven’t heard yet, I can’t blame you.  In fact, it’s likely my fault the word hasn’t gotten out yet.  But hear now: the Youth Library is now up and running in Holy Family’ Parish House.  And the collection of books, photo albums from past EYC years, and audio/visual stuff is growing!

What’s in the Library?  Fiction and Non-Fiction; living and dead authors; some books you could read in a day; some books that will stretch even the brightest of you.  But it’s all good and it’s all especially select with Holy Family youth in mind!

Love to read?  Stop by and find something to check out.

A few of my favorites:

  • C.S. Lewis, Screwtape Letters
  • Flannery O’Conner, A Good Man is Hard to Find
  • Madeleine L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time
  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together