May 31-June 2, 2013
Kirby Episcopal House
"I attended my first Vocare weekend during a time in my life where I was trying to figure out my spirituality and what to do with my life. Where did God fit in for me? Am I alone in feeling this lost? After that weekend, not only did I grow spiritually, but I also had a better understanding of how to continue this spiritual journey because I felt more optimistic that God had a plan for me."
These words are from Vocare's Lay Rector, Mary Boggs, of Christ Church in Reading. Mary and the rest of the staff of Vocare warmly welcome all young adults, 18-30ish, to join them for a weekend retreat.
Vocare is a form of a latin word meaning "to call". The Vocare weekend is a renewal weekend addressed to young adults in the time when we face many serious decisions that set the direction for much of our adult life. Is Christianity relevant today? Can it penetrate the many areas of everyday life? Can it transform the world and keep up with the changing times? In addressing these and other questions, Vocare proposes no new spirituality, but does provide a tools through which one's spirituality may be developed, nourished, lived and shared in fellowship with Christians. The Vocare Community believes that Jesus Christ has made and will continue to make a difference in individual lives in the world.
Registration opens here April 8th and closes May 20th
1 Peter 2:9-12 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation,
God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who
called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
Dear friends of Christophany ,
The youth council has been hard at work preparing an amazing weekend for you in April! Our theme this year is SPARKED! and we're so excited to bring you some great music from musical guest, Kep Short, great talks and some great adventures in the woods. The outreach project for this year will be explained in more detail during the Christophany weekend, but the short version is that we are gathering supplies for the middle school mission trip which will be taking place this summer. Our middle school mission team will be traveling throughout the diocese helping out both people and animals in need. For them to be able to do their work they will need lots of gear and we want to help give them a "leg up" on their collections.
Below is a wish list of items you are encouraged to bring to the event. In years past, some youth have put a box or basket at the back of their church, announced what it's for and asked for parish support. Then you will be in charge of collecting the box and bringing it with you to Christophany. Please make sure to send this message to your priest and vestry warden so that they can be supportive of this work!
Pocket Pet Food (rabbits, gerbil, fish, birds, etc)
Portable Phone with Caller Id
Dry goods: Cheerios, Raisin Bran, Shredded Wheat, crackers of all kinds, Quaker oats, raisins
Cat food: Purina Dry Cat food, Purina or Friskies moist cat food
Lava dust and Lava Bites for the Chinchillas
Rabbit food: Timothy hay in a bag for the Rabbits
Bird Food: Millet sprays, Zupreme Cockateil and parakeet food
Pig Food: Piggy Chow from Tractor Supply for pot-bellied piggies
Dog Food: Dry and canned food, Milkbones for large dogs
Turkey Food: White/lemon boxes of cake mix to make Birdie Cake
Duck Food: Pellet food from tractor supply
Fresh Produce: Lettuce, apples, bananas, cabbage
Paper products-paper towels and tissues
Warm Blankets for Scooter-About 3-4 blankets for the piggy
Crates and boxes for ease of collection and delivery
5 gallon bucket with resalable lid: Buckets from fast food restaurants or bakeries can be used if washed and cleaned. Do not use buckets that have stored chemicals such as paint or pool cleaner. Advertisements on the outside are acceptable.
liquid laundry detergent: two 25 oz. or one 50 oz. bottles only
liquid household cleaner: 12‐16 oz. liquid cleaner that can be mixed with water: no spray cleaners
dish soap: 16‐28 oz bottle any brand
1 can air freshener: aerosol or pump
1 insect repellant spray: 6‐14 oz. aerosol or spray pump with protective cover
1 scrub brush: no toilet-bowl brushes, plastic or wooden handle (no kitchen or dish brushes)
18 cleaning wipes: handi wipes or reusable wipes: no terry cleaning towels, remove from packaging
7 sponges: remove from wrapper (no cellulose sponges due to mold issue)
5 scouring pads, remove from wrapper (no Brillo, SOS pads or any kind that will rust)
clothespins: remove from packaging
clothes line: two 50 ft. or one 100 ft.,cotton or plastic.
24 roll heavy duty trash bags: remove from the box,30-45 gallon size
5 dust masks
2 pair disposable waterproof gloves,rubber or latex (remove from packaging)
1 pair work gloves: cotton or leather, leather palms necessary
Shampoo & conditioner
Thank you in advance for your support of our outreach work!
I'm so grateful for all of the staff volunteers who helped make this weekend an experience to be remembered and for Bishop Paul Marshall who truly cares about the spiritual lives of the youth in the Diocese of Bethlehem.
Here are some of the photos from the weekend! We can't share all of them-that would ruin the surprise!
A casual photo of us on the front lawn!
The Christian life is a journey to come closer to God. The labyrinth is a metaphor for that walk. We use it to help us let go of wordly distractions and listen for the voice of God.
Celebrating Christian community of youth and mentors in the Diocese of Bethlehem
with Jazz hands :)
What is Happening?
Happening is a retreat for youth by youth in grades 9 to 12 with the support of adult leadership, both lay and clergy. According to one past attendee, Happening is a “crazy-fun weekend full of adventure and surprises!” The mission of Happening is to enliven the Church by being open to the power of the Holy Spirit so that the youth members of the Church can take the word to the world. To accomplish this goal, the weekend provides an opportunity for youth to come closer to Jesus in a deep, personal way and to begin to learn what it means to be an apostle.
Why Should You Go?
Come to Happening to be surprised, to go deeper, to meet friends-old and new, to be refreshed and fed spiritually by the music, the talks and the beauty of the mountain top!