Nativity teens bond through faith, friendship and service


There’s something different about Church of the Nativity in Timonium. It’s a community that inspires its laity and, in turn, is inspired by its laity. It’s a movement that’s changing York Road and beyond. I’m working on a story for about ServeFest, which Nativity played a major role in this past weekend.

But, first… 

One of my favorite things about my job is getting to talk to young people involved in their faith and sharing their stories with people in Baltimore and across the world. Teens hit the reset button for me and make me want to re-discover my faith again because of their enthusiasm.

At ServeFest, I talked with four high school students –  Katie Leslie, Lauren Becker, Brooke Wareheim and Caitlin O’Connor – who are living proof that young people are making a difference in the church, the community and the world. They’re part of a small group at Nativity led by Kristin Costanza. If you watch this video, you’ll see how much impact lay ministers can have on young people thanks to authentic leadership.

Witness their testimony in this spotlight video: 


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