Youth CREW for March 13, 2022

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All youth in grades 6 to 12 are invited to CREW’s regular monthly meeting on Sunday, March 13, 2022 after the 10:30 a.m. service in the Undercroft.  Activities will include prayer, lunch, games, and planning for a service day and a “lock-in”. Please come with one or all of the following, ideas for  a service project, ideas for lock-in activities, board game, sports ball. Lunch will be provided.

C.R.E.W. stands for “Christians Ready, Equipped, and Willing” and youth in grades 7 through 12 are encouraged to join us!

Hoping to see everyone on Sunday!
Belinda Young-Payne

Children’s and Youth ministries update for January 16, 2022

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I hope this note finds you and your families well. If you are not well, please know that I am praying for your healing and well-being.  And, please reach out if I can help in some other way.  

Two notes today about today:
1) Mrs. Madeline is looking forward to meeting with children and youth up to grade 7 this morning at 10:15 a.m. for  Sunday School / Children’s Worship.
2) Our CREW youth group meeting that was scheduled for today is postponed until January 23, 2022.  However, everyone is encouraged to participate in the virtual ecumenical service for racial reconciliation and healing that we are all invited to tonight at 7:00 p.m. You can also go to to join via YouTube.  The worship leaflet for the service can also be found there.

Two notes about next week:
1) Mrs. Belinda looks forward to meeting with children and youth up to 7th grade on Sunday, January 23, 2022, at 10:15 a.m. for Sunday School, Children’s Worship.
2) Mrs. Belinda looks forward to meeting with youth in grades 6 to Grade 12 on Sunday, January 23, 2022, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. for our CREW youth gathering. This gathering will include a light lunch and board games.

I look forward to seeing you all soon.
Blessings, Belinda Young-Payne

CREW Youth Group gathering

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CREW’s regularly scheduled monthly meeting will be on December 12, 2021 from 12-1:30 p.m. This meeting is for St. Thomas’s youth  in grades 6-12 and any guests they would like to invite.

Activity Description: The beginning of our meeting will be a combination of a holiday related game and costume/prop prep for those who are participating. Then we will be having an Ugly Sweater event. Please wear your favorite Ugly Christmas sweater, t-shirt, dress or just wear your favorite holiday-themed gear or wear your regular clothes. It is totally up to you!  We will be eating pizza for lunch and be decorating Ugly Sweater cookies for dessert. Then, we’ll play some games for the rest of the time.  Bring your thinking caps….. and your drawing fingers.

If possible, please RSVP, so we have an idea of how much pizza to order but as always, come if you can, even if you did not RSVP. the more, the merrier!!

Feel free to contact me with questions,
Blessings, Belinda Young-Payne <>

Children’s and Youth Ministries update

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Greetings All, A few Updates;

1) CREW’s next regularly scheduled meeting will be on Nov. 14, 2021 (corrected date–second Sunday) at St. Thomas’s.
2) We look forward to seeing everyone from ages 4 to 7th grade for Sunday School on Nov. 7, Nov. 14, Nov. 21, 2021. Hope for good weather so we can meet under our big red tent!  Otherwise, we will meet in the Undercroft.
3) We are still in need of leaders for Sunday School and hosts for CREW youth group activities. Please let me know if you are interested in either or use this link to indicate your interest in one of the activities that CREW is hoping to engage in this year:

4) December is fast approaching. It would be wonderful if St. Thomas’s could have the blessing of a children’s Christmas pageant.  We are looking for ideas and leadership for this endeavor. Please, please, please let me know if you are interested in being a part of this gift to the parish and to God. 

Thanks!  Have a good week!
Belinda Young-Payne.

Children’s and Youth Ministries Updates October 24, 2021

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Greetings all. A few updates follow.

1) CREW will not be meeting tomorrow, Oct. 24, 2021, as originally scheduled. Our next meeting will be on Nov. 7, 2021.

2) Ms. Madeline looks forward to seeing everyone from ages 4 to 7th grade tomorrow, Oct. 24,  2021, at 10:15 a.m. for Sunday School. Hope for good weather so we can meet under our big red tent!

3)Trunk or Treat is cancelled for next week due to a scheduling conflict.  But we would still like to help UNICEF. Please keep a look out for an alternate plan.

4) We are still in need of leaders for Sunday School and hosts for CREW youth group activities.

Please let me know if you are interested in either. Thanks! 

Belinda Young-Payne.  

Children’s and youth ministries for October 2021

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St. Thomas’s Children’s and Youth Ministries will continue outdoor gatherings during October 2021. Below you will find dates and times for our Children’s and Youth ministries gatherings. Please prayerfully consider joining us in some way especially by donating time or talent. There will soon be a SignUp Genius for adults and families in our parish to volunteer to host an activity for our youth group. For children’s ministry, I ask that anyone called to serve or just come try it to see if you like it, please email me at or call me so we can talk about it further.

Children’s Ministry Schedule for October 2021
October   3   10:15  a.m. Sunday School
October 10   10:15  a.m.  Sunday School
October 17    10:15 a.m.   Sunday School
October 24    10:15  a.m.  Sunday School October 31     Family Church Sunday
October 31     Trunk or Treat for UNICEF after 10:30 a.m. worship service (UNICEF collection box additionally available between services)  

CREW Schedule for October 2021

October 10: Lunch and Activity: Plan new CREW bulletin board (bring your pictures of past activities), paint rocks for Spreading Positivity Project
October 24: Spread Positivity Rocks at Sean’s Place or another chosen spot

Blessings, Belinda Young-Payne

CREW Youth Group Gathering- September 19, 2021

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I am so happy that fall is upon us and we can gather safely and comfortably outside again.

