Our youth group was featured in the AMiA Newsletter "Currents" last month for their "Work It" nights serving the Least.
On a Sunday night when they could have been doing homework, Christmas shopping or watching TV, a group of high school students at Church of the Resurrection in Wheaton, Illinois, gathered to make a difference in the lives of those often forgotten—hospice patients. Students used markers and colored pencils to design simple greeting cards that would deliver Christ’s love to patients lacking crucial support and companionship.
“Many hospice patients are lonely and have no family connections,” says Deacon and Hospice Chaplain the Rev. Philip Kenyon, who suggested the card making and provided paper for the cards. “Sometimes there are two patients to a room, and one wall will have photos and cards while the other side will be very stark with hardly anything. It’s important for those people to have a birthday card, a Christmas card, a Hanukkah card.”
Resurrection’s artistic endeavor was one in a series of Sunday night service projects that Youth Minister Brett Crull calls “Work It.” As the students hunched over their project, brightly colored butterflies, crosses, cakes, balloons and gifts soon decorated the stacks of plain white cards. Messages ranged from “Remember God loves you” to “Today is a gift” to “God bless you, I love you.”
At the end of the night, Philip gathered the cards...
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