ReCreation binds our community together. Through diocesan, convocational, and intergenerational events we become more aware of our call to be one Church, one people united and made whole through faith.
On the afternoon of Sunday, May 17, we will mark our last week of EYC (Episcopal Youth Community) with Water Wars, a big end-of-year celebration for all students in grades five through twelve.
We will gather at the Deanery (2142 Chilton Rd.) for an afternoon of crazy, messy, and wet games, food, and fun by the swimming pool. We will have different events that all deal with water in some way, plus we’ll have a few prizes to give out. (Wear a swimsuit and bring a towel.)
At 4:30 p.m., parents are invited to meet with Dean Thompson and share hopes for the Cathedral’s youth program or ask any questions they may have.
If you plan to attend, please contact Youth Associate Christy Orman at 713-590-3313. Friends are always welcome to attend youth events, so invite others to come join in the fun.
EYC will resume for the fall semester on Sunday, August 30.
Mission trips enable us to practice our calling as Christians, to go out in the world proclaiming the name of Jesus and to love our neighbors. The memories will last a lifetime along with the lessons learned from the experience. This year, the Cathedral youth have three mission trips in which they can participate.
Fifth-grade Mission Trip
Houston, June 14–17
Current fifth graders and high-school leaders will work with the homeless and with nonprofit organizations around Houston. Get to know your hometown in a completely new way. Finish the mission trip with an adventure to Schlitterbahn in Galveston. The cost is $199. Friends are welcome and scholarships are available. Register by May 24.
Middle School Missionpalooza
San Antonio, July 19–24
Current grades 6–8 and high-school leaders will work with the underserved of San Antonio while experiencing the wonderful Hispanic culture found in the city. The cost is $399. Friends are welcome and scholarships are available. Register by May 24.
High School Mission Trip
San Jose, Costa Rica, July 5–12
Current high school students will travel to Costa Rica for a chance to explore the city of San Jose while constructing a new church. We will also go on a coffee plantation tour and zip line through the rain forest. Registration is currently full. If you would like to participate in one of the other mission trips, contact Jeremy Bradley.
Each summer, the Cathedral sends more than 50 students on short-term mission trips. The impact that these trips have on those they are serving and on the missioners themselves will last a lifetime. It is on these missions that they experience the benefit of hard work, vulnerability among those they serve and each other, and a deepened faith as we put that faith into action.
Unfortunately, not all can afford to go on these trips due to financial constraints. But there is a way you can help.
The Giving Tree fundraiser supports those who need financial assistance with scholarships for mission trips and other youth events throughout the year. The Giving Tree will be out in the cloister on April 19 and 26 as well as May 10 and 17. We will accept cash, check, or credit card. You can also donate online.
This year, with a greater expected need for scholarships and given the higher cost of mission trips, we are hoping to raise more than $15,000. Join us in helping send our youth to serve the underserved.