This year, Star Gathering Youth will be focusing on one main idea: Building Beloved Community. We’ll discuss how our faith calls us to welcome in the stranger, to make room for those in need and to believe in what is possible if we can work together and care for each other. We’ll spend time exploring the ways that belonging plays a role in our lives and how all of us can find it in our lives. In order to do this we’ll be moving our bodies through dance, play and creative arts. We’ll spend time outdoors with on-island service projects, relay races and island-wide games. We’ll play volleyball and Nuke-em on the lawn, work as a team in softball, clamber around East Rock and celebrate as many Star traditions as we can. Get ready for bonfire night, lip sync battles, a very special Star Island Prom Night and so much more! Not to mention: all the friendship bracelets, improv games and wacky scavenger hunts you could ask for!
Jenn Murray, MDiv, Minister of Youth & Families, South Church (UCC), Andover, MA