September 2018 Newsletter
Last Call for Application!

Faith in Action: Las Fronteras
in partnership with Episcopal City Mission
Based on the success of our powerful mission-focused pilgrimages to the borderlands through the Youth Leadership Academy, this new opportunity includes a year of site visits around the diocese to see Faith in Action. 
At each site, participants will explore issues of security and hospitality, stranger and neighbor, discipleship and servant leadership, all while participating in community service projects across eastern Massachusetts and developing a community of faith and support among themselves. 

The program will begin with an organizational meeting in October, and the year will culminate in the group’s pilgrimage to the US/Mexico borderlands in August 2019.

For details on applying to be part of the inaugural team of this new program, click on the link below, or contact the Rev. H. Mark Smith , the Diocesan Youth Missioner.

Application due Wednesday, September 12!!

Fall Youthworker Gatherings:
Youth Ministry Colleague Conversations
Want to find out what others in your area are doing in youth ministry? Have an idea for collaborating with neighbors on a program or project? Just want to steal great ideas and be encouraged by the camaraderie of others doing similar work? 

Join us for one of the fall get-togethers for those doing youth ministry.

Thursday, October 4, 12:00-2:00 pm (w/ lunch)
Church of the Redeemer, Chestnut Hill

Tuesday, October 16, 6:30-8:30 pm (w/ dinner)
Parish of the Epiphany, Winchester

Wednesday, October 17, 6:30-8:30 pm (w/ dinner)
St. John's, Beverly Farms

Thursday, October 18, 6:30-8:30 pm (w/ dinner)
Church of our Saviour, Somerset

These gatherings are intended for full-time and part-time youth ministers, paid and volunteer, clergy and lay, seasoned and freshly anointed--to encourage building more relationships among youthworkers across the diocese as we all continue to imagine new models of ministry for our time.

Advance registration requested, so we can be sure to have enough food!!
Creation Care Day of Service
Cape Cod
Saturday, Oct. 13
The Diocesan Creation Care Committee invites young people from across the diocese and across denominations to join in a day of beach clean-up and to learn about other ways to better care for God’s creation.

The goal is to put the extraordinary energies and commitments of young people to work in responding to the cries of creation.

The event steering committee, working with local environmental action agencies, is currently determining the best location for the day's effort. Young people and youth leaders interested in helping to plan this day of service and learning should e-mail both the Rev. Deborah Warner ( ) and Dawn Tesorero ( ).
Diocesan Youth Council Vote Turns 20!
DYC Reunion to Celebrate at Diocesan Convention
Save the date: November 3, 2018 in Hyannis, MA
We need your help: The DYC@20 Organizing Committee is trying to contact as many past Diocesan Youth Council members and mentors as possible.

We want them to join the DioMass DYC Alumni FaceBook group and/or be in touch with the current youth missioner, the Rev. H. Mark Smith .

We want to invite them to the celebration Nov. 3 in Hyannis, to help mark the 20th anniversary of DYC being given voice and vote at Convention. (The Diocesan Youth Council was first granted convention voice and vote at the 1998 Diocesan Convention.)
The event will include a networking lunch, a looking-back-and-looking-ahead presentation at Convention, and a celebratory dinner in Hyannis. Bus transportation between the Riverside T Station in Newton and the events in Hyannis will be available.

We also want to get their responses to a survey (see link below), to hear your news. At this year's Diocesan Convention, former Youth Council members and mentors from the recent and distant past will gather to share with Convention what they are up to now, what they still have to say to the church today, and to reconnect with each other.  

So help us reach out to long-lost members and mentors--from a year ago, from five years ago, and from 20 years ago. The party just won't be the same without them. To more information, contact the Rev. H. Mark Smith .

More information on the event registration coming soon!! In the meantime, please help us get the survey into the hands of as many DYC participant and mentor alumni as possible.
2018-2019 Events Calendar
Check out the 2018-19 Year at a Glance , a downloadable calendar with a host of offerings for your young people and your groups. BIg church? Small church? New group? Just a few kids? Whatever your circumstance, you will find something here to include in your programming plans.

For more on all of these events, continue to check the events page of the youth ministry website, If you are interested in assisting in the planning of any of these events, don't hesitate to contact our diocesan youth missioner, the Rev. H. Mark Smith .
Resources for Youth Ministry
Updated Confirmation Resources

The 2019 Confirmation Schedule has been announced. Please check our website for more detailed information. For additional updated confirmation resources please scroll to the bottom of the page after you clicked the following link. Resources for confirmation includes book recommendations, curriculums suggestions, and helpful websites.