Mandy Burmester is very excited to begin serving as our new high school youth group director and will start as high school youth choir director in the fall. She has taught in Catholic schools for nine years and has a great deal of experience working with children and teenagers. Mandy holds a BS degree from UAB in collaborative education. She sang in the St. Paul Cathedral choir for over 10 years and cantors throughout the diocese. Mandy lives in Helena with her husband Scott and their one-year-old son, Billy. She and her family enjoy being out and about with friends, going to football games in the fall and spending time together as a family. They are all very excited to become involved in parish life at Prince of Peace, and Mandy is looking forward to serving Christ and His Church through this opportunity.
We are thrilled to welcome back Lauren Atchison as assistant director of the high school youth group. Lauren has worked for Prince of Peace since 2011. She served as high school youth group director from 2011 – 2015 and as bulletin editor from 2011 through the present. She also volunteers with the adult social ministry and has taught Confirmation classes for several years. Lauren holds a BS in marketing from the University of Alabama. She lives in Hoover with her husband Daniel and their three kids, Patrick (6), Katie Rose (4), and Caroline (2). They enjoy being with friends, spending time with family, and working on the occasional Pinterest project. Lauren said, “I am looking forward to working with the high school teens again. I have missed their energy, the life they bring to our world, and learning from them. I can’t wait to share my faith and Christ’s love with them.”
The high school youth group leaders will hold a kick-off meet and greet on Sunday, July 8 at 6pm in the youth room in the middle school building. Pizza will be served for dinner followed by kickball. Following the kickoff, HSYG meetings will be held on July 15 and 22 from 6-8pm and the group will help with the garage sale fundraiser on July 28. In early August the group will go to Splash Adventure.