The Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts is happy to offer programs at the diocesan level for youth to be involved and journey deeper into their faith! There are also vibrant youth ministry programs going on at the parish and deanery levels all across the diocese that are the foundation of our ministry of serving the youth of the Diocese of Massachusetts.
Through a listening campaign launched this past year, conversations arose about the need for more decentralized youth programming. Taking this into consideration, the Office of Youth Ministry decided to try something new-- Regional Youth Days. Boasting three Saturday events each season, hosted in various areas around the Diocese, it is our hope that the Regional Youth Days will promote new development of local groups and collaborative youth ministry.
Youth and youth mentors alike are invited to reconnect with old friends, and build new relationships with others in the surrounding areas. Whether your youth group is thriving or comprised of a single teenager, this is a great way to kick off the year. Gain tools for effective youth group programming for your parish, share your own wisdom with others, or start a super-group with other local parishes! Attendants will participate in team-building activities, communication excercises, games, challenges and more! And the greatest perk of all? We handle all the work! Just bring yourself and your group, and enjoy the activities (and lunch!) we've planned, at no cost to you.
Another exciting aspect to the Regional Youth Days lies in the fact that you can attend more than one! We'd love to see you and yours come back and join us for the Winter and Spring Regional Youth Days, as well. The feedback we receive from the first events will greatly influence the structure and programs for the subsequent ones, so we encourage you to check it out, and let us know what you think!
Summer Regional Youth Days
Spirituality and the Internet
Saturday, June 15th, 2013
Church of St. John the Evangelist, Duxbury
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God's Green Earth: Caring for God's Creation
Saturday, June 22nd, 2013
Grace Church, Medford
RSVP to 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.
The Diocesan Youth Council (DYC) is a group of young people who represent the youth of the Diocese at Diocesan Convention. They plan and run Diocesan youth events and work ultimately to make the church a nurturing environment for the spiritual growth of young people in the Christian community. They seek to accomplish this through extending fellowship and hospitality with their fellow youth.
The DYC is comprised of 24-36 members who are in high school grades 10 through 12 (as of September 2012). These youth representatives are from each of the 12 deaneries (with at least one Convention representative, in grades 11 or 12, elected from each deanery). The DYC generally has an event and/or meeting once a month. During that time they plan and run four specific diocesan youth events, discuss relevant topics that concern the youth of the diocese and explore their own journeys of faith.
At the 1998 Diocesan Convention, an amendment to the Constitution passed that gave seat and voice at diocesan conventions to all members of the Diocesan Youth Council and vote to those members age 16 or older. The diocese is proud of this important step that reflects how seriously youth are held in this diocese.
The goal of the DYC is to extend the missional purposes of the Episcopal Church in
The Youth Leadership Academy (YLA) is a program for rising 9th and 10th graders in the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts. The program begins with a week at the Barbara C. Harris Camp and Conference Center during the summer, where part of the curriculum is based around team building, working in small groups and empowering the youth with the public narrative tool, which they can use as a way to articulate their faith as it relates to the world around them.
All who participate in the week at the Camp have the option of continuing the program during the academic year. Throughout the year, each participant creates and leads a self-chosen project in their home parish community by creating a leadership team and empowering other members of their community to take on roles to make their project a success. Successful parish projects begin with the inspired young leader, but proliferate out as they draw in more members of the parish.
At the end of the program, each participant fundraises to attend a mission trip (past mission destinations have included Honduras and El Salvador) with the rest of the group. This mission trip is focused around faith formation and developing a richer understanding of God in a new context.
Participation in YLA begins with registration on the camp website (www.bchcenter.org) for the YLA week at camp. For information or questions, please be in touch with Sam Gould, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Opened in June 2003, THE CAMP at the Barbara C. Harris Camp & Conference Center has grown to serve over 1000 campers from throughout New England. THE CAMP has become one of the area's premiere Christian camps, offering great new facilities, an incredible staff, and a strong Christian community.
THE CAMP offers many opportunities for fun and adventure, whether that means swimming, soccer, crafts, archery, hiking, kayaking or rock climbing. Based on a unique small group approach, it is also a place where all campers feel accepted, cared for, and develop great friendships. But most importantly, it is a place with a special and higher purpose. . . helping kids grow in their faith. Our program builds on the opportunities presented by the wonder of God's creation found in nature and the camper's distance from the distractions of day to day life. Opportunities abound for campers to grow closer to God -- from powerful, high energy worship to quiet reflective prayer. Campers learn important life lessons and gain new perspectives as they live, work, and play in a supportive and loving Christian community.
Come join us at THE CAMP this summer! We offer both a traditional, week-long overnight camp for children entering grades 4 through 12, as well as a family camp, where no matter your age you are welcome to come enjoy all of the fun things that BCH has to offer. Whichever program suits you best, our strong commitment to excellence means you'll experience summer camp at its very best. For more information, please be in touch with Sam Gould, who is temporarily serving as the Acting Summer Camp Director, email@example.com.