Hangin' with St. Francis!

Hey there folks,

On March 1, the first Sunday during Lent, our friends from St. Francis in Chapin came to hang out with us and do church. It was really cool. The youth director at St. Francis, Allison, is a really good friend of mine. We did all sorts of stuff, got to know each others' names, played games, tore apart bananas and then put them back together...

We also closed the evening with worship. We have a little Lenten service at St. John's EYC called Fire and Ice. We combine elements from Evening Prayer in the BCP and Evening Worship in the New Zealand Prayer Book (and then add a little creativity) to create this little service. The whole premise is to recognize what Lent is all about, and then we have two hands on prayer stations to physically give up to God the things we have either sacrificed or taken on for Lent. It involves burning, big flash of fire, and washing and making clean. Then we closed the evening with songs and singing.

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