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Youth Ministry E-News: October 2019

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DIOCPA Youth Ministry E-News
October 2019
In this issue:
  • Province III Trail to Truth
  • National Acolyte Festival
  • Youth Ministry at Diocesan Convention
  • Winter Retreat
  • Godly Play
  • Volunteer Opportunity: Live Nativity
  • Leadership Planning Weekend (See Correction)
  • Upcoming Youth Leadership Training Dates
  • Happening #13
  • Middle School Retreat
  • EYE
Province III
Trail to Truth
Pilgrimage for Racial Reconciliation
October 11-14
Five youth and two adult leaders will participate in the Pilgrimage and join youth from Province III for a bus trip from Washington, D.C. to Philadelphia, PA. Along the way, the youth and leaders will visit historical sites, hear from leaders in the church, learn about racial inequality, and become a part of the Beloved Community.
Please keep the participants in your prayers.
For more information about this event, please contact the Very Rev. Robyn Szoke-Coolidge or visit the website here.
National Acolyte Festival
Saturday, October 12
10:00 am
Washington, D.C.
Hosted by the Washington National Cathedral, acolytes and vergers are invited to this time of fellowship and festivities. Please keep those traveling in your prayers. For more information about the festival, click here.
Youth Ministry at
Diocesan Convention
October 18 & 19
Zembo Shrine
2801 N 3rd St
Harrisburg, PA 17110
We are excited for a youth presence at Convention! Doors open at 2:00 pm on October 18th. Youth will be able to participate in a number of exciting activities this year.
The youth will:
1)     Learn about the importance of Diocesan Convention and gather with other youth
2)     Meet with the Bishop
3)     Engage in conversations around diocesan resolutions and serve in leadership with the children’s program
4)     Enjoy a lock-in and pizza party
For more information, click here.
Youth Winter Retreat:
The Warmth of God’s Love
November 22-24
Camp Mt. Luther
355 Mt. Luther Lane
Mifflinburg, PA 17844
“If the warmth of God’s love is flowing into our souls, then it flows out in our smile, our ears, our hands, our brains, and our voice to bless other people.”
All middle and high school youth are invited to attend and bring friends. Youth leadership is a key part of the Winter Retreat Weekend.
The weekend is developed as a welcoming, friendly environment where faith and community grow. We learn about prayer and caring and service for others as we prepare for Advent. Everyone in grades 6-12 is welcome to attend!
Drop off is Friday, November 22 from 7:00 – 8:00 pm, and pick-up is Sunday, November 24 at noon.
All families are welcome to join us for Eucharist at 10:30 a.m. on November 24. The cost is $50.00. To register, click here. For questions, e-mail Mary Ellen Kilp.
Godly Play in Central PA
Saturday, November 2
8:30 am-5:00 pm
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
22 S. 6th St.
Lebanon, PA 17042
How is it with your children’s ministry? Are you looking for ways to engage families in the home? And in the church? How about in an after-school gathering?
  • Consider the work of Jerome Berryman and Godly Play Foundation
  • Learn more about the spirituality of the child
  • Engage your own spirituality
  • Share stories of Scripture and liturgy
The Diocese of Central PA offers a three-part commuter core at $95.00 per person per session. All are welcome. To enroll, click here.
Sacred Stories
If you have not had training in the last two years, come and refresh with new possibilities as we engage the sacred story. Our Trainer, Dawn Stewart, has taught Godly Play for over 20 years, and she is teaching in a Godly Play classroom in the Diocese of Central PA. Dawn will lead us all to come closer to God through wonder, prayer, storytelling, and liturgical acts.
Volunteer Opportunity:
Live Nativity
Friday, December 13th
5:00-8:00 pm
St. Andrews in the Valley
4620 Linglestown Road
Harrisburg, PA 17112
Youth looking for a volunteer opportunity? For our December Bishop Out of the Box, we are hosting a live nativity, and we need volunteers. Earn community service hours dressed as a shepherd, Mary or Joseph, or singing as an angel.
To sign up for a volunteer position, click here. For further questions, contact Diocesan Event Coordinator Faith Neece.
January 17 – 19, 2020
Youth Leadership Planning Weekend
to Prepare for Happening
Youth leadership is a key feature of the Happening program. The entire weekend is led “by youth, for youth” with adult supervision and guidance.
This is the gathering where we plan the retreat.
For questions, contact Contact
*Correction: The information on “New Beginnings” from September’s newsletter was incorrect. The information listed here is the most updated.

Additional Youth Leadership Training Days
February 1st and May 23rd, 2020
Due to the success of the previous training, we will offer two additional training days in 2020. The first will be on February 1st in Harrisburg, and the second will be on May 23rd in Lancaster.
Open to young adults, youth leadership, clergy, and Sunday school teachers, this training offers:
• strategies for youth recruitment
• preparations for Episcopal Youth Event (EYE)
• 1.5 hrs of Youth Ministry Leadership continuing ed
Contact Mary Ellen Kilp with questions.
Happening #13
February 14-16, 2020
Camp Mount Luther
Happening is open to grades 9 – 12. You will have the opportunity to talk about God in your daily life with your peers, the people who will be experiencing the same event with you. Happening is truly an event designed with you and your faith in mind!
No matter who you are, where you come from, or what your favorite cereal happens to be, you are welcome with open arms.
To register, click here. For questions, contact
March 27-29, 2020
Middle School Retreat
Camp Mount Luther
This event is open to all children in grades 7 – 8, and our theme this year is Narnia.
Watch for new information in the DIOCPA Youth E-news and on the diocesan website.
Monday, July 6-Friday, July 10, 2020
Held in partnership with the Washington National Cathedral and the Episcopal Diocese of Washington on the campus of Howard University. Preparations are underway! For information, contact Dean Robyn Szoke-Coolidge
For more information, contact Mary Ellen Kilp,
or (717) 475-2785. Scholarships are available for youth and children’s programs.
For scholarship information, contact Dean Robyn Szoke-Coolidge,
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