Summer Regional Youth Days
Do you enjoy meeting new people, playing games and sharing stories?
Are you interested in the Internet, social media or caring for the environment?
Attend the Summer Regional Youth Days,
and enjoy what DioMass Youth has to offer!
Spirituality and the Internet
Saturday, June 15th
10:00 am- 3:00pm
St. John's, Duxbury
410 Washington Street
Duxbury, MA 02332
For centuries people have lived in this world physically, emotionally, and spiritually. But in the decade before our current crop of teens was born, we added another dimension. Now we are virtual people, too. At this youth day, join the Rev. Adam Thomas, associate rector at St. Stephen's in Cohasset and author of Digital Disciple: Real Christianity in the Virtual World as we explore together what it means to be followers of Jesus Christ when much of our lives happen online.
The Rev. Adam Thomas will lead us in a discussion about the intersection between our faith lives and our online social presence, and help us brainstorm and name practices for ideal engagement and behavior on the web. We will also discuss ways in which social media and applications such as Twitter, "The Bible App" and Lent Madness can be utilized to deepen our spirituality. Additionally, we'll enjoy each other's company, play games, worship and network with others across the diocese.
Use this youth day to celebrate all the hard work your group has done throughout the year. Finish strong with us on the 15th! RSVP by phone or E-mail to Megan Shepherd at firstname.lastname@example.org or (617) 482-4826 X. 232. Mark your calendar now!
Mystic Valley Regional Youth Day
God's Green Earth: Caring for God's Creation
Saturday, June 22nd
9:00 am- 1:15 pm
Grace Church Medford
Do you have a passion for caring for God's creation or an interest in environmental sustainability? Does being outside put you closer in touch with the Holy Spirit? Do you enjoy gardening, community outreach, food justice and the like? If so, this youth day is right up your alley!
Picture this: there's a steaming plate of food on the table, delicious and waiting to be eaten. We thank God for it, and for the hands that prepared it, but are we forgetting something? What about the earth that birthed the food, the God-given ground that gave it life? How often do we stop to show gratitude and care for creation? This youth day will address this question, among others, paying special attention to the ways we do and can further care for God's green earth. Presenters will include environmental enthusiasts Dawn Tesorero of
We'll discuss best practices for environmental sustainability, the connection between creation care and spirituality, ways to support food justice through community gardening projects, and the connection between community outreach and the church's environmental impact. For those looking for a shorter youth day, or a great way to close a year of awesome parish programming, this event will offer a great youth day set within a slightly shorter time frame. RSVP by phone or E-mail to Megan Shepherd at email@example.com or (617) 482-4826 X. 232. Mark your calendar now!
For more information, or to arrange for someone to visit your parish and give a short presentation about regional youth days, contact Megan Shepherd, Missioner for Congregational Support in Youth Ministry, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-482-4826 x232 or Sam Gould, Director of Youth Ministry, at email@example.com or 617-482-4826 x215.
What is the purpose of the Office of Youth Ministry?
We are here to support the young people of the Diocese of Massachusetts and The Episcopal Church through formation, fellowship and resource sharing. Our mission not only extends to Episcopal youth, but also to their mentors, families, congregations and communities. Our seeking of God in Christ is impossible without the energy and creativity of the young people in our parish families, and our goal is to support those who support and love the young people around them. We believe in the sacred witness of the transforming power of this love, and the hope which surrounds all of our children and youth.
What does the Office of Youth Ministry do?
We provide diocesan-wide fellowship gatherings four times a year for youth (Middle School, High School and PreConfirmation Retreats) as well as support nine regional gatherings throughout the year to help facilitate collaborative ministry among the parishes of the Diocese. We run the Diocesan Youth Council, which is a organization of youth selected from across the diocese that was formed to act as the voice for youth in diocesan issues. These youth have voice and vote at Diocesan Convention, run the four diocesan-wide retreats and are available to speak at parishes on the needs of the church from their unique and valuable perspective. We offer a 14-month Youth Leadership Academy for 9th and 10th graders that begins each summer with a week at the Barbara C. Harris Camp and concludes with an international mission trip. We also support the ministry of the Barbara C. Harris Camp in Greenfield, N.H. every summer developing the formal Christian formation pieces. We provide training and support for youth workers, and are always available for consultations and to visit parishes in order to support their local ministry.