Episcopal Youth Community (EYC) is for students in grades 6-12, provides worship opportunities, local and international outreach, teaching about Episcopal traditions, interfaith education, environmental awareness and stewardship, intergenerational connections, faith and social justice issues, respectful living, community building, family gatherings, and opportunity to attend Youth Week (grades 6-12) and Winterlight (grades 9-12) at Kanuga Episcopal Conference Center. EYC also partners with Nashville United Methodist Church to provide students (grades 8-12) an opportunity to participate in Appalachian Service Project mission trips.
EYC’s outreach ministry involvements include St. Paul’s Food Pantry, Community Crossroads Center, EYC's Children's Book Ministry, Easter parties for our University Towers neighbors, Angel Tree Ministry, Appalachian Service Project, Episcopal Relief and Development, and the annual Episcopal Farmworker Festival in Newton Grove. The Mardi Gras annual pancake supper, hosted by EYC and the Scullery, generates funds to help various missions.
Interfaith programs have included New Year’s parties with youth from the local mosque, an outdoor program with youth from other faith traditions, a Seder meal hosted by ECU world religion students to teach about the Jewish traditions, attending the annual community-wide interfaith service, and teachings by an ECU religion professor.
Regular EYC meetings are from 5-7 p.m. in the Parish Hall on most Sundays from September through May. During the summer, EYC participates in various outreach ministry and community building activities during times advertised.
TeenText is our Sunday school offering for middle and high schoolers. TeenText uses the same readings that we use in Church on Sunday mornings (sometimes called the lectionary.) The teens discuss the lectionary reading and see some supplemental material, such as relevant YouTube videos, pieces of music, or poetry.