As a teenager, it can be very difficult to find places where you feel completely safe, welcome, loved, and at peace.
Even as an adult it is very difficult to find these places.
Where do you go to find contentment?
Is it in nature?
With some friends?
As an employee of the church, one thing that you want is for people to feel that the church can be that place too.
Church is and should be more than a place you go to worship once a week. It should be a place you go to feel safe.
A place you are loved and welcomed.
A place you feel at home.
Recently one of our youth, Max, wrote an essay for a college application answering the question of "A place that you are content".
Here is what he wrote.
This place is All Saints Chapel of Sewanee, the University of the South.
Through Episcopal youth programs I attend a small service at All Saints twice a year. The congregation is consistent. Most of the same youth participate in the summer and in the winter sessions. The services always include a time for individual prayer and meditation. My fellows sit in thought, converse in whispers, walk the aisles of the beautiful church or kneel out of reverence to the triune deity. I utilize this period for personal reflection. I cherish the ability to be among so many people who I communicate with so often, and say nothing to them, exchange no ideas. Left to myself, I revert to an meditative state of mind in which I can analyze my universe with ease. I find the situation unique, the time precious, the experience transcendent.