April 2019 Newsletter
Don't miss out!!
Registration closes Monday, April 22!!

Presiding Bishop's Jamboree
with Youth
Saturday, April 27, 2019
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
(Pizza available at 1:00 pm)

Cathedral Church of St. Paul
138 Tremont St., Boston
All middle and high school students invited!

The afternoon begins with pizza, followed by an opportunity for young people to share with Bishop Curry and each other their dreams for the church and for the world, and to receive in person his dynamic challenge and invitation to them, and to our church.

This youth event is part of a full afternoon of events for the diocese, including a ministry fair at the Cathedral and a public rally with Bishop Curry on the Boston Common. For a full description of the Presiding Bishop's visitation, see  www.diomass.org .

Organize your car pools. Tell your neighbors. Register your group.
You won't want your kids to miss this great event.
This event will be livestreamed via a link to be posted at www.diomass.org .
WIll you cherish the wondrous works of God, and protect the beauty and integrity of all creation?
"I will, with God's help."
With confirmation services setto be held across the diocese this spring and fall, this is a good time to remember that at our diocesan convention in November 2018, we resolved to, among other things, "use the sixth question in the Baptismal Covenant [posted above], as authorized by General Convention 2015 for trial use (Resolution A016)" and "that confirmands and persons received into the church be invited to plant or donate a tree in gratitude and as a tangible response" to this baptismal promise.*

For confirmands and others wanting to take this "tangible response," one option would be to support the "Paris Grove" being established at Barbara C. Harris Camp & Conference Center. For more on how to be involved with the BCH Paris Grove initiative, contact the center's Executive Director John Koch . They could also plant trees or shrubs on the church property, or coordinate with efforts ongoing in their local community.

For other suggestions of ways to more fully live out this baptismal promise, contact the Rev. Lise Hildebrandt or Dawn Tesorero , co-conveners of the Creation Care Justice Network.

The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago.
The second best time is today.
-Chinese proverb

*For the full text of the Planting a Paris Grove: A Resolution in Support of Creation Care, see the diocesan website.
It's Time to Sign Up!
How will you and your friends spend their summer? How about hiking, boating, campfires, swimming, learning, archery, arts & crafts, worship, challenge course, dance, theater, music, camping, and so much more!

Registration is open for Summer Camp at Barbara C. Harris Camp & Conference Center. And be sure to check out the revamped programs for senior campers--Leadership Base; Sports Base, and Outdoor Base.

Remember that the sooner you register, the more likely you will get the schedule you want! Scholarship support is available.
Youth Pride in Lynn
Saturday, June 8, 2019
  11:00am to 3:00pm
 St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
74 South Common, Lynn
Join St. Stephen's Church for their 4th annual Youth Pride, organized by St. Stephen's youth. BE YOU is proud to present this event as a celebration of the LGBTQQA community in the great city of Lynn and beyond.
Lite eats--creative activities--chill vibe--music--information tables--and more!
We want to create a space so you can BE YOU! It just won't BE the same without YOU!

For more information, contact Jason Cruz at St. Stephen's.
Other Opportunities for Young People in the Region:
Interfaith Youth Initiative
Standing Tall: Advocating For Self
and With Others
July 31 - August 6, 2019, Brandeis University, Waltham

Sponsored by Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries, the Interfaith Youth Initiative offers an all-expense-paid immersion experience for young leaders (ages 15-19) providing an opportunity to meaningfully engage together with important global and local issues through the lens of their different religious, ethnic, cultural, economic, social and political backgrounds. Program consists of community building activities, workshops, artistic expression, field trips, service, theological dialogue and reflection, and more!

For more, see their  website  .  
Resources for Youth Ministry
Building Faith
an online resource center

(with thanks to the Rev. Christine Mills, Rector, Parish of the Epiphany, Walpole, for her suggestion of these resources)
Building faith is the online resources center of the Center for Ministry and Teaching at Virginia Theological Seminary.  Building Faith has been sharing practical wisdom with tens of thousands of readers since 2010. Building Faith aims to  equip  ministry leaders to  teach  the Christian faith and  form  disciples of Jesus Christ.

All their stuff is good...but here is their youth ministry page: https://www.buildfaith.org/youth-ministry/

If you sign up for their newsletter, they announce webinars that they do pretty regularly.