Our director of Youth Ministry, Mr. Jordan Casson, a Postulant for Holy Orders in the Diocese of Virginia, will be attending Virginia Theological Seminary this upcoming school year to earn his certificate in Anglican Studies. This is the next step for Jordan in his discernment towards ordination in the Episcopal Church. Jordan has already earned his M.Div. (Master of Divinity) from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, and this year at VTS will complement his academic preparation for ordained ministry in the Episcopal Church.
Jordan’s last official Sunday as our Director of Youth Ministry will be August 2nd. Jordan will preach and we will send him off with our good wishes and a reception following the 10:30 service. Jordan will spend the rest of August preparing for this transition and moving up to Alexandria. Although VTS has a generous financial aid package and both the Diocese of Virginia and the Vestry of St. Paul’s Ivy have made financial commitments to Jordan’s education, he is left with about a $5,000 budget shortfall for the next year. It would be most appropriate as a thanksgiving for his two years of ministry with us, and in support of his ongoing discernment, for our parish to give generously to make up that difference.
People are encouraged to give monetary gifts directly to Jordan. If you would like to give anonymously, please give cash, or a check written out to “cash” (which will be cashed by St. Paul’s) to either Mary, Vic, or the Rev. Eric. The monies collected will then be given anonymously to Jordan. If you have questions about this, or other ways you might support Jordan over the next year, please contact the Rev. Eric.
What does this mean for our youth ministry program at St. Paul’s? We have a wonderful foundation to continue to build upon. Our most pressing need is for 3 Sunday school teachers for our Middle School class (SPIMS) and 3 teachers for our High School class (SPISH). Christian Formation for all ages this next school year will be reading through the narrative sections of the Bible together. We have wonderful resources and mentors in place. If you have ever felt God tugging at you to work with our young people, now is the time! Please be in communication with Jordan, the Rev. Sarah, or the Rev. Eric for more information.
Thank you for your ongoing support of Jordan and our youth ministry.