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As part of our mission to be active in service, St. Columba’s sponsors several annual summer outreach projects for youth in middle or high school. Participants engage in various efforts to help others, and in the process they have the chance to learn about themselves and to deepen their faith. Participants often say that these projects are among the most meaningful of their young adult years and that even years later, their experiences on these service projects continue to help form them as people and as Christians.
During the program year (September through May), we partner with local social service agencies to provide opportunities for youth to reach out and make a difference in our world. Every third Saturday, help prepare and serve a simple, hearty lunch for those in need at St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church. This is a family-friendly activity, and parents are invited and encouraged to join their young person. For details, contact the Rev. Jason Cox.
Serving Our Neighbor (SON) is a week of summer service for middle schoolers who have completed 6th grade. From Martha's Table to the Anacostia Watershed Society to So Others Might Eat (SOME), our middle schoolers spend the mornings doing service work in downtown Washington and lunchtime together discussing their experiences. Using public transportation and serving within their own local community, participants of SON learn how we are called as Christians to serve one another. SON usually takes place during the last week in July and registration is available in October.
Since 1989, St. Columba’s has partnered with Heart and Hand Ministries in Barbour County, West Virginia, to work with families who need help repairing or rebuilding their homes. Every summer, approximately 30 of St. Columba’s young people and adult leaders travel to West Virginia to participate in this week of home repair, camp living and Christian community. The trip includes nightly opportunities for worship and reflection that help youth (and their college helpers and adult leaders) process the meaning and impact of their work. Registration is in October and monthly meetings begin in January.
Contact: The Rev. Jason Cox (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Top Photo: Barbara McGowan SON: Mikey Funston.