Saint Edmund’s Youth (StEdY) Blog & Calendar

  • Upcoming Youth Event: "The Sound of Music" September 20th
    Friday, August 28, 2015

    “The Sound of Music” Youth Event
    September 20th, 2015

    Meeting at noon in the church parking lot


    Save the date of September 20th to see “The Sound of Music” at the Ahmanson! This classic musical is based on the real life story of the Von Trapp Family singers, one of the world’s best-known concert groups in the era immediately preceding World War II. Julie Andrews plays the role of Maria, the struggling postulant at an Austrian abbey who becomes a governess in the home of a widowed naval captain with seven children, and brings life and music into the home.
    Tickets are $20 per student, reduced prices available for families with one or more children. Parents are also welcome to attend with purchase of a full $40 ticket.
    We will meet in the church parking lot at noon to attend the matinee performance. Please contact Heather to RSVP or for questions.

  • Upcoming Event: Dead Sea Scrolls & IMAX~ California Science Center August 30th Meeting at Church at 2pm
    Wednesday, August 12, 2015

    The discovery of these scrolls in 1947 was arguably the most significant archaeological find of the last century. If you have no idea what these scrolls are or why historians, theologians and scientists are so excited about them then come find out! The exhibit includes 600 pages from the Hebrew Bible which survived being hidden in caves for 2,000 years. Also on display: a three-ton stone from Jerusalem’s Western Wall, limestone capitals from the first temple period (1000-586 BCE), ossuaries from the early Roman period, and an ancient signature preserved for millennia on the Archer Seal. We will visit the interactive exhibits to write in Hebrew and Greek, feel the difference between papyrus and parchment, explore how carbon dating helps scientists determine the age of the Scrolls, and reconstruct a ceramic pot by matching fragments like restorers do. Before seeing the exhibits we will watch the 3D IMAX movie “Jerusalem”.

    This is an incredible opportunity but the scrolls will be leaving on September 7th so we need to go soon. If you would like to come, I am planning a trip on Sunday, August 30th, meeting at the church at 2pm. I need to order tickets asap so if you are interested please let me know by Friday (8/14) so we can get tickets to both the movie and the exhibit before they run out.

    Rev. Heather Blackstone, Director of Youth Ministries 

  • Teacher Meeting Dinner- Friday, August 28th
    Wednesday, August 12, 2015

    Many of our youth are invaluable teachers to the younger students. If you are teaching this year, please join us at Mijares in Pasadena on Friday, August 28that 7 for dinner, to hear what is being planned for the fall and to offer any ideas you may have.

    Rev. Heather Blackstone, Director of Youth Ministries 

  • Upcoming Events This Fall
    Wednesday, August 12, 2015

    This fall I am planning to meet on Sunday evenings in addition to having class on Sunday mornings at 10 am. We will be looking at issues of race, identity and stereotypes and the many many many places in the Hebrew Scriptures where there is tremendous racial tension. We will be visiting the Norton Simon to see an exhibit on color, going to the Getty Center to see exhibits on daguerreotypes and the use of food in identity celebrations. There will also be several movie screenings, prayer practices, some weekend trips and perhaps even a family camp tossed in.

    Rev. Heather Blackstone, Director of Youth Ministries 

  • Ideas & Suggestions
    Wednesday, August 12, 2015

    If there is anything you would like to do, please let me know. I am always open to a movie night, beach day or anything else you would like to do.

    Rev. Heather Blackstone, Director of Youth Ministries 

  • New Youth Minister Appointed!
    Thursday, July 23, 2015

    2650088b-ea62-4e7c-baa7-13aebfe82021The Reverend Heather Blackstone, a minister in the United Church of Christ, will join the staff of St. Edmund’s as full-time Director of Youth Ministries this July, with responsibility for developing all dimensions of our youth programs.

    Heather is concluding her ministry as Associate Pastor at Burbank United Methodist Church, and will continue in the Religious and Spiritual Life Office at Occidental College.

    Heather was born and raised in Pownal, Maine. She attended Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts where she majored in Biblical and Theological Studies with a concentration in Jewish Studies and Old Testament Theology. During her time in college she was able to spend a semester studying at Jerusalem University College in Jerusalem, Israel. She also served in Calcutta, India working with Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity at Kalighat Home for the Dying.

