Our youth made a big impact at The Diocesan Convention this year. We had twenty two youth present – as elected delegates and pages. At a dinner on January 14, our youth were given an orientation as to their roles and responsibilities which they took very seriously. One of our big talking points was that as youth they need to get their voices heard by the larger church. Mr. Jasper Stone, delegate for District 3 prepared remarks to speak to the Resolution against Human Trafficking, and approached the open mic to support the Resolution as seen in the picture below. Mr. Cooper Daley expressed his thanks on behalf of the youth, for the Convention’s support and enthusiasm around our youth presence. Our pages kept the voting running smoothly, and were part of the storytelling exercise, videoing Deputies’ stories and posting to social media. Ms. Jillian Parks, Ms. Megan King, Mr. Patrick Desormes, Mr. Joseph Steenstra and Mr. Thomas Nowaslowski all read scripture used in liturgy and in Dwelling in the Word. Visit the website www.dioceseofnewark.org to see the Youth Mission Minute. AWESOME!
Youth Ministers’ Meeting January 18, 2018
Several of us met at St. Alban’s Church, Oakland – we discussed ideas for how youth ministry might be shaped going forward. There were some really good ideas and we will be exploring these in greater depth with Crossroads management and the Diocese in coming months.
Confirmation Retreats – Ready to go!
The first of our experimental one – day Confirmation Retreats is ready to go on February 24th at St James’ Church in Upper Montclair. We have 30 confirmands registered and are looking forward to rolling out our new model. Activities will include making Linus blankets for hospitalized children; baking communion bread; focusing on our baptismal promises and making streamers to fly at the actual Confirmation services. In addition we will have a spiritual and faith formation focus, with a panel of young adults who have chosen to make their faith a part of their career choices; discernment of our spiritual gifts; ideas of where we might fit into the future church; and a Labyrinth walk. The all-time favorite time with our Bishop will be featured and he will lead us in an informal worship service. Our camp staff from Cross Roads Retreat Camp have been key in our planning along with our Confirmation Planning group: - Chairman - Kathryn Schaeffer – Cross Roads Retreat Center; The Rev. Sheelagh Clarke, The Rev. Joan Conley; The Rev. Archie Palmer; The Rev. Kathryn King; Sandy Sullivan; Kathy De Walt; and youth advisors – Nico King; Ebezie Anuamadi – Charlene White and Megan King.
Youth Vo-Tech at Convention:
Chris Whitaker from Short Hills ran a great workshop at Convention Vo-Tech on Saturday morning, there were twelve attendees. Going forward we are hoping to run a “youth ministry” university, a bit like Vestry University, where we will have workshops and presenters on a variety of topics.
General Convention 2018
We are planning a significant Youth presence at The General Convention in Austin Texas this July. Youth who have attended Diocesan Convention or General Convention will have priority. We are looking for youth who can become leaders in our churches and so want to invite young people who are engaged and wish to be active. If you have a likely candidate please let me know.
Cross Roads Elementary Retreat – February 16 and 17. Call Crossroads for details and last minute registrations 908 832 7264.
Confirmation Retreats are being held on February 24; March 3 and March 24.
Youth Minister meetings are:-
Thursday February 15 at 6:45pm – at Episcopal House, 31 Mulberry Street, Newark, 07102. Dinner provided
Thursday March 15 at 6:45pm (venue TBA, let me know if you can host)
Thursday April 19 at 6:45pm Christ Church in Ridgewood (dinner provided)