Saint James Youth in Community

TheoCon Youth Activities

Upcoming Events for Youth!

Sunday, November 7; 2 – 4 PM

October is Creation Care month. Join us on this fall afternoon when we will learn about the importance of water and our ecosystem. We will take samples from local rivers and learn about the health of our water.

This trek will either take place at Windolph Landing  or Climber’s Run, all located in Pequea. Details and updates will be shared with registrants. Age restriction 10 and up; children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Click here to register and access the waiver forms.

The Kitchen with Jonathan Bancroft Colon

Middle and high school students are welcome to attend The Kitchen experience.

The kitchen is a magical space where
transformation takes place. It is the place where the bounty of the county comes together. With knives, fire and time, we take raw materials and transform them into life-giving sustenance. This sustenance is not only physical but is emotional, spiritual and communal.

In this three-part class, we will build our skills from the ground up. We will learn about the Saint James kitchen, knife skills and how to prepare a dish from scratch.

The Kitchen meets on three Sundays from 11:30 – 12:30 PM in the Parish House kitchen

October 17th ~ November 14thDecember 12

Lunch will be served/created. Please click here to let us know you will be attending.

For more information, click here to email Mother Shayna.

Sunday, October 24; 2 – 4 PM

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October is Creation Care month at Saint James and The Urban Well. From the ground to sky and the universe, we celebrate all of God’s creation. Biodiversity matters as does how we steward the land in order for people to survive and thrive. We call families to journey with us in this endeavor.

Families are invited to join us for a light hike/walk at The Lloyd Clark Trail on Sunday, October 24 from 2 – 4 PM. We will take in the beauty of nature, fall foliage and enjoy a time of fellowship.

Click here to register and access the waiver forms. For more information about the Clark Nature Preserve, parking information and how to access the trail, click here.

2021 World Cow Maze, click to enlarge

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Family & Youth Day at Oregon Dairy

Oregon Dairy Corn Maze

Sunday, October 17, 4 – 7 PM

2900 Oregon Pike, lititz, PA 17543
$15 includes pizza and entrance fee

Enjoy fall with loved ones! There are plenty of activities for everyone from friendly animal, corn hole, yardzee, checkers, tic-tac-toe, Connect 4, Jenga, skee ball, tire playground, straw tunnel, tractor rides, barrel train rides navigating a corn maze, and lots more.

Please RSVP by October 15, to Mary Ellen Kilp or text 717-475-2785 so we can make reservations and get a group discount.

Click here to download the flyer.

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October 3, 12:30 – 2:30 PM

Join TheoCon Odyssey Youth for their Fall Fun Kickoff at Decades bowling and retro arcade! All middle and high schoolers are invited to join in the festivities and food.

Please click here to register for planning purposes. Mother Shayna wants to make sure there is enough food and game tokens for everyone!

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Dance with Mother Shayna

Friday, January 29, 6 – 7 PM via Zoom

The ultimate Zoom party that Talks about Love and Unity There are lessons about love, kindness and sharing in the Trolls World Tour movie. Using some scenes and songs from the movie, we will dance, sing and talk about how we can create a better world together.

TheoCon Odyssey Youth Activities in 2020

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Underground Railroad Walking Tour 
November 7 , 10 – 1 PM

The walking tour for children, youth and families—guided by Mother Shayna and parishioner and historian Randy Harris—takes place in our historic downtown Lancaster. Participants will explore themes of equity, resilience, and how a common cause unifies people. Masks and social distancing are required. The tour will begin and end at Saint James followed by lunch.

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Ugly Christmas Sweater Virtual Shindig

Wednesday, December 9, 7 PM via Zoom

Middle and High School students are invited to join this virtual nonsensical event! Make it, buy it, try it! All Ugly Holiday Sweaters are welcome. Celebrating with Ugly Christmas Sweaters is an ancient tradition[insert sarcasm], that started as early as the 1950’s, then called “Jingle Bell Sweaters.”

Silly prizes for the: 1)Ugliest Sweater, 2) “Who Wears it Worse,” and 3) top prize to rule them all will go to “Sing and Bling” (if it sings and lights up). Bring your cocoa, eggnog, snacks for our end of the year youth gathering. More details and link to come as we approach our day. Stay tuned.

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Depression, Dementors & Chocolate: Lessons from Harry Potter.
October 14, 2020

According to Psychiatric Times and other professional clinical fields, dark chocolate can help reduce the risk of depression. Although only a temporary fix, our Theocon Odyssey Youth initiative will explore how the Harry Potter book and film “The Prisoner of Azkaban” speaks to mental distress, turning fear into power, and other means of coping with fear, depression, and anxiety.

Our middle and high school students, are invited to join us this Wednesday October 14 for “Depression, Dementors, and Chocolate: Lessons from Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban.” Please register or rsvp so that we can order enough food!

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Movie Night at Saint James
Sept. 23, 2020

Under tent in the cloister fountain area

We’ll view Won’t You Be My Neighbor—a surprisingly relevant movie in today’s climate. Then we’ll discuss the movie’s themes: acceptance, belonging, community, kindness, love, equity, purpose and destiny.

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Hello Fellow TheoCon Odyssey Community! Sept. 19, 2020

Peace be with you. We will host an “End of Summer, Back to School Splash” pool party on Saturday September 19, 2020 5 PM-7 PM at the residence of Bob and Linda Groff. This youth-focused event (middle and high school students) will consist of grilled food, swimming and opportunity to fellowship.

As we monitor our COVID climate and are mindful of reduced risk in outdoor activities. Mask wearing and social distancing will be practiced unless swimming or eating. Keeping and eye on the weather, be sure to wear or bring a change of clothes to accommodate your level of comfort.

Food offerings will be directly from the grill to the plate with hand sanitizing and an open restroom for further hygienic and clothes-changing use.

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TheoCon Odyssey Youth Program Fall Kick-off
September 9, 2020

Saint James will host its TheoCon Odyssey Youth Program launch on Wednesday September 9, 2020 6 – 8 PM at Saint James. Middle and High School students are invited to this Food, Fire-pit and Fellowship, to review the weekday youth gatherings for the upcoming year. The brief event will include introductions, some social distance games, sandwiches and wraps individually packaged and catered by Isaac’s, with a wrap-up fire-pit. The fellowship will be outdoors in the cloister area. Youth under 12 are asked to be accompanied by a parent.

Your safety is important to us, so we ask all attendees to wear masks. There will be anti-bacterial and masking stations available. We will attempt to do as many activities outdoors and assess safety for indoor events as we approach the certain dates. The program is scheduled to continue on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month.