Welcome to 2020 and the spring part of our Children and Youth programming year!
Here are some highlights for this month!
First, we will return to regular Sunday School on January 5th with our annual Jammie Day.Don’t think you can get your kids up and dressed and out the door on time?Cut out the “get your kids dressed” part and just bring the family in their jammies.
Later that afternoon, the youth will be going to Lumberjaxes of Mt. Lebanon to throw axes.(Yes, it’s safe, I promise.)If your 13-year-old or older is interested in attending, please reach out to Kristen!
January 19th, we will be having an “All Sunday School Outreach Project”, in which we’ll be making breakfast bags that will go to the Severe Weather Emergency Shelter for distribution to their patrons.All Sunday School classes will participate.
This will be followed by a confirmation class lock-in (grades 6th through 8th!), January 19th at 6pm through January 20th at 11am. At 10am, all children and youth of the parish are invited to come in to the parish hall and make more breakfast bags for the emergency shelter (if you enjoyed Sunday morning, or if you didn’t get to participate, join us on Monday morning!)—we’ll also have clips of Martin Luther King Jr’s ministry and highlights from his life playing on the screen in the parish hall, and explore what it looks like to serve others as he did.
Looking farther into February, we have two exciting opportunities coming up.
Mom’s Retreat-- Renew, Refresh: Refill Your Cup on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at St. Paul’s. We will explore things in our lives that create chaos and stress, and we’ll reconnect to ourselves, to each other, and to God. There will be lots of different ways to do this offered—we’re still in the planning phase, so more details are to come! Here’s the link to sign up—you can feel free to send this link to anyone you think would enjoy attending!
Youth Mental Health First Aid training on Saturday, February 22, 2020, from 8am to 5pm. Heather Panzica will be presenting the topic of mental health and mental health first aid for youth. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, and is a Youth Mental Health First Aid Certified Instructor. In this training, which anyone can attend, is for anyone who works with or has any interaction with youth. Participants will learn to recognize common risk factors and warning signs of specific types of illnesses (such as anxiety, depression, substance use, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, etc.) and then figure out “What do I do?” and “Where can someone find help?” It’s important to note, this training does not make First Aiders able to take on the responsibilities of professionals—it helps take the hesitation out of starting conversations about mental health by improving understanding and providing an action plan to safely and responsibly address a potential mental health issue.
Here is the link to sign up! More details coming as the time gets closer!
Here’s the calendar for the month of January—Blessings on everybody in the new year!
Kristen Morgan, Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministry
412-531-5173 (ext. 20)
Sunday, January 5th Two Worship Services