Dear Mrs. Akbas,
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to publicly say thank you to all the members of St. Philips for the continued support on my Eagle Project. I wanted to build a railing to go with the path my brother, Liam completed, 2 years ago. Both Rev. Geer and I thought a handrail was important to give that extra safety measure for the path. With the help of my Troop we accomplished that! We also refurbished the gravel and added some plantings. I would have never been able to obtain the rank of Eagle if it wasn’t for the generous donations from the Friends of St. Philips, Polhemus Gravel and our very own Reverend Geer. It was very involved to plan, organize and carry out this task. I liked being in the leadership role and feeling the sense of accomplishment. I hope my work will be enjoyed for many years.
Junior Choir (Grades 1-8)
All children in the first grade or older are welcome to join the Junior Choir. No music reading experience is necessary and there is no audition. The only requirement is a love of singing and a desire to praise God through music.
Amy Richter and Woody Entrekin rehearse the choir every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 9:40 a.m. from September through May. For more details, email Amy or call 845-424-8308. The directors always can use volunteers who will help watch the children between the time practice ends and church begins at 10:30 a.m.
Sunday School (grades K-5)
Sunday School classes are a very important part of worship at St. Philip's. Sunday School is offered for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Classes are held weekly in the Parish House during the 10:30 a.m. service. Any questions about Sunday School or how you might volunteer please contact Beth Horan: 845.661.3489 or SundaySchool@StPhilipsHighlands.org
Cross Trainers (grades 6-12)
Youth in grades six through twelve are encouraged to participate in St. Philip's youth group called The Cross Trainers. The group is split into two groups - middle school and high school. Youth group members participate in the weekly church service as Psalm readers, Acolytes, and occasional greeters at church services. The groups meet on average twice a month for fellowship and focus on community service projects.
Cross Trainers are involved in many aspects of the church life including weekly reading of the Psalm during the 10:30 am Sunday service, acting as greeters and acolytes, and assisting with upkeep of the campus. We also participate in outreach programs such as helping to lead Sunday religious services for the residents of the Hedgewood Home for Adults in Beacon.
We have traveled to Schoharie to assist in community rebuilding efforts following devastation endured from Tropical Storm Irene and visited St. Miguel Academy in Newburgh to assist with the painting and preparation of the new school building.
In addition, we have conducted food drives to support local programs, food and supply drives for local dog rescue groups and participated in a walk to raise money and awareness for juvenile diabetes. Most recently, the Cross Trainers became involved with the Midnight Run program, collecting and distributing food, clothing, blankets, and personal care items to the homeless people on the streets of New York City.
The Cross Trainers meet on average twice a month to conduct community service and enjoy fellowship. For more information, email Jennifer Sandlund at 845.265.3767 or email Carol O'Reilly at 646.641.4629.