Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Monday, November 18, 2013
The goal of this training day is to insure that adults working with youth ministries are
prepared to maintain the highest quality programs. The training will review concepts
underlying all youth ministries, plus cover the basic guidelines for diocesan youth events
The training is intended to cover two groups of adult leaders:
- This training is REQUIRED for anyone who works with any diocesan youth event or
program (Camps, Happening, Journeys, Bishop's Ball, Bishop's Overnight, etc).
- It is designed to support and train adults working with youth in the congregational setting.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
- The Church: A Safe Place for Children will run from 9 am till Noon.
- The Church: A Safe Place for Adults will run from 1 pm till 4 pm
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
So I would hate it if you missed out on it.
So What's An E.Y.E?) There are pictures and everything.
The deadline is approaching for applications. Now you may say "Yeah, but deadlines are kind of, well, fluid in Western New York. They always get extended".
Not this one.
Because of the level of work needed to prepare for the event Youth Commission decided to create a HARD DEADLINE. That means no extensions. No excuses. No late arrivals. No "I forgot. I'll get it to you tomorrow".
Don't even ask.
If I don't have it by the time the mail arrives on Monday, November 4 the application window closes. And locks.
It looks like this will be the least expensive EYE trip in a while. The registration fee is low and we're looking at the least expensive travel option (train, anyone?). We'll be doing fundraising to help folks who need financial help. You can always withdraw later (but you'll regret it) if it's just not possible but don't miss out on the chance right now.
Application download Link
Friday, October 25, 2013
Many people wonder how the duck became about. So here's the story. The saying "Wanna buy a duck" was taught at church camp, but most people had forgot about it except for the youth at St. Patrick's in Cheektowaga. In December of 2011 9 of the youth were going to be confirmed. Before the confirmation we had a breakfast with the Bishop where he was going to ask us questions about what we had learned through the confirmation classes. Well St. pats didn't want to answer them so we replied with "wanna buy a duck" and we had kept the Bishop very busy with that question. At first the Bishop thought that we were actually selling ducks. As every youth event has passed the question "wanna buy a duck" came by and he caught on. Almost two years later the duck lives on. For example at the Bishops Ball the Bishop was presented with a duck cookie, or at St. Matthews in Buffalo, where 2 of their youth were being confirmed, there was the " rise of the duck". But as the start, everyone can thank the St. Patrick's youth for the duck!"
There's also a rubber duck tradition at Senior High Conference that goes back even farther. Why we are so stuck on rubber ducks is anyone's guess. But we have a good time. Thanks to Kayli for sharing this story.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Lots of things on the schedule in the next couple weeks -
- October 20 - Youth Missioner visits St. Aiden in Alden
- October 20 -Youth Commission meets at 2 PM at St. Patricks Cheektowaga. Training for the Convention Youth Reps will take place after the Commission meeting. We hope to start that training at 4 and be done 5-ish
- October 25-26 - CONVENTION!!!!! The governing body of our diocese. In Niagara Falls on Friday and Saturday. The Youth Missioner (along with lots of other people) will be there the entire time.
- October 27 - Youth Missioner visits at St Peters Westfield
- October 27 - Walking the property in Westfield to help dream about what can be done with it. Download the flyer HERE (Download link, right click and save)
Friday, September 27, 2013
At the moment what we need to focus on is this:
Thursday, September 12, 2013
If you look at the job description you won't see "Must travel well" anywhere in it. The reality is that traveling is a big part of what I do these days. I will be "on the road" every Sunday in September starting this Sunday, every Sunday in October, at least two (but it could be three) Sundays in November and three Sundays in December. The goal of that travel is to help me stay connected with all the congregations and the folks working with young in the diocese. It's a great opportunity for folks to ask questions and make requests about the youth ministry in the diocese as well.
Of course I also travel up to the Diocesan Ministry Center once every week for my office hours there. It's a great chance for me to connect with the other member's of Bishop Bill's staff and tap into the expertise of that talented group of people. It's also another chance for people to talk with me, ask questions, make suggestions and even offer (constructive) criticism. I invite and really hope you'll take the opportunity to call or stop by while I'm there. I try to make sure that the next several weeks schedule is available on our calendar and in our newsletters.
