This summer we want to connect youth across the Diocese. Youth will be paired with a prayer partner for the summer and asked to connect with them via letter, email, or phone call at least once a week. If both parties agree, you are encouraged to exchange a gift with your prayer partner that does not exceed $10. This exchange should take place in a safe, socially distanced way ie. via mail or a no-contact drop-off.
Youth can register here by June 7th to participate.
Many of you will have read of Bishop's newest directive for churches to remain meeting remotely until further notice. It has also been announced that Camp Mikell has canceled all Summer Camp sessions for Summer 2020. We felt it timely to also announce plans for Diocesan Youth Ministry for Summer 2020.
Sally and I write this with a heavy heart. Bishop Wright and I have met and decided canceling atlSERVE is in the best interest of the youth of our diocese and those we serve. The safety of all people is our top priority and drove this decision.
The decision to postpone Steps to Lead to a later date has also been made. At this time, we are hopeful we will be able to gather a smaller group at the beginning of August. We will keep you updated on all developments.
We understand this news can be discouraging. It can certainly feel as if all of our plans for young people are unraveling around us in real-time. In this heartbreak, a couple of things come to mind.
1) We are a diocese known for lifting up our young people in roles of leadership, and we have led the way in this time of uncertainty. For the innovation we see in congregations, we can be proud. This is in large part due to your hard work. Thank you.
2) God is still God, and there is much to be thankful for. In times we can be easily discouraged, we see Youth Sundays, Graduation Celebrations, youth becoming snail-mail pen-pals, and young people leaving cookies at the doorsteps of their youth leaders. We see the ministry, and we are encouraged.
So, let us grieve together. And then let us come together for hope, faith, and courage. As said in Hebrews 10:24-25 "And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching."
Please continue to reach out to one another, and let us know how the Offices of Youth Ministries can be a resource to your good work.
Sally and Easton
All opportunities, whether it serving on team or applying to represent our diocese, are now available at eycdioatl.org/calendar.
Some important things to consider:
Every three years, in accordance with General Convention Resolution #1982-D079, the Episcopal Church convenes an international youth event so “that the energy of the youth of the Episcopal Church can continue to be utilized in active ministry as members of the Body of Christ.” Since the first EYE in 1982, this popular event has welcomed thousands of young people from across the Episcopal Church for celebration, worship, learning, and leadership training. EYE 20 is geared for youth in grades 9-12 during the 2019-2020 academic year and adult youth leaders.
The next Episcopal Youth Event (EYE20) will be held in partnership with the Episcopal Diocese of Washington D.C. from July 7-11, 2020. EYE20 is geared for youth in grades 9-12 during the 2019-2020 academic year and adult youth leaders. Applications are due January 14.
We estimate the cost to be no more than $1000 per participant. We ask that each applicant contribute 50% of the total cost to attend. This is not mandatory, but if able, this helps keep the cost down for all participants and ensures we will have a large number of youth attending EYE 2020. If in need of financial assistance, please also consider talking to your church about scholarships as many churches are willing to pay 50% to 100% of the cost for their young person to attend EYE. All information regarding scholarships will remain confidential.
For the application, click here.
For more information, visit the EYE about page.
This is the annual meeting of the Dioceses of Province IV Youth Ministries. Province IV is made up of The Episcopal Church in 19 dioceses across the Southeastern United States. Our Province is truly invested in the lives of our young people and Province IV is recognized as a leader within The Episcopal Church. We are blessed with strong individual diocesan youth programs.
The challenge comes in our need to reach beyond what we are individually doing and to communicate with others. This Province IV Youth Ministries Meeting provides this kind of opportunity. The meeting gives us the chance to listen to one another, to share our ideas, suggestions, concerns, and to develop ministry opportunities for all of Province IV to participate in together. It is also an opportunity to be formed deeper in our faith and take back our experiences to our diocese to share with others.
This year, the meeting is in Upper South Carolina at Camp Gravatt - 1006 Camp Gravatt Rd, Aiken, SC 29805 from December 5-8. The 3 youth selected will travel with Easton Davis, the Youth and Young Adult Missioner, and 1 other chaperone to South Carolina by car. The application deadline is October 27.
All current 10-12th graders are eligible to apply. Please apply here.
