The All Saints' Youth Group is an important part of the All Saints' parish. The 15 or so young parishioners from 5th through 12th grade are engaged in all aspects of the church's life through acolyting, nursery, fellowship, outreach, and maintenance of the church grounds. Also, based on the wonderfully supportive response we have received from the rest of the parish, we like to think we inspire too -- through our energy, our engagement with other Episcopal parishes from our neighboring communities, our dialogue, and our own outreach projects.
We are a grateful group. Having participated in diocesan lock-ins, we have ourselves hosted two convocation-wide lock-ins in the last few years, each with a Stop Hunger Now service project, a concert, fellowship, pizza, and a Eucharist to bring the exuberance into its own joyful yet solemn expression. Rakes and other implements in hand, we have worked with neighboring Episcopal parishes at local parks, and are now focused on a nearby Plainfield cemetery in need of ground maintenance and restoration. We have fun-at-fun as well, gathering for laser tag, bowling, and field trips to New York City. At times, too, we get a little deep, exploring topics both biblical and philosophical, book-ended by prayer and rarely beyond an arm's reach of a pizza. Right now, we are reading and discussing C.S. Lewis' "Mere Christianity."