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Faith Formation Leaders Retreat @ Claggett Center (Sept. 28th – 30th) August 8, 2016

Filed under: fun stuff!,Resources,upcoming opportunities — mwade91383 @ 8:48 am

Greetings!

 

I hope this message finds you all well. It’s been some time since we touched base and I hope you all have had wonderful summers so far. I realize we’re still in the heat of it (both literally and figuratively), but fall is right around the corner and it’s time to slowly start shifting gears. As you know, school will be back in session soon and everyone’s programming really starts to pick up steam, including ours, so you can expect to hear more from this office in the coming weeks.

 

In anticipation of the new school/programming year, I want to put something on your calendar that’s new and that I’m really excited about. The Diocese of Virginia and The Diocese of Washington are collaborating to provide a new retreat for leaders of formation in our dioceses. The event promises to be a chance for us to come together to learn and pray about the work we do and help us all discover ways to get better. There will be a series of workshops and large group sessions on important topics such as Inter-generational Worship, Sexuality in 2016, Small Groups/Discipleship, and Church partnerships with Public Education.

 

If you click here you can access the flyer which I encourage you to check out and pass on to whoever you think might be interested. It’ll provide more details about the retreat itself, registration, the schedule, costs, etc. This is a partnership we hope to continue for some time to help provide more opportunities for growth and development in our work, as well as the chance for fellowship among colleagues.

 

Paris and I really hope many of you can join us and look forward to spending time with all of you. Be sure to check out the flyer to register and pass it on to anyone you think will be interested. Have a great weekend and everyone stay cool!

 

Camp Nurses Needed! & The New Youth Leader Facebook Group May 11, 2016

Filed under: fun stuff!,General,PYM,Resources,Shrine Mont Camps,Support,Tips and Tools — mwade91383 @ 9:05 am

Greetings Youth Leaders!

 

I hope this message finds you well and you’re as excited as I am about PYM 8th Grade Weekend on Friday! I hope many of you are there for our grand finale of the school year. But that’s not what today is about, I have two other brief announcements to share:

 

#1 – Shrine Mont Camps need nurses this summer! We are having a little trouble filling our last few spots. Here is a blurb and a flyer from Paris Ball, Director of Shrine Mont Camps, Paris Ball:

 

Shrine Mont Camps is a residential summer camp program in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Located 45 minutes outside of Harrisonburg, the camp program consists of 8 different camps for children aged 8-18 and one camp for families to attend together. We are seeking dedicated, loving and responsible people to work 1-2 week sessions at our overnight camping program as camp nurses. Camp nurses live in the Health Center and attend to sick or injured campers, distribute medications, provide basic first aid, maintain appropriate reporting and logs, and are an essential part of the decision-making team when responding to emergencies.

 

The work is alternatively peaceful and fast-paced depending on the day so flexibility and the ability to be both calm under pressure and comfortable with “downtime” is required. Pay is $100/day plus room and board for you and a spouse/partner (when applicable). We are looking for RN or LPN with a Virginia State License (or compact license) in good standing. The right candidate loves and has experience working with children and youth and is excited to join a team of zany and caring counselors and staff. Hiring is dependent on passing State and Federal Background checks. For more information or to apply, check out the camps’ website or contact Paris Ball.

 

#2 – I have started a new Facebook group called ‘Diocese of Virginia Youth Leaders’ and I’d like to invite anyone reading this to join. This is a Facebook group dedicated to both clergy and lay people who work full time, part time, or volunteer with 6-12 grade youth here in the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia. Our hope is that this can be a forum exclusively for adults (no youth) to share resources, ideas, seek out advice, and collaborate on all things youth leadership. Once you’ve been added (one of the admins will approve you) please feel free to add other youth people from here in VA. You can find it here.

 

That’s all for now everyone. Thanks for your continual support and if there’s anything I can do to be supportive let me know. See you all Friday!

 

2016 mission trip sign up deadline extended & Episcopal Youth Event (EYE) 2017 May 5, 2016

Greetings Youth Leaders!

 

I hope this message finds you well and you’re having a productive week.  I have two quick announcements about diocesan summer trips coming up. We are extending our deadline for our summer mission trip to Philadelphia until after  PYM 8th Grade Weekend. The new deadline is Wednesday, May 18. We have limited space left but we’d like to fill those spots if possible. Just a brief reminder, the trip is open to youth currently in high school and is from July 17-23. Our starting (and drop off) point for the trip will be Immanuel Church on the Hill, Alexandria. For more information, reach out to me directly. You can also access the information/registration packet here.

