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YOUTH NOTES: YOUth and YOUng Adults Newsletter - June 2018

The Austin Convention Center will be the location of the 79th General Convention this July.

The Austin Convention Center will be the location of the 79th General Convention this July.

Diocese of Newark Youth Presence at General Convention

A party of 13 youth and young adults, with five chaperones, will attend General Convention 2018 in Austin, Texas from Sunday July 8 - Friday, July 13. We will meet daily with the official deputies from our diocese and attend hearings and worship. Engaging with exhibitors at the Convention, enjoying Austin BBQ and an exciting Scavenger Hunt around downtown Austin are other fun activities we have planned.

Youth Leadership Group

The group has continued to develop the Pop-Up Youth Ministry plan and work is now underway preparing and experiment in partnership with Cross Roads’ leadership. We expect to be able to reveal this in more detail at our Summer youth ministers fun evening on July 24. We will be looking for partners for this experiment. If you are interested and want more information – don’t miss the meeting on July 24.

Monthly Youth Minister’s meetings

We will meet again on June 21 at 6:45 PM at St. Luke’s in Montclair. This is an important meeting as we will share calendars and plot in group/regional events that we hope to share. If you have dates in mind now for open events – please send to me so I can put them into the calendar.

Confirmation Retreat Planning Group 2019

We have set tentative dates for next year’s Confirmation Retreats and for Confirmations: These dates will need to be confirmed by our new Bishop, but hopefully it may help your planning to have them penciled in. Venues etc. are also yet to be decided.

There will be two one-day Confirmation Retreats (if demand exceeds capacity we will add another): Saturday, March 23, and Saturday, April 6.

Small Footprint VBS

House of Prayer will be hosting a Small Footprint VBS (focusing on reduce-reuse-recycle and stewardship of the planet's resources) the week of August 20-24 from 8:30 AM to 1 PM. This is our diocesan invitation to youth and/or young adults to join us in this ministry. All interested should contact camp director, Betsy LaVela at 973-635-7028 or 973-391-4616 (text) or via email at For more details about the camp, you can read about it at

Save the Dates!

Tuesday July 24 – A Summer Celebration Evening for all Youth Ministers – open everyone working with children and youth starting with dinner at 5:15 PM and on… up at Cross Roads Camp and Retreat Center.

October 5, 6 & 7 – Youth Rally and Fall kick off will be held at Cross Roads Camp and Retreat Center. There is no charge for this event, and it will provide an AMAZING FUN way for youth to connect across churches and groups. A commitment to raising funds for Cross Roads is an essential part of the Retreat. Contact to register or for more information.

Summer Youth Camp at Cross Roads Camp and Retreat Center

Youth Camp Dates:

  • Youth Camp 1 – July 16-22
  • Youth Camp 2 – July 23-29
  • Youth Camp 3 – July 30- Aug 5
  • Youth Camp 4 – August 6-12
  • Youth Camp 5 – August 13-19

Scholarships available on request.

For more information go to

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