Welcome to News for Youth & Young Adults
The Youth and Young Adults Newsletter is a new, quarterly online publication providing information, resources, event details, and announcements pertaining to 6th to 12th grade youth and young adults 18 - 30 years of age. Content will focus on opportunities and relevant information for youth throughout the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas, at the diocesan level and at the national level through The Episcopal Church.

Please forward this email to anyone that you think might be interested, whether they are parents, lay leaders, or church staff, and invite them to sign up for the Youth and Young Adults Newsletter. Subscribers will receive direct communications in their inbox regarding youth and young adult opportunities in the diocese.

Further, you are encouraged to submit resources, events, and announcements relevant to youth, young adults, and their parents or ministry leaders, to the diocesan Communications Office for publication on the diocesan website and/or to this email list.
Featured Fall Events
November 20 - 22: Camp Capers
Registration is now open for Happening #146. Happenings are spiritual renewal weekends for rising 10th - 12th grade students, led by their peers. In order to protect participants and staff, COVID-19 guidelines and protocols will be upheld both during the Happening planning and the weekend itself.
October 25th, 8:00pm: Online
Join youth from all across the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas for an evening of worship, prayer, teaching, and breakout groups. Sunday Night Live! will begin at 8:00 p.m., via Zoom video conference.
Wednesdays, 9:30pm
Vital University Missions offers online worship services on Wednesday evenings beginning at 9:30pm, on Instagram Live. This is the online program of "The Bridge," a campus ministry normally held in-person at St. Mary's University, but is open to all online at this time. Follow and tune in @stmuthebridge on Instagram.
October 2020 - January 2021
Camp Capers is offering several new Fall retreats for individuals, couples, and families needing a safe, stress-free weekend getaway; sign up online at dwtx.org/events today. Mid-Winter Camps for youth will also be offered in January, with registration opening in early November.
Updates & Announcements
VITAL University Missions Fall Program Report
Allie Melancon, Director of College Missions, shares Fall 2020 Semester updates from Vital University Missions, saying "The Fall 2020 Semester is officially in full, socially-distanced swing for college students in the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas. With students returning to classes, some in-person and some online, we are excited for the semester ahead and have lists of ideas that we would like to implement, when the timing is right and safe conditions are possible. I am so proud of our student leaders, for their willingness to get other students on board to share and their efforts to engage new students."
2020 Episcopal Youth Event Cancelled, EYEx Planning Underway
The Episcopal Church Department of Faith Formation, in collaboration with the 2020 Episcopal Youth Event (EYE20) planning team and Episcopal Church leadership, announced in August that the Episcopal Youth Event (EYE) will not be convened this triennium due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In coming months, the Department of Faith Formation anticipates offering an alternative means of responding to God's call to “Unite/Uninamos,” the planned theme for EYE20. Titled Episcopal Youth Experience or EYEx, the content will be planned and implemented by an EYEx Steering Committee, made up of youth and adults from the EYE20 planning team and the Youth Ministry Council of Advice.
Resources

The Episcopal Church of Reconciliation offers a six week "Stay in Place" Mission program for families of all ages. The program includes recommended service projects that also align with the Prayers of the People! Additionally, you will receive a link to videos that guide you through the program. Complete the registration form to receive the study.

As a youth minister, parents often ask for resources that will help develop their family and their child into a faithful member of the church. While we are usually trying to get youth off their phones, these faith-based apps can be used as a family to facilitate formation rooted in the Episcopal faith.

A free intergenerational weekly online Christian learning experience for families and people of all ages. Sessions use Forward Movement's Exploring the Bible curriculum with video lectures, downloads, and interaction opportunities with other students.
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