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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: If you have any questions, please reach out to Maggie Kennedy at 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



PYM Future Dates

  • October 14th, 2017, 10AM – 2PM: Fall Youth Day of Service in Aldie, VA (
  • November 3-5, 2017: Sr. High Weekend @ Shrine Mont
  • March 24, 2018, 10AM – 1PM: Spring Youth Day of Service in Midlothian, VA (
  • 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 ( 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


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 (
  • November 3-5, 2017: Sr. High Weekend @ Shrine Mont
  • March 24, 2018, 10AM – 1PM: Spring Youth Day of Service in Midlothian, VA (
  • 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 or visit our web site at“.


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!


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!


#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 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!


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!


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