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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!


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!


#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!


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!


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