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Youth Resources

IN THIS SECTION, you'll find links for
Youth
Teens
Young adults
Youth ministers


Good Places to Start
: for young people

Beulah Enterprises
Opening the world of imaginative spiritual play. 'We offer for sale high quality, unique and innovative resources to inspire imaginative spiritual play, celebration, and learning. As we grow we will provide financial support to the Children’s Mission and job skills training and employment opportunities for inner-city families.'

Bibleman
Not Batman. Not Superman. Not the Green Hornet or Captain America. Bibleman teaches the Bible while playing games. Resource site for different materials.

The Girls' Friendly Society, USA
'The Girls Friendly Society is an international, non-profit organization affiliated with the Episcopal Church for girls and young women. It is a parish-based program with membership open to girls from the age of 7-21 of any race, religion, or nationality'.

HAPPENING
The official web page for this popular youth place/event/community in the Episcopal Church in the USA.


Just for Kids

From a US Episcopal Church parish, a special service for children and young adults. The site includes pages that kids can either print out or download to colour in a computer paint program, a virtual storybook, as well as church and festival trivia, words and music (MIDI) for kid-friendly or seasonal hymns, and articles on holidays and church practices.

My Faith My Life
'Because faith is best explored in community, and as people of God we have promised to support all baptized in their life in Christ, this website has resources for teens as well as for parents, mentors, and youth leaders who serve as guides along the journey' Although written by the author of the book My Faith, My Life (Morehouse, 2006), this site's content is independent and updated regularly.

Peek through the window
Designed primarily for young adults in the United States checking out what the Episcopal Church has to offer.

The Sunday Paper
'The Sunday Paper is informal, whimsical, faithful to Scripture, and in dead earnest. It is not condescending or cute. It helps children to acquire a vocabulary of crucial Scriptural images, and to relate the Gospel to the Old Testament, the life of the Church, and their own lives.' 'The original Sunday Paper appeals to intermediate through junior high, and presents one lesson (usually the Gospel) as a two-line cartoon; the other readings, and the Psalm, are presented as single vignettes'.

For Anglican Teenagers
Diocese of Algoma (Canada) Youth Ministries
'A good resource for those who are getting started in the diocesan level of youth ministries, has sample documents such as a pastoral plan for youth ministries in the diocese, roles of persons in a diocesan youth gathering. Information about the diocesan youth events, and what happens at events.'
Diocese of Edmonton
Diocese of Fredericton
Diocese of Toronto.
Youth Ministries
One aspect of an outstanding, 'major new initiative by the Diocese of Toronto, Ministry Resources department to provide easy, accessible, comprehensive links to the best Anglican-friendly resources for congregational development.'

Soul Sista
Soul Sista is a ministry for girls only, part of Soul Survivor. 'We believe that something special happens when we get together, ‘just the girls’. Whether its looking at issues that are particularly relevant to us, or more general stuff from a girly perspective, or simply just enjoying some time to ourselves we have seen God do amazing things when we get together in this way.'


For Youth Ministers

A.W.E. Children's Ministries
The name of this diocesan children's ministry for the Diocese of Bethlehem stands for Advocacy, Worship and Education.


Ask and Imagine: Life, Leadership, and Theological Exploration for Anglican Youth
'A place to discover and share ideas, resources, insights and stories about youth ministry. It's also a place to read reflections and thoughts from a Christian perspective about issues that affect young people in today's society'.
Check the site for new meeting times each next summer. All costs are covered for Canadian youth.

Beulah Enterprises
A ministry of the Children's Mission of St Paul and St James, New Haven, CT. 'We offer for sale high quality, unique and innovative resources to inspire imaginative spiritual play, celebration, and learning. As we grow we will provide financial support to the Children’s Mission and job skills training and employment opportunities for inner-city families'.

Children at Worship
An organisation dedicated to the full inclusion of children and youth in worship communities: 'Our goal is, in partnership with you and working within your particular circumstances, to help design weekly liturgies which call out the participation of each member of your community, no matter your age, through your common life of prayer and confession, story telling, art and music, and, where applicable, Holy Communion.' The Catalogue of Ideas is a quarterly newsletter; a blog and an email list are available. This is not a free service.

Choristers Guild
Their purpose is 'to assist churches and schools in understanding the importance of children's and youth choirs and in defining goals and objectives for their particular choirs.' As well, they 'publish music, periodicals, and related educational materials for members and friends.' Their headquarter are in Texas and they have branches in thirty US states.

Church of Ireland Youth Department
While the site has many Ireland and Church of Ireland programs and resources, anyone interested in ideas for youth programs might benefit from perusing this site.

