Youth News – July 2021
Lisa Ortiz, Youth Director
Welcome to the July 2021 edition of the SBCSL Newsletter
This month we are grateful for all the we’ve learned and the connections we’ve maintained throughout the pandemic. We’re also looking forward to opening the Youth Room doors to those who feel comfortable meeting in person once again!
The Youth Room is all spruced up (check out those new floors) and ready to welcome you back!
Doors open on Sunday, July 4th, 2021, @ 10:00am for ALL grades
We recognize that some families are not yet ready to return in-person – we will be maintaining our current ZOOM schedule for now:
- Littles (3 – 8): 10:15 – 11:00am
- Middles (9 – 12): 11:00am – 12:00pm
- Teens: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Feel free to contact Miss Lisa with any questions.
Another addition to the Youth Room is this beautiful bulletin board…
We Zoomed – and We Bloomed
It will be there to remind us of how, although it was hard and strange and different, we learned and adapted and stayed connected; and grew in ways we didn’t expect – all while meeting virtually.
Thank you to Miss Lisa for showing up every week and finding new and creative ways to keep our SBCSL youth engaged! From delivering craft kits for the littles to facilitating crucial conversations with the teens and
everything in between, you show our children so much love and are the heart and soul of this program.
Also a big, heartfelt thank you to the volunteers who support our teen group:
- Wenda Arcala
- Ian Overholt
- Rachel Cousineau
Zoom Youth Church: Pre-K – 3rd 10:30 – 11:00 * 4th – 6th 11:00 – 12:00 * Jr High and High School 12:00 – 1:00
Please contact Lisa or any of the Youth Program volunteers for Zoom details.
Lisa Ortiz has served with the SBCSL youth since 2014. She became Youth Director in 2017 and is loved by the entire Youth program. “Young people require authenticity,” she says, and this is my “passion in working with the youth”. She continues, “I am committed to youth church because without young people there is no church. A great teacher himself, Thich Nhat Han says “children are the flowers in the garden of humanity.” I delight in spending time with kids and I like who I am when I am in my role as director. I am showing a whole new generation how they might use our principles to navigate and create their own world. That is a very rewarding experience and one that every parishioner should be engaged in one way or another. Because without those flowers, our garden simply will not grow”. Lisa welcomes questions and communication with any and all parents. She has also established a required training program for all youth leader volunteers. If you are a parent, or desire to volunteer, and have questions, please feel free to send her a message.