St. Nicholas Youth Retreat report
Successful work week
SAINT NICHOLAS CONVENT CONCLUDES SUCCESSFUL WORK WEEK & SUMMER YOUTH RETREAT
We have been very busy the last two weeks with youth retreats at St Nicholas Convent. Glory to God all went well. The first week a handful of people visited the Convent and we began work on a small cemetery chapel dedicated to the Holy Myrrhbearers. With some youth from Holy Trinity parish in Astoria as well as volunteers of the GOC’s St Paul’s Fellowship of Labor http://www.thespfl.com walls, floors and windows were installed on a small shed which will be converted into a cemetery chapel. During the next week’s youth retreat matushka Olga Mironova from St Xenia’s parish in Ottawa, Ontario led a crew of young painters and begin work on decorating the chapel. Fr Daniel Meschter was on hand that week, providing spiritual guidance for the group and celebrating Divine Liturgy at the Convent.
Between August 7-13 the Convent sponsored a youth retreat for children from the ages of 7-12 which was held at the nearby St Andrew’s Retreat Center. A number of adults, including matushkas Sasha Dobrorvanov, Olga Mironova and Vera Boulter, helped with supervising and organizing activities for the 25 children who attended camp. The theme for the week was centered on St Panteleimon and the unmercenary saints. The children had a wonderful time taking part in the many wonderful arts & crafts activities the parents so lovingly planned as well as enjoying time at the beach and blueberry picking. Part of a day was also spent at St Nicholas Convent where the children volunteered their time and helped on projects in the garden, cleaning church vessels, and helping with the new chapel. Fr Oleg Mironov celebrated Divine Liturgy for the feast of St Panteleimon and many of the children participated in singing, reading and serving in the altar.
We give thanks to God for allowing us such a fruitful two weeks, weeks not only practically helpful but beneficial for our souls. The Convent is deeply appreciative of the time and labor so generously given by the volunteers and adults both weeks.