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Youth Events are highlights in May

So much happens in youth ministry across the country in the month of May…

60 Youth and leaders from British Columbia and Alberta gathered at the Sorrento Centre for the Young Sojourners

Weekend.  Phil Colvin (Diocesan Youth Coordinator, New Westminster)  said:

I’ve just returned from a great Young Sojourners retreat at the Sorrento Centre. It was fantastic spending the long weekend with youth from across the province and from Alberta, discovering our gifts and sending each other out to start building the stories of what God is doing in our lives. This picture is me with Jill Thompson, Youth Coordinator for  the Diocese of Calgary, who brought a wonderful group of youth and leaders – it was great to get to know them all !




On the first weekend in May, Youth in the Diocese of Niagara gathered at St Luke’s Burlington for their annual Youth Synod.  On the floor for discussion was everything from environmental issues (from worm composting to tar sands), living wage and minimum wage, engaging youth in traditional media (like, the Diocesan paper), education on world religions, arts and culture, internet censorship and more!    Rev. Elliott Siteman (in photo, below) shared scripture through Godly Play (and technology!) during worship times.  The twitter feed was active ALL weekend – here’s a sample:

Thoughtful, intelligent, compassionate debates at niagara youth synod#impressed #YS2012  #Iheartanglicans

Right back into it with culture and religious education motion, check out what they’re discussing #ys2012

A bunch of youth getting together to talk about justice. Frigging awesome! #ys2012

Rev. Elliott Siteman, youth and family ministries coordinator at St Luke’s leads delegates in wondering together about the story of the Call of Samuel


Hey, what happened in your Diocese or region during the month of May?  Write and tell us!


Judy Steers

About Judy Steers

Judy Steers is the Coordinator for Youth Initiatives for the Anglican Church of Canada. Since 1999, she has also been the program director of the “Ask & Imagine” youth theology and leadership program at Huron University College. Her ministry has included camping ministries, consulting and teaching, parish ministry and she is a trainer with Godly Play Canada. Whenever possible she engages her passions for singing, drumming, outdoor adventure, off-the-wall ideas and whimsical creativity into her life and ministry working with teens and young adults, including two of her own.
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