CYMN: Children's & Youth Ministry Network

Here is your first official CYMN news blast! Below you will find information regarding: 
  • CYMN February Retreat
  • Spring youth retreats
  • Summer camping programs
  • Summer mission opportunities
  • Episcopal Youth Event
  • Dates for the next Children's & Youth meetings
  • Our collaborative community online on Slack
Please feel to copy or forward any of this information to share with people in your faith communities who would benefit from knowing about these opportunities.

We are truly grateful for everyone who is coming together to deepen our children's and youth ministries in ECMN!

Sarah Barnett
Missioner for Children, Youth, and Camping
The Episcopal Church in MN
Phone: 612-759-8493
(This tab on ECMN's homepage is updated regularly to reflect current programs.)
This retreat was a wonderful gathering of 24 people involved in faith formation across ECMN from nearly as many of our faith communities. 
  • We shared our stories with one another of how we ended up in our ministries.
  • We gathered our favorite resources.  
  • We heard from our youth about how meeting youth from across the state has strengthened their faith.
  • We dreamed about how we might continue to work together this year. (See the info on Slack in this email below!)
  • Click here for a reflection of our time together! 
  • Save the date! Our second retreat will be again be the second weekend in February.
July 23-29, 2017
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!

August 6-12, 2017
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.).  

July 24-28, 2017
St. Mark's Cathedral, Mpls
ECAD runs from 9am-3pm M-F for children Age 4 - entering Grade 6. We’ll sing, dance, tinker, tell stories, and play, finding the Holy and experiencing God in everyday moments.

May 5-6, 2017 (Grades 6-8 with 9-12 leaders)
St. Christopher's, Roseville

March 17-19, 2017 (Grades 9-12)
St. James, Hibbing (rotates)

March 31 - April 2, 2017 (Grades 9-12)
St. John's, St. Paul

April 21-23, 2017 (Grades 10-12)
St. Steven's, Edina
Many of our faith communities engage in mission opportunities over the summer. If you are looking to collaborate, consider one of these two options!

June 19-21: Youth entering Gr. 6-8 with 9-12 leadership. We celebrate ways to be Christ's hands and feet in our city with local charity/non-profit partners. We sleep at St. Mark's Cathedral and use public transportation.  

June 25-July 2: This trip is open any faith community who wants to participate by sending adult chaperones with youth entering Gr. 8-12. 
The ECMN delegation has 15 students and 2 adult leaders - Sarah Barnett & Longkee Vang. We need one more adult chaperone to join us. If interested, registration closes 3/15. Email asap.

Every 3 years EYE brings together over 1200 youth in Grades 9-12 from across the Episcopal Church. This year we are headed to Oklahoma July 10-14 to explore our theme of peacemaking. How can members of the Jesus Movement can pursue a path to peace? Here is the EYE 2014 Video that gives a sense of what EYE is like.
Children's Ministry Network
April 13: 9:30-11:00am @ St. Mark's Cathedral. Conference calling options available. 

Youth Ministry Network
April 13: 11-12pm @ St. Mark's Cathedral. Lunch is provided immediately following the Children's meeting. Conference calling options available. 
Come join us on Slack! Email to request an invite to join: 

Slack is basically a way for teams of people to communicate and share documents/resources. We have two main channels to share resources around Children's & Youth Ministry. Then we have specific channels around projects like camps and retreats. This will be a place where you can go to check for all of the most up-to-date information. If you want minute-by-minute updates -- download the app on your phone, too!
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