New Style Confirmation Retreats are in full swing
We have held two successful new style Confirmation Retreats. The youth feedback from our first go through on February 24 at St. James’ in Upper Montclair, left our planning team aware that we needed to change up the activities in the afternoon. So we made some tweaks, and the second set of evaluations hit #awesome. We have one more retreat planned on March 24 at Grace Church in Madison. This date clashes with the March for our Lives in Washington DC and around the country. We did not have any alternative dates/venues to offer, so we are continuing with the retreat as planned. Our Bishop, who has been a strong supporter of gun violence issues, will be attending a March on that day – we will be live streaming him in from the March during the time he would have met with our youth. I’m sure that it will be great to witness his support of young people.
March For Our Lives – March 24
The Lutheran Episcopal Advocacy Ministry of New Jersey is organizing buses to Washington, D.C. so that members of the Diocese of Newark, the Diocese of New Jersey and the New Jersey Synod of the Lutheran Church can join the March For Our Lives a gun violence prevention march, on Saturday, March 24.
We are encouraging churches to send groups of interested youth, ages 13-18, with one adult chaperone for every one-to-five youth. Other interested adults are also welcome to participate as space allows. Please see the attached flyer, which you are asked to share with your congregations this Sunday.
Cost: $15.00 per youth (13-18) and $25.00 per adult.
Go to our website linked here for information and active links to submit information needed. You will need to carry waiver forms and health information with you; and will need adult chaperones on a ratio of I adult to 1-5 youth and 2 chaperones for 5-10 youth. No unaccompanied youth will be permitted to ride the bus without chaperones.
Another useful resource is the advice in this document from FORMA – The Episcopal Church‘s organization for Youth and Children’s ministries.
General Convention 2018 – Early bird notice!!!
This is an amazing opportunity for our youth to observe leadership from across The Episcopal Church in action!
Youth who have completed grades 9-12, and young adults under 21, are invited to observe the 79th General Convention of The Episcopal Church in Austin, Texas.
Participation is capped at 14 youth and young adults.
The youth contingent will depart for Austin on Sunday, July 8 and stay through the closing ceremony on Friday, July 13.
Online registration opens next week – look for the announcement in The VOICE Online or the diocesan website on March 14. Go to the link for information about costs and scholarships.
Youth Ministers’ Meeting February 15, 2018
Our youth ministers’ meeting was held at Episcopal House on February 15 at 6:45pm. We shared ideas for Lent along with some ideas around how youth ministry can adapt to meet the changing needs of the Church. Please join us at our next meeting at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, see details below. Snacks and beverages provided. All are welcome.
Cross Roads Middle School Retreat –3/9, 3/10 and 3/11. Call Crossroads for details and last minute registrations 908 832 7264.
Confirmation Retreat March 24 – Grace Church, Madison.
Our next Youth Minister meetings are:
Thursday March 15 at 6:45pm at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 1 Church Lane, Oakland, NJ 07436
Thursday April 19 at 6:45pm Christ Church in Ridgewood (dinner provided)
Resources and outside events
The 2018 Princeton Forum on Youth Ministry: April 24th-27th, 2018
The Forum gathers Christian leaders who are passionate about young people and the church. Youth ministers, Christian educators, pastors, ministry innovators, and emerging scholars from the USA and beyond gather annually for this 4-day event on the campus of Princeton Theological Seminary. This year, our theme is IMAGE. We will explore what it means to practice youth ministry in a visual age. Hear from speakers like Matthew Milliner, Brian Bantum, and Katie Douglass. Renew your energy for ministry as you create vocational friendships, stretch your imagination, and give Sabbath to your soul.