Greetings Youth Leaders!
I hope this message finds you well and you’re all having a blessed Lenten Season. The Spring will be here before we know it and it’s about to get really busy for all things youth ministry.
I’m emailing you today to inform everyone that after careful consideration and a consultation with our bishops, we are cancelling PYM Spring Day of Service (Shalom Farms) on March 24th, 2018. There has been a great deal of energy (both nationally and within our own diocese) around what is happening in the news right now concerning the recent tragedy in Florida. It has come to our attention that there is an event happening in Washington DC (March For Our Lives) on the same day we had scheduled to visit Shalom Farms. We have heard from a number of churches already who have expressed interest in attending the event in DC instead of our visit to the farm so we have decided to clear our calendar to not get in the way.
We, the Diocese of Virginia, recognize that a great deal of this energy is coming directly from the youth themselves. If you have any feedback of any kind for us or if you would like to see our diocese respond more specifically in some way, we want to know! If your church is mobilizing, please let us know! We are eager to hear how our youth are responding and would love to hear from you about what you’re seeing and hearing. Following the lead of our bishops, we have taken a stance of being active listeners when it comes to this effort and we’ve already heard a great deal, more and more every day. I encourage any and all of you to be a part of this dialogue both with us and your community with whatever it is you’re feeling.
There are plans (still being formulated) for some of our churches/youth to rally somewhere in the NOVA/DC area and march together. When I get more details about those I’ll be sure to share those with anyone who might be interested. We’ll go back to the farm next year, I’ve already rescheduled for March 23rd, 2019, they said they’ll be glad to have us back. Let me know if you have any questions or if you want to discuss this new development further. I’m happy to be available and supportive anyway that I can.
Thanks again for all your support and your vital work with our youth! Have a great week!