General resources for youth education
Compiled and sponsored by the Episcopal Church in the USA.

Group Publishing
Publishing from Loveland, Colorado, USA, Group publishing provides materials and fresh ideas for youth and young adult ministry. You'll find hints, tips and material for teaching and for the use of pastors, adult small groups, and volunteers. [Ed. Don't be put off by the overly busy, commercial appearance of the site.]

LeaderResources
This publisher provides educational material created in parishes and dioceses in the Anglican community. They are best known for 'The Journey to Adulthood', a comprehensive program for young people between the ages of 11 and 17. Over 1200 parishes across the USA use J2A, and many dioceses have licensed it for use by all of their parishes. LeaderResources are also currently expanding their offerings in adult education and leadership development. You can download samples of all their offerings from their website.

The Monday MAXimizer
Home of the ezine 101 Tips for Youth Ministry. It's weekly and free. Site by Paul Evans and Al Millergren, PhD. They have over 45 years of youth ministry experience.

Pastor2youth
A broad collection of books, magazines, games, links, and helpful papers, all devoted to youth ministry.

Scavenger Hunt Guru
'Comprehensive collection of scavenger hunts for kids, teens and adults as well as outdoor scavenger hunt ideas and holiday party games.'

St Andrew's Carlisle Diocesan Youth Centre
This centre 'has a Christian foundation, but is used by a wide variety of groups to enjoy the beautiful lakes and mountains' of the Lake District. Among the activities described on the site, Confirmation Weekends look valuable.

Wind and Wings
'the major new initiative of the Episcopal churches of Wyoming to help our younger people in Wyoming - children, teens and young adults - to succeed. It is for all the younger people of Wyoming'.

Youth Ministries
One aspect of an outstanding, 'major new initiative by the Diocese of Toronto, Ministry Resources department to provide easy, accessible, comprehensive links to the best Anglican-friendly resources for congregational development.'

Youth Ministry Spirituality Project (YMSP)
The overall mission of the YMSP is to foster Christian communities that are attentive to God's presence, discerning of the Spirit and that accompany young people on the Way of Jesus. This project, based at San Francisco Theological Seminary and in many participating congregations, is experimenting with ways to integrate classical Christian spiritual disciplines of contemplation, discernment, and practices such as covenant and accompaniment, into youth ministry. If you want your youth ministry to have more spiritual substance than the shaving cream often used in youth group skits and pranks, check out their Resources section.

Youth Specialties
Headquartered in El Cajon, CA, the site is not ECUSA specific. In addition to programs, discussion, blogs, podcasts, their free resources include: Academic Bible Studies and Lessons, Clip Art, Curriculum Discussion Starters, Dramas Games, Illustrations, Jr. High Ministry Magazine, Programming, Rookies, Small Groups, Software, Spanish Materials, Spiritual Life, Student Resources, Videos, and Youth Worker Development
. Their job bank for youth workers is primarily USA, but it's a great resource.

YouthPastor.com
Another site rich in resources for youth and youth ministry.



Young Adult

Church of England Youth Council
An active group of youth (16 - 24) who are striving for 'a place where young people will feel encouraged, enabled and confident to inspire change, and of a council that has an impact, takes action, and is able to challenge itself, the church, and our society.'

Emerge (Canada: Quebec, Montreal)
A Christian congregation for young adults 18 through 35 who meet in the undercroft of Promenades Cathedrale. Its mission is 'to be a vital Christian community (24/7) that effectively engages people in the 18 to 35 age group working, studying, living, playing in contemporary downtown Montreal, with the good news of Jesus Christ.'

Generation
A site from the Church of Canada that promises to be lively; it's well done and will be a good resource for the Anglican youth of Canada. Young people may grow into this, but it's a site, regardless of the banner, that appears to be for young adults. The site might provide a guide to others hoping to create a web place-to-meet.

The Late Session
A cell group for people ages 18-30 in Breadsall Parish Church, Diocese of Derby, UK.

Segue: An Anglican Movement of Young Adults
'We're a group of people from South Carolina in our 20's that recognize this season of our life is one big segue. More importantly, we believe the one who creates the segues is God himself.
'

Soul Survivor
Begun by Mike Piklavachi (the Youth Worker at St Andrew's in Chorleywood, Hertfordshire, UK under the Vicar, David Pytches, founder of New Wine) who wanted to have an event like New Wine dedicated to youth. Mike says: 'I wanted it to be evangelistic and a lot of fun but at the heart of it would be worship, teaching and ministry.'
There is an online Soul Survivor Magazine that's current and interesting.

