The objectives of our high school program are:
- Make St. Aidan’s relevant for our youth
- Build community within the youth of the church
- Make our young people feel a part of the St. Aidan’s parish community
- Give them a glimpse of what Christianity can mean to them directly, so that as they explore and learn about themselves, they will integrate the many positive aspects of the Christian faith into their hearts and minds.
For the last six summers, the High School Group has attended the Sierra Service Project (SSP), the centerpiece of our community service program. SSP is a non-profit organization providing life-changing experiences through acts of service repairing Native American homes. The SSP invites high school age youth and young adults to experience the profound power of serving people who have a culture and life experience different from their own. The kids get a double benefit from participating in SSP:
• They fulfill the community service requirement for their schools.
• By helping others, they both love God and love their neighbors as themselves.
Youth may participate beginning in the summer prior to the ninth grade until the summer following graduation from high school.
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Summer 2009 will be St. Aidan’s 7th trip on a Sierra Service Project. We have been invited back to Walker River, NV. by the Walker River Paiute Tribes to work in their community and will undertake another major renovation project.The reservation is centered around the tiny town of Schurz, Nevada, located 100 miles from Reno, 240 miles from Sacramento and 420 miles from Los Angeles.
Past SSP Projects have included: Round Valley, CA. (‘03), Chiloquin, OR (‘04) Big Pine, CA. (‘05) Lukachukai area of the Navajo Nation at Four Corners (’06), Walker River Paiute Reservation in Schurz, Nevada, ('07) and Big Rock Arizona in the Navaho Nation (’08).
The work we do on SSP includes painting, roofing and a variety of light construction work, such as building porches, stairs, floors and wheelchair ramps.
In the past, SAHS has also conducted Pancake Breakfast Fundraisers, made cookies for the Aids Luncheon and signed Christmas cards for the Union Rescue Mission. Every year, the Youth Group also joins in the Methodist church’s clothing drive at Thanksgiving. Our students work unbelievably hard at meaningful community service.
Many thanks to the entire Parish of St. Aidan’s for the support they give by sharing, coordinating and counseling the High School Group’s activities.
The high school group meets monthly on either a Saturday or Sunday evening for food, fun and fellowship, the focus of the group.
At St. Aidan’s we encourage our youth to participate in the services through music, reading lessons, leading prayers, ushering, serving as crucifers, greeting parishioners, etc.