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Upcoming Summer 2018 Opportunities for High School Youth January 12, 2018

Filed under: fun stuff!,Resources,upcoming opportunities — mwade91383 @ 4:24 pm

Greetings Youth Leaders!

 

I hope this message finds you well and 2018 is off to a great start! I wanted to pass on a couple exciting opportunities for your high school aged youth who might be looking for some spiritual/church related experience this summer, good chance I have just the thing! Check out the three listed below and if you end up sending one of your youth on one of the first two, let us know! We’d love to learn more about these two rich programs and get more youth to go in the future……

 

Convergence: Where Faith and Science Meet” is a 9-day program (June 23-July 1, 2018) that allows rising 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students to come to Randolph-Macon’s campus in Ashland, Virginia and learn about the intersection of science and faith in the classroom and through hands-on experiences. They will dive deeper into their faith, deeper into the study of science, and meet other high school students and Randolph-Macon College student counselors with those same interests. The cost to participate is only $100 for this 9-day program. Upon high school graduation, if a Convergence participant chooses to attend Randolph-Macon, they will receive a $1,000 scholarship for each year they participated in Convergence.

Feel free to visit the website to learn more. If you would like to nominate a participant, you can click here to fill out the nomination form, and the Convergence staff will contact your nominee with further information.  The application form for participants is available here.

 

SUMMA Student Theological Debate Society is inviting high school students entering grades 9-12 in the fall of 2018 to apply for SUMMA Debate Camp, held July 17-25 at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. SUMMA Camp is a unique opportunity for students to explore their faith through intellectual channels, meet lifelong friends, and have a lot of fun on one of the most beautiful college campuses in the country!

At SUMMA Camp, students of all faiths learn valuable skills for debate, public speaking, and theological reflection.  No previous debate experience or formal theological study is necessary. Campers have a true collegiate experience, but camp is not all work! There is plenty of time left over to swim, play sports, watch movies, go bowling, and have lots of great, summer fun!  For more information and to apply, visit summa.sewanee.edu.

 
Last but certainly not least, Senior High Youth Conference at Shrine Mont Camps! Senior High Youth Conference or SHYC is open to rising 9th -12th graders and runs from July 15th-22nd. From our camps website: “SHYC is a camp for high school aged youth focused on giving back to the community.  The theme is “be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only” (James 1:22).  Expect to challenge and stretch yourself physically and spiritually while having a ton of fun and hanging out with awesome people!  This a great camp for those wishing to grow as leaders.  Bible study, helping others, dance parties and much more will happen during your week at SHYC!” For more information click here.

 

That’s all for now, be on the lookout for more updates about all things diocesan youth ministry as we get closer to the Spring. I put a reminder at the bottom of this message about upcoming PYM dates so be sure to mark your calendars if you haven’t already. Enjoy the long weekend everyone!

 

Mike Wade

(804) 622 – 3190

mwade@thediocese.net

 

  • 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
  • October 13th, 2018, 10AM – 2PM: Fall Youth Day of Service in Aldie, VA (sproutcenter.org)
  • November 2-4, 2018: Sr. High Weekend @ Shrine Mont

Click here for additional flyers/forms and information.

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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!

 

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!

 

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!

 

#Awaken:Grace, Feb 3-5 @ Richmond Hill, Postponed (feedback needed!) February 2, 2017

Filed under: Resources,Support,upcoming opportunities — mwade91383 @ 2:29 pm

Greetings Youth Leaders!

 

I hope you are all having great weeks and are staying warm! Unfortunately, due to low numbers we’re going to postpone our spiritual formation retreat (#Awaken:Grace) to a later date. We’re still really excited about the event, and I can’t tell you how impressed I am with my leadership team and their programming, but we want to be sure that this is both a resource and accessible for your youth moving forward.

 

To be sure we’re successful in the future, we’d love to hear from you all to help us figure out ways we can improve this new program. Below I came up with three questions that I would love to hear your thoughts on. All responses can be emailed to me directly (either hit “Reply” or email me at mwade@thediocese.net) and I’ll take these notes back to my team. Your feedback is really helpful!

 

 -In terms of mission, Is an intentional spiritual formation retreat for youth a good idea and one you would support? Feel free to elaborate if you wish.

 

-In terms of scheduling, what time of year makes the most sense for your youth to have this event? Any time to avoid?

 

-In terms of support, what can the diocese do to help get your youth involved?  

 

Thanks again for your ongoing support and ministries. Have a great weekend everyone!

 

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!

 

SUMMER MISSION/SERVICE OPPORTUNITY!!

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 tim@reachinroanokeva.org 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 http://reachinroanokeva.org/ymflyer.

web: http://reachinroanokeva.org

Facebook: http://fb.me/reachinroanokeva

YouTube: http://youtube.com/reachinroanokevaorg

 

 
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