Family ministry focuses on the children of the church and their families. Because All Saints' has a number of multi-generational families, there is a conscious effort to plan intergenerational events and activities that the entire family can enjoy. Family Ministry also includes the Ke Akua Youth Group (see below) that plays a large role in both church activities and community outreach, providing pastoral services to members, running large community events, and taking part in mission service.
Ke Akua Youth Group of All Saints'
The Ke Akua Youth Group of All Saints' Church is open to all youth in the 6th grade through high school. The group is involved in a number of community outreach activities and has been an avid supporter of the Kaua'i Humane Society for a number of years, and have shifted their focus to serving the homeless in the past couple of years. They lead many of the community outreach programs funded by various grants, including free movie nights on the lawn, Friday Night Sports Nights, the island-wide Fun In Fellowship Dodgeball Tournament, and help at the Kapa'a Interfaith Thanksgiving Luncheon which serves over 500 free Thanksgiving meals to the community.
They also run several church activities and services, including Stations of the Cross during Holy Week, the annual Easter Festival, and the All Saints' Holiday Craft Fair, and offer pastoral services to member who are unable to do routine chores around their homes like washing their car or windows, cleaning the yard, etc.
Despite a jam-packed schedule of service, they find time to fellowship at retreats, camps and outings to the beach, mini-golf, movies and more.
YOUTH GROUP LOGO
Ke Akua, in the Hawaiian language, refers to God, and they chose to use this as an acronymn for the name of their group: Kaua'i Episcopalians And Kidz United Altogether. Their slogan is "Working Under God - Helping the community", and their mission statement is:
Sharing the love of God with the community by keeping the faith, extending a helping hand and protecting all of God's creations.
The Ke Akua Youth Group logo was designed by former member Jarin Quibilan, who is now attending college, with plans to major in art.
For more information, call the church office at 808-822-4267.
High school members of All Saints' Ke Akua Youth Group were a part of the Hawai'i delegation that attended the Episcopal Church's largest youth event in July 2014. Over 1,100 Epsicopal youth and adult leaders from around the world attended the triennial Episcopal Youth Event (EYE) that took place at Villanova University in Philadelphia, PA, followed by 3 days of urban mission. To read about this amazing event along with a slideshow and youth reflections, visit the Diocesan webpage HERE. Our very own Casey Nakamura was on the Design (planning) team and includes a report from her.
MISSION: OAHU 2013
During the summer of 2013, they embarked on a service mission closer to home on Oahu. They served at the Institute for Human Services (IHS), River of Life Mission, Family Promise, Project Hawaii and helped at St. Stephen's in Wahiawa. Their mission was featured in the August 2012 Diocesan E-Chronicle. (Under Kaua'i Parish News)
MISSION: LOS ANGELES 2012
The high school youth went on a mission to Los Angeles Skid Row during the summer of 2012, which proved to be a life changing experience for them. After nearly 3 years of fundraising, they finally set out on their mission, serving in various shelters, engaging the homeless, working in soup kitchens and food pantries, sharing and playing with children in the gang-ridden East LA projects, visiting the elderly in nursing homes, and bringing back with them the knowledge and understanding of the people they served. Their mission was featured in an article in the August 2013 Diocesan E-Chronicle. (Under Kaua'i Parish News)