January 2019 Newsletter

Reflection, Remembrance, & Response to Addiction
A workshop and healing service

Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Trinity Church, Bridgewater
The National Day of Remembrance is a time for communities to honor those lost to addiction and offer support to their families. The parish of Trinity Church, Bridgewater each year hosts an ecumenical healing service for those affected by the disease of addiction.

This year, Trinity Church and the Office of Youth Ministry are teaming up with local mental health agencies, addiction specialists, and a pastoral support team to offer a special program of conversation and reflection for young people and youth workers from across the diocese ahead of the healing service.

This is intended as a space of holy listening, of holding each other, and leaning into each other and the Holy Spirit for young people and those who love them who have been affected by addiction--either their own or that of friends and loved ones.

For more information, contact the Rev. H. Mark Smith , Diocesan Youth Missioner. Please--advance notice of your plans to attend are critical in order to prepare for this time of healing, food, and fellowship.

2019 High School Retreat!!
February 8-10, 2019

Registration is now open for the  2019 High School Retreat   weekend (Friday to Sunday, February 8-10, 2019), at the Barbara C. Harris Camp and Conference Center in Greenfield, NH. Retreat participants this year will explore how finding their own unique vibes, identifying their connections, and nurturing their spiritual selves can contribute to Finding the Good Life that Christ promises and that God dreams of for us all.

Led by the Diocesan Youth Council (DYC), the weekend features small group workshops, indoor and outdoor games, worship to get everyone moving and thinking, lively music, and some much needed time away from the rush of everyday routines in order to pay more attention to the Spirit of God in our lives. Scholarship support is available, as is bus transportation. Registration closes when capacity is reached, or on February 3.

Lent Launch Lock-In
March 9-10, 2019

Join us as we gather to begin together our journey through this season of reflection, study, repentence, and forgiveness. Youth groups and young people from across the diocese will gather for an overnight "lock-in" to explore with each other the potentials and the promise of this holy season.  This year our work will be nurtured by stage director and teaching artist Kristen Cairns. Theatre, m usic, spoken word, and the majestic Trinity Church worship space will all be utilized in our explorations.

The retreat culminates by participating in the 9 AM Lent 1 service at Trinity followed by a group presentation to the Trinity congregation during the Sunday morning Educational Forum. 

For more information, contact the Rev. H. Mark Smith , Diocesan Youth Missioner.

March 22-23 or April 5-6, 2019
Barbara C. Harris Camp & Conference Center

PreConfirmation retreats are a chance for young people of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts to meet other young people discerning their call to Confirmation, or even just the faith journey in general! The retreats do not try to sum up a year’s worth of classes in one overnight, but we do try to give all who come a feeling for how making a commitment to one’s faith can be lived out not only in church, but in the world and in every part of our day. One of our bishops will join us on each retreat.

The retreats are led by the members of the Diocesan Youth Council, 10th-12th graders who see part of their leadership and ministry as welcoming all the youth attending retreats, leading small groups, and giving reflections on their own spiritual journeys. They look forward to getting to know you all!
Resources for Youth Ministry
Have You Joined the Christian Formation Colleague Group?
Have a great program idea you want to share? Need suggestions for curriculum resources? Want to explore potential collaborations with other congregations nearby? Just want to connect with others who share your interests and passions? Perhaps you should join the on-line Diomass Christian Formation Network.

This Facebook group is for members of Episcopal parishes and ministries in the Diocese of Massachusetts who have an interest in Christian formation across the lifespan. It includes clergy, Directors of Religious Education, and lay volunteers. While not every post is related to youth ministry exclusively, many of them are.

The purpose of the Network is:
  • to encourage robust conversation about Christian formation across our diocese
  • to learn more about each other's churches and to learn from each other about formation practices
  • to share cool articles and ideas
  • to explore new models of Christian formation for children, youth, and adults
  • to encourage Episcopal-style disciple-making across eastern Massachusetts!

It's free, of course, so why not join and check it out?