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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! 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!


PYM Spring Youth Day of Service Address Change (Go to Midlothian, NOT Goochland) March 17, 2017

Filed under: fun stuff!,Mission,PYM,Support,upcoming opportunities — mwade91383 @ 11:02 am

Greetings Youth Leaders!


I hope this message finds you well and you’re all having a wonderful week. One very quick but very important update today. Our event next Saturday is still on as scheduled, same date, time, and activities. The only difference is the address. Unbeknownst to me, the good people at Shalom Farms moved their operation and forgot to mention it to me until very recently. Their lease expired and their operation moved from Goochland to Midlothian. Repeat, do NOT go to Goochland next Saturday.


The new address is 2676 Venita Road in Midlothian, VA 23113. This is actually good news to those of you coming from the greater Richmond area or NOVA because its more central to Richmond. You won’t have to drive as far as you would to get to Goochland. Here are the turn by turn directions from Richmond straight from their updated website.


Directions to the New Farm:

From Richmond:

Merge onto 64 W towards Charlottesville

Take exit 175 for VA-288 S towards Chesterfield

Take the Huguenot Trail/VA-711 exit towards Robious Rd

Turn Right onto Huguenot Trail/VA-711

Turn Right onto Venita Rd/State Rte 624 (it is the first right you will encounter – and comes up quickly after you turn onto Huguenot Trail!)


Sorry about the mix up and not catching this sooner. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. Also please be sure to email/call me ahead of time to let me know how many to expect in your group so I can be sure to have enough lunch. Thanks again, and see you all next Saturday!


Spring Youth Day of Service (March 25, 10 – 1PM @ Shalom Farms in Goochland, VA) March 8, 2017

Filed under: Forms,fun stuff!,Mission,PYM,upcoming opportunities — mwade91383 @ 12:30 pm

Greetings Youth Leaders!

I hope this message finds you well and you’re enjoying the occasional taste of warm weather we’re getting. There’s no doubt about it that the seasons are turning and we’re going to be outside a whole lot more very soon. Which brings me to what we’re talking about today, PYM Spring Day of Service!

As most of you already know PYM is hosting its semiannual community service/volunteer project in a couple weeks on March 25th. We’re going back to Shalom Farms to help them with their efforts providing fresh produce to low income communities here in Virginia. We first visited Shalom Farms in 2016 and it was a big success, over 80 people came out! Their operation is impressive and well organized and it was really fun to be able to easily pitch in and make a meaningful difference.

This event is free and open to anyone in 6th through 12th grade and a great chance to log some volunteer hours. The event will run from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM and will conclude with a pizza lunch which I will provide for all of the participants and chaperones. The work is hands on and can get a little dirty but I don’t think anyone went home really messy last year. The key is having good footwear/work boots and a decent pair of work gloves. I’ll have some extra (so will Shalom Farms) but we recommend bringing your own and a water bottle.

Attached you’ll find the DOV  SYDOS 3.25.17 Flyer and Registration as well as the waiver and information sheet  from Shalom Farms. Please feel free to pass these on to anyone who might be interested. All participants must fill out and submit (or bring with them on the day of) the registration form and waiver. If you aren’t sending your forms in and are bringing them with you please shoot me an email letting me know how many to expect so I can pass the word on to Shalom Farms.

Let me know if you have any questions or if there’s anything I can do to help. See you all at the farm in a couple weeks!


Episcopal Youth Event Sign Up Deadline Extended to Feb. 28th February 10, 2017

Filed under: fun stuff!,Mission,national church,Resources,upcoming opportunities — mwade91383 @ 12:35 pm

Greetings Youth Leaders!


We are quickly closing in on the application deadline for Episcopal Youth Event 2017 and we are going to extend it until February 28th. That’s two more weeks for youth and adults to get their forms in. We currently have about half the spots filled up and would like to take several more if we can. You can click here for the registration packet and flyer and you can click here to read a previous post from our blog with more details. Feel free to pass on this stuff to anyone who might be interested.


Just as a brief overview, EYE is July 9-14 in Edmond, OK at the University of Central Oklahoma. Our group will get together the night before at a church in NOVA and fly as a group out on the 10th (and back on the 14th). The event is about 1,000 Episcopalian high school youth and chaperones from all over the country for several days of truly outstanding programming. The schedule is packed with music, keynote addresses, small group session, games, prayer, recreation, and all things youth. Historically groups have come away from this event feeling refreshed and plugged in to the church in ways they never thought possible. Scholarships are available on a case by case basis. It’s really one of the best programs the church so don’t let this one slip by!


