What is the purpose of the Office of Youth Ministry?
We are here to support the young people of the Diocese of Massachusetts and The Episcopal Church through formation, fellowship and resource sharing. Our mission not only extends to Episcopal youth, but also to their mentors, families, congregations and communities. Our seeking of God in Christ is impossible without the energy and creativity of the young people in our parish families, and our goal is to support those who support and love the young people around them. We believe in the sacred witness of the transforming power of this love, and the hope which surrounds all of our children and youth.
What does the Office of Youth Ministry do?
We provide diocesan-wide fellowship gatherings four times a year for youth (Middle School, High School and PreConfirmation Retreats) as well as support Regional Youth Days throughout the year to help facilitate collaborative ministry among the parishes of the Diocese. Through our Talking Shop series, we provide training and networking for youth ministers, youth group leaders, mentors, and other youth workers. We run the Diocesan Youth Council, which is a organization of youth selected from across the diocese that was formed to act as the voice for youth in diocesan issues. These youth have voice and vote at Diocesan Convention, run the four diocesan-wide retreats and are available to speak at parishes on the needs of the church from their unique and valuable perspective. We offer 9th and 10th graders a 14-month Youth Leadership Academy that begins each summer with a week at the Barbara C. Harris Camp and concludes with an international mission trip. We also support the ministry of the Barbara C. Harris Camp in Greenfield, N.H. every summer developing the formal Christian formation pieces. We provide training and support for youth workers, and are always available for consultations and to visit parishes in order to support their local ministry.
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