The Ke Akua Youth Group held their first meeting led by new Youth Minister Cami Pascua on February 11, 2018. During the meeting, the youth were asked to help re-establish the group structure and gave insight on what they wanted out of the Ministry.
“I want to empower the youth by giving them choices. This is their Ministry. My main mission is to help turn their visions into tangible and realistic goals and for them to learn more about themselves intrapersonally along the way,” says Cami.
Through consensual decision-making, the youth reformed the group Council, appointed a Youth Group Vestry Representative, brainstormed service project and outreach ideas, and requested to bring back Bible Study sessions.
To wrap it all up, the youth were led outside to participate in what Cami hopes to be a new tradition for Youth Ministry called “The Labyrinth Walk.”
The object of the game is to break into teams of two. The “Walker” has to complete the labyrinth blindfolded. Their partner is the “Guide” who leads the Walker through the labyrinth without touching them. Two teams start at opposite ends of the labyrinth -- one in the center and the other at the beginning entrance. The first team to reach the opposite side wins the round. Then, the partners switch roles and they walk again. If the Walker steps on a line he needs to take two steps back before walking forward again. The first team to make it back to their start-point wins. Each new member is expected to walk the labyrinth.
“I love the labyrinth that was created last year. Since its arrival at All Saints, parishioners of all ages have used it for personal and quiet reflection of their spiritual journeys and faith in God. I just put a fun twist on it for the kids so it also becomes a tool for team-building,” says Cami.
“I explained to the kids: ‘Sometimes God puts important people (friends and loved ones) in our lives to help us through difficult times. The journey is long and uncertain. And sometimes for every step forward you feel like you are taking two steps back. But eventually, you will make it to the end and reach your goals.”
Details on the origin of the Labyrinth can be found HERE.
In the spirit of the Lenten Season, the @KeAkuaYouth instagram feed has started posting daily devotionals for viewers to follow. Both young and young-at-heart are encouraged to use these posts as a tool for personal reflection.
If you are a Middle or High School student interested in attending the next Youth Group meeting, please join them on March 4, 2018 at 11:00AM. Among the various activities, the group will be practicing for the Youth Led Stations of the Cross service on Good Friday.
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(This article was also published in the All Saints Kauai Epistle on 03/03/18)
The holiday season is probably my favorite time of year. I love Christmas music, Christmas cookies, Christmas lights, Christmas presents, Christmas movies... you get the idea. I am guilty of being the person who says, "It's Christmas!" the moment I'm done eating Thanksgiving dinner.
This year I’m challenging myself to not rush into Christmas. Don’t fret, I’m still listening to Christmas music and will gladly accept any cookies, but this year I want to live into practicing Advent.
Advent, that little season that happens the four Sundays before Christmas, the historically penitential time to prepare our hearts and minds for the birth of Jesus Christ. It’s more than counting down the days to presents and celebrations but it’s a time for reflection, prayer, and stillness.
Most of you know that I do not do still very well. Even when I do manage to be physically still, my mind still races at a million thoughts a second, and the holiday season does not aid in helping me slow down. With everything from schedules and checklists to choir practice and party schedules floating around my head, there isn't much room for serenity.
That’s where my challenge comes into play. This Advent devotional was shared with me just a few days ago. Written by Forma and The Diocese of Virginia, it offers a weekly guide to examining how we prepare for Jesus to come into our worlds. It also mentions the app, Reimagining the Examen as a guide to the ancient daily practice. The Examen is a way to notice and call attention to all the ways God is working in your life and simply pray on it before the close of your day.
So that’s where I’m going to begin. With an app and the longing to slow down a little bit and notice God more. I'm looking forward to DIY-ing my own Advent wreath and reflecting on what the season is truly about. I want to invite you to join me on this journey and see how prayerfully preparing for the coming Christ changes how we see Christmas.
With love always,
P.S. I love coffee and talking about God, so please let me know if you’re interested and we can dig into Advent together over a cup of coffee or peppermint cocoa.
Aloha youth group!
