Youth Blog — May 2017

Spring has officially sprung! We were blessed with a beautiful Easter service, perfect weather, and a couple additions to the Church for another memorable Resurrection Day at St. Michael’s. I hope you all enjoyed it with your family and friends. For all newcomers to the Church with middle and high school aged youth in your families, please look out for upcoming Youth events at St. Michael’s. If you’re not already on it, I’d be happy to get you added to our mailing list, and to get to know you all after the service or during the week. My contact information is available below.

Keep an eye out for a movie night on June 4th at 5:30 PM for newcomers, and new middle-schoolers joining the group!

The capstone event that our youth program does is our annual Mission Trip to Blackfoot, Idaho. I wanted to reach out about some important dates for the Mission Trip this summer. Just a reminder, the trip is 7/16 – 7/21, but before that:

  • 4/30 – Noon | Commitment Day: Planning is much easier with a firm headcount. Please let me know if you will be going on the mission by the end of this week (5/2). We will meet after church to go over details of this year’s trip. Link to Liability Waiver and Release (required for all youth and adults going on the mission trip). Chaperones will be finalized this week as well.
  • Week of 5/7 | Chaperone Meeting: We’ll go over meal planning, transportation planning, and general expectations. We can choose a weeknight that works best for everyone.
  • 5/21 – Noon | 1st Planning Meeting: With everyone (kids & parents) we’ll break into teams for leading each day of VBS. We’ll exchange contact information and start getting our groups’ ideas together.
  • 6/11 – Noon | 2nd Planning Meeting: Time to touch base on the ideas for VBS themes. Each team will have 1-2 themes to present to the group with ideas for stories, crafts, and activities to go with their theme.
  • 7/9 – Noon | Final Planning Meeting: Here we will want to have our plans finalized. We should try to get all of our craft supplies into the Bethany house so we can easily load it up the following week when we leave.

This may seem like a lot, but with calendars filling up I wanted to make sure people had ample opportunities to get together to plan out our trip. Let me know if you have any questions or concerns as we get ready to go back to Blackfoot!

—Kin Kang, Youth MissionerEmail ]

In September 2015, St. Michael’s hired Mr. Kin Kang as Youth Missioner. Kin is responsible for planting, growing, and cultivating an active, vibrant, holistic, faith-focused program for youth ages 11 through 18. Contact Kin here.

The centerpiece of the teens’ year is an annual summer mission trip to the Lillian Vallely School in Blackfoot, Idaho, where they offer Vacation Bible School for kids. Between their detailed planning for the program, their careful preparation of crafts and games, and the hugs and laughter exchanged with the children they visit, lifelong memories are made. Each December St. Michael’s teens organize a Christmas Giving Tree for the whole parish. Another favorite service project is organizing a Rake & Run for parishioners who find themselves needing a little extra help with yard work.

Throughout the year the youth serve as lectors and acolytes in worship. Like teens everywhere, they also relish their snow days at Snoqualmie Pass, overnights on Puget Sound, pizza feeds, boating, and barbecues.

For the peace of mind of parents, the backgrounds of all advisors, no matter how loved and trusted they are in the parish, are screened prior to working with our teens.