YOUTH MINISTRY


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It is often said in church circles that "young people are the future of the church." In Northwestern Pennsylvania, we believe that young people are the church now. We seek to provide quality programming that is accessible and valuable to youth from each of our 33 congregations. Our program year is centered around an ambitious and enthusiastic summer camp program.


Summer Camp

See below for information on Summer Camp 2017 or visit the new camp website, www.dionwpacamp.org


Official Youth Delegation at Diocesan Convention

Be a part of the official youth delegation!

For youth in 8th-12th grade

Save the date for next year: November 9-11,2017 in Erie, PA


Episcopal Youth Event (EYE)

EYE is the triennial gathering of young people and their sponsors from every diocese of the Episcopal Church. It is a celebration to inspire deeper faith in Jesus Christ and a renewed commitment to mission and ministry. It is the single largest youth event in the Episcopal Church, attended by some 1500 young people, adult sponsors, bishops, staff, and resource people. EYE is an opportunity to meet other young people from around the world and experience the church on a global level. It is open to youth in grades 9-12. 


The next EYE will be held at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, OK on July 10-14, 2017. EYE17 is being planned by the Episcopal Church in partnership with the Diocese of Oklahoma.  EYE 2017 is geared for youth in grades 9-12 during the 2016-2017 academic year and their adult leaders.

Applications for the Young Adult Pastoral Care Team will be launched soon. This is a great opportunity for young adults to come and serve as mentors, assist with the event, and help make EYE the life changing event it is. More information will be available soon.



For More Information

For more information on diocesan youth programs, please contact Missy Greene or Carly Rowe.

The Vine

The Vine is a community for youth in 6th-12th grade and is a collaborative ministry between the Episcopal Churches in Erie County. All youth are welcome!


The Vine meets twice a month, usually on Sundays, for activities, fellowship, and prayer. Service, outreach, and mission are also including throughout the year, as well as overnights and social events.


For more information about this program, and to see a schedule of upcoming events, visit The Vine's website.


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youth ministry resources

Background Checks

All adults working with youth in any capacity in the Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania are required to meet the guidelines of the state of Pennsylvania and the diocese. These requirements include PA Child Abuse History Clearance and the PA State Police Criminal Record CheckSafeguarding God's Children and Safeguarding God's People trainings, and an FBI fingerprint check (depending on level of involvement).


Curriculum Resources

Leader Resources

Church/Morehouse Publishing

Cokesbury

Virginia Theological Seminary, Center for the Ministry of Teaching


Grants

Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania Youth Ministry grant


Youth Ministry Resources

Group Magazine

Egad! Ideas

Need to find a Bible Verse?

National Church Youth Ministries