November 2017 Newsletter

Bilingual Advent Youth Event/
Evento Juvenil B ilingüe P ara Adviento

Las Posadas / Seeking Shelter
Saturday / Sábado 16 de Dec., 6:30-9 p.m.

St. Luke’s-San Lucas Church 
201 Washington Ave Chelsea, MA 02150

Join Bishop Gayle Harris and the people of St. Luke’s-San Lucas in Chelsea for Las Posadas, a traditional Advent celebration in which those gathered will trace Mary and Joseph’s traveling search for shelter – a bilingual celebration with processions, prayer of Novenas, music, food and hospitality. As the group celebrates this well-known story from the Christian tradition, it will hold close in heart and mind the serious plight of modern-day refugees struggling to find shelter today.

Bishop Gayle Harris y la gente de St. Luke’s-San Lucas, Chelsea invitan a los jóvenes de toda la diócesis para unirse a esta tradicional celebración del Adviento en la cual los congregados seguirán la búsqueda de albergue de María y de José - una celebración bilingüe con procesiones, rezo de Novena, música, comida y hospitalidad. Mientras el grupo celebra esta conocida historia de la tradición cristiana, mantendrá muy cerca en su mente y corazón la seria crisis de refugiados actuales tratando de encontrar albergue hoy.  
Las Fronteras: Boundaries and Bridges
A Borderlands Pilgrimage

For young people in grades 9 and 10

Based on the recent success of our powerful mission-focused pilgrimages through the Youth Leadership Academy, this new opportunity includes a week-long encounter in and around Nogales, Arizona, and Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. Participants will explore issues of security and hospitality, stranger and neighbor, with local residents, church leaders, local government officials, migrants, US Border Patrol, indigenous communities, and others.

Trip dates:  Aug. 3 - Aug. 10, 2018

First meeting:  Feb. 2-4, 2018
(as part of High School Retreat at Barbara C. Harris Camp & Conf. Center)

Additional meetings in local communities confronting these issues:
Saturday, March 10 - 10 AM to 4:30 PM (location to be announced)
Saturday, May 5 - 10 AM to 4:30 PM (location to be announced)
Saturday, June 23 - 10 AM to 4:30 PM (location to be announced)

Applications due December 28, 2017

For more information, contact the Rev. H. Mark Smith at

2018 High School Retreat!!
Registration now open!!
Registration is now open for the 2018 High School Retreat weekend (Friday to Sunday, February 2-4), at the Barbara C. Harris Camp and Conference Center in Greenfield, NH. Retreat participants this year will explore how they are formed by their culture and by their faith for action in the world.

Led by the Diocesan Youth Council (DYC), the weekend features small group workshops, indoor and outdoor games, worship to get everyone moving and thinking, lively music, and some much needed time away from the rush of everyday routines in order to pay more attention to the Spirit of God in our lives. Scholarship support is available, as is bus transportation. Registration closes when capacity is reached, or on January 25 .
Resources for Youth Ministry
Anglicans Worldwide Explore Advent
Via Social Media
Here is an opportunity to tap into your young people's passion for (obsession with?) social media for Christian formation.

#AdventWord, the Anglican Communion’s Global Advent Calendar, is an innovative way to engage in the season of Advent with people all over the world. Once a person signs up, they simply respond to the daily meditation emailed to them with images and prayers that speak to their heart via their own social media pages. Their images and prayers will appear in the Advent Calendar with others from around the world.

Invite your youth to join others across the globe as we anticipate the coming of Christ, the fulfillment of our deepest longings.

For more information, including a 2-minute instructional video, see #AdventWord .