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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

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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  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.

 

PYM 6th/7th Grade & 8th Grade Weekend Registration and Marketing Materials March 31, 2017

Filed under: Forms,fun stuff!,PYM,Resources,Support,upcoming opportunities — mwade91383 @ 3:52 pm

Greetings Youth Leaders!

 

Spring is here and that means it’s time to start ramping up for our middle school PYM weekends at Shrine Mont. I have lots of information about both I want to share with you, so I’ll get right to it. Some of this stuff I know you already know, but it can’t hurt to hear it again, so here goes………

 

-PYM 6th/7th Grade Weekend is April 21-23, 2017 and is open to all 6th and 7th grade youth here in our diocese. Pete Nunnally, who is the youth minister at St. Paul’s, Richmond, is going to be our weekend chaplain, and we’re very excited to have him on board! You can find the registration packet here  and a flyer from the PYM committee here.

 

-PYM 8th Grade Weekend is May 19-21, 2017 and is open to all 8th grade youth here in our diocese. Matt Rawls, who is the youth minister at St. Mary’s, Goochland, will be our chaplain for that weekend and we’re psyched to have him, too! You can find the registration packet here and a flyer from the PYM committee here.

 

-The PYM committee also put together a couple things to support the marketing effort for our weekends that I encourage you to share with your parish however you see fit. Below you’ll find a blurb the committee wrote which might be perfect for your bulletin. They also created a short video which I think is pretty cute and is a testament to their enthusiasm for our program. Feel free to check them out and pass them on if you like.

 

“Come to Shrine Mont for a weekend with PYM! It will be filled with lots of laughter, learning, and love. Join us for 6th/7th Grade Weekend April 21-23 and 8th Grade Weekend May 19-21. Both weekends consist of numerous activities, but not limited to: songs, games, worship, small groups, and a dance! You should come out to grow your faith with kids your age while meeting youth from all over the Diocese of Virginia. Talk to your youth leader to find out more!”

 

Check out the PYM Spring 2017 Promo Video here.

 

That’s all for now, let me know if you have any questions about either of the weekends. Registration is NOW OPEN for both weekends and will close the Wednesday before each weekend, so don’t delay. Thanks again for all your support and everything you do for our youth. See you at Shrine Mont soon!

 

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!

 

 
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