Senior High Youth Group
The Senior High Youth group here at Epiphany is small but we get a lot done. In recent years, we made gift bags for our shut ins and visited them, we went bowling, ice skating and had a yard sale. Our biggest events have been planning for and going on mission trips, where we have done repair of houses, helped at soup lkitchens and shelters for the homeless, and have made life a little better for those in need. We work and pray and laugh together under the leadership of lay leader Diana Stone and Youth Pastor Greg Wood.
In 2010 we went a mission trip to New York City to work in the soup kitchens. Some of the places we helped out were the Carter Burden House for the Aging, New York Rescue Mission, Yorkville Common Pantry, Trinity's Service and Food for the Homeless, Broadway's Presbyterian Church Soup Kitchen, Midnight Run and St. Paul's House where we also did a gospel service. We stayed at Bay Ridge United Church in Brooklyn. A total of 31 folks went including 7 from Epiphany.
In 2011, we partnered with youth groups from other churches to do mission work to Tazewell, VA, in the extreme southwest of the state, to do rebuilding and refurbishing work in the homes of people who live in the "hollers" and who have worked in the coal mining industry. They have limited resources to care for themselves and their homes and we were honored to be able to help out. Seven young people and four adults will go from Epiphany, joining five from Gayton Kirk, several from Tazewell Presbyterian Church, and several from Big Stone Gap Church.
In 2013, we did "mission in place," rehabbing homes of our neighbors in the Lakeside area in partnership with youth from several other churches. We replaced floors, did landscaping, put in new windows and fixed roofs, and we painted and painted and painted. We even rebuilt a screen porch.
In 2014, we will once again go to New York City. Watch and see what we accomplish there!
We have a bi-monthly Book 'N Bake sale to raise funds for our mission work. The sales are the third Sunday of January, March, May, July, September and November, please come out and support us. We also have also raised funds through raffles and donations from many wonderful people at our church.
Thanks to all of you who have supported us and helped us live into our baptismal convenant!