Past Events

Moses comes to Guilford

The Sunday School children, under the direction of Rev. Sandy Daly, brought the story of Moses to life during the service on November 20. Click on a photo to start slideshow.

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African Dinner

The youth group prepared a delicious African dinner on Saturday, October 15 at All Souls Church in West Brattleboro at 6 p.m. All proceeds go to a service trip to Kenya in April 2012 by Brattleboro Area Interfaith Youth Group members. The menu included traditional meat and vegetarian dishes such as African sweet potato soup, samosas, chicken legs, beef stew, Ugali, spicy greens, plantain chips, rice, beans and dessert of sweet cornbread and fried banana. We're thankful for the friendly help offered by Paul, our resident Kenyan.

 

 

Interfaith Trip to Kenya

The kids who will go to Kenya next April.

Why would a small group of teenagers and adults from the Brattleboro area travel to Kenya? Call it connection, call it adventure—call it a gift from Wangari Maathai, the late Nobel Peace Prize recipient, whose work of tree planting started in Kenya and blossomed around the world, and even came to Guilford, where she planted an apple tree at the church. Wangari started the Green Belt Movement to reforest Kenya. Some of the young people of the Green Belt Movement began teaching indigenous dance and song to raise money to care for children orphaned by AIDS, and the Guilford Church has supported their work for several years, helping to buy food and clothing for the children. There is no orphanage; the children are cared for by families, whose resources are usually very limited. Through this connection, our pastor, Lise Sparrow, visited Kenya twice, and inspired the youth group to go there as well.

In April 2012, teens from All Souls Church, Dummerston Congregational, Centre Church, Newfane Church, Guilford Community Church, and Saint Michael’s Catholic Church will travel to Kaiguchu, (Mukurweini district, in the Nyeri province) Kenya. They will work with the village’s interfaith group to provide resources and to make the school and other areas in the village more pleasant and useful for the community.

It’s expensive to travel to Kenya, so the teens have been fundraising since the fall of 2010, selling potholders, cooking meals, holding tag sales, parking cars at the Guilford Fair, and selling Solmate Socks. Many have also gotten jobs. They will take with them duffels filled with t-shirts and books for the children. If you feel moved to support their work with a financial contribution, please click on the button below. We’d love to see you at our African Dinner on October 15!

 

20-family tag sale!

Families of the Interfaith Youth Group held a tag sale on September 17 from 8:30 to 1:30 at the church to raise money for their 2012 trip to Kenya. Members of the church donated items for the group to sell, in addition to the individual family collections. The tag sale raised about $2450 when all families' income plus the group income from the joint table were added together.

 

Chili Supper May 14

The interfaith youth group put on a chili supper at the Broad Brook Grange on May 14 to coordinate with a western swing dance that was part of the Guilford 250th year celebration. Not many came, but those who did had all they could eat of a delicious chili, cornbread, salad, and homemade baked goods. All the food that was left was sold after church the next day—people LOVED the instant dinners!

Don McLean took photos and video, and Evelyn McLean put them together into a fun, short scrapbook of the evening.


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May 2011

May 28—5K Run Fundraiser

You can raise ‘big bucks’ for a Kenya trip or other church youth group activity by collecting pledges for your participation in Guilford’s 5K Run on Saturday, May 28 at 10 a.m.  Ask friends, neighbors, teachers, and businesses you frequent to sponsor you for any amount!  Click here for a pledge form, which you can print and circulate, together with an envelope for checks or cash. Consider approaching folks at your church’s coffee hour. Be prepared to describe what you will do with the money raised. TIP: Try to collect the money on the spot rather than have to track pledges down afterwards!

Checks should be made out to GCC with BAIYG in the memo line.

 

Putney School Overnight March 12-13

Saturday March 12-Sunday, March 13—Putney School Overnight, hosted by youth group members who attend Putney School. A weekend of service and fellowship: group-building games, volleyball and other activities alternated with helping out with the maple sugaring process and barn chores. Click on a photo to start the slideshow.

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Youth Leadership Retreat Sept. 3-4

30 high-school-aged youth from many different towns around Windham County came together on September 3 and 4 to problem-solve, develop empathy and create positive connections within and across schools. Click "Read More"  for more details and to see photos of the retreat.

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Potholder Party October 17

SUNDAY, Oct. 17 Noon-2:30 p.m.

Potholder Party w/ Lunch at Guilford Community Church. Come make a potholder or two (they will be sold during the holiday as fundraiser for youth mission trips), while visiting and making youth group future plans over lunch.  Important details of Bioneers weekend will be discussed.   Adults volunteers needed to help with food and potholder tying off.  Please let Nanci know if you are tentatively available!

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Connecting for Change Conference

October 21-24

Thursday-Sunday—(BUHS no-school days) Bioneer Conference “Connecting for Change,” New Bedford, MA .This year's conference featured keynote speakers Greg Mortenson, author of Three Cups of Tea, Annie Leonard, Van Jones and many more.

To review schedule, workshop options, and evening entertainment visit on-line: http://www.marioninstitute.org/connecting-for-change/schedule-events 

 


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