Saturday, August 13, 2011
Rendez-Vous with Faith
Our child and youth worker, Laura, and three of our teens, Tim, Christopher and Jonathan, are in Toronto this weekend for a national youth event sponsored by the United Church called Rendez-vous. The event has drawn 500 participants from across the country, including one strange refugee from Saskatchewan. Jeff worked with our Sunday School and youth as a volunteer until he and his family moved west at the time of wife Deb's settlement as a United Church minister. Jeff visited family in Oshawa and serendipitously or providentially rendezvoused with our gang at the GO station. Apparently he had only a vague notion of where he was going!
I am encouraged that this event is happening and so many will be attending. Youth ministry has declined dramatically in United Churches in recent years. At St. Paul's we are doing our best to maintain our commitment in a time when work with children and youth has all but evaporated in many congregations. Our young people need events such as this one, as well as at the conference and presbytery level as encouragement that there are other Christians their age. When they come together they have a lot of fun, but they also address deep issues of faith.
We'll pray that good things emerge from this event, and that the leaders get some sleep!
Comments? I hope that our participants will let us know how it unfolded.