Vocare
'A young adult ministry [in the US Episcopal Church] that provides opportunities for spiritual renewal and discovery. The Vocare weekend is one filled with fun and games, as well as reflection and discussion all focusing on one's spiritual calling.'


General Anglican and Christian-related Youth and Young Adult Links.

Canada
BCYAYM Online:
  British Columbia and Yukon Anglican Youth Movement
Camp Columbia, Diocese of British Columbia
Camp Couchiching, Diocese of Toronto
E:\mmaus Youth: 'A meeting place for Anglican Youth, sponsored by the Diocese of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador'.
New Brunswick Action Youth (Diocese of Fredericton): A lively and link-filled site that should be of interest well beyond its diocesan borders.
Ottawa Anglican Challenge Movement, Diocese of Ottawa
St Michael's Conference: A Conference in the Anglican Tradition. Additional St Michael's conferences have started in the Midwest US, Ontario, the Maritimes, Saskatchewan, and Southwest US.

Saskatchewan Anglican Youth: This blog-style site for youth ministry in the Diocese of Saskatchewan provides links, announcements and contact information.
Sorrento Centre, Diocese of British Columbia
Youth ministries, Diocese of British Columbia

Presbyterian Youth Council

Cuba
Jóvenes Episcopales de Cuba (JEC): In Spanish and English, the web site 'is a diocesan organization that represents and accomplishes the ministry of the Episcopal Church of Cuba among the cuban youth'. Have a look - and write to them!

United Kingdom, Ireland, Wales, and Europe
The Boys' Brigade
Carlisle Diocesan Youth Centre (Diocese of Carlisle)
Diocese of Cashel and Ossory Youth Council, Ireland
Easter People: A group (primarily ages 17–30) in the Diocese of Monmouth, Wales, who meet at varying venues to discuss topics the group chooses at a previous meeting. Their hallmark? Friendly, animated, and thoughtful discussions. Though primarily Anglican in membership, the group welcomes all denominations and even the unchurched.
Nightstop. Based in Yorkshire, UK, their aim 'is to provide safe emergency accommodation for homeless young people aged 16-25 exclusively in the homes of approved volunteers until appropriate permanent housing is secured.'

USA
Province II Youth Ministry Network. Province II includes New York, New Jersey, Haiti, the Virgin Islands and Europe.
Province V Campus and Young Adult Ministry Ministries. Province V includes the dioceses of Chicago, Eastern Michigan, Eau Claire, Fond du Lac, Indianapolis, Michigan, Milwaukee, Missouri, Northern Indiana, Northern Michigan, Ohio, Quincy, Southern Ohio, Springfield and Western Michigan.
California (Davis), TwentyFourSeven is a local youth programme at St Martin's Church, Davis, California.
Colorado (Denver), Youth for Christ
Florida, The Diocese of Central Florida youth resources and links
Georgia (Atlanta), Episcopal Atlanta Youth: This website highlights the conferences, training opportunities, events and missions trips available through the Youth Ministry Office of the Diocese of Atlanta.
Georgia (Atlanta), EYC Diocese of Atlanta
Georgia, Episcopal Diocese of Georgia Youth. 'designed to develop spiritual growth for a variety of ages from 11 to 18. All youth in these grades are welcome to attend the events designed for their corresponding are and grade level.'
Kentucky, Diocese of Lexington Youth Community
Michigan (Grand Rapids), Youth Unlimited
Mississippi, Diocese of Mississippi Youth and Young Adults
New Jersey Youth Ministry in the Diocese of New Jersey. Includes information on the Diocesan Youth Council.
New York (Delhi), Lake Delaware Boys' Camp
Oregon, Youth Ministries Commission of the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon: Includes extensive information and forms related to youth activities in this diocese.
Pennsylvania Life is Tasty: This homepage for youth ministries in the Diocese of Bethlehem makes much of the meaning of Bethlehem in Hebrew: house of bread. 'Grab a spoon, bring a friend!'
Pennsylvania (Coudersport) Creative Youth Ministries: An outreach ministry of Christ Episcopal Church
South Carolina, Youth Ministry in the Diocese of South Carolina

Washington, Church of the Apostles. Located in Seattle, Washington the group is part of a nonhierarchical Emerging Church Movement. This group is a band of Episcopalians and Lutherans (ELCA).

World
Africa, Provincial Youth Cluster Council, Church of the Province of Southern Africa
Australia, Boys' Brigade Australia

Australia, Girls' Brigade Australia
Japan, Anglican Youth Network in Japan in English and Japanese
Netherlands, International Youth Network
New Zealand, Boys' Brigade New Zealand
Singapore, Young People's Fellowship

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