Let’s Get Together!
Join the St. George family for a day of fun, food, fellowship, and formation.
There will be activities for children and adults, worship time, a message from Bishop Lillibridge, free time for fun and catching up including board and card games, card making, and bar-b-que for lunch – all for $1 for children under 13 and $5 for adults (13 and older).
9:00-9:30 Sign in at the Registration table
9:30-10:00 Gathering and Worship Time, Sanctuary
10:00-11:30 Kids’ programming (see below)
10:00-11:30 Presentation and Formation with The Right Reverend Gary R. Lillibridge, retired Bishop, Diocese of West Texas – Sanctuary
11:30-1:30 Lunch – Bill Miller’s BBQ – in the Parish Hall, followed by time to enjoy fellowship through lawn games, football games, giant Jenga on the deck, jam session on piano, card making (Leadership Center) board games (Parish Hall), and karaoke
1:30 St. George Community Family Picture (Courtyard)
2:00 Closing Worship, Sanctuary
Kids’ Programming Schedule – VPS Style
10:00-10:20 Lesson: Family
11:05-11:25 Bounce House fun
11:30-1:30 Lunch and fellowship activities with adults
All this for $5 (adults) and $1 (kids under 13)
This is a great chance to visit with friends and to make new friends.
If you’d like to organize or facilitate any of the activities above, please contact email@example.com.
Hi! My name is Happy Wilson, and I am so blessed with the privilege of serving as the Director of Family Ministries and love being a part of the amazing things that happen here at St. George! My love for children’s ministries began many years ago when I was a stay-at-home mom and volunteered in many roles throughout the church from Sunday school teacher, children’s chapel leader, VBS station leader to VBS Director.
In 2011, I became an official member of the staff when I accepted the part-time position of Children & Family Ministries Coordinator. As the children’s program grew, so did my role and I was named Director of Family Ministries. In this role, it has been my goal to equip every child with the knowledge and desire to reflect Christ through their lives. It is important for every child, no matter their age, to recognize that God wants to use them for His purpose and glory each and every day; at church, at home, at school, when they are with others and when they are alone. It is an honor to continue this work in a place that has been a loving church home for me and my family for the past 21 years! My husband, Bart Wilson, and I have 15 yr. old twins, Sophie & Sully, who have grown up in the church and recently graduated from St. George School in May of 2018. They are now paving their own paths at 2 different high schools: Tom C. Clark & Antonian College Preparatory High School! While our lives are crazy busy, our family continues to be deeply involved in the life of this wonderful St. George community! When I am not working at the church, you can find me volunteering at Sophie & Sully’s schools or cheering them on at their team events! I am a proud graduate of Texas A&M University, where Bart and I met, and hope to one day see Sophie & Sully follow in our footsteps and become proud Aggies themselves! My family and I love our Aggies and attend as many A&M games as our schedule allows! We also enjoy traveling, hiking, taking our sweet beagle Bo for walks, and spending time with family in Port Aransas! I gives me great joy to share our lives with the family of St. George!
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ. I am happy to announce that the St. George Community has called Frances Caroline “Cookie” Harris as our next Youth Minister, Sacred Studies Teacher and School Chaplain. Cookie is super excited to be joining our team and becoming a part of this community.
Cookie is a detail-oriented and gifted communicator. She has years of nonprofit administrative and leadership experience. She graduated from The University of Mississippi with a Bachelor of Elementary Education and a Master of Curriculum and Instruction. While at Ole Miss, she served as a Recruiter for the School of Education. Returning to her native San Antonio, Cookie served as Youth Director Intern for her home parish, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and School.
In 2014, Cookie felt the call of God tugging her to move to Haiti. While there she founded and directed the English as a Second Language Program for Respire Haiti in Gressier, Ouest, haiti. She also served as the lead teacher of the English Immersion Homeschool Classroom at Respire Haiti Christian School in Gressier.
While in Haiti, Cookie adopted Robi and Sherly. They are in 9th and 10th grades and are boarding at TMI-The Episcopal School of Texas. Cookie will begin her ministry at St. George mid-July. Currently, she is working very closely with Daniel Forman as they both work to ensure a smooth transition. Please join me in welcoming Cookie to the St. George Community!
The St. George Youth took 11 kids to Laser Quest this past Sunday to enjoy some laser tag fun. I must say that my undefeated record against my youth group kids is no longer in play as I took it on the chin as Will Wickersham ( 6th Grade ) and Sebastian Trevino ( 7th Grade ) blasted me on more than one occasion. It’s important to me that all kids who come through our program know that ALL formation does not necessarily have to take place at St. George. Laser Tag, in very different way, is just as important as the fellowship we develop and nurture on Sunday mornings on campus. One of the things I enjoyed most about out Laser Quest experience was my attempt at trying to connect Father Nate Bostian’s sermon to my “code name” at Laser Quest. Father Nate Bostian referenced ,in his sermon, how Jesus gets “cranky” in Matthew’s Gospel, chapter 23. I promptly decided that my code name at Laser Quest was “Cranky Jesus” and I especially found it hilarious when I tagged my kids and at the end of the game it said “you have been tagged by Cranky Jesus.
