Upcoming Events & Important Information
Episcopal Youth Event

The Episcopal Youth Event or EYE (pronounced E-Y-E) is a triennial event for the entire Episcopal Church. Over 2000 people (high school students, their adult mentors, and Bishops from around the church) come together and live on a college campus for a little under a week. Time is spent is worship (amazing, awesome and very memorable worship), large group presentations, small group discussions on the presentations (youth lead), workshops on a variety of topics (from meditation to outreach, from drumming to knitting, and everything in between), and a lot of time hanging out and meeting people from all around the world.

Open for students currently in grades 9-12.

Connections & Compline

Join us online every Sunday at 9pm for a time of Connection and Compline. Using the Zoom app on your phone of computer, you can spend a few moments sharing a peak, pit, praise, or prayer and then join with the group in praying Compline. The link to join us is:  https://zoom.us/j/494218709

New programs & opportunities
B.W.Y.A.Y.A.
It's pronounced Boo-Ya-Ya!

Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 4, 2020 for an opportunity for the Youth and Young Adults to have a time of fun, fellowship, service, and worship with the 11th Bishop of Michigan, Bonnie Perry!

Open for all youth in middle and high school as well as young adults. 

The Diocese of Michigan is hosting an Acolyte & Server Festival

Mark Saturday, October 10, 2020 as the date for all Acolytes and Altar Servers to come to the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Detroit.

It will be a fun day to come together and celebrate your ministries.

More info to come soon!

Adult Leader opportunities
YAYANet Meeting

Networking meeting for those that work with children, youth, and young adults.

Please join us on Wednesday, January 15th from 11am - 1pm at St. John's Episcopal Church, Royal Oak. Our host is Holly McNeal, Director of Children & Youth Formation. Please bring your own lunch to the meeting.

We will have an opportunity to share what is going on and have some fellowship together. St. John's is located at 26998 Woodward Avenue, Royal Oak MI.

We hope you can be there.
Rooted in Jesus
January 21-24, 2020 
Atlanta, GA

It's time for the Episcopal Church to come together as disciples of Jesus and take a bold new step into the next decade. Let's spend four days together, talking about discipleship, leadership, evangelism, formation, preaching, and much more-so we can go out and be the Body of Christ.

This conference is an opportunity for those who are interested in: Evangelism, Formation,  Mission, Leadership, Communications, Preaching, or Stewardship to learn from some of the best teachers in the Episcopal Church. Formerly known as the Forma Conference, it is now sponsored by a number of organizations including FORMA, Episcopal Church Foundation, Forward Movement, Missional Voices, Evangelism Matters, and other.

Resources

There is a new section on the YAYA website. It contains resources and links for helpful ideas, tools, and places to help you in your ministry. It is curated by Eric Travis and is open to everyone.

Free Stuff
Godly Play Materials

The YAYA Ministries office has a large number of Godly Play materials just waiting for someone to use them. there are complete story sets as well as extra pieces to round out your collection.

Please contact Eric Travis if you are interested in them. His email is etravis@edomi.org.
From the Missioner
December is here and we are in the Season of Advent, a time of waiting and preparing for the Christ Child. I pray the your Advent is filled with holiness and some periods of calm. I know that everyone is busy and can feel overloaded at times. Be sure to take the time to breathe deeply and know that God loves you so much, that Jesus became human.

I will be taking some time off and away starting on Dec 13th and returning on Jan 6th, but I'm not sure how much of the first part of that vacation will be calm. Julie and I are going to Walt Disney World to celebrate our 21st Anniversary. After Disney, we will be spending Christmas with Julie's mom and step-dad before returning to the Diocese right before the New Year.

2020 is going to be an amazing year, filled with old and new things. We will be consecrating our new Bishop and trying out some new ideas. Please know that I am here to help you in your ministry and I am excited and filled with hope as to what the New Year will bring for us in the Diocese of Michigan.

I hope and pray that you have a blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year and I look forward to seeing you in 2020.

Eric Travis
Missioner for Youth and Young Adults
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