This summer our Associate Pastor and five of our youth were some of the thirty-five delegates representing the Twin Cities Presbytery at the national Presbyterian Youth Triennium, held at Perdue University, in Indiana. This event held every three years gave delegates five sabbath days, driven by the invitation to say to God, “here is my heart.”
They worshipped everyday with 5,000 other youth and our own youth elder even got the opportunity to serve communion to our delegation and many others during one of the nights. Additionally, they were able to engage with art-based service opportunities such as decorating pillowcases for a faith camp in Puerto Rico, named Guacio, as well as using arts and crafts to explore their spirituality and proclaim their faith.
Though the heat and humidity were intense (and they didn’t have air conditioning in their dorms), life-long friendships were forged. Our delegation was from many different churches in the presbytery, but after this trip, the distance between our churches feels much smaller. The sacred conversations and life-giving faith experiences our youth had on this trip will be with them for the rest of their lives. The fount of every blessing was poured out on our youth, and for that we give great thanks and praise.