This Saturday, June 24, twenty Grades 6 – 12 youth from Trinity and the Diocese of Ohio will head east on their annual Youth Mission Trip. This year’s destination is the historic Germantown community of Philadelphia. The Diocesan youth will be led by Trinity’s Children, Youth & Young Adult Minister Chris Decatur with the support of nine adult chaperones from the participating churches – Trinity, St. Paul’s of Medina, St. Timothy’s of Macedonia, St. Matthew’s of Brecksville and Christ Church of Kent.
The Episcopal Mission Center at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Germantown will be the base camp for this year’s charge. Joined by youth from St. Luke’s Urban Ministries, they will set upon the tasks for their nine-day assignment from June 24 through July 2, “It will be quite the experience for some — adults included,” says Decatur. “For some, this will be their first time away from home.”
The trip will have an urban ministry focus. Working with area food banks and shelters, Youth and chaperones will prepare meals, clean neighborhood streets and work on other environmental projects. Daily worship will strengthen the resolve of the Ohio Diocesan crew.
It won’t be all work though! There will be time to see some of Philadelphia’s famous sites — The Liberty Bell, The Franklin Institute and the George W. South Memorial Church of the Advocate. The church was the site of the ordination of the Philadelphia Eleven, the first women priests in the Episcopal Church.
The group is hoping to cap off their trip with Sunday worship at the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas (AECST), founded by Absalom Jones, the first African-American priest in the Episcopal Church before they return on July 2.
We are all looking forward to hearing the stories of ministry and fellowship gained by our youth from their 2017 Mission Trip to the “City of Brotherly Love.”
“Woman in the News: Advocate of Equality, Barbara C. Harris,” New York Times, by Peter Steinfels, September 26, 1988.
Charles V. Willie, “The Priesthood of All Believers: Sermon preached on the occasion of a Service of Ordination…, July 29, 1974” in Betty Bone Schiess, Why Me Lord?: One Woman’s Ordination to the Priesthood with Commentary and Complaint (Syracuse,NY: Syracuse University Press, 2003) pp. 145-152.