We are looking forward to the long sunny days of summer here at GSL. Below you will find all of our events planned for our youth this summer, including a brief description of our event types and the sign-up links for our upcoming day camps!
Summer EYC: EYC will meet outside the Red Door on Lemaster, at 4 p.m. for MS and 5 p.m. for HS. Please note as we transition to the summer schedule, EYC will not meet weekly, as we are adding some other types of events to our summer routine. A reminder email will be sent a week before each summer EYC with more information on that week’s activity.
Our first summer EYC is Sunday, May 30, and we hope you can come out for volleyball, badminton, and popsicles!
Morning Prayer & Donuts: A new addition to our youth events! On weeks not offering Summer EYC or a Day Camp series, we invite all youth in grade 6th–graduated seniors to Morning Prayer and Donuts, Wednesday mornings from 9-10 a.m. on Anchor Hill. This time is very relaxed, less structured than EYC, and meant to provide our youth community continuous opportunity to stay connected through the summer. Come as you are for the donuts and community!
HS Day Camp: Going Green with GSL: June 7–9
Think summer camp in your backyard, with a green twist! Open to rising 9th–graduated seniors, three days of summer camp style activities, with an emphasis on learning how we can be more sustainable and kinder to our universal playground, the Earth! Some things to look forward to: ice tie dye, Gaga Ball, sustainable water balloon fights, learning about local nonprofits, and gardening! Through all of these activities, we plan to explore conversations of how to live sustainably and ask what duty do we Christians have to the environment around us.
Sign-up link: forms.gle/CVmowvUfzh2zHfNd6
Serving 901 with Calvary and Holy Communion: July 6–8
Join us for some summer service and fun in Memphis! We will spend our days serving ministries partnered with Church of the Holy Communion, Grace St. Luke’s, and Calvary Episcopal Church. Friends are always welcome! Each day will be spent at a different church for games, some community service around the churches, and getting to better know our youth across the diocese.
Sign-up link: forms.gle/TobsAxquuQ9vcLZk9
MS Day Camp: Modern Memphians: July 20–22
Think summer camp in your backyard, with a Memphis twist! During these three day, we plan to explore the history of Memphis. Talking about the food, music, and history that has led us to where we are today! We have plenty of classic summer camp style games planned, as well as relay games, arts and crafts, and many more favorites, such as Gaga Ball. Alongside this good fun, we plan to hear from various leaders of our community on what it means to be a Memphian today. Here we seek to take an honest look at our history as both Memphians and Episcopalians, to learn of our past and shortcomings, and aspire to build a brighter future for the 901! We plan to hear from local nonprofit leaders, explore the rich history of Elmwood Cemetery, Constance Abbey, and much more.
Sign-up link: forms.gle/sFjQfp8Ndmc9LRzW6
Please note that an email containing the payment link will be sent to the email linked to registration.
For more information and to be added to the Youth Formation email list, please contact Director of Youth Formation awilliams [at] gracestlukes [dot] org?subject=Youth%20Formation" target="_blank">Amzie Williams.
Just over a year ago, on January 18, 2020, nearly 40 Grace-St. Luke’s youth filed onto two charter buses and eagerly departed for the yearly St. Columba ski trip. Looking back, it almost makes me cringe to picture that many individuals seated so tightly together with no mask or GermX in sight. This year has changed so many aspects of how we participate in society and forced us to rethink aspects of our lives that were once the ingrained tradition.
In an effort to remain positive, I have attempted to pay special appreciation and gratitude for the “silver linings,” or holy moments amidst a global pandemic. Moments that might have once been mundane or routine. Perhaps one of the best I’ve encountered was the opportunity to gather with our 2020 Confirmation Class safely on the grassy knoll next to Miss Lee’s. Here, thirteen youth met for over two months to examine, share, and expand their roles in the Episcopal Church. Though masked, six feet apart, and at the mercy of the weather, I cannot commend this group enough for their dedication to coming prepared and ready to share about their faith. This group’s insight and compassion for the Memphis community gives me great hope for the future of the 901. Here’s to the GSL Confirmation Class of 2020!
Avery Arkle, Rebecca Burnett, Ron Byrnes, Khaki Callan, Samuel Callan, Grace Ciaramitaro, Henry Duncan, Caroline Holtzclaw, Hays Prather, Charles Rowland, Bronwyn Saatkamp, Jackson Saatkcamp
While the youth were unable to be confirmed during Bishop Phoebe’s annual visit on January 17, they and our adult candidates will be confirmed at some point in Spring 2021.
Director of Youth Formation
901-252-6326 | awilliams [at] gracestlukes [dot] org
We are excited you and your household are interested in participating in Confirmation this fall! The sacrament of Confirmation seeks to reaffirm one's faith through the strengthening and renewal of one's baptismal vows and is open to all youth in grades 9th-12th. Our class will start on October 18, and meet virtually once a week until December 16. We will be using "My Life, My Faith" by Jenifer Gamber as our primary text, but will also examine parts of the BCP, the Bible, poetry, music, and art in our discussions. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Amzie at awilliams [at] gracestlukes [dot] org.
An opportunity for fellowship, relaxing, and fun! EYC offers a more laidback atmosphere for youth to build meaningful and lasting friendships. This time is less focused on structured learning and more devoted to community building, self-expression, impactful service, and seeking to understand the ever-changing and messy world around us. Please note that locations and times may change depending on the nature of our activities, look out for monthly emails from awilliams [at] gracestlukes [dot] org to keep updated on all things EYC. In addition, the what and where of EYC is subject to change concerning conditions of COVID 19, but know we always plan to have something offered at this time for you and your family!