Trinity Galewood - August Update
Trinity Galewood has done it again! As we’ve done for the past few years, Trinity Galewood paired with Westcare, an area social service agency, to host One Summer Chicago for six weeks in July and August. Twenty local public school students were part of this year’s group.
Although COVID caused a lot of things to change, we still persevered and were able to support not only Lovett Middle School students entering high school but also a few fall sophomores as well. This year, One Summer Chicago was run by Nicole, who though facing many challenges did an excellent job. Here’s what she had to say.
“This year’s Chicagobility program was fully remote due to COVID restrictions. The theme of the summer was how storytelling can apply to different job and life skills, and the youth discussed their future goals, experiences, and beliefs. The youth participated in Zoom group discussions and activities, and then completed independent activities on their own, for a total of 16 hours each week in programming.
“The program offered many opportunities for the youth to express their thoughts and emotions surrounding current issues such as systemic racism, police brutality, protesting, and dealing with COVID as a teenager. Guest speakers within different fields joined to share about their work and how they got to where they were. The program concluded with each youth sharing a vision board or another creation of their own in a final presentation.
“Hosting the program remotely had its challenges, including figuring out how to engage the group over Zoom calls and how to foster genuine connections between the group with no in-person interactions. However, the youth showed extreme patience and adaptability over the course of the program, and they adjusted well to the remote format. -- Nicole”
Trinity Galewood is grateful for another successful summer being able to support students of the community and looks forward to more summers to come. The new teen youth group just underway at Trinity on Friday evenings has begun to draw in a few of our past One Summer Chicago graduates. It’s here as a safe place for teens through high school to connect with the church and each other and learn what it means to look, live and love more like Jesus.
COME BACK SUNDAY:
Join us for this TGW tradition (if you can say that about a made-up event that’s only two years old!). Trinity Galewood’s third annual Come Back Sunday will be on September 13. Two worship times are planned to help maintain social distancing. You’ve already been getting Come Back Sunday emails. Respond to any of them and pre-register for the worship time your family prefers (9 or 10:30 a.m.). KidStreet will resume outdoors that same day in another section of the church property with kids being dismissed for this at the beginning of the message. Get a T-shirt! Take home a special treat! Sign up for ways you can be engaged at Trinity Galewood in the coming year! We are so excited to be celebrating Come Back Sunday with you this year. Don’t miss out!
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