All Saints King City Youth Group in Action

By Patrick Gossage

Inspired by the Gospel story of the widow’s mite in which the poor widow “put in everything”, more than the rich who gave of their plenty and the idea that small acts of generosity can go a long way, our youth group spent a weekend giving back to organizations in our community. Under the direction of leader Grace Martin, Saturday night they joined a group baking a variety of treats for Teen Challenge, a faith based residential drug and alcohol rehab program for teens and young adults. Sunday they helped with the Buddy Walk put on by the Down Syndrome Association of York region. They also announced their decision to support the York Regional Police’s Holiday Heroes Toy Drive who, with the Salvation Army and Victim Services of York Region, collect new unopened toys for needy local families. With the help of parishioners, they envision a small mountain of toys being collected between November 12 and December 13. Last Sunday we enjoyed the full participation of our young people in an intergenerational service. Young people read the lesson, performed other roles in our service and told us about being generous. One suggested shoveling a neighbor’s walk, anther said that one act can impact many. They had also had designed and painted a beautiful new Youth Group frontal for the altar which was on display. Rev. Dr. Elizabeth said its bright motif of hands called us to be “God’s hands in the world.”  

Words to Live by – Luke’s Gospel states clearly that those who are worthy “can no longer die” and that “ He is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive.” Rev. D. Elizabeth said how appropriate this passage was for the day before Remembrance Day when we honour our soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice. After praying for peace, she said when she makes visits she is always asked two things – why do bad things happen to good people, and what happens after death? She said nobody is exempt from going through bad times, but we must not interpret this as meaning we have done bad things. And to the second question: “We don’t die we change into another way of being… Christ said ‘Those who believe in me will never die’…life is for a purpose and the only time to act out this purpose is NOW. Now, tomorrow and forever we belong to God.”