Exciting things are happening in the hearts and minds of our youth on campus. Program Director of Religious Life, Carol Younger, shared with us the latest goings-on.
After “Da Spot” (our youth group time) last week, one of our residents told me she was starting to read the whole Bible, beginning with Genesis, and wanted to know when we could have a personal Bible study with her! Our Contextual Education students from Candler have been meeting one on one with our Independent Living Program residents weekly during Lent to talk about how to schedule their days/weeks in ways that will help our residents accomplish some of their long-term goals. The seminary students share how they use their time to get everything done. They’ve also been talking about some ideas from Twyla Tharp’s book The Creative Habit – about how to find inspiration, and good habits to help them find and achieve a good vision for the future.
Tonight at Da Spot, for Holy Week, we are having a sensory worship service. We’ll have a simple meal – hummus, pita bread, grapes, apples, juice, etc. – then gather around electric candles in the gym to sing. We will then move around three stations to hear various parts of the story of this week, as we make spice sacks to help us remember, stones to represent the tomb, and prayer necklaces. We will end by walking a labyrinth in the gym.
Also, our Agape Meals continue to be a refreshing time for our campus, as volunteer groups bring a meal to share with our residents after our chapel service. Each Sunday night, everyone at the meal has a chance to write down prayer requests for our staff to know how to pray for them. Here are some from this past Sunday if you’d like to join us in praying!
Pray for those struggling to find jobs to feed their families.
Pray for my brother who has less than a month until he’s released from prison.
Pray that I pass my math class.
Pray that my kids enjoy Easter.
Pray for stability in our lives.
Pray that I pass my GED.
Pray for good health.
Pray for one of our residents who has been a little under the weather, that he will have a speedy recovery.
Pray that God will give us wisdom concerning daily choices.
Pray for new residents as they get started in the ILP program.
As always, we appreciate your prayers and support for our children and families more than you know!