November 2018 Newsletter
Bilingual Advent Youth Event/
Evento Juvenil Bilingüe Para Adviento

Las Posadas / Seeking Shelter
Sunday/   Domingo 16 de Dec., 6 - 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.  

Reflection, Remembrance, & Response to Addiction
A workshop and healing service

Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Trinity Church, Bridgewater
The National Day of Remembrance is a time for communities to honor those lost to addiction and offer support to their families. The parish of Trinity Church, Bridgewater each year hosts an ecumenical healing service for those affected by the disease of addiction.

This year, Trinity Church and the Office of Youth Ministry are teaming up with local mental health agencies, addiction specialists, and a pastoral support team to offer a special program of conversation and reflection for young people and youth workers from across the diocese ahead of the healing service.

For more information, contact the Rev. H. Mark Smith , Diocesan Youth Missioner.

2019 High School Retreat!!
February 8-10, 2019

Registration is now open for the  2019 High School Retreat   weekend (Friday to Sunday, February 8-10, 2019), at the Barbara C. Harris Camp and Conference Center in Greenfield, NH. Retreat participants this year will explore how finding their own unique vibes, identifying their connections, and nurturing their spiritual selves can contribute to finding the Good Life that Christ promises and that God dreams of for us all.

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 February 3.
Resources for Youth Ministry

Advent Devotions
for Young People and Youth Workers

"...give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness,
and put upon us the armor of light." BCP, p. 211.

Between midterms and parties and pageants and presents, it is easy for those of us who work with young people to loose track of the fact that we are in the midst of a very special and holy season. Following are four different Advent devotional aides that both you and your young people may find useful on y0or own or to do together, to keep hold of this season of anticipation and preparation for Christ's birth.
You and your students can join hundreds of thousands of young people across the globe to "Follow the Star" this Advent and Christmas season with d365, an online daily devotional. Each day's devotion follows a pattern of pause, listen, think, pray, and go, accompanied by contemporary contemplative music. Created by and for young people and students, "Follow the Star" offers a wonderful moment of calm amid the business of the season.
For over 25 years, Thomas Moursin, Rector, St. John's in Charlestown, and Merry Watters, retired Methodist minister, have been collaborating on a devotional Advent calendar. The downloadable calendar includes daily scripture readings and a suggested devotion, along with a poem for the season. Designed by Susan Shepherd Kochinskas, the calendar is provided free of charge and will light your path through a powerful Advent journey toward the manger.
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. Participants respond to the daily meditation with images and prayers that speak to their heart via their own social media pages. Their images and prayers will appear in the crowdsourced Advent Calendar with others from around the world in this ministry of the Virginia Theological Seminary.

Want to know a little more? Take a look at the video the folks at VTS produced to introduce AdventWord
Journeying the Way of Love , an Advent curriculum published by The Episcopal Church, offers four group sessions to explore as we await the coming of Christ by moving through the first two chapters of the Gospel of Luke. Luke’s gospel provides a pattern for understanding how we can live the  Way of Love as individuals, as families and friends, as a community, and out in the world. Facilitation instructions accommodate small or large groups, and the accompanying Journeying the Way of Love Advent calendar charts of path of daily devotions while practicing a pattern of Jesus-centered life. Available in English and Spanish.