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PYM Sr. High Weekend @ Shrine Mont (Nov 3rd – 5th) REGISTRATION IS OPEN October 20, 2017

Filed under: Forms,fun stuff!,PYM,upcoming opportunities — mwade91383 @ 8:28 am

Greetings Youth Leaders!

 

I hope this message finds you well and HOPEFULLY we’re finally going to enjoy some Fall weather, although I hear it’s going to get hot again. Today I want to share with you some resources for our PYM Sr. High Weekend which is a little less than 2 weeks away (November 3rd-5th @ Shrine Mont). The committee has been very active planning and getting organized for our first retreat and we’re really excited about everything lined up including our keynote speaker this year, Connor Gwin! Connor is no stranger to our Diocese and served our camps as staff chaplain several summers ago. He also has extensive camp and youth experience (Diocese of SWVA & Kanuga) and really knows the nature of our group well. We’re very excited to have him back on the mountain!

 

The weekend promises to be a big success and we hope you can bring a group from your church, and to help with that recruiting effort we have some resources to share:

 

  • The first resource is the registration packet itself here. Please note that pages 3 and 4 are information about the weekend and can be helpful for explaining what exactly the weekend might look and feel like.
  • You can also go to our blog’s “PYM 101” page for more information about PYM and our weekends. Click here to learn more.
  • The committee also created a flyer that would be perfect for a bulletin board in your parishes or however you see fit. Here’s the YouTube video they made a couple months ago…… you can tell they’re excited :).

 

Registration is NOW OPEN and we’ve already had a few groups sign up. Registration is $150 per participant and that’s all inclusive (room, board, programming). We do have some scholarship money available if needed, please inquire with me directly. Let me know if you have any questions or if there’s anything I can do. Thank you again so much for all your support, see you all at Shrine Mont in a few weeks!

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PYM Marketing Materials, Fall 2017 September 28, 2017

Filed under: Forms,fun stuff!,PYM,upcoming opportunities — mwade91383 @ 2:51 pm

Greetings Youth Leaders!

 

I hope everyone is having a great week and enjoying the beginning of a new program year. The fall always brings a ton of new energy and enthusiasm so it’s a great time for youth ministry. I wanted to share with you guys some flyers the committee made for our two upcoming youth events in 2017, Fall Youth Day of Service (Oct 14th @ Sprout Center) & PYM Sr. High Weekend (Nov 3-5 @ Shrine Mont). Feel free to pass on these materials to parents, post on bulletin boards, share with other churches, whatever you see fit. Registration for both events is open now and more information is below. Let me know whatever I can do to help get you signed up or if you have any questions.

 

Also, check out this YouTube video PYM made at Fall Planning a couple weeks ago, can you tell they’re excited??? See you guys soon!

 

PYM Fall Youth Day of Service: October 14th, 10AM – 2PM @ Sprout Center in Aldie, VA.

Flyer1/Registration Form

Sprout Center waiver

Flyer 2

 

PYM Sr. High Weekend : Nov 3-5 @ Shrine Mont

Registration Packet

Flyer 1

 

Fall Youth Day of Service @ Sprout Center in Aldie, VA. Oct 14th, 10AM – 2PM September 22, 2017

Filed under: Forms,fun stuff!,Mission,PYM — mwade91383 @ 2:09 pm

Greetings Youth Leaders! TGIF!

 

I hope this message finds you well and you’re all enjoying strong starts to the new program year. PYM is eager to get busy and we’re excited to cordially invite you and your youth to our first event, PYM Fall Youth Day of Service!

 

PYM Fall Youth Day of Service is a one day program for 6th through 12th grade youth which focuses on giving back to the community and doing work for others. This year we will be visiting The Sprout Therapeutic Riding and Education Center in Aldie, VA. The Sprout Center is a mission based non-profit organization that provides therapeutic riding and other equine activities to individuals who might not have such opportunities. Check out their website to learn more at  www.sproutcenter.org! The Sprout Center is located at 40685 John Mosby Hwy Aldie, VA 20105. You can also reach them at (571) 367 – 4555.

 

The event will start at 10:00 AM and will run until 2:00 PM, and is totally free! Our day will include a welcome, orientation/tour of the center, our service work, pizza lunch (FREE!), and a closing. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes, pants, and some gloves to work in. Clothes you don’t mind getting a little dirty would be ideal. They’ve also asked if anyone can bring the following items for the work that would be helpful: Scrub brushes, shovels, and hammers. They’re also looking for consumables to be donated if you have extra: Pine sol, Murphy’s Oil, Windex, Paper towels, Trash bags, and lawn bags.

