Nightwatch 2015

Another Nightwatch saw the dawn on May 2 in Grace Cathedral, when over 40 sleepy young people — and the adults leading the event with them —  woke up to music and the light streaming through the cathedral windows.

As always, the night included games, glowsticks, singing, crafts, and more. Using the theme of “Journey,” and inspired by the scriptural story of Jesus’ visit to the Temple as a twelve year old — and his parents’ concomitant distress — the youth created decoupaged travel journals and a canvas of painted footprints. Those who felt comfortable doing so created cards with scripture quotes for prisoners. The cards will be mailed anonymously by an organization focused on care for Christian LGBTQ people who are incarcerated. During the special creative compline service just before bedtime, the group journeyed through the cathedral singing and listening to stories of young people who had taken risks in order to show love and care for others in need.

The Diocese of California’s Nightwatch: Journey was designed for youth from 6th–8th grades, but high school students were also welcome and enjoyed the night. Youth and leaders came from as far away as Sacramento, Folsom, and Napa Valley, in addition to many diocesan congregations — Holy Trinity La Santissima Trinidad, Richmond; Christ the Lord, Pinole; Christ Church, Alameda; St. James/Iglesia de Santiago, Oakland; St. James, Fremont; Epiphany, San Carlos; Trinity, Menlo Park; St Matthew’s, San Mateo; Grace Cathedral, San Francisco; St. Ambrose, Foster City; St. Mark’s, Berkeley; St. James, San Francisco; St. Bartholomew’s, Livermore; and St Gregory of Nyssa, San Francisco Particular gratitude goes out to the program and leadership team of Caren Miles (St. John’s, Ross), the Rev. Sylvia Miller-Mutia (St. Gregory of Nyssa, San Francisco), Andrew Dombos (Grace Cathedral, San Francisco), Tempest Brevard-Head (Christ the Lord, Pinole), the Rev. Mary Carter Greene (Trinity, Menlo Park) and Logan Rimel and Jennifer Snow on the bishop’s staff.

Nightwatch is always a fantastic and memorable time for youth and adults, and the diocese looks forward to welcoming next year's Nightwatch on April 29 to 30, 2016. Mark your calendars!