Here is your first CYMN news blast in 2018! Below you will find information on our upcoming spring and summer ministries. Click on the images and titles for more information. You will also find an update about ECMN's current work around establishing a Youth Commission . Please reply directly to this email with any questions.

Short list of dates to save:

  • Jan. 19-21: Peer Ministry Retreat
  • Feb. 9-10: CYMN Retreat for Clergy, Staff, and Lay Volunteers
  • March 16-17: MN TEC Youth Team Planning Meetings
  • April 13-15: MN TEC Retreat
  • April 28-29: Pre-TEC Retreat: What is Holy?
  • June 18-20: SINC - Summer in the City
  • June 21-23: EKID - Episcopal Kids Summer Camp
  • July 15-21: EYQC - Episcopal Youth Quest Camp
  • July 26-30: Ma Wa Disi Da (Visit to White Earth / Cass Lake Areas)
  • July 30 - Aug 3: ECAD - Episcopal Creative Arts Day Camp
  • August 5-11: EYMC - Episcopal Youth Music Camp
  • September 14-15: Convention (Youth Commission is officially appointed)
  • 2018 Program Calendar: Mission Area Gatherings, Confirmation, Retreats, Camps

Please feel to copy, forward, and share this information with people in your faith communities. We are tremendously grateful to everyone who is involved in supporting these wonderful ministries for our young people in ECMN! Each one relies on some amount of scholarships; donations are always welcome. If you have more ministries to share with ECMN, please reply so we can add them.

Sarah Barnett
Missioner for Children, Youth, and Camping
The Episcopal Church in MN
Phone: 612-759-8493
ECMN Youth Commission
Preliminary task:
Teens Encounter Christ
Appointment with new members: Convention
A preliminary Youth Commission has been established to help design what they are calling MN TEC. This Teens Encounter Christ retreat is a new statewide initiative for all of ECMN. This commission has 18 youth and 4 young adults with a variety of prior TEC experiences. They are eagerly working on their first MN TEC April 13-15 at St. Mark's Cathedral. This is a brand new retreat, and the youth on the commission have been empowered to write the schedule and do all the planning. It will have space for 48 new candidates who have not been to a TEC before. It will also have space for 50-100 kids returning to TEC to be on the leadership team. Please consider having your faith community be involved in the building of this life-changing retreat.