 

Here is the waiver from Sprout Center and the flyer/registration form for the event. To register simply fill out both the waiver and registration form for each participant (both youth and adult) and send back to the Christian Formation Office. If getting forms together is problematic, simply RSVP to me directly with your head- count and bring your forms with you on the 14th. That way both we and the Sprout Center are prepared!

 

Feel free to pass it on to anyone you think might be interested, the more the merrier! Registration is open now and closes at 5:00 PM on Friday, October 13th. Let me know if you have any questions or if there’s anything I can do.

 

Thanks again, see you all at the Sprout Center!

 

Welcome Back Youth Ministers! August 29, 2017

Filed under: Forms,fun stuff!,PYM,Support,upcoming opportunities — mwade91383 @ 1:40 pm

Greetings Youth Leaders!

 

I hope you all have had fantastic summers and are excited about the new program year. It’s officially the last week of summer which means the Fall will be here before we know it. This is my favorite time of year for so many reasons, but mainly because of all the fresh energy and enthusiasm that comes with the new youth ministry season! I imagine many of you have already hit the ground running so I want to be sure everybody has what they need to make their plans for the year.

 

Below you’ll find the list of diocesan youth events and a link to their forms. Registration is open for all events and I’m happy to do whatever I can to help get you and your youth to join us. If you have any questions or if I can help, please don’t hesitate to ask. Keep in mind, for PYM weekends at Shrine Mont we do have some scholarship money available as needed.

 

PYM Future Dates

  • October 14th, 2017, 10AM – 2PM: Fall Youth Day of Service in Aldie, VA (sproutcenter.org)
  • November 3-5, 2017: Sr. High Weekend @ Shrine Mont
  • March 24, 2018, 10AM – 1PM: Spring Youth Day of Service in Midlothian, VA (shalomfarms.org)
  • April 20-22, 2018: PYM 6 & 7 Grade Weekend @ Shrine Mont
  • May 18-20, 2018: PYM 8 Grade Weekend @ Shrine Mont

Click here for additional flyers/forms and information.

 

That’s all for today, thanks again for everything you do for the youth here in DIOVA. There’s no question we would not be able to thrive without you! If there’s anything else I can do, even if it’s not youth event related, please don’t hesitate to ask. I’m pretty good at connecting people to colleagues who might be working through some of the same challenges you are and happy to be a resource myself.

 

Thanks again, have a fantastic week!

 

Thank you for a great year! & Shrine Mont Camps 2017 May 25, 2017

Filed under: Forms,fun stuff!,PYM,Shrine Mont Camps,Support,upcoming opportunities — mwade91383 @ 9:55 am
Greetings Youth Leaders!

I hope this message finds you well and you’re looking forward to the long weekend, hopefully we can all get to the pool! Thank you again to everyone who came out for PYM 8th Grade Weekend at Shrine Mont this past weekend. We had a fantastic turnout for such a small age group (over 100!) and our weekend chaplain, Matt Rawls, did a fantastic job. It was an outstanding finish to what was another banner year for PYM and we could not do it without your support.

On behalf of the Diocese of Virginia, thank you so much for spending your weekends with us this year and helping us create the opportunities for youth to grow. We cannot do the work we do without your support and it means the world to us. We’ve learned a great deal this year and look forward to doing it even bigger and better in 2018. The dates and all the forms are listed at the bottom of this message, let me know if you have any questions.

Also, just because it’s summer and PYM is on hiatus, it doesn’t mean the fun has to stop! The following is a message from Maggie Kennedy who works with Paris and I in the Christian Formation office about Senior High Youth Conference at Shrine Mont this summer, check it out………

 

“Hello Sr. High & 8th grade weekend-ers!

 Many of you have told us that you would love a week long version of a PYM weekend… and I’m happy to tell you that THAT EXISTS!

 We have a camp at Shrine Mont called Senior High Youth Conference. You need to be a rising 9th – rising 12th grader to attend and it is July 16-23rd. If you come to SHYC you can expect to be challenged, and to stretch yourself physically and spiritually while having a ton of fun and hanging out with awesome people! This is a great camp for you who wish to grow as leaders. Formation and small group time, helping others, dance parties and much more will happen at your week-long SHYC experience. This year in addition to a focus on service, we will be doing work on “storytelling” and have an expert storyteller who will be joining us for the week to assist. We do still have several spots available, but please act fast! Scholarships are available so if cost is a concern, please fill out the attached scholarship form.

