Youth Service Day
On Sunday, August 5th the All Saintsʻ congregation witnessed a tremendous demonstration of dedication and enthusiasm as the eucharist was led by the Ke Akua Youth Group under the guidance of Rev. Ryan and Cami Pascua, our youth leader. The Youth helped plan the services and Daileen, Braden, and Raiden all wrote their own sermons. Due to other commitments that Sunday, Raiden couldnʻt attend but he still made sure Daileen could present his sermon to the congregation. Daileen and Braden were on hand to participate in the service by reading the lessons, delivering the sermons, and administering the eucharist. It was a moving experience for the congregation to have our worship led by such spiritual youth.
All Saintʻs Youth Sunday 2018 “was one of the most enjoyable and rewarding experiences in my 16 years of ordained ministry,” said Rev. Ryan. “The sermon offered by Daileen, Braden, and Raiden was tremendous!!! Personally, it was so powerful to guide the youth as they set the table for Eucharist and to have them serve communion. They worked so hard to plan, prep, and execute a beautiful Sunday of worship for our ‘Ohana.”
Please enjoy a slideshow of the event by clicking on the link below.
Youth Ministry Showcase
On August 5, 2018, the Ke Akua Youth Group also kicked-off the weekly “Ministry Showcase” after the 9:30 a.m. service by presenting, distributing handouts, and answering questions about the ministry. Appropriately, this presentation occurred right after the All Saintsʻ Youth Sunday 2018 youth-led service.
Visitors to the booth were encouraged to take a participation card and have it initialed to get a surprise gift once the card is filled. The card has 9 slots to fill, and 21 ministries will be showcased throughout the coming weeks.
“A congregation member commented he was surprised we have so many ministries,” said Youth Minister Cami. “I was surprised when I first found out too. It’s one of the reasons why our Ministry Council decided to try this out -- to let everyone know we are here, who we are, what we do, and who can join if they’re interested.”
Cami received a lot of encouraging feedback and comments from church members. Many said they hope their kids will join the ministry when their time comes.
“I want to remind everyone that as long as the youth is in Middle School or High School they can join our ministry. They don’t need to be a part of this church or even be Episcopalian. Our youth are always encouraged to bring their friends to any of our events. Some kids just come when we have fun events. Some are curious about the bible or are excited about serving their community. I try to have a different flavor for everyone because they are all unique and at different levels of spiritual awareness," said Cami.
Any adults who may be interested in assisting future youth events are encouraged to join the Youth Support Group email where they’ll receive announcements of upcoming events, youth meeting updates, and volunteer opportunities.
Announcements and a calendar of events are also regularly updated on the Ke Akua Website. Please contact Cami for more information.
On June 17, 2018, the Ke Akua Youth Group distributed handmade clay crosses in celebration and thanks to all the fathers that attended both Sunday services. All together, about 50 fathers were recognized and honored.
Special thanks to Diane Tabura and the Ibanez family for their help.
“Your hands fashioned and made me… Remember that you have made me like clay… You have granted me life and steadfast love, and your care has preserved my spirit.” -- Job 10:8-12