I just got back from my trip to the mainland and I am so grateful to be back and ready to jump into this year! We're kicking it off with a meeting THIS Sunday, September 10 at 11am in the youth room.
Make sure to put these dates on your calendar and get ready to have a great year at All Saints'!
Four of our All Saints’ youth, Mason Tabura, Asia Vito, Eryn Yamashiro, and Grace Yatsko, graduate from Kapa'a High School on Friday, May 19.
Graduates, we are so proud of you not only for your academic accomplishments and reaching this milestone, but for the thoughtful, kind and generous energetic young people you are. You are great examples of poise, service, and grit and already have so much potential to brighten and change the world. We are committed to supporting you and your needs whether it’s a conversation, discernment or just a good meal. As you venture into the next phase of your life please remember that you have a home at All Saints’ and in this 'ohana.
May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you : wherever he may send you;
may he guide you through the wilderness : protect you through the storm;
may he bring you home rejoicing : at the wonders he has shown you;
may he bring you home rejoicing : once again into our doors.
On Friday, April 28 at 6:30pm we will meet in the youth room to plan our youth worship service and talk about EYE. Please RSVP below or with Sierra so we can be sure to have enough pizza (thin crust vs. pan crust debate may happen as well).
I can't wait to see y'all there!
Starting TODAY I will start doing "office hours" at the Starbucks by Safeway every Thursday. Stop by to get a drink (my treat) and work on your homework, ask about a church question, or just talk story. I hope to see y'all around!
Aloha youth group and parents!
It was great to see y’all on Sunday in our own space. I’ll keep everyone posted on how we’re coming along with clearing out the room so we can get the carpets steam cleaned, and then we can do a makeover day, probably on a Saturday morning or Sunday after church.
I will need to know if you want to go to the HIM Youth Conference by Feb. 12, if not earlier! The conference is on Oahu from March 16-18 and it’s a great precursor to EYE.
Moving forward, I would love to use Episcopal Curriculum for Youth during our time together. Check it out and if anyone is super stoked on a particular topic, you can lead it with me!
At our meeting on Sunday we talked about scheduling our time together on a month to month basis.
Mark your calendars, our next gathering is February 12 at 11am in the youth room! You’ll have a chance to ask Fr. Ryan and I any questions you have about church, faith, God, and all that jazz. Please bring at least one question with you to get the dialogue going.
As always, if you have any questions please contact me!
Happy New Year!
I hope you all had fantastic and safe holidays and are getting excited for 2017. The Diocese recently posted the application for EYE 2017 and I wanted to make sure you see it, if you haven’t already. We can talk more about what else we need to do to prepare for the event at our next youth meeting on January 22, but the first step is to apply. Remember, they need to be signed by Fr. Ryan, Uncle David, or myself.
Applications are due JANUARY 13!
Here is the link to the website where you can find the application form.
We can send them for you if you turn it in next Sunday, January 8, or you are responsible for getting it mailed to the diocesan office.
If you have any questions filling it out, you know how to reach me.
Good morning everyone!
Our Annual Holiday Craft Fair is on Saturday. Nearly all of our spaces are full and we’ve raised about $2500 already just from vendors. We are very close to making this a success, and with your help I’m sure it will be a great event. I feel so blessed to know that our church ‘ohana is really coming together - from parking to the food booth to setting up - to help the youth of our church. This is how we live into our mission, vision, and call and I am so grateful to be alongside you in this.
TODAY, Thursday, December 1, we will be setting up the popup tents outside and the tables in the gym. We will start set up at 4:30, please come as many hands make for light work. I have the map for the gym and lawn. We can also talk about more details for Saturday as a group.
ON Saturday, if you are able to help with the food booth or parking, please plan to be at the church by 7am. Vendors will start setting up at 7.
Again, thank you all for helping me catch up to speed with this event. This is my first time organizing an event like this and it’s been really helpful and wonderful to have your knowledge, caring, patience, and assistance. As always, if you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me.
And let’s all pray for sunshine and clear skies on Saturday!