Hula Hoop Youth Group

We are ready to get youth group going!

The name of the group, for now, is Hula Hoop Youth Group (HHYG), referring to the idea that we will be meeting outside and to maintain social distancing, each youth will be seated in a pre-placed hula hoop. Right now, youth group will focus on forming community and identifying what we want youth group to look like. Like everything, HHYG is an experiment that will change as needed based on weather, health & safety, and the needs of the participants. 

When?    The first meeting will be on Sunday, October 4th from 3:00-4:30
Where?   White Park, meet by the parking lot on White Street
Who?       6-12th grade students
The first meeting will be all grades together, with the intention of having two sub-groups in the future

What about parents/guardians?
Parents/guardians are invited to the first 20 minutes of the meeting. There will be a registration form to fill out and initial conversation to join in. 

What should I bring?
-Clothes appropriate for the weather
-A blanket to sit on and/or wrap up in when the temperature goes down
-A mask
-A snack and drink
-Something to write on and with

Can I bring a friend?
Absolutely! (With permission of the friend’s parent/guardian)

I strive for youth group to be a place where all youth can feel safe to be themselves as they discover who they are in themselves and in the global community. Youth are not required to have any particular church background and are encouraged to develop their beliefs through exploration and curiosity about faith and the world we live in.

If you have a youth who will be attending, or have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out. Since I am working partially remotely, email is the best method to reach me.
I look forward to getting to know you!

Peace,
Peggy +

The Rev. Peggy E. Schnack
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Concord
curate@stpaulsconcord.org  

Also

Beyond Youth Group: Service in the Community and Driveway Conversations

I welcome all youth at HHYG and I also understand that it just doesn’t work for some.

Youth who are not participating in youth group are an important part of the St. Paul’s community, which I don’t think the church in general does enough to recognize and embrace. Adults who don’t do adult formation programs are not considered uninvolved, so why should that be the case for youth?

I love that the youth of St. Paul’s enjoy engaging in the community through serving others and the pre-COVID ways for youth to serve are not possible right now. Everything is different than it was, but it doesn’t mean that our youth can’t continue to serve others; it does mean that we have to think outside of the box and get creative! I’m hoping that we will be able to come up with ways for this positive engagement to still happen, albeit in a very different way.

Something I’d like to try is driveway conversations with individual youth. The way it works is that we schedule a meeting in your driveway/yard/sidewalk and I bring a chair. It’s a no-agenda time of conversation to start building an initial relationship on their terms. When I say no-agenda, I mean it. Beyond introducing myself, the conversation can go where it will. Youth can ask me questions, give me suggestions and ideas; we can talk about the weather, what they like to do, school, their favorite (or least favorite) pizza place, things they think I have to check out since I’m new in town, or whatever else comes up.

I will be reaching out to families to schedule driveway conversations and I also welcome you reaching out! I have a list of a lot of the youth, but I know some are missing and I don’t want to leave anyone out.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out. Since I am working partially remotely, email is the best method to reach me.

I look forward to getting to know you!

Peace,

Peggy +

The Rev. Peggy E. Schnack
Curate, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Concord
curate@stpaulsconcord.org