Some 60 young Armenian faithful and their parents took part in the Diocese’s “Virtual Winter Family Camp”on Saturday, February 27. The all-day program launched over the Zoom conference platform was organized by St. Vartan and Hye camps, in collaboration with the Youth and Young Adult Ministries department.
Diocesan Primate Bishop Daniel started the day by leading the assembled campers in prayer and worship. He was joined by Fr. Vart Gyozalyan and Fr. Khachatur Kesablyan, along with seminarian Adam Bullock. Bishop Daniel’s message to the campers set a tone of prayerful fellowship for the rest of the day.
St. Nersess Seminary dean Fr. Mardiros Chevian led an interactive session on “Finding Faith as a Family,” where children used clay to create shapes to depict what kept their homebound families connected over the lockdown year. A session on “Lenten Cooking” had Dn. Levon Asdourian sharing two simple recipes children could make in their own kitchens, during this season of fasting.
The day concluded with Ani Jermakian leading the campers in a craft project to create a “family crest” representing their distinctive family values.
“Such a Joy”
Winter Virtual Family Camp was the latest entry in a year’s worth of online youth programming pioneered by the Diocese in response to the pandemic crisis. Like other virtual activities, Winter Camp touched chords of gratitude among the families participating. “It is always such a joy to be a part of these programs,” offered a parent from Dallas in a note to the organizers. “I love seeing my daughter inspired.”
“These are exactly the feelings we hope our participants take away from their virtual experiences,” said Jennifer Morris of the Diocese’s Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries. “We, too, are thankful for the support families have given these opportunities to gather in a spirit faith, fun, and fellowship.”
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