In the days following Thanksgiving, more than 30 ACYOA Juniors At Holy Trinity Armenian Church gathered for the annual Thanksgiving Lock-In, focused on the theme “Physically, Mentally & Spiritually Healthy.”
Participants spent 17 hours together, learning and growing in faith and fellowship. The program included icebreakers and teambuilders, a discussion on The Greatest Commandment (Matthew 22:37), and opportunities for worship, “Open Mike with Der Hayr” and fellowship. The highlight of the evening was an inspirational and educational “fireside chat” led by Dr. Dianne Quibell, Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Using statistics, scripture and her professional and spiritual expertise, Dr. Quibell addressed the importance for teens to create balance in their physical, mental and spiritual health.
Many Holy Trinity ACYOA Seniors not only chaperoned, but mentored the Juniors, including leading a discussion for the older participants.
After the midnight evening service and candle-lighting ceremony, late-night conversations and activities continued well into the early hours. Their time together ended with morning service, the traditional presentation of Lock-in keepsakes, breakfast, and goodbyes!
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