May 2019 Newsletter

2019-2020 Diocesan Youth Council
Application Now On-Line

If you are a clergy member or youthworker who knows a rising 10th, 11th, or 12th grader who would be right for this program, now is a good time to talk about this application with them. This flyer provides a good overview of the application process and calendar of the year-long commitment.

The Diocesan Youth Council is a group of young people who represent the youth of the Diocese at Diocesan Convention. They plan and run Diocesan youth events and work to make the church a nurturing environment for the spiritual growth of young people in our Christian community. They seek to accomplish this through extending fellowship and hospitality with their fellow youth.
Applications due August 23, 2019.
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.
Calling all BCH Alums
(staff and campers)
For anybody who used to sing at the Rock, swim in Otter Lake, soak at the Water Carnival, worship in the JDC, eat smiley fries, or love a good Luau...

We are forming a BCH Alumni community, and this is the group for you! This group is for any BCH former campers or staff members (18+ please) - it doesn't matter if you went to camp ten times or one time, you're welcome!

We are beginning with a summer afternoon kickoff picnic and park day at the Boston Common on Saturday, June 22nd. We'll be meeting in the grassy area by the Band Stand at 1:00 pm. Please feel free to bring along any snacks or lawn games!

If you cannot come but are interested in further BCH Alum events, please let us know!
PB+J Video
Now Online
Photo by Matthew Cavanaugh  
Want to relive the excitement of the Presiding Bishop's Jamboree with Youth? Or maybe you missed the event and want to see what all the buzz is about. The entire event was taped, and the video is available on the diocesan website , along with other videos and photos from the Presiding Bishop's visitation with us.
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.
Save the Date!!
National Acolyte Festival

Washington National Cathedral
Sat., October 12, 2019
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Join acolytes from across the United States for a morning service of re-dedication and Holy Eucharist. Bring your processional crosses, banners, torches, thuribles, flags, and streamers for a festive procession of acolytes, clergy, and vergers. Workshops in the afternoon offer enrichment and instruction.

For more, see their  website  .  Registration opens July
Resources for Youth Ministry
Looking Ahead
to 2019-2020
Plans are underway for diocesan youth ministry events for the coming year . We are always looking for new partners with new ideas and energy!
  • Would you like to invite the Diocesan Youth Missioner and/or members of the Diocesan Youth Council to your parish for a Sunday visitation to highlight the ministry of young people in your parish and the diocese?
  • Does your parish, cluster, deanery, or network have an idea for an event that you would like to offer to the diocese in partnership with the Office of Youth Ministry?
  • Do you have a request for training and/or ongoing support of youth workers? of parents?
  • Would you and your young people like to help design and support online opportunities for community? for prayer support? for worship? Want to help us launch a weekly online Compline service led by teens?

Let's plan next year's calendar together. Now is the time to have conversation. Contact  the Rev. H. Mark Smith, Diocesan Youth Missioner  .