Hello Youth & Formation Friends!

As I was putting this update together, I had settled on the theme of grow a while back. This morning to my surprise, today's #Adventword is GROW! The Holy Spirit at work for sure! One thing I like best about following Adventword is all the different images and perspectives people of faith around the world share, focused on a common word. Just from another person's post on a given day, I am often stretched to think about and look at things in a whole different way.

I love holiday traditions, we have many in my family. I think they are important and offer stability, grow relationships and increase engagement, it is important to push ourselves to see or experience these same traditions differently. If we always do what we always do, we will miss out on the new ways God is acting in our lives. We will be less likely to uncover places in our lives and hearts to make room for Jesus. We won't be able to take on the challenge of sharing and showing the light of Christ in the places that most need it. I believe the season of Advent is inviting us to grow! In the midst of our preparation, we must stretch and grow our understanding of God coming to be among us in the person of Jesus.

I hope throughout the rest of Advent and into Christmas, the New Year and Epiphany you discover new or different ways to grow your faith. In this email there are resources and ideas for the upcoming seasons as well as some twists on some familiar things. In all that you do and experience the rest of 2018, I hope your Christmas and New Year are filled with love, joy, hope and peace.

Happy Advent & Merry Christmas!

Program Officer for Youth, College Campus and Young Adult Ministries
The Diocese of East Carolina is participating in AdventWord. Be sure to follow on the Diocesan FaceBook or Instagram for daily photos and reflections from people from across the Diocese.
Daily devotions that can be accessed online, can be emailed to you, or followed in the d365 app ( Apple App Store . or Google Play ) They are short and a great way to begin the day during Advent.
Las Posadas
December 16 - 24, 2018 at 7 PM
What is Las Posadas ? In a nutshell it is a celebration and reenactment of Mary’s and Joseph’s search for lodging in Bethlehem . T he celebrations include music, readings, prayers and a reenactment that will be followed by traditional Latin American treats and refreshments.

For more information on specific locations contact The Rev'd Fred Clarkson , Spanish Language Ministries Coordinator.
• Compiled by Matthew Kozlowski former contributing editor for Building Faith, these are 5 to stretch not stress your family on Christmas Eve.
A journey through all the days of the Christmas season
Created by Busted Halo , a fun way to understand the full Christmas Season complete with a downloadable game board.
The Good Book Club
The Diocese of East Carolina will join with Episcopalians for the second  Good Book Club  and read the Book of Romans during the Season of Epiphany. We will be using a Reflection Guide created by the United Thank Offering to have weekly discussions on what we've read. A downloadable copy of  Responding With Gratitude to the Gift of Grace and God's Call to Action  can be found   HERE Please download and read the introduction before January 7th so that you can gather any other resources.

Weekly discussions will be hosted in an online gathering Mondays from 12:30 - 1:15 PM beginning on January 7th and ending on March 4th. Details about the online format will be provided at the first of the year.

Please register HERE by January 3, 2019. 

We will use  REMIND  to send updates. Remind can be used from a computer, tablet or cell phone. It is a downloadable app which can be found in iTunes or Google Play.
• Posted on Building Faith, a Faith at Home Practice to mark our homes with symbols to ask for God's blessings on those who live, work and visit throughout the coming year.
New Year's
Though the New Year began for the Church on the first Sunday of Advent, we are immersed in all the calendar New Year brings.
Written by The Rev'd Rosanna Anderson . She is the Associate Director of Intergenerational Ministries Leadership Resources for Discipleship Ministries for the United Methodist Church.
Offered by Living The Good News curriculum. This resource offers a way for all to engage in a thoughtful resolution making process, children through adults.
Wisdom from the Field

Click on individual class links to register.
136th Annual Convention of
the Diocese of East Carolina

Young people in grades 9-12 are encouraged to be part of Annual Diocesan Convention. Please click on the link for a copy of the flier at the right. More detailed information will be emailed to clergy, wardens and youth leaders.

All up to date Diocesan Convention Information can be found HERE.
Camp Trinity Reunion
•8th - 12th graders
•January 18-20, 2019 
• Trinity Center
To Register Contact Mary Beth Bradberry or Buddy Payne

• 9th - 12th graders
• February 7-9, 2019
• Wilmington Convention Center
• Click HERE for more info.
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• 9th - 12th graders
• March 1-3, 2019
(team Feb. 28th - Mar. 3rd)
• Trinity Center
• Register HERE
Team Fees: $170
Candidate Fees: $145

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• participants 6th - 8th Graders
• team 7th - 12h graders
• April 5-7, 2019
• Trinity Center