    Upon completion of her Bachelors, Heather moved to Pasadena, California to attend Fuller Theological Seminary where she obtained her Masters of Divinity, followed by ordination in the United Church of Christ. She served as the Assistant Minister at Glendale First United Methodist Church as well as the Chaplain for the Glendale Police Department. It was during this time that she met and married her husband, Antonio Bartolome. After Glendale Methodist, Heather joined the Office for Religious and Spiritual Life at Occidental College where she continues to offer interfaith programming for the various religious groups on campus and leads the Progressive Christians Uniting. In 2010 she was invited to join the staff at Burbank First United Methodist Church where she was appointed to the position of Associate Pastor. The following year she and Antonio welcomed their son Alipio. Antonio is the Senior Advisor for the Thornton School of Music as well as a violinist. As a family they love traveling, going to museums and attending concerts near their home in Pasadena.


  • Faith Builders | February 08, 2015
    Wednesday, February 04, 2015

    Have you picked up a snazzy new calendar for the spring semester? There’s something for everybody with the Compton Initiative, hiking, celebrations, and more! Grab a copy for your fridge on the Close on Sunday.

    Coming up for STEDY:

    • February 6th: Stedy will be volunteering at The Homework House in Azusa with their after school program from 3:30-5PM. Bring money for dinner afterwards! Click here to let us know you are coming.
    • February 8th: No Confirmation Class. See you at the Annual Meeting!
    • February 15th and 22nd: No D-Groups or Youth Group due to President’s Day and Winter Camp
    • February 20th-22nd: High School Winter Camp
    • March 8th: Acolyte Celebration. Details TBA.
    Onward and upward,
    Dani Patterson, Youth Ministry
    Cassandra Kirby, Children’s Ministry

  • StEdY Snow Trip
    Wednesday, November 06, 2013

    Saint Edmund’s Youth will have a Trip to the Snow on Saturday, Nov. 16th from 10am – 6pm to Big Bear’s Snow Play. Please Register here by Wed. Nov. 14th so we can arrange enough transportation.

    Cost is $25. Two signed liability forms are required.  It’s about a four hour drive round trip to Big Bear.  We will spend about 4 hours playing in the snow and 4 hours total getting there and back.

    For more information on Snow Play visit:

    Please bring:
    –  Two signed release forms (one for Saint Edmund’s & one for Snow Play)
    –  $25 if you want to tube at Snow Play
    – Snow clothes as well as a change of dry clothes and socks.
    –  Sack lunch & extra $ if participants wish to purchase snacks at the lodge.

    Ttwo signed liability form are required per participant.  One form is for Saint Edmund’s and another is required by Snow Play in Big Bear.  These forms are available by clicking the images below.

    permission slip 2013-14 Snow Play Release_Waiver

  • Danielle Patterson Joins Youth Ministry Team
    Thursday, September 05, 2013

    The Rector is pleased to announce, together with the Youth Advocacy Team chaired by John Quinn, the addition to our Youth Ministry Team of an exceptional young woman, Danielle Patterson. Danielle will join Josh Keaney in encouraging Youth Ministry in and through St. Edmund’s Parish, with particular focus on Middle School aged students. Danielle introduces herself below, and we trust you to offer her a Howlingly Warm St. Edmund’s welcome!

    Danielle PattersonI grew up in the sleepy beach town of New Smyrna Beach, Florida where my family still lives. I have two baby sisters (who are the cutest little things in the world!) and an older brother. I left the hurricanes and alligators and moved to California to attend APU and am now living in Azusa where I have three roommates, a car named Oliver, and a fish called Glitter. I am entering my third year of school and am majoring in Social Work and have two minors in Christian Ministries and Spanish. I also work at the Neighborhood Homework House in Azusa where I am the Teen Program Assistant.
    I love tennis, yoga, and anything creative or competitive. I have a special place in my heart for non-fiction, sweet tea, and ice cream – preferably all at once. One of my favorite things to do is to travel. This last semester I studied abroad in the UK and attended Oxford University. Afterwards, I spent a month backpacking Europe and fell in love with the sights, sounds, and tastes of all the different cultures that are so close together. I volunteer with APU’s Mexico Outreach and have left a huge piece of my heart south of the border. My goal is to hit every continent before I am 26 and this winter I hope to be going to South America.
    Over the summer I interned at a church in a rural community in Montrose, Colorado working with the youth. It was an incredible experience and I learned a lot – both about nature and about ministry. I am excited to be back in SoCal and to get to know the students and families of St. Ed’s!

  • TED video by Helen Fisher
    Tuesday, April 30, 2013

    At the parent meeting this past Sunday we mentioned a TED video by Helen Fisher about the “Brain in Love”.  We plan to use this video in the upcoming series on sex and relationships.

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