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YOUTH NOTES: YOUth and YOUng Adults Newsletter - October 2018

New Jersey and Newark youth rally to raise funds for Cross Roads Camp and Retreat Center, October 6, 2018

New Jersey and Newark youth rally to raise funds for Cross Roads Camp and Retreat Center, October 6, 2018

Youth from all around the state, Episcopal and Lutheran, came together to kick off the year in a fund raiser Marathon Volleyball Rally to fund camperships for our camp and retreat center at Cross Roads. A great time was had by all and two of our own were the highest fundraisers of the event – Jasper and Sebastian, raising over $1400. Way to Go!

Vestry University attendees hear about the Youth Pop-Up Initiative 2019

In her first week in office, Bishop Carlye Hughes blessed the proposed experiment for youth ministry in the Diocese. We will be writing an article about this in the next edition of The Voice, and Leadership News. There is a lot of buzz and excitement around this initiative and we look forward to sharing this and seeing it go live!!!

Youth Leadership News

The Diocesan Youth Calendar of Events for 2018-2019 is now posted online at:

Youth Ministers Monthly Meetings – October 18, 2018

Our next meeting is scheduled for October 18 at 6:45pm at St Michaels’ Church, Wayne at 6:45pm. Coffee and cookies will be provided. All are invited – please RSVP to

Our agenda items include:

  • A Youth Council – who and what for?
  • The shape of Youth Ministry – pop up youth ministry in action
  • Reviewing the Model Youth Policies from General Convention
  • Acolyte Festival Planning – note new date 3/30/2018 at Christ Church, Ridgewood.
  • Confirmation Retreats – 3/23 and 4/6 – Planning group

Save the Dates!

Next Youth and Sunday School leaders meeting date – December 1, 2018 at Cross Roads

For our November meeting we are proposing that we meet at Cross Roads on Saturday December 1st as part of the Shepherd’s Gathering weekend.

Where are we going and How do we get there?

Shepherd’s Gathering is a time of rest and reflection, fellowship and learning with others who work with children and youth in the church.

Thursday and Friday are Sabbath time: unstructured R&R including meals, starting with dinner on Thursday. Retreat programming starts on Friday dinner and ends on Sunday after lunch.

This year on Saturday we will look at the ways we choose what to teach and pick the curriculum and program to help us get to our goals.

How to decide what you would like your children and youth to learn and then what resources are out there to help you get there.

We will be joined by Sharon Pearson the Christian Formation Specialist for Church Publishing Incorporated.

Her role is to support and assist individuals and congregations in strengthening their Christian formation ministries and programs. She is also an editor for CPI, with oversight of books and resources that connect with education, formation, congregational development, and leadership. In other words – everything that happens in a church!

We will join to reflect on how we journey with children and youth on the Way of Love that Christ lays out and how we can help them navigate the road ahead.

PLEASE NOTE – We will subsidize anyone who wishes to attend and needs support. For more information and registration go to

Confirmation Retreats

There will be two confirmation Retreats – using the same one-day format as last year.

  • Saturday, March 23 – at St Elizabeth’s in Ridgewood
  • Saturday, April 6 – at St. James, in Upper Montclair

Confirmation 2019

Confirmation sign up is now open online:
Enquiries to

The Episcopal Church puts out a call for adults to be trained as youth leaders for the 2020 EYE (Episcopal Youth Event)

We are now accepting applications for individuals who feel called to serve as an Adult Mentor to the Planning Team for the next Episcopal Youth Event (EYE20). If you, or someone you know might be interested in being trained to this leadership role in the wider church, please let me know:

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