Members of the junior youth ministry in Epiphany Parish, Brick, take a photo with their gingerbread house. Photo courtesy of Michele Evans
Members of the junior youth ministry in Epiphany Parish, Brick, take a photo with their gingerbread house. Photo courtesy of Michele Evans

Epiphany Parish, Brick, is keeping busy this Advent and Christmas season!

Frist there was a “Night in Bethlehem” and live Nativity that drew about 125 children and their families, where all could interact with various merchants and characters of Bethlehem. Children took part in hands-on-activities as they experienced Bethlehem in 4 B.C.  

Then there was the Magi Christmas Lunch that featured caroling, presents and a visit from Santa.

And at the annual Christmas gingerbread house-making contest with the parish junior youth ministry, young people in grades six through eight worked together in teams to make the best creation they could. Each member voted for their favorite gingerbread house by secret ballot.

Said eighth-grader Brianna Favretto, “Youth group is always a fun time to get together with my friends from church. We work on teamwork activities, and the gingerbread house contest was one of those. Communicating with others and new people is very common in youth group. Afterward, we always conclude with a prayer request.”

Added Gabriella Colasanto, also in eighth grade, “I love coming to youth group because it is fun and a good way to be involved with the church.  The gingerbread houses [are] one of my favorite things to do at Christmas!”

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