“Now We Gather” (Youth Ministry Blog)

2017 Youth Fall Conference

2017 Youth Fall Conference
Diocesan youth events provide young people in the Diocese of Indianapolis with an opportunity for faith formation while building community with youth from Episcopal churches in central and southern Indiana. These events, planned by the Youth Steering Committee, help young people explore a larger expression of the church through worship, prayer, games, and a variety of other activities. Two of the largest diocesan youth events are the Fall Conference and Spring Retreat. Join us at the 2017 Youth Fall Conference!
Registration for the 2017 Diocesan Youth Fall Conference is now open! The Fall Conference will be November 17-19 at Waycross. This event is designed for youth in grades 6-12.

The Fall Conference is planned by the Youth Steering Committee and is open to all youth in the Diocese, as well as their adult chaperones.

You can download an informational flyer at this link.

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United Thank Offering 2018 Young Adult Grants

United Thank Offering 2018 Young Adult Grants

Do you have a new project or ministry you would like to implement in your parish or community? Encourage a young adult in your congregation to apply for one of the 2018 Young Adult Grants from the United Thank Offering (UTO)! UTO has just announced that they will grant up to ten Young Adult Grants for 2018. UTO will fund up to $2,500 in start-up costs per grant for new ministries. The focus of this year's grant process is The Jesus Movement: Evangelism, Reconciliation and Creation Care. In order to be considered by UTO, the grant must:
  • Be submitted by a young adult between the ages of 19 and 30.
  • Request funding for a brand new start-up ministry in the church. UTO will not grant funds to programs that are already established.
  • Be submitted first to the applicant's diocese and endorsed by the Bishop. Each diocese may only submit ...
General Convention Official Youth Presence

General Convention Official Youth Presence

Know a youth interested in the polity of the Episcopal Church? Encourage them to apply for the General Convention Official Youth Presence (GCOYP)! What is the OYP?
The Official Youth Presence (OYP) at General Convention provides high school students with the opportunity to engage in the polity of the Episcopal Church by participating in General Convention. OYP participants have seat and voice in the House of Deputies. Up to two youth from each of the nine Provinces of the Episcopal Church are selected to be on the OYP. Who is eligible to apply?
Applicants must meet the following criteria:
  • Be an active member and communicant of good standing in an Episcopal congregation.
  • Be between the ages of 16 and 19 years old during General Convention 2018.
  • Be a current high school student enrolled in grades 9, 10, 11, or 12 during the 2017-2018 school year.
  • Be available to travel to ...
#EYE17 Reflection: Unity and Peace

#EYE17 Reflection: Unity and Peace

Today, we share the next of several reflections that will prepare us for the upcoming Episcopal Youth Event, to be held July 10-14 at the University of Central Oklahoma. These reflections are connected to this year's theme, "Path to Peace." This week's reflection is by Victoria Hoppes, Diocesan Coordinator of Ministries With and For Youth. READ: Ephesians 4:1-6 (NRSV) PONDER: This passage from Paul’s letter to the Ephesians is one of my favorite passages of Scripture. In it, Paul challenges us to use our individual gifts to work together to share the good news and to stay united together through the common bond of peace. This passage is a reminder that it takes a village to work for peace! 1.) Listen to the song “By Our Love” by for KING & COUNTRY. You can listen to the song here. What in this song sticks out to you? What challenges you? What ...
#EYE17 Reflection: Peace Conquers All

#EYE17 Reflection: Peace Conquers All

Today, we share the next of several reflections that will prepare us for the upcoming Episcopal Youth Event, to be held July 10-14 at the University of Central Oklahoma. These reflections are connected to this year's theme, "Path to Peace." As a part of the event, participants will explore Oklahoma City during a mid-week "Oklahoma Day." As a part of this day, participants will visit the Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial. This reflection is designed to provide some background information on the story we will experience at the memorial, and ideas on how to prepare ourselves for this time. READ: John 16:31-33 (CEB) PONDER: Click the links below to read a little bit about the history of the Oklahoma City Bombing, as well as some information about the memorial. Overview of the bombing, its history, and legacy Reflections by Florence Rogers, survivor of the Oklahoma City Bombing Learn about the people ...
#EYE17 Reflection: Peace in the Storm

#EYE17 Reflection: Peace in the Storm

Today, we share the first of several reflections that will prepare us for the upcoming Episcopal Youth Event, to be held July 10-14 at the University of Central Oklahoma. These reflections will be shared by diocesan youth leaders from across the Episcopal Church and are connected to this year's event theme, "Path to Peace." We would like to thank Teri Valente from the Diocese of Delaware for sharing this week's reflection! READ: Mark 4:35-41 PONDER: I have always been drawn to this story from the Bible.  The wind and sea don’t pause to explain their behavior.  They just stop because God is Lord of all.  Even when it feels like chaos abounds, God is in control.  And the idea that people literally next to Jesus could forget that He was with them makes me feel a little better about the times I forget Christ is with me. So how can we find ...
Reflections on the Path to Peace

Reflections on the Path to Peace

This summer, over 1,000 youth and adults from across the Episcopal Church will gather for the triennial Episcopal Youth Event (EYE). The event will take place July 10-14, 2017 at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, OK. The week will include worship, speakers, learning opportunities, social events, and a day exploring Oklahoma City. The Diocese of Indianapolis will be sending a delegation to participate in this event. As we prepare for our trip, we invite you to reflect with us on this year's theme, "Path to Peace." The Scripture basis for this theme comes from Matthew 5:9: "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God." We will post some of our delegation's reflections, as well as the reflections from other diocesan and group leaders in the Episcopal Church. We also invite you to pray the following Collect with us, written specifically for this event: Almighty Lord, ...
Welcome to Now We Gather!

Welcome to Now We Gather!

Now we gather in this place To feel your strong embrace Defend us Lord from all assaults of the enemy Give us the will to walk the Road And strength enough to share the load With the friends that you give as your earthly family... This is the beginning of "Now We Gather," one of the songs found in the Waycross songbook. I think that the title of this song is fitting as the title of this blog because it is a prayer that we will gather together to support each other in our Christian walk together. Ministry, especially ministry to young people and their families, can have its challenges. "Now We Gather" is a blog for youth leaders in the Diocese of Indianapolis (and beyond!) that seeks to provide resources for leaders who work with youth. This blog will have a wide variety of content: devotions, reflections, resource highlights and diocesan ...