Sometimes I also get the chance to travel a little more widely. For the last decade (on and off) I've had the chance to travel around our Province, especially in the dioceses of New York and New Jersey. Sadly I haven't had the chance to visit our brothers and sisters in the American Virgin Islands (and yes that IS part of our province). Happily I have had the chance to join with folks in the Episcopal Church in Europe. My travels also have taken me all over the United States.
So it's probably a good thing that I enjoy traveling.
My goal in all of this to share all the wonderful ideas and experiences that I've collected along the way. I pick up some gifts here and share them every where I stop along the way. I hope that I can travel out to visit with you sometime soon.
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
So here's our help wanted ad:
Wanted - Youth Commission treasurer - a person with an understanding of basic bookkeeping/accounting concepts to keep an eye on the youth ministry budget and program costs. Willing to work as a volunteer with the youth ministries of the Diocese of WNY.
We need someone who is organized and reliable. This person does NOT need to be actively involved in youth ministry. You may be asked to help with reimbursement forms for events and programs. The majority of this job can be done via mail/phone/e-mail. Must be comfortable working with computer and internet.
Will prepare easy to understand reports on events that show income and expenses. Will be familiar with diocesan budget lines concerning youth ministry and how those funds are spent. Needs to provide a quarterly report to Youth Commission and diocesan Finance Office. Will work with Youth Missioner who will provide basic data and consult with the Youth Missioner on matters concerning how money is spent and accounted.
The primary role for this position is assisting the Youth Missioner in keeping clear and complete financial records for the youth ministries of the diocese and creating periodic, clear reports to Youth Commission and the Finance Office. This is a new position so you will be able to help create it. We are asking for a one year commitment.
Does this sound like you? Does it sound like someone you know? Please have them contact the Youth Missioner at email@example.com or by phone at (716)732-0733.
Our goal is to have this position filled before the September Youth Commission meeting.
Monday, July 29, 2013
It's E-Y-E. Not "eye".
It stands for the Episcopal Youth Event, a triennial (meaning once every 3 years) gathering of high school aged young people from all across the Episcopal Church. For 5 days these young people and some adults gather together to share food, prayer, laughter, love, knowledge and many, many stories. For most youth it's a once in a lifetime experience.
It's a big deal. Because The Episcopal Church spans most of the world. Take a look at this and see how many places you'll find Episcopalians -
|2011 - Minneapolis MN|
|2008 - San Antonio TX|
Friday, July 19, 2013
|Happening Weekend #31|
Happening is a spiritual retreat weekend for high school aged youth. The team that runs the weekend is made up of and led by young people. It is a time to spend some time thinking about You, God and the World. It's also a time of singing, laughter, games and lots and lots of fun.
Please think about attending if you haven't already, to apply for Team so that another group can have the great experience you had.
Adults (both lay and clergy) we are also looking for adults who would like to be part of the support community for Happening. Contact the Youth Missioner with any questions.
Team - Adult
Team - Youth
Candidate - Adult
Candidate - Youth
Monday, July 8, 2013
Highlights from the newsletters for week of July 8, 2013
Junior High Camp and Sleep Away Camp need more campers!
The headline pretty much says it all. Numbers still very low for both camps. Register today online or download the forms. There's still time and scholarship funds are still available!
Something New Starts This Week!
Beginning on July 10 the Youth Missioner will have weekly regular office hours at the Diocesan Ministry Center! Hours will be from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. The schedule is still being worked on but here's the July schedule:
- July 10
- July 17
- July 23
- July 29
Check Out This Great Video!
This past week the Interfaith Lecture Series at Chautauqua Institution was on the subject of the future of the faith community among those under 30 years of age. Leading off on Monday was the Episcopal bishop of the Diocese of Maryland, the Rt. Rev. Eugene Sutton. Bishop Sutton offered up a great challenge and inspiration. Long video but worth the time to watch.
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