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In May we will make a broad invitation to all ECMN faith communities to nominate at least one youth entering Grades 9-12 to join this Youth Commission. Over the summer this group will decide what it's 2018-2019 projects are. The official appointment and kick-off will occur at the ECMN Annual Convention Sept. 14-15 in Mankato.
January 19-21, 2018 [Gr. 9-12]
St. Mark's Cathedral, Minneapolis, MN
Teens in Grades 9-12 will develop leadership skills to: welcome outsiders, put faith into action, learn to really listen, reach out to those in trouble, build healthy relationships, know when and where to ask for help. It’s taught by existing Peer Ministers and includes a fun evening out with dinner, pool, sledding, skating, and a bonfire.
Click here  to register for Peer Ministry.
April 13-15, 2018 [Gr. 9-12]
St. Mark's Cathedral, Minneapolis, MN
During your 48 hours at MN TEC you will journey through Holy Week with personal stories, dramas, delicious meals, music, and a few fantastic, encouraging surprises. Everyone is invited to journey at their own pace, with their own questions, making relevant connections to their daily lives. Each weekend is a new experience with new friends as we all share God’s rich, unconditional Agape love with one another. 
Click here for Candidate Registration.
Click here to register youth returning to be on the Youth Team.
Click here to view printable MN TEC information.
April 27-23, 2018 [Gr. 6-8]
St. John the Evangelist, St. Paul, MN
At Pre-TEC we play games, make friends, watch inspiring videos, eat great food, and hear talks from high school leaders. This is the 12 th retreat over 6 years with growing participation across ECMN. Each retreat has a unique theme related to a TEC (Teens Encounter Christ) topic.
Click here  to register for Pre-TEC, print a flyer, or paper registration.
Click here to watch a 2-min Pre-TEC video.
June 18-20, 2018 [Gr. 6-8]
St. Mark's Cathedral, Minneapolis, MN
SINC is a 3-day service immersion camp in downtown Minneapolis. Youth build relationships across the city as they celebrate ways to be Christ's hands and feet with local charity/non-profit partners. We sleep at St. Mark's Cathedral and use public transportation. Register here. Print 2018 Flyer here.
June 21-23, 2018 [PreK - Gr. 5]
Camp Miller, Sturgeon Lake, MN
EKID is a 3-day introductory overnight camp for kids entering PreK - Grade 5. Each kid comes with one adult, who could be a parent, godparent, aunt, uncle, grandparent, family friend, etc. These duos (or families) explore climbing, hiking, and waterfront activities together and discover the joy of camp! View a draft of our 3-Day EKID Schedule here. This is a great way to prepare your kid for camp before attending EYQC or EYMC. We are currently building our leadership team to plan and run this camp. Please reply to this email if interested. Register here.
July 15-21, 2018 [Gr. 6-12]
Camp Miller, Sturgeon Lake, MN
Episcopal Youth Quest Camp is a week long camp offering youth entering Grades 6-12 an opportunity to have fun, build friendships, and grow in their faith! This camp focuses on outdoor learning and adventure through creation care, hiking, canoeing, high/low ropes, one night tent camping, and more! Register Online here. Print 2018 flyer here. View EYQC 2017 Photos here. View the EYQC/EYMC 2016 Camp Video here.
July 30 - Aug 3, 2018 [PreK - Gr. 6]
St. Mark's Cathedral, Mpls
ECAD runs from 9am-3pm M-F for children Age 4 - entering Grade 6. Before and aftercare is available. We’ll sing, dance, tinker, tell stories, and play, finding the Holy and experiencing God in everyday moments. Register here. Watch the 2017 ECAD Video here.
August 5-11, 2017 [Gr. 3-12]
Camp OneHeartland, Willow River
EYMC offers an overnight camp experience to youth entering Grades 3-12. We rehearse and perform a condensed musical each summer with orchestra, band, bells, recorder, piano, drama, and more! Our week also includes morning and evening worship, faith formation, and traditional camp activities (swimming, crafts, games, etc.). When registration opens in a few weeks, you can find it at the link above!
While many ECMN faith communities participate in mission work, these two trips have been specifically offered as collaborative ventures open to more participants. If you have a trip you'd like to add to this list, reply to this email with information.
For the past 5-6 summers, a few Episcopal Youth Groups have joined together to build relationships and serve with the people living on the Rosebud Reservation. Summer 2018 dates will be available soon. Click the image to watch the 2015 video. Any youth group is welcome to join. For more information contact Sheila Foster (stlukesformation@gmail.com) or Sarah Barnett (sarah.b@episcopalmn.org).
July 26-30, 2018
"Ma Wa Disi Daa" means "visit" in Ojibwe. This trip is all about visiting and building relationships with our Episcopal family in the White Earth and Cass Lake areas. We eat together, help out with any needed projects, and share our stories with one another. Several youth groups have joined together for this trip since 2011. The youth are empowered to shop, cook, and do most of the planning. Any youth group is welcome to join. For more information contact Stacey Olson (staceyo@ourcathedral.org) or Sarah Barnett (sarah.b@episcopalmn.org).
We are each other's best resource.
February 9-10 at the Oak Ridge Conference Center in Chaska, MN. Participants may stay overnight or commute.

March 8: 9:30-11:00am. Location: The ECMN Offices @ 1101 W. Broadway Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55411. Conference calling options available. RSVP: sarah.b@episcopalmn.org.

March 8: 11-12pm. Location: The ECMN Offices @ 1101 W. Broadway Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55411. Lunch provided. Conference calling options available. RSVP: sarah.b@episcopalmn.org.
Youth Ministry Covenant

Last year young people from more than twenty faith communities developed friendships and deepened their faith together through retreats and camps. As we seek to build inclusive and welcoming ministries for everyone in ECMN, we want to make a public covenant together around shared values. Use the button to the left to view this covenant, which began at our monthly youth ministry meetings. We will continue the conversation this fall at ECMN's Annual Convention as we appoint a Youth Commission. Your input is greatly appreciated!

ECMN is in the process of updating it's Safe Church procedures. While we are not yet finished, ECMN faith communities can already begin accessing online trainings. Online training may be used for either renewal or primary training. Please contact sarah.b@episcopalmn.org for information and a virtual workshop to train someone on how to do this.
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