Greetings Youth Leaders!
I hope you all had a fantastic weekend and are as excited about the fall as I am. In my experience, school starting back up always seems to bring lots of fresh energy and enthusiasm and that very much carries over to youth ministry. It’s an exciting time for sure and that’s why I want to use this chance to talk about our first PYM event of the year, PYM Fall Youth Day of Service! Some of you might remember that this is the event last year we tried to make happen but due to weather were forced to cancel. Let’s hope for sunshine this time around!
PYM Fall Youth Day of Service is a one day program for 6th through 12th grade youth which focuses on giving back to the community and doing work for others. This year we will be visiting The Sprout Therapeutic Riding and Education Center in Aldie, VA. The Sprout Center is a mission based non-profit organization that provides therapeutic riding and other equine activities to individuals who might not have such opportunities. Check out their website to learn more at www.sproutcenter.org! The Sprout Center is located at 40685 John Mosby Hwy Aldie, VA 20105. You can also reach them at (571) 367 – 4555.
The event will start at 10:00 AM and will run until 2:00 PM, rain or shine! Our day will include a welcome, orientation/tour of the center, our service work, pizza lunch (FREE!), and a closing. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes, pants, and some gloves to work in. Clothes you don’t mind getting a little dirty would be ideal. They’ve also asked if anyone can bring the following items for the work that would be helpful: Scrub brushes, shovels, and hammers. They’re also looking for consumables to be donated if you have extra: Pine sol, Murphy’s Oil, Windex, Paper towels, Trash bags, and lawn bags.
Here is the flyer and registration form for the event. To register simply fill one out for each participant (both youth and adult) and send back to the Christian Formation Office. If getting forms together is problematic, simply RSVP to me directly with your head- count and bring your forms with you on the 1st. That way both we and the Sprout Center are prepared!
Feel free to pass it on to anyone you think might be interested, the more the merrier! Registration is open now and closes at 5:00 PM on Friday, September 30. Let me know if you have any questions or if there’s anything I can do. Thanks again, see you all at the Sprout Center!
P.S. There’s still time and space to sign up for Faith Formation Leaders Retreat at the Clagget Center September 28-30. Here is the flyer for more information. Let me know if you’re interested!