Registration Guidelines for EYE14

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I am writing this blog post on the train to Philadelphia with several adult members of our Episcopal Youth Event 2014 (EYE14) Mission Planning Team to tour our event venue, Villanova University, and potential mission experience sites for 3 Days of Urban Mission. Accompanying me are Shannon Kelly, Wendy Johnson and Cookie Cantwell, along with Province IV’s Beth Crow and our a/v contractor Neal Wallace.

As a reminder, registration for EYE14 and 3 Days of Urban Mission opens on January 6, 2014 and will be online only. Only Diocesan Registrars will have access to this online registration site. Each diocese may register a maximum of 30 total participants, including up to 24 high-school-aged youth. Eligible youth must be enrolled in 9th, 10th, 11th , or 12th grade during the 2013-2014 school year.

Read through the following documents for more details:

Release forms:

As always, please contact me or Valerie Harris if you have any questions or need additional information.

Advent blessings,

Bronwyn

After Graduation: How You Can Help Young People Connect with Faith Communities

We are again fortunate to welcome the Rev. Shannon Kelly as our guest blogger. Her topic for today is how we can help young people connect with new faith communities as they transition out of high school and into college or new jobs.

Making Connections

young_adultWhen any of us leave one community and move to the next, either because of school or jobs or life, there is a huge period of transition, of finding your way around, of making new connections, and wondering what life in this new place will be like or with whom you might make friends.

For young people, this is an especially daunting task because this is usually the first time they have done this alone, without family or friends.

In our service of Holy Baptism, those present make a significant promise, that can be all too easily forgotten once children grow up and begin moving away.  In the service, we ask, “Will you who witness these vows do all in your power to support these persons in their life in Christ?” and the congregation responds, “We will.” This powerful moment in the service is evidence that our lives as Christians are not just individual journeys, but journeys of community and commitment to one another.

As young people graduate, get jobs, go off to school, or are in various states of transition, we need to remember this promise.

A few weeks ago, the Rev. Canon John W. Newton reminded us in his guest blog post how a simple phone call can change the life of a young person. Helping each other make connections and transition into new communities can make a huge difference and is one way we can continue to “uphold these persons in their life in Christ” even if they are no longer worshipping with us regularly.

The Office of Young Adult and Campus Ministries invites you to help young people connect with new faith communities.  You may not personally know if there is a campus ministry or a young adult community near to where the young person is moving, but we can help with our online map and database of young adult and campus ministries.

Do you know a young person moving away?  Help them find a community by making a phone call, sending them a link to the nearby church, or both!

Are you part of a campus or young adult ministry not on our map?

Make sure you have filled in the information survey so that we have the most up-to-date information about you. Your ministry will be mapped! Once your ministry has been added, you can submit changes using the same form.

Make This Easter Truly Life-Giving

Gifts for LifeStart a new Easter tradition! Join Episcopalians around the church this Easter in giving Gifts for Life.

A project of Episcopal Relief & Development, Gifts for Life is a program in which even a $15 gift can transform the lives of those in need and bring hope to sisters and brothers around the world. Some giving ideas:

Give a Goat: Give a goat for stable food and earnings. Give a family the opportunity to sustain a regular income. Goats are hardy, reproduce quickly and can be raised in a variety of climates to produce sought-after items such as milk and cheese, as well as manure for farming. $80/goat.

Seeds, Tools & Training: Provide the tools to thrive. Help communities cultivate a better future by supplying seeds, important agricultural training and quality farming tools needed to cultivate a sustainable food supply from the land. $45/share.

Feed Tomorrow’s Minds: In places devastated by poverty, young children often lack a healthy foundation. Pre-school programs give children a chance to develop language, social and motor skills while providing nutritious snacks and health education for both children and their parents. $15/child.

View Episcopal Relief & Development’s online catalog for more giving opportunities.

Do you have an Easter giving tradition? Are you inspired to start one?

Share in the comments below.

Are you called to apply for the EYE 2014 Mission Planning Team?

eye_logoJust a few days ago this story was posted on Episcopal News Service: Florida teens inspired by inauguration, leadership conference.

In particular, this quote from 14-year-old Kerliee Neitastood out:

“I think that church is very important in our lives,” she said. “We all possess leadership qualities. People just have a hard time finding their leadership qualities and knowing how to use them.”

As we start to think toward the next Episcopal Youth Event, this is a meaningful reminder about the potential for transformation and leadership development that underlies events like EYE.

What makes EYE a life-changing experience? The hard work and guidance of a dedicated Mission Planning Team.

We are currently in the process of discerning the Mission Planning Team for the 2014 event. Youth and adults who serve on the Mission Planning Team must be mature individuals who take their Christian faith seriously, and are eager to take on a big job as a volunteer for the greater church. They will be leaders with passion and skill in the following mission areas: evangelism, service learning, cultural diversity, liturgy, music, teaching, spiritual practices, and pastoral care.

Do you know someone who might make a great member of the EYE 2014 Mission Planning Team? View the EYE Eligibility Guidelines. The application and nomination are here:

Questions regarding the application process should be directed to the Rev. Shannon Kelly (Shannon@episcoformation.org ), Cookie Cantwell (cookie@stjamesp.org), or the Rev. Earl Gibson (frearl@me.com). Logistical questions regarding the on-line application form should be directed to Valerie Harris (vharris@episcopalchurch.org ) or by calling 1-800-334-7626 ext. 6099.

Apply to Serve on the EYE 2014 Mission Planning Team

eye_logoWe are delighted to announce that nominations to serve on the Episcopal Youth Event 2014 (EYE2014) Mission Planning Team are now being accepted through February 16.

EYE 2014 will be held in July 2014 at a location to be announced soon. In preparation for this exciting event, we are looking for leaders with passion and skill in the following mission areas: evangelism, service learning, cultural diversity, liturgy, music, teaching, spiritual practices, and pastoral care.

Youth and adult applicants must meet all eligibility guidelines. Both youth and adult applicants must submit an application as well as be nominated by an adult who is a Communicant in Good Standing in the Episcopal Church.

Questions regarding the application process should be directed to the Rev. Shannon Kelly (Shannon@episcoformation.org ), Cookie Cantwell (cookie@stjamesp.org), or the Rev. Earl Gibson (frearl@me.com). Logistical questions regarding the on-line application form should be directed to Valerie Harris (vharris@episcopalchurch.org ) or by calling 1-800-334-7626 ext. 6099.