 

The other piece is that we’re excited to announce some details about Episcopal Youth Event (or EYE) 2017. EYE is a the triennial national youth event that attracts over a thousand youth and chaperones to come together for 5 days of really powerful formation and fellowship. Our Diocese has been sending a group to this event since the 80’s and 2017 will be no different. EYE will be July 10-14 at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, OK. Youth who will be high school next school year are eligible to attend (current 8-11 graders).

 

We’ll be talking more and more about EYE in the coming months and the later part of 2016, but I just wanted to put it out on your radar if you wanted to begin talking about it with your youth. There will be an application process to select the group and we’ll roll out more details in the fall.

 

That’s all for now, I hope to see many of you NEXT WEEKEND at Shrine Mont for PYM 8th Grade Weekend. It’s going to be fantastic! Let me know if you have any questions or if there’s anything I can do to be supportive.

 

PYM 8th Grade Weekend @ Shrine Mont, May 13-15 April 27, 2016

Filed under: Forms,fun stuff!,General,PYM,upcoming opportunities — mwade91383 @ 3:49 pm

Greetings Youth Leaders!

 

I hope this message finds you well and you are enjoying the warmer weather of Spring! I want to send out a quick message today reminding everyone about PYM 8th Grade Weekend two weeks from Friday. You and all of your 8th grade youth are invited to join us for a weekend of formation and fun that you won’t want to miss. This event is the last of the academic year for PYM and we annually get a little over 100 youth and chaperones from all across the Diocese. 8th Grade is a big time of transition (middle to high school) and part of our formation work to help prepare them for the next chapter of their lives. Our chaplain for the weekend is Emily Rutledge (Church of our Saviour, Charlottesville) and we’re very excited to have her with us!

 

The event cost is $150 per participant and we do have scholarship money that we can offer on a case by case basis. Please reach out to me directly if needed.  For more information about the event and/or to get forms and sign up, you can click here. Here is some sample language you can use to pass on to your congregations  and or put in your weekly bulletins:

 

“Parish Youth Ministries cordially invites all 8th graders in the Diocese of Virginia to join us for PYM 8th Grade Weekend @ Shrine Mont, May 13-15. The schedule is jam-packed with fun activities that will challenge, inspire, and strengthen 8th grade students. The weekend consists of thoughtful conversation and bible study but also leaves plenty of time for games, music, crafts, silliness, and a dance! The event starts Friday after dinner and runs until Sunday before lunch, talk to (insert chaperones and or PYMers name(s) here) for more information or go to www.thediocese.net/pym to learn more.”

 

If you know who you’re bringing, please go ahead and email me directly with the names, gender, and age (youth or adult) so we can make arrangements for housing and groups. Mailing in forms and money ahead of time is ideal, but if you can’t do so bringing them to registration on Friday at the hotel is fine as well. If you happen to have a youth who wants to add on after the sign up deadline (Wednesday, the 11th) send me an email directly and I’ll see if we can make it work. Every year it happens once or twice, so don’t worry about it!

 

For additional information (PYM 101), future dates (Calendar), and paperwork for other events (Forms) be sure to explore the blog. Let me know if you have questions or comments or if there’s anything I can do. Thanks again and see you all the 13th!

 

PYM 6th & 7th Grade Weekend @ Shrine Mont, April 15-17 April 5, 2016

Filed under: Forms,fun stuff!,General,PYM,upcoming opportunities — mwade91383 @ 3:05 pm

Greetings Youth Leaders!

 

I hope this message finds you well and you all had a joyous Easter! I want to send out a quick message today reminding everyone about PYM 6th & 7th Grade Weekend one week from Friday! You and all of your 6th & 7th grade youth are invited to join us for a weekend of formation and fun that you won’t want to miss. This event is one of our largest, and we annually get a little over 200 youth and chaperones from all across the Diocese.

 

The event cost is $150 per participant and we do have some scholarship money that we can offer on a case by case basis. Please reach out to me directly if needed.  For more information about the event and/or to get forms and sign up, you can click here.
If you know who you’re bringing, please go ahead and email me directly with the names, gender, and age (youth or adult) so we can make arrangements for housing and groups. Mailing in forms and money ahead of time is ideal, but if you can’t do so bringing them to registration on Friday at the hotel is fine as well. If you happen to have a youth who wants to add on after the sign up deadline (Wednesday, the 13th) send me an email directly and I’ll see if we can make it work. Every year it happens once or twice, so don’t worry about it!

