Information for ministers, educators, church administrators, clerks, and congregations
March 18, 2021
How Will You Support Youth Ministry in 2021?
During the listening sessions for the Strategic Planning Team report, many participants emphasized a need for continued outreach to youth and young adults in the presbytery's future. Colleen Earp, the presbytery’s associate for youth ministry, offers the following ideas for congregations: 
  • Invite youth to lead worship and speak out on issues they care about; 
  • Ordain youth as ruling elders in your congregation; 
  • Reach out to young people in your midst to encourage them
Connect with Colleen to brainstorm how to support young leaders in learning and in fellowship in your particular context.
Summer Camp Registration is Open
Spread the word: registration for summer camp is open! Get ready for an unplugged experience at Camp Hanover this summer. Learn about camps, COVID-19, and the care staff are taking to make everything, from signing up to s'mores, safer and worry-free this summer.
Nehemiah Action Focuses on Housing and Gun Violence
RISC (Richmonders Involved to Strengthen Our Communities) will hold a Nehemiah Action assembly on March 23 at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom. At the event, the organization of justice seekers will put forward research to public officials and seek their public commitments to address problems. Focus areas for 2021 are gun violence and affordable housing.
Join the Good Friday Pilgrimage Against Racism
On April 2, join Clergy Against Racism in its annual Good Friday pilgrimage. Walk in small groups to reflect and pray on the crises of 2020: the COVID-19 pandemic, the murder of George Floyd, the attack on the Capitol, and systemic racism. The event begins and ends at Third Street Bethel AME Church in Richmond. A town hall at 5 p.m. that evening via Zoom helps participants share experiences, make personal commitments, and explore next steps. Registration closes March 19.
Other News
Guest Preacher Available for April 11
Covenant Network of Presbyterians offers an online guest preacher for the second Sunday of Easter. Rev. Brian Ellison, executive director, will preach. The digital download, which will be available by April 5, includes Ellison’s sermon, a “Moment for Mission”, and a lectionary scripture reading from John 20:19-31.
Food Drive at River Road PC
River Road Church will hold its second annual socially-distant food drive to support Feed More of Greater Richmond to help those in need in our community. The first drive collected over 1,200 pounds of food and $26,000. The event is March 27 from 10 a.m. to noon.
Check our online bulletin board to be reminded of events mentioned in recent issues of the Current.
Stated Meetings
June 15, 2021
108th Stated Meeting
Invitation needed
Overture deadline: April 20, noon
Packet online: June 1
October 16, 2021
109th Stated Meeting
Invitation needed
Overture deadline: Aug. 19, noon
Packet online: September 30
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