Helping victims of the recent floods (October and november, 2011)
Gates of Heaven Babysitting
by George Woodzell
For the past several years, St. Stephen's youth group has provided child care to the folks at Congregation Gates of Heaven for their High Holy Days celebrations. Here's the letter we received from the congregation:
"We are very grateful to your wonderful youth group for providing
babysitting services for our Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services.
We heard from parents that the babysitters were just terrific. They
were mature, they asked good questions, they followed directions
perfectly, and the children really enjoyed being with them.
We feel that your youth provided the most positive High Holy Day
babysitting that we have had in many years.
Please pass on our thanks and high praise to the teens and the adult
helpers. They deserve it!"
These sessions are a perfect illustration of the good that comes from doing good: We help our friends at Gates of Heaven, and we earn money for work camp and other youth group activities. But, when we escort the children into the sanctuary for part of the Rosh Hashanah service, we also have the rare opportunity to hear someone blow the shofar (ram's horn), and after the service we have the opportunity to spend time with Rabbi Matt Cutler, to see the Torah scrolls and learn something of the traditions of the Jewish faith.
Here's a picture of Ellen, Maddie, and one of their little friends:
The baby-sitting project at the temple: Britta and friend.
Work camp group, the 2008 group.
We went in 2009, 2010, 2011 and plan to go in 2012.
How many years HAVE we been going?
The 2011 group:
2011, including adults:
The recent "Thank-You" dinner:
A night out for the youth group: