Twenty-one youth members of the St Michael’s Multicultural (SMM) faith community participated in a concert on the evening of Saturday November 18. The following morning at the 10am Celebration of the Eucharist the youth were thanked for their accomplishments; raising $2,500; their hard work consisting of 50 hours of practice; and the inspiration they brought to the 176 in attendance, artistically and spiritually.
In addition to the youth from SMM, the SMM Adult Choir also performed as did a youth group from the Free Believers Church International in Surrey. The SMM Adult Choir and guests sang three cultural songs to conclude the event.
Clearly, the highlight was the youth group, offering inspiring spiritual songs, and provoking a surprising number of tears! The dedicated, hard- working leaders, Cecilia & Jose Pampanico, were very pleased with concert. Cecilia and Jose are SMM members who have been working with the youth over the last year in part thanks to a Diocesan Parish Development Grant.
The objective of the concert was to raise funds for musical Instruments (drumset, keyboard, bass guitar) and to attend the Episcopal Asiamerica Ministry (EAM) Multi-ethnic Consultation in Hawaii next October.
Of the $2,500 that was raised, $1,500 will go towards the purchase of musical instruments for the youth group and $1,000 will be set aside as the beginning of a fund to get all 21 of the SMM youth to Hawaii in 11 months.
Please pray for our inspiring youth group in their endeavor to get to this international Anglican Communion event next year.
Photos: Bishop Melissa Skelton