DioMass Youth Ministry

Las Fronteras:  Boundaries and Bridges
A Borderlands Pilgrimage

For young people in grades 9 and 10 

Based on the recent success of our powerful mission-focused pilgrimages through the Youth Leadership Academy, this new opportunity includes a week-long encounter in and around Nogales, Arizona, and Nogales, Sonora, Mexico.  Participants will explore issues of security and hospitality, stranger and neighbor, with local residents, church leaders, local government officials, migrants, US Border Patrol, indigenous communities, and others. 

Trip dates:  Aug. 3-Aug. 10, 2018 

First meeting:  Feb. 2-4, 2017 (during High School Retreat at Barbara C. Harris Camp & Conference Center) 

Additional Saturday meetings in local communities confronting these issues:
March 10, May 5, June 23 - 10 AM to 4:30 PM (locations to be announced)
 

Applications available online.  Applications due December 28, 2017.
For more information, contact the Rev. H. Mark Smith at hmsmith@diomass.org



Diocesan Youth Council (DYC)

The Diocesan Youth Council 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 over 40 members who are in high school grades 10 through 12(as of September 2015).  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 

Membership in the DYC is by application. The on-line application is available now and are due August 16, 2017.  Membership runs through the academic year.  Deanery representatives with voting privileges at Diocsesan Convention are selected by their deanery assembly  from among the DYC members.

Membership in the DYC is by application. The on-line application is available now and are due August 16, 2017.  Membership runs through the academic year.  Deanery representatives with voting privileges at Diocsesan Convention are selected by their deanery assembly  from among the DYC members.

At the 1998 Diocesan Convention, an amendment to the Constitution passed that gave seat and voice at diocesan conventions to up to twenty 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 Massachusetts through radical welcome to all youth, open faith inquiry and journeying, investment in their local parishes, deaneries and geographic locations and living into the life of the Spirit through leadership and fellowship.  

For more information, please be in touch with H. Mark Smith, hmsmith@diomass.org. 

Retreats

Held at the Barbara C. Harris Camp & Conference Center and elsewhere, these gatherings--led by the Diocesan Youth Council members--give young people and their allies an opportunity to get away with each other, meet others from around the diocese, and listen together for God's outrageous plans for them through games and activities, reflections, food, fun, and lively worship.

Typically we host a weekend retreat for middle schoolers in Nov. and high schoolers in Feb each year, along with several overnight preconfirmation retreats during Lent.  Check the Year at a Glance for the most current schedule and information.

Regional Youth Events

The Diocesan Office of Youth Ministry supports the developing faith life of young people in local parishes by uplifting the particular needs and interests of the churches. We carry out this ministry of support and partnership with parishes in order to provide young people with the most life-giving ministries and faith-building experiences possible.

The Office serves the mission of youth formation by providing layers of administrative, planning, and on-the-ground presence at diocesan youth programs around the diocese. These partnerships have included the Good Friday overnight at Trinity Church, Boston; a diocesan-wide Acolyte Festival; the Advent Quiet Day with members of the Manna Community; and a Youth Mental Health First Aid training at Grace Church, Medford.

These events are often tied to holy times, holidays, weekends, and school vacations. If your church or youth group has an idea for an event, a passion you'd like to share with others, or you just want help making friends-in-faith with others from around the diocese, run it by hmsmith@diomass.org

Talking Shop:  Networking and Professional Development

These occassional offerings are designed to help adults who work with young people connect with colleagues from across the diocese, learn new skills, and share their experience and wisdom with others.  If you work with youth full-time or part-time, if you are paid staff or volunteer, if you are clergy or lay, if you are short or tall, these offerings are for you.

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Barbara C. Harris Camp

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 Alessia Doss, Summer Camp Director, alessia@bchcenter.org.

Website:  http://www.bchcenter.org/