Young Adult Retreats – We have a retreat whenever people want one. Kirsten Lowell led the 2016 retreat. Maria Anderson, Solange Carpenter and Kelsey McGrath led the retreat in 2015. Stephen McCarthy led another great retreat in January 2014 and Eric Mitchell led in 2013. Find out more on the Youth Home Page or by emailing Jane Hartwell at JHartwell@episcopalmaine.org.
Young Adult Cabins at the Diocesan Adult Retreat – June at Bishopswood. Beginning in 2015, there have been young adult cabins at the diocesan adult retreat in June at Bishopswood. Find out more on the Youth Home Page or by emailing Jane Hartwell.
The Crossing is an active, emergent, welcoming Christian community in downtown Boston. It’s located at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral and has worship most Thursday nights at 6pm. Most of the people there are in their 20’s and 30’s and the worship is ancient, creative, and full of life. See more at www.thecrossingboston.org
Volunteer at Diocesan Youth Events: Teenagers look up to young adults. They watch you to see how to live in the world while following Christ and loving as Christ loved. So you can have a tremendous positive influence if you volunteer at Diocesan Youth Events. Your presence at high school and middle school events is invigorating! Your help makes it happen! Young adults are part of the backbone of many events. You need to be a superb Christian role model, and to be able to focus on letting Christ work through you to serve teenagers. To talk about volunteering, contact Jane as far in advance as possible at firstname.lastname@example.org. After the conversation, register on our homepage.
Episcopal Young Adult and Campus Ministries – where you’ll find links, blogs, info on national opportunties and more http://www.episcopalchurch.org/page/young-adultcampus-ministries
Young Adult Service Corps: One year of international service. http://www.episcopalchurch.org/yasc Kirsten Lowell from Windham served in Uruguay in 2014.
Episcopal Service Corps – One-year of service in the USA. Celeste Carpenter served in North Carolina in 2017. http://www.episcopalservicecorps.org/index.php
Episcopal Young Adult and Campus Ministries on Facebook
Taize – www.taize.fr The high school group from St. John’s in Bangor goes to Taize, and Ryan Corum has been here.
Looking for a summer job, some places of interest:
Camp Bishopswood, Hope, Maine – www.bishopswood.org
Episcopal Camps in other states – ________________________
Lutheran Camps – http://www.lomnetwork.org/about_us/jobs/jobs.html
Work at National Parks – www.Coolworks.com/national-park
CAREERS IN MINISTRY:
There are many fulltime and part time career opportunities in churches: Priest… Deacon…. Missionary…. Christian ed director…. Youth missioner…. Church musician…. Church administrator….
“The place where God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” (Frederick Buechner). God is calling EVERYONE to ministry. God needs each of us to minister to others in everything that we do. God’s world needs plumbers, scientists, teachers, etc. And the world also needs people who minister fulltime or parttime in the church.
There are lots of groups and people who will help you to explore whether God is calling you to a ministry career in a church. The time to get involved with them is now – while you’re exploring different possibilities. Take a risk. Be open-minded. See what’s out there.
Let your priest know that you’re considering a ministry career. Contact Bishop Steve Lane. If you’re a teen or young adult, tell Jane Hartwell so she can help you find internships and contacts.
The Episcopal Church is actively looking for young adults who are considering ordained ministry. How do you know if God’s calling you to become a priest or a deacon? Listen to your own heart…talk to family and friends…listen to what other people who love God tell you. Many paths are in front of you, and ordained ministry may be one of them.
If you are considering ordained ministry, then there’s a required diocesan discernment process that the Bishop will help you with. It’s important to finish this process before you apply to seminary.