 And, you can register here: http://www.shrinemontcamps.net/registration.html. If you have any questions, please reach out to Maggie Kennedy at mkennedy@thediocese.net and she will help!”

 

That’s all for now. Thanks again for everything and if I don’t hear from you, have a fantastic summer!

 

Mike Wade

(804) 622 – 3190

mwade@thediocese.net

 

 

PYM Future Dates

  • October 14th, 2017, 10AM – 2PM: Fall Youth Day of Service in Aldie, VA (sproutcenter.org)
  • November 3-5, 2017: Sr. High Weekend @ Shrine Mont
  • March 24, 2018, 10AM – 1PM: Spring Youth Day of Service in Midlothian, VA (shalomfarms.org)
  • April 20-22, 2018: PYM 67 Grade Weekend @ Shrine Mont
  • May 18-20, 2018: PYM 8 Grade Weekend @ Shrine Mont

Click here for additional flyers/forms and information.

 

PYM 8th Grade Weekend @ Shrine Mont May 19-21 May 4, 2017

Filed under: Forms,fun stuff!,PYM,Resources,Support,upcoming opportunities — mwade91383 @ 3:54 pm
Greetings Youth Leaders! May the Fourth be with you!

 

As most of you already know PYM 8th Grade Weekend at Shrine Mont is right around the corner! The weekend is May 19-21, 2017 and is open to all 8th grade youth. We’re super excited to have Matt Rawls, who is the youth minister at St. Mary’s, Goochland, as our weekend chaplain. You can find the registration packet  here and a flyer from the PYM committee here. Feel free to pass on both the registration packet and the flyer with anyone who might be interested in joining us, the more the merrier!

 

Registration is now open and we’re accepting forms and dues ($150 per participant) up until Friday when you arrive. However, please let me know directly (mwade@thediocese.net) of your group and who is coming no later than COB Wednesday, May 17th. I use that information to make plans for housing, food, programming, etc. It takes a long time to get fully organized so the sooner you can let me know, the better! Please include: name, gender, and if they’re a youth or adult.

 

That’s all for now on 8th Grade Weekend, looking forward to seeing you all for what promises to be another great time at Shrine Mont. Let me know if there’s anything I can do to be supportive, see you all soon!

 

Mike Wade

(804) 622 – 3190

mwade@thediocese.net

 

PYM Future Dates

  • May 19-21, 2017: 8th Grade Weekend @ Shrine Mont
  • October 14th, 2017, 10AM – 2PM: Fall Youth Day of Service in Aldie, VA (sproutcenter.org)
  • November 3-5, 2017: Sr. High Weekend @ Shrine Mont
  • March 24, 2018, 10AM – 1PM: Spring Youth Day of Service in Midlothian, VA (shalomfarms.org)
  • April 20-22, 2018: PYM 67 Grade Weekend @ Shrine Mont
  • May 18-20, 2018: PYM 8 Grade Weekend @ Shrine Mont

Click here for additional flyers/forms and information.

 

Convergence, 6/22-7/2 @ Randolph Macon College April 3, 2017

Here’s an interesting opportunity this summer for your youth I wanted to pass on. Check it out!

 

“Science and faith are two of the key ways we try to understand the world around us, and for many people these two ways of knowing tell very different stories. In the perception of some these stories are so different that only one or the other can be right, that science and faith must inevitably be in conflict. Evolution versus the creation stories in Genesis. Seven days of creation versus modern cosmology. But, does it have to be so? Can a person who believes in God also be a scientist? Can I go to church without “checking my brain at the door?”

 

If these are questions that you would like to wrestle with, I am excited to share an opportunity to do just that! Supported by a generous grant from the Lilly Endowment, we will be offering a residential Youth Theology Institute on Faith & Science on the campus of Randolph-Macon College in Ashland Virginia from June 22 through July 2. We are calling it “Convergence” to emphasize that the conflict is not inevitable. You will explore relationships between religion and science, discuss faith and science with your peers. We will study scripture, the environment, food and water, and the origins of life and the cosmos. You will learn from Randolph-Macon and Union Presbyterian Seminary faculty. Also planned are rafting on the James River, a visit to Shalom Farms to help with planting and growing food, star gazing and more! And the cost for the institute is just $200 – which covers everything including room and board.

 

Convergence is open to rising sophomore, junior, and senior high school students.

 

You can email questions to convergence@rmc.edu or visit our web site at http://convergence.rmc.edu“.

 

That’s all for today. Don’t forget our PYM weekends are rapidly approaching, check out the post below for more details. Have a great week everyone!

 

 
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