Happening Steering Committee is still accepting applications through July 1. All high schoolers for the 2019/2020 school year that have attended Happening are eligible to apply. Seriously, that is the only requirement. We really want you to consider applying!
The Happening Steering Committee is the group responsible for steering the direction of the Happening movement here in the Diocese of Atlanta. The Steering Committee is responsible for team selections and changes to the structure of the renewal weekend. This application is for both youth and adults.
If selected, you will serve on the Steering Committee for three years or until graduation. You will be required to attend all Steering Committee meetings roughly 4 times a year. All Steering Committee members must adhere to the Community Covenant. As leaders of the movement, it is important that you take it seriously and understand it comes with a greater responsibility to the Happening movement.
Link to apply can be found on our calendar page at eycdioatl.org/calendar.
This is a six- week summer program which will bring African American elders together with a diverse group of youngsters in the age range of 15-17 for the purpose of the elders telling their stories with particular emphases on the ways in which they have navigated the racial divide. The young people will conduct video recorded interviews with the elders, learn how to edit those interviews so that they can become short videos. The videos will be shown at the conclusion of the project to selected audiences.
There will be several days of orientation provided for the young interviewers and a schedule will be established for them to follow in order to get all of the interviewing done in a timely fashion. Once the interviews are concluded they will spend the remainder of the project preparing their video and a short description of the work that they did and its impact upon them.
The elders and the young interviewers will be invited to participate in at least two cultural enrichment events during the time of the project. One of the events will be a pilgrimage to the Equal Justice Museum in Montgomery, Alabama. They will be provided lunch or dinner on the days that they are conducting interviews, editing their work, transportation and general support and mentoring in all phases of the work. They will work a few hours a week but not every day.
The intention of this program is to provide a venue for a small group of African American elders and a diverse group of young people to interact with one another and to explore ways in which inter-generational dialogue might be fostered. Along with this the young interviewers will learn about interviewing, videography and marketing because they will assist in organizing the event that the Center will host to showcase their work at the end of the project. Additionally, it will provide the elders an opportunity to engage with a different generation about their life journeys and provide a possibility for the youth to enlarge their view of history.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Province IV Youth Ministries would like to welcome all interested high school students and their adult leaders to join us in Fayetteville, North Carolina the week of July 30-August 3 for the Province IV Youth Event.
We will be staying at St. John’s Episcopal Church and doing much needed hurricane relief work in the surrounding community that Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Please find all of the relevant information attached.
All registrations will be online this year if possible. You can find the links to the Leadership Team Application and the Event Registration below and on the information forms. Deadline for team applications is Friday, April 12 and Registration is June 1.
Leadership link (high schoolers)
Email Easton Davis here for information on registration.
.atlSERVE is our summer missional experience for middle and high school youth. The focus of the week is serving the communities of Atlanta and it's metros. Counselors lead all aspects of programming during the evening and serve as on-site leads with chaperones. Serving as an atlSERVE counselor is a big responsbility. Please only apply if you are able to commit everything that is required to serve in this capacity.
-Must be a rising 10th grader
-Must have some previous service work experience
-Must have a recommendation from a Youth Minister or Priest
-Must be able to attend monthly Zoom Conference Planning Calls during the evening
-Must be able to attend the 4 days of atlSERVE (June 23-27) and a training the Saturday before atlSERVE
From the Episcopal Church
We are now accepting applications from youth who feel called to serve as a member of the Planning Team for the next Episcopal Youth Event (EYE20).
To be eligible for the Planning Team, youth applicants must be currently enrolled in grades 9 – 11 and be a communicant in good standing in an Episcopal Church congregation. In addition, all applicants must be available to travel unaccompanied on the following dates:
Planning Team members are charged with creating and implementing EYE20 from beginning to end. Team members must be mature in their faith and able to undertake the work and commitments necessary for the year-long process of developing an international event of this scale.
The online application is available here in English. The application will be available in Spanish soon.
All expenses for meetings, travel, food, and lodging are covered by the Youth Ministries Office. Selected team members traveling from other countries who need to acquire travel visas will be reimbursed for their expenses.
The application process will close at 5 pm Eastern on March 17, 2019.
If you have questions about the nature of the ministry and the commitment, please email us at email@example.com.