Dear Maine Episcopal Youth Family,
It is with great sadness, and probably comes as little surprise to you at this point, that I write to say that the weekend-long REACH and Called to Serve events have been cancelled due to the Covid-19 virus outbreaks.
BUT – Jesus calls us to love one another, and to join together in community, and we need one another more in these times of fear and confusion than we do in the times of prosperity. SO – youth and interested volunteers are invited to join us on Zoom for several Pop Up, Pop In: Maine Episcopal Youth Shenanigans. I’ll be sending out info on those Zoom opportunities next week. And youth ministry workers – reach out to me if you’re looking for ways of being supported, and yearning to explore how to youth ministry in these strange new times.
If you’d already registered and have paid for the upcoming youth weekends, you have three options – you can get a full refund, apply the money toward the next youth opportunity, or donate the money to support other youth in attending youth events. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
with your decision.
I offer up a prayer that Bishop Brown shared recently:
You, Lord Christ, subdued the troubled waters and calmed the fears of your friends. Send to people everywhere the healing power of your life-giving Spirit; grant us wisdom, grant us courage for the facing of this hour. You traveled through towns and villages “curing every disease and illness,” and at your command, the sick were made well. In the midst of the spread of this virus give us tools to join you in healing those who are sick, soothe the suffering and pity the afflicted. Finally, in your great wisdom grant us an abundance of gratitude for all the ways we shall be your church for the people of Maine in this moment. We pray in your holy and life-giving name. Amen.
We want YOU to participate in Maine Episcopal Youth!
Youth in grades 6-12 can find all sorts of ways to get involved and meet teens from across the Episcopal Diocese of Maine. From day long pop-up events, to weekend long retreats to week long mission exchange programs, Maine Episcopal Youth has a way for you to get involved, make new friends, and explore your relationship with God.
A Place To Be You
Each year about 50 kids in grades 6-12 come to Maine Episcopal Youth Events. They identify as different genders, races, political persuasions (if any), and each is on their own journey with God. But they find something in common – Maine Episcopal Youth events are always places where you’ll be accepted for who you really are, where you can explore questions big and small for yourself, where you can grow closer to Jesus Christ, and where you can grow into the person God made you to be.
Wanting to support the Youth Mission Exchange Partnership with South Dakota?
Click here for more information about the Mission Exchange trip to South Dakota, including ways you can support the Maine and South Dakota Youth!
For more information about any of our youth opportunities, contact The Rev. Sara D’Angio White, Youth Missioner, at (207) 772-1953 ext. 130 or email@example.com.