Yukon-Kuskokwim Youth Conference
This last weekend, the village of Napaskiak hosted the Three Holy Youths First Annual Kuskokwim Youth Conference. It was attended by about 50 middle and high school students from five Yukon-Kuskokwim communities. In addition to praying services like a molieben and akathist, the students enjoyed fun and games, including basketball and a bonfire. During the conference, they learned that participation in the life of the church was much more than standing through church services; each day, they heard talks about spiritual topics, like how to say the Jesus Prayer and the importance of regular Confession and Communion. On a more practical side, they applied what they were learning by getting involved in the community, visiting and helping elders, and setting up small icons throughout the village. The whole village of Napaskiak was blessed on Sundaymorning when the youth choir sung the Divine Liturgy in both English and Yup’ik. At the end of the conference, students commented on their enjoyment of the conference and their desire to do it again next year – both the work and the play!