22 June 2023

The Katharine Konnection

Summer Youth Ministry

Hello SKD family

I often get asked if I have any big summer plans. The answer is yes! Our youth ministry programs are very active during the summer. Next week we start VBS where many of our youth volunteer to help with the smaller kids. Our middle schoolers get to attend their very own VBS which runs Sunday through Thursday. On July 9th I, along with a volunteer, Kenny Meek, will be taking a small group of teen to West Virginia to help make repairs in a home where the resident might not otherwise have the opportunity to do so. This is a week long project and we will be returning on July 15th. Just two weeks after that we will be going to St Johns downtown for two days along with six other parishes and pastorates from Frederick and Washington County to help around Frederick County to help several non profits around the city of Frederick. In between these major events we will have several youth group gatherings and a couple of training opportunities for teens and adults. We will close out the summer with with a middle school night of fun at Antietam Rec along with several other parishes in the area. If you would like to participate, donte, or volunteer please see below for more information on each activity.

Middle School

VBS: 25-29 June. While the sign up for volunteering in the morning is now closed,  middle school VBS (entering 5th – 9th grade) still has a couple of spots open. This runs only in the afternoon. Please note that signing up for the afternoon VBS does not meant students can be dropped off in the morning. Please contact me if you have a middle schooler who would like to participate in this program. We are still in need of adult volunteers as well

Antietam Rec Night: 26 August. Come make new friends from all over the Central MD area & strengthen friendships from your own Church as we close out the summer and enter into a new school year! Open to all 6-8th grade students (2023-2024). High school students can come as peer ministers. There is SO MUCH to do!! There is ziplining, kayaking, cable boats rides, swimming, slides, dunk tanks & SO MUCH MORE! Bring a friend to come join in the fun!! Friends, fun AND faith too!! When Jesus was preaching in Galilee lots of people were asking “Who dis?” when it came to Jesus. Jesus is asking us the same question -“Who do you think I am?”. Register Here: https://osvhub.com/stannchurchhagerstown/forms/middle-school-night-at-antietam-rec-2023  

If you are a parent who would like to chaperone this event you can register here (must be currently VIRTUS trained and verified or willing to do so by the event day)

Adult Volunteers Register Here: https://osvhub.com/stannchurchhagerstown/forms/middle-school-night-at-antietam-rec-2023-adult  

“Amicitas” Middle School Youth Group: Every 1st and third Wednesday of the month as long as we have at least 3 middle schoolers attending. This is a drop in program but for the summer we are asking people to sign up to ensure we have at least three teens attending. As long as 3 are registered we will have youth group (summer can be tricky as many people get away and numbers tend to get considerably low for these types of events). We mostly play games and just catch up on each others lives. To get updates on this group and other events please fill out this form https://forms.office.com/r/QP2Y8SbF4x , and to sign up to attend, sign up here https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090c45adad29a1fb6-middle1#/ . We serve light snacks at this event and could always used prepackage snack donations for this group (chips, cookies, ect)

High School

VBS: 25-29 June. While the sign up for volunteering in the morning is now closed, I still need peer mentor volunteer. This runs only in the afternoon. Please note that signing up for the afternoon VBS does not meant students can be dropped off in the morning. Please contact me if you have a high schooler who would like to volunteer for this program.

Peer ministry training: 1 July. I am currently looking for confirmed or soon to be confirmed high school teens willing to help our program grow and flourish. To that end, I will be holding a peer ministry training on July 1 from 9-12. Contact me if you would like more details. We could use some food donations for this event as well.

Appalachia Service project: 9 -15 July. St Katharine Drexel Parish will join St Peter’s Parish (Libertytown) on their tradition and travel to Preston County WV. There they will volunteer with their Summer Home Repair Program. A team of teens, young adults, and adult chaperones head to WV to serve families in the Appalachian region by completing home improvement projects. Our Appalachia Mission Trip is mentally, physically, and spiritually challenging, though an extremely rewarding experience for all those who participate. To register go to https://forms.ministryforms.net/viewForm.aspx?formId=b0f0c77d-d6d7-4450-b14e-4a09aa8587ca . We need monetary donations for this program. In addition to the price of attending we need to purchase all material to fix the windows and a few kitchen items in this house. Please contact me if you would like to donate to this program

iServe: 27-28 July: iServe is a two-day service immersion experience for high school teens. Thursday focuses on preparation for service in the context of our Catholic faith. Friday we go out & serve at various service organizations in & around the Frederick area. The two days are full of teaching prayer, games & food. Our goal is to see how Jesus is with us always, even when we think He isn’t there. We are looking for Him in our work, in those we serve & in each one of us. To register go to https://osvhub.com/stannchurchhagerstown/forms/2023-iserve-registration . Adult volunteers who want to help and are Virtus verified OR willing to get Virtus verified by the event date can register here https://osvhub.com/stannchurchhagerstown/forms/iserve-2023-adult-registration-form

Antietam Rec Night: 26 August .High school students can come as peer ministers. To register as a high school peer minister please sign up here https://osvhub.com/stannchurchhagerstown/forms/middle-school-night-at-antietam-rec-2023-hs-peer

“Societas” High School Youth Group: 2 July, 16 July, and 6 August. This is a drop in program please see the picture below for the themes of each night and what to bring each night. We just ask that you fill out the folloing waiver for each teen if you have not done so already for the year (the year runs September- September) https://forms.office.com/r/YJFfrVtkK2

Young Adults

Training to work with youth: 29 July 9AM – 12noon. If you are a young adult, young professional, or young at heart that would like to be more involved in in our youth ministry programs, we will have a morning on training on how to help the next generation get closer to God and the Church. We will go over giving a lesson, running a small group, relational ministry, and a little bit on adolescent psychology. Come and gather with other young adults and see how you can make a difference with the next generation. Contact me to confirm you will be there and for more information

We have a group of young adults who gather in breaks or for informal events. They want to start a bible study and also meet other young adults in the parish. If you want more information please fill out this form https://forms.office.com/r/JUjHsjAiin

As always if you have questions about any of the above programs, please do not hesitate to contact me

God bless

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Ana Maria Alvarado

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