EYC Ski Trip: Beech Mountain and Valle Crucis

Greetings Youth Families,

It’s certainly not cold outside, but it is December and so it’s time to start thinking about the EYC 2013 Ski Trip!  Trip dates: Feb. 8-10.

This year, the Youth Commission would like to resurrect an older model of ski trip: We’ll drive out Friday evening; stay Friday and Saturday at the beautiful Episcopal conference center: Valle Crucis; ski Saturday at Beech Mountain; return Sunday.

Youth Families: consider coming along!  We’ll be caravanning to Valle Crucis, so we’ll need a few parent drivers and chaperons.  There will be beds to sleep on at Valle Crucis.  Skiers and non-skiers are welcomed and needed as chaperons.  Please be in touch if you are interested in coming along: pcizek@chfnc.net.  Thanks.

Information and Permission forms available on the EYC bulletin board.  I will also hang out in the Library this Sunday evening at 7:40, after the EYC Christmas Party, to answer questions parents may have about the weekend.  Don’t hesitate to be in touch with questions: pcizek@chfnc.net.

Full and partial scholarships are available, so please do not let cost inhibit participation.  Just be in touch: pcizek@chfnc.net.

This should be an awesome weekend, so hope many can join us!

Ski Trip 2012

New Summer Retreat for Holy Family Youth

I’m pleased and excited to announce a potential new summer offering for youth at Holy Family: the Appalachia Service Project (ASP).

ASP is a one week summer service retreat for youth 14-18 years old.  We’ll travel to the Appalachian Mountains, meet-up with nearly a hundred other youth, do building project and home repair projects for families who need help (no building experience needed), get to know these families as we work with them on their homes, and live in a nearby school for the week.  It’s active, hands on, relational, and an extremely reasonable cost for a week long program.

What do you think?  Would you like to come along? (We’ll need a few chaperons, too!)

In order to move forward, a few things need to happen.  If you are interested, please plan to attend an information meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 19th, at 7:30 in the Library.  At this meeting, we will go over retreat information, answer questions, and determine which week in June or July will work for our group.  If you cannot attend this meeting but are interested in the retreat, please email me ASAP: pcizek@chfnc.net.

Again, I’m excited about this possibility for our youth and hope you are, too!  I know that some high schools will accepted ASP as fulfillment for school required service hours – if that might persuade those of you on the fence.  Hope to see many families out on Dec. 19th at 7:30!

Bishops Ball 2013:lots of goodness

By Paul Cizek, Youth Minister

This past weekend, 6 youth and myself attended Bishops Ball – the annual December diocesan event for 6th-12th graders.  There were just over two hundred participants for this weekend full of fun, worship, and hands-on outreach work.  And to be honest, it’s hard to pick my favorite moment from a weekend with so much goodness.

Candidate 1: On Saturday evening, youth donned swanky dresses and bowties, sat down for a formal feast, worshipped with a Eucharistic feast, and then spent the rest of the night out on the dance floor – a much anticipated climax to the weekend.  The lights were low, the music bumping, and the floor was crowded.  But as our young Henry observed with all seriousness (and much to my amusement), “It’s not really a dance.  They’re all just jumping around.”  And this was mostly true, until they all did the Macarena.

Candidate 2: On Saturday, we all watched a documentary, Harvest of Dignity, about migrant farmworkers – primarily in North Carolina.  Afterwards, youth had a chance to discuss it and respond.  One youth in the small group I was a part of said, “It’s easy to not think about the conditions these people live in because we don’t see it.  It’s hidden.  But this movie sheds light on it and now it’s hard to ignore.”  There were lots of head-nods in agreement from youth sitting around our circle.  And while watching this documentary didn’t change the world, perhaps it planted a seed that will take root in the lives of one of these youth.  Pray that some of these seeds found fertile soil.

Candidate 3: The Bishops came on Friday night and stayed through Sunday morning, remaining wonderfully accessible to youth throughout.  They spoke when called upon or when they had something to share, but overall they were just there, accessible, and visibly glad to be there.  This is one thing that’s so wonderful and unique about Bishops Ball.  What a gift to have Bishops like this in our diocese!


So overall, Bishops Ball 2013 was awesome.  I encourage you’ll to come out next year if you missed it!

Sr. EYC Beach Trip

By Paul Cizek, Youth Minister

Every Fall a group from Sr. EYC travels down to Pawley’s Island, SC for our annual beach trip.

The car ride down, our dinner stop at Cook Out for Friday’s dinner, long walks on the beach at sunset – or really anytime, cooking food and cleaning-up together, and just hanging out at the house all give us time to enjoy our friendships, build new friendships, or discover something new about one another – especially those brave youth who came out for the first time!  Punctuating our day at morning, noon, evening, and before bed are worship and devotions that remind us that this is about more than just warm feelings for one another, but about learning to live a common life together as the body of Christ.  It’s these little ways – a walk, a talk, a meal, cleaning up, a song, a psalm – through which God seems to show up and knit us together as Christ’s body.