EVANS CITY — The four-girl confirmation class at St. John United Church of Christ is busy caring for the Earth and encouraging others to do the same.
The girls today will introduce the congregation to the denomination’s nationwide service project, Mission 4-1 Earth. The project encourages all in the denomination to care for the planet, whether in their own backyard or in the community.
Church member Cindy Princler said the confirmation class will lead the worship service and announce the Mission 4-1 Earth project first to the youngest church members during the children’s sermon.
Mission 4-1 Earth runs for 50 days between April 1 to May 19, which is the time between Easter and Pentecost. The denomination is hoping to collect one million hours of Earth care from members nationwide. They also set a goal of 100,000 new trees planted during that time.
The confirmation class, which consists of Elizabeth Grochalski, Alex Parrotto, Corrina Yobp and Bella King, will distribute “time cards” at the service upon which members can write down the hours they spent in cleanup efforts, environmental education, behavioral changes beneficial to the environment, advocacy for the Earth or other Earth-friendly activities.
The confirmation class will tally the hours on the time cards for submission to denomination headquarters in May.
Princler said the confirmation class at St. John also participates in spring and fall service projects.