Confirmation classes for youth in 6th-12th grade are fast approaching. Daniel Forman will teach a confirmation class based on the curriculum “Confirm, not Conform” to any student who wishes to participate. Students who wish to be confirmed need to show a commitment to attending each session if possible. The dates for the classes will be:
Sundays from 8:30 – 9:30 AM at St. George
– January 15th
– January 22nd
– January 29th
– February 5th
Tuesdays from 3:30- 4:30 PM at St. George
– January 17th
– January 24th
– January 31st
– February 7th
Students can attend strictly attend either Sunday OR Tuesday sessions or mix and match.
Please let Daniel Forman (firstname.lastname@example.org) know if you plan on attending.
Elizabeth Holmes, a senior at TMI – The Episcopal School of Texas, won first place in the school’s fifth annual Poetry Out Loud recitation contest, held Nov. 28 in the school’s Margaret M. Alkek Theater. Runner-up was sophomore Bridget Lynch. Elizabeth and Bridget are both St. George parishioners. Elizabeth will compete at the state level Feb. 25, 2017, at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin. To read more, click here.
This past Sunday the St. George Youth group visited the Animal Defense League of Texas. This non-profit institution’s mission focuses on supporting and enhancing neglected and abused dogs and cats throughout the San Antonio Community. Our youth group helped in this mission on Sunday by providing the various animals at ADL with “snack bags.” The youth created bags filled with an assortment of wet food, dry food, peanut butter, sweet potatoes, canned chicken, and vegetables. The youth then delivered these bags of goodies to the various kennels on campus. It was quite amazing how quickly barking and skeptical animals became quiet once these bags were in their kennel. The youth then got to experience some one on one time with puppies and kittens which is always fun. It was a great event and a wonderful way to spread holiday cheer to our fury friends who need it most.
To find out more about the ADL, here is their website:
Please enjoy this note from Daniel Forman-
The Youth Group kicked back off here on campus this past Sunday and it was absolutely wonderful to see new and old faces. One of the curriculums that we will be using in Youth Group this year is called “Can I Ask That?” The premise of the curriculum is to dive into questions kids have about faith and spirituality but might be afraid to ask. The first question we discussed this Sunday is “Can you trust the Bible?” We had some very interesting conversation about the roots of the Bible and its translations. Perhaps a question to ask yourself is “do you trust the Bible.” Mike Holmes and I personally feel that exposure to these types of questions is highly important to the formation of young, grounded Christian youth. We are excited to see where the curriculum and God lead us this year.
I have thought much about my (and the youths) trip to New Orleans and to sum it up in one word I would choose “charm.” This was my first trip to New Orleans and to be honest I did not know what to expect. And after being inspired by the people we encountered I must say the city does have a very, very unique charm.
During our time in the NO we worked at two different ministries; 1) Second Harvest and 2) United Saints. Second Harvest is a ministry that exists to provide food to local kids who are participating in camps around the New Orleans area. United Saints is a group of local churches that work in unison to support the needs of the New Orleans people. United Saints was founded August 27th, 2005, the day after Hurricane Katrina made landfall.
A few of the more meaningful moments of our trip happened after our last day of work painting a home on the West Bank. We left our worksite sweaty, tired, and feeling accomplished. Sarah (the other youth minister) and I decided to take the kiddos to the 9th Ward in New Orleans. The 9th Ward is the largest, poorest, and was the ward that was most heavily impacted by Katrina. We drove to the 9th Ward and you can still see some of the scars of the storm. We drove to a local Episcopal ministry center where the kids saw some “Second Harvest” food boxes laying on the ground which was neat! You could feel the kids being inspired that their hands fed some of the kids at this local Episcopal ministry center. We also drove through a subdivision in the 9th Ward where Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie donated millions of dollars helping renovate homes just off the levee breach. We also strolled through some of the neighborhoods where you can still visibly see the large spray painted “X” where the Urban Search and rescue teams notified emergency services when the house was searched, if there were victims, and when they left.
Upon leaving New Orleans, you could still feel it is a city that is in recovery. People still talk about how the city is still waiting for everyone to “come back.” I believe the city will come back and I might even argue it is already back. I asked one of our worksite leaders “what is the one thing that makes you never want to leave New Orleans?” He said “I never want to leave because I have never been to another city where people love their city as much as the people of New Orleans love theirs.” I would have to agree.
St. George will be hosting Happening on August 5-7. Happening staff will be here on July 30-31, preparing for the 100 or so teens that will live on our beautiful campus during the Happening. We need your help to host this great event.
How can you help?
- Please click here to help with donations to cover meal expenses for those in attendance.
- Contact Kendra Lopez if you or your small group would be willing to sponsor a meal or large snack for the group.
- Please offer your prayers for all involved with Happening.
If you know of a high school student in grade 10-12 who would like to attend Happening, contact Kendra Lopez.
Finally, if you’ve attended Happening before or if you have helped with the experience and would like to have a few words in the eSpear, please email me at email@example.com or click here to type your responses into a quick and easy Google form. I’d love to have reflections both before the event and after the Happening here at St. George.