All youth in grades 6 and up (as well as any adults interested in serving in youth ministry) are invited to a gathering in the St. Thomas’s courtyard on Sunday, September 19, 2021 from 11:45 to 1:00 p.m. for a light lunch, cake and ice cream while we mutually plan our program year. The “grown ups” have some ideas but we want to hear ideas from our youth.  

As usual, we will follow CDC and diocesan guidelines for gathering which include social distancing and wearing a mask indoors. (Feel free to wear your mask outdoors if you want to, especially if you are not vaccinated.)

  • Please email or call me to let me know you are coming so I can be sure we have enough food and cake. But, if you decide to come at the last minute, please do. The more, the merrier!!
  • Also Let me know if you have a September birthday so we can celebrate you.
  • If you are unable to come, but want to give input on our plans for the year, email me with your ideas.
  • If I forgot someone on this email, please forward it.
  • Feel free to bring friends.

I look forward to seeing great things happen this year!

Belinda Young-Payne <>

Children’s Ministries start-up for Fall 2021

Just a reminder that Sunday School for children aged 4 years to grade 6(7) begins tomorrow, September 12, 2021, in the red tents in the courtyard. We will begin Registration and Gathering at 10:15 a.m. and the Lesson will begin at approximately 10:35 a.m.

Youth Confirmation registration and information session will begin tomorrow too. Confirmation is being offered for youth in 8th grade. Please contact Bob Rys with questions.

Youth group activities will begin on September 19,, 2021, with a “cake and ice cream party” and planning meeting. Look for more details tomorrow evening.

During all children’s and youth ministries activities this year, we will be following COVID guidelines recommended by the diocese, the CDC, Christina School District, and St. Thomas’s preautions. We will choose the strictest guidelines. This means that masking is expected by everyone age 2 and older.

I look forward to seeing everyone again. Please feel free to contact me either with questions or if you need at-home activities.

Blessings, Belinda

CREW Environmental Service Project for May 2021

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Recently, St. Thomas’s youth group known as CREW, which stands for “Christians Ready, Equipped, and Willing,” spent a day at the Judge Morris Estate, part of White Clay Creek State Park, clearing out garlic mustard.

Garlic mustard impacts the growth of our native forest, trees, shrubs, and other plants. It is an invasive plant, native to large parts of Europe, Asia, and northern Africa. It was brought to North America as a source of food, medicine, and erosion control. However, it has spread widely into natural areas in the northeastern United States since the 1860’s and has been nicknamed the “thug of the woods.”

Children and Youth May 2021 update

Our parish family at St. Thomas’s includes a number of families with children. The inclusion of these children in worship and parish life is of great importance in the life of our Parish. We take seriously the Baptismal vow “to do all in our power to support these persons in their life with Christ.”

Each year, we continue to strive to give our children new and exciting ways to discover more about God and who God is calling to them to be. Our children are encouraged to share God’s love by serving each other, their families and their community. During “normal” times, the children are invited to serve as ushers, readers and acolytes in St. Thomas’s regular Sunday services. Many of them sing in the Lights choir and a few occasionally join the adult choir. In addition, the children help in various ways with fundraising and fellowship events such as the annual Annual Bazaar. They help their global community by participating in Trick or Treat for UNICEF. And at the end of each year, the children share the Christmas story in a pageant service for the congregation.

During the past year, the Youth and Children of St. Thomas’s have not been as visible. However, that does not reflect their participation. The younger children have joined together with Christ Church Greenville, in remote Sunday School. Each week, they receive a packet in the mail with the lesson, the discussion, and a craft. Additionally, a weekly email gives parents tips and insights, and a link to the corresponding video. Our older Youth known as “Christians Ready, Equipped, and Willing” or “CREW,” have also been meeting virtually. Sue and Mike Houghton have been absolutely inspirational with the way that they have carried this program. CREW meets bi-weekly via Zoom and also participates in monthly activities. They have invited guests from the parish to participate in their Zoom meetings, enjoyed some fellowship with the college age group known as Episcopal Campus Ministry or ECM, and have done some community service. Some of the youth have even participated in ministry meetings via zoom, such as the finance committee. We all came together in the fall for a fun trunk-or-treat and the Christmas pageant happened virtually. Our Diocese has hosted a number of online events and there are more upcoming both online and in-person.

This Sunday, May 16, 2021, we will get to see several of our children take the next steps in their religious life. Bishop Kevin will be celebrating with us at 9 a.m. on YouTube and in-person. He will be Baptizing and Confirming members of our faith family! Noah will be receiving the Holy sacrament of Baptism. Amelia, Oscar and Zach will be confirmed, after faithfully and patiently waiting for over a year. This will be a joyous occasion!

We are all looking forward to the day when we can see our youth participate and hear little voices during the services. This will be done with the utmost care for the health and safety of our community and will not happen all at once. But, be assured, that even if you are not seeing and hearing much of our young pilgrims, their spiritual journeys are continuing. A HUGE thank you to all of the adults who support them. If you are interested in participating in any way, on one occasion or for a season, you are most welcome! Please contact the office at or Fr. Howie to discuss how you can contribute.

Then little children were being brought to Him in order that He might lay his hands on them and pray. The Disciples spoke sternly to those who brought them; but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the Kingdom of Heaven belongs.” Matthew 19:13-14