 

For additional information (PYM 101), future dates (Calendar), and paperwork for other events (Forms) be sure to explore the blog. Let me know if you have questions or comments or if there’s anything I can do. Thanks again and see you all next Friday!

 

Mission Trip Deadline & PYM Spring Marketing Materials March 22, 2016

Filed under: fun stuff!,General,Mission,PYM,upcoming opportunities — mwade91383 @ 2:22 pm

Greetings Youth Leaders!

 

I hope this message finds you well and you’re enjoying the beginning of Spring. I, for one, am really starting to feel the excitement and positive energy heading into these next three months and am really looking forward to the spring season. Two announcements today:

 

The deadline to sign up for the diocesan mission trip to the Episcopal Mission Center in Philadelphia is April 30. We need to firm up our numbers so we can lock down arrangements for travel, which I’m sure you can all understand. Just a brief reminder, the trip is open to youth currently in high school and is from July 17-23. Our starting (and drop off) point for the trip will be Immanuel Church on the Hill in Alexandria, VA. It’s first come, first served and limited space is still available, but don’t delay! For more information, reach out to me directly. You can also access the information/registration packet here.

 

As you all know, we’re not far off from two PYM main events and we couldn’t be more excited – PYM 6th/7th & 8th Grade Weekends. To help get the word out, the committee has come up with materials that you can share with your parishes and youth to help drum up some enthusiasm. Below you’ll find a blurb they wrote about the spring event, two colorful flyers they’ve created, and a short promotional video about PYM events this spring.

 

From the committee: “Join us for 6th & 7th Grade Weekend April 15-17 at Shrine Mont for fun and fellowship. It’s a chance to grow relationships with people from your church and other parishes around the Diocese! Also join us for 8th Grade Weekend May 13-15 at Shrine Mont! We will sing and play games all while exploring scripture! Can’t wait to see you all there! Also be sure to follow us on Instagram @parish_youth_ministries.”

 

–          6th/7th Grade Weekend Flyer

–          8th Grade Weekend Flyer

–          PYM spring promo video

 

That’s all for now, be sure to get outside and enjoy this fantastic Spring weather. Have a great week everyone!

 

PYM Spring Day of Service Debrief & 2017 PYM Dates March 17, 2016

Filed under: fun stuff!,General,PYM,Resources,upcoming opportunities — mwade91383 @ 12:28 pm

Greetings Youth Leaders!

I hope this message finds you well and you all are enjoying this beautiful week. I want to give a big shout out to the 14 churches that sent youth and chaperones to PYM Spring Day of Service at Shalom Farms this past Saturday. The event was a HUGE success and we had over 100 people present – biggest service day for PYM ever! The people at Shalom Farms were wonderful and we’re very excited to go back next year on March 25, 2017! Below is a message from Shalom Farms to the group who participated. There are also some photos on the diocesan Facebook page from Saturday and you can check them out HERE !

“Thank you for volunteering your time with Shalom Farms! With the support of Parish Youth Ministries we will be able to plant our Spring Brassicas (kale, collards, broccoli, cabbage) — over 10,000 plants! We simply could not do this work without you! Thank you for supporting our mission to increase access to healthy food in the Richmond community. We would love if you would take just a few moments to

 fill out our  Volunteer Experience Survey. Please feel free to pass this link along to any adults who were on the trip. We are constantly working to improve our volunteer experience and any feedback helps!

 Interested in learning more about our organization? Visit our website and sign up for our newsletter. 

Did you take photos during your day of service? We would love to see them! Upload them to Instagram and tag us in the photo @Shalomfarms #shalomyall. You can also upload your photos to our Facebook page!”

Shifting gears, I also want to let you know we’ve solidified dates for the 2017 PYM Calendar and if you want to go ahead and pencil them in now you can. I don’t have all the paperwork for those events yet but the forms will be released later this year. You can find all the forms we have for PYM as of now HERE  or HERE. Here are the dates for 2017…………….

  • March 25, 2017, 10AM-1PM: Spring Youth Day of Service in Goochland, VA (www.shalomfarms.org)
  • April 21-23, 2017: 6th & 7th Grade Weekend @ Shrine Mont
  • May 19-21, 2017: 8th Grade Weekend @ Shrine Mont
  • September 30, 2017: Fall Youth Day of Service (location: NOVA, TBD)
  • November 3-5, 2017: Sr. High Weekend @ Shrine Mont

 

That’s all for now, thanks again for all your support! Have a great week everyone!

 

 
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