Marblehead faith community unites for youth program

Four local churches have collaborated to launch the Marblehead Youth Cooperative Ministry (MYCM) to create an active Christian youth program for middle and high school students.

The leadership board is made up of lay leaders from Clifton Lutheran Church, Old North Church (United Church of Christ), St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church and St. Michael’s Episcopal Church. They are currently seeking a full-time youth minister.

The initiative kicks off with a Hope for Haiti event on Sunday, Sept. 24, from 1-2:30 p.m. at Clifton Lutheran Church, 150 Humphrey St. Attendees will learn about Haiti’s history, engage in a video conference with a resident of Haiti and cook Haitian food. Future events include a Halloween/All Saints party, Christmas tree lighting and gift-giving outreach opportunities.

“The goal is to create an inclusive, progressive Christian youth program that allows young people to explore their faith and engage in outreach,” said Kelly Stevens, a board member and parishioner of St. Michael’s.

The program is open to all interested youth from grades 5 to 12, with plans to later divide into separate groups for middle and high school. Participants can join the Zoom meeting — — led by a member of the Marblehead Ministerial Association at 8:45 a.m.

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