We Are Bound for Greater Things

Dear Friends of Kenilworth Union Church,

Do you remember where you were in 1996 and 1997?  In those two years, Kenilworth Union Church welcomed a total of 158 infants, children and adults in the sacrament of baptism.  If you are a parent or grandparent of the following children of this church, you may remember a particular day, a particular baptism, a particular moment of water and God’s spirit: Matt, Kitty and Jonny Kenyon, Emmy and Jamey Minturn, Coady and Addie Hilarides, Shelby Kosanovich, Patrick Gazley, Nadine Hemming, Sarah Bundra, Cole Webber, Andrew Chiao, Maggie Marzonie and Nick Iserloth.

Of course, the above list is only a fraction of those baptized at the time, but in particular, they are names I recognized, names of young people who will likely be present in worship this Sunday as seniors graduating from high school.  They will greet you, they will lead you in worshiping God, they will tell their story, they will sing God’s story.  They do this because this Sunday is Youth Sunday; a time for graduating seniors to give thanks to God for their lives and for you – their church; a time for us – their church – to prayerfully send them off into the many new adventures that lay ahead of them.

Now, two names in that list stuck out to me: Coady Hilardes and Patrick Gazley. Both were baptized as children, not infants, and are older: both now serve as young adult leaders of our youth ministry programs.  Coady leads youth groups and Patrick leads mission trips.  It is incredible to see them grow into God’s promises made at baptism and to live into God’s call on their lives to love and serve.  Their service as young adults is part of what strengthens and enlivens the Kenilworth Union Church youth ministry.

With gratitude for those named and not named, for all those who graduate and all those who make our youth ministry possible. 

Reverend Katie Snipes Lancaster
Associate Minister of Youth and Families