If you have any questions or if there’s anything I can do please don’t hesitate to ask, let’s make this final push count! Thanks again for all the support!


Summer mission opportunity here in VA January 12, 2017

Filed under: fun stuff!,Mission,Resources,the nation and the world — mwade91383 @ 9:49 am

A quick blurb from some of our friends in SW VA who are offering opportunities for unique summer mission work here in the state. They know what they’re doing and worth looking into if that’s something you might be interested in for your youth. Stay warm everyone!



Are you tired of the same old mission experience?

Do you feel like your group is treated like every other one?

Would you like to be able to “customize” your service experience?

REACH will custom design your experience to fit the needs and desires of your Youth Ministry.

Contact REACH’s Director, Tim Dayton, at or 540-529-9200 to get started.

REACH 2017 runs for 12 weeks from June 3 to August 25.

For more information, view our program brochure at





2017, Big Year For Senior High Youth (Sign Up Deadlines Rapidly Approaching!) January 3, 2017

Happy New Year’s Youth Leaders!


I hope you all had wonderful holidays and enjoyed ringing in the new year. As most of you already know there are lots of big things coming in 2017 and youth ministry here in the Diocese of Virginia is no different. There are two events I want to quickly highlight for your high school youth. These two events are going to headline what I know are going to be great events in 2017 and I hope you can get your youth involved…..but you have to act fast!



#Awaken:Grace – February 3-5, 2017 at Richmond Hill Retreat Center (Richmond, VA)

The first of our new annual spiritual formation retreat designed specifically for your youth who are looking to explore deeper into their faith than conventional youth ministry retreats and to help self-discover what their faith means to them. The leadership team we assembled is awesome and the program is phenomenal. I’m really excited for this brand new program but we need youth to take a chance with us on something new. Click here to find the flyer and the registration form. Paperwork is due by Jan 31st which is less than a month away so don’t delay!


Episcopal Youth Event (EYE) – July 10-14, 2017 at the University of Central Oklahoma (Edmond, OK)

EYE is the biggest youth event the episcopal church offers and this year will be no different. It’s a nationwide gathering that happens once every three years so this is likely the only chance each of your youth will have to go. These events are always headlined with really talented speakers and very fulfilling workshops, not to mention lots of other fun programs in between. Like #Awaken:Grace slots are limited so if you’re interested check out the flyer/application here and get it in by February 15th at the latest.



That’s all for today. I hope everyone is having a smooth transition back to the real world after such a long and wonderful holiday. If there’s anything I can do to be supportive or if you have any questions about either of these events just let me know, happy to help. Thanks again for all of your wonderful and important ministries and Happy New Year’s!


Episcopal Youth Event (EYE) 2017! July 10-14, 2017 December 15, 2016

Greetings Youth Leaders!


I hope everyone is having a wonderful Advent season and the holiday craziness isn’t overwhelming. I for one feel like December has flown by (Christmas is in ten days!) and I imagine the rest of the month will be more of the same.


I have great news about an upcoming opportunity in 2017 that you’ll be very excited to hear about. Episcopal Youth Event (or EYE) is happening in July of 2017 and the Diocese of Virginia is going! We are looking for 24 of your youth from all over our diocese to attend this event and 7 adult chaperones to join them. EYE is July 10-14 in Edmond, OK at the University of Central Oklahoma. EYE is the largest gathering of Episcopalians outside of General Convention and is a fantastic chance to see the great Episcopal Church in action. The event is about 5 days jam packed with formation, small group conversation, really fantastic keynote speakers, outreach projects, and it’s a ton of fun! I went to St. Paul, MN for EYE 2011 and it’s still an experience I think about all the time and remember fondly.


Our group will gather on the 9th for an overnight at a parish in northern Virginia and get on plane the next day to get to Oklahoma. Details are still being ironed out about the 9th but information, a flyer, and how to apply can all be found in this packet HERE. EYE is a huge opportunity for your youth and only happens once every 3 years. Unless you are a freshman this is the only opportunity for them to attend that they’ll ever have. This event is for youth who are currently in high school. Be sure to get the application into the hands of your youth and/or chaperones as soon as possible. The deadline for applications is in two months (February 15th) and I’ll be following up with the group attending shortly thereafter.


This is a big deal in the Episcopal Church folks and I would love nothing more than to get your youth to Oklahoma this summer. Don’t let the opportunity go to waste! If you have any questions or if there’s anything I can do to help please don’t hesitate to ask. Thanks again, and happy holidays!


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