Episcopal Youth Event – EYE

Twelve of our young people and three adult chaperones joined nearly 850 youth and more than 300 adult chaperones and resource persons to represent the Diocese of Bethlehem at the Episcopal Youth Event in San Antonio, July 8-13: [Youth] Jensen Appleman of Trinity Easton, Rebekah Beers of St. Mark's Moscow, Annie Bonenberger of St Gabriel's Douglassville, Kayla Farley of St. Brigid's Nazareth, Antonia Harewoord-Harris and Corey Mars of Christ Stroudsburg, Katie Kolepp of Cathedral Bethlehem, Sophie Neumann and Vanessa Segaline of Trinity Bethlehem, Ryan Ochse of St. Paul's Montrose, Brittany Radcliffe of St. John's/Good Shepherd Milford, and Rachel Salmon of Trinity Mt. Pocono. [Adults] Mother Demery Bader-Saye, diocesan missioner for youth, Trica Bonenberger of St. Gabriel's Douglassville, and Andrew Reinholz of Grace Allentown. Browse the EYE website here. More to come.


DioBeth Youth Ministry Scholarship Fund

[From Mother Demery Bader-Saye]

Hello Friends in the House of Bread,

I am writing to ask you to consider making a contribution to the DioBeth Youth Ministry Scholarship fund.

It is a joy to share the news that Diocesan youth ministry is thriving! Our events are regularly at capacity. Many more parishes are participating than a few years ago, including smaller parishes in rural areas. However, there has been an increase in the number of people seeking scholarship help and/or not participating in diocesan events because they cannot afford the registration fee. Though parishes often try to help, when there are multiple teens interested in attending, funds quickly run short. In many parishes where there are not active youth groups, diocesan youth events provide the only connection for teens to other Christian youth. However, even with substantial subsidy from the diocesan youth budget, the average high school teenager, participating in all offered events (Bishop's Day with Youth, Christophany, Province Spring Event, Mission Trip, Happening) would pay over $400 a year in registration fees. If you are interested in making an investment in Diocesan Youth Ministry, read on.

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Food Packaging Event, April 26 -- Can you help?

Mother Demery Bader-Saye, diocesan youth missioner, invites folks young and old from the Diocese of Bethlehem to take part in a short but exciting mission project on Saturday, April 26 at Spruce Lake Retreat in Canadensis, PA. From 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. we need help with food packaging for an organization called Stop Hunger Now The organization, which sends nutritious meals to third world countries and devastated areas all over the world, is based in Raleigh, N.C. They are coming with food and equipment to Christophany this year! The goal for Christophany participants is to package 50,000 meals over the course of the weekend. Donations from the Christian Outreach Committee Church of the Epiphany in Clarks Summit and Bishop Paul have made this event possible. In order to meet the goal of packaging 50,000 meals, we will need some help from our fellow church-goers on Saturday afternoon, April 26. To see what fun, and how inspiring, the event will be, take a look at this "Stop Hunger Now" clip on YouTube. Children as young as 5 or 6 can help out -- and of course teens and adults of any age are welcome too! Our hope is to have 75 volunteers to help out for 2 hours between 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. on the 26th. If you are able to help, please reply by email: dbader-saye@diobeth.org. Once I hear from you I will send directions. Many thanks and peace.


Cathedral youth visit Grace Allentown

On January 13, 2008, the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord, Bob Lynn and Jenifer Gamber, Rite 13 mentors at the Cathedral Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem, led a group of young people from their class to Grace Church in Allentown to experience a different style of worship. Download the story, with photos, below: An introduction by Jenifer Gamber and three reflections by Cathedral youth (Alan Mendez, Dave Brandt and Anna Thomas) on their time at Grace.

Download 080113.Cathedral Youth and Grace.pdf


Nightwatch! -- Bishop's Day with Youth -- Jan. 25-26 -- In NYC

For 6-12 graders. An overnight of fun, discovery and worship at Nightwatch, a program of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine which includes singing, games, exploration of the beautifully restored historic cathedral, time with Bishop Paul, a chance to be with other diocesan youth and to meet youth from other places and different denominations, and a candlelight meditation and midnight Eucharist. And on Saturday, we’ll have lunch in Times Square at the Hard Rock Café.

Download more information below.

Download bishops_day_with_youth.Jan 25-26, 2008.pdf



Happening #17 -- How do you like your Jesus?

Presented by teenagers or teenagers, with the help of thoughtful adults, Happening is a weekend of faith exploration for teens in grades 9-12. Join us on the journey from November 9 to 11 at Kirby House in Mountaintop, PA. Friends welcome. Cost: $95. Scholarships are available. Registration materials available here. Download two posters in pdf below, as well as in jpg format for those parishes that want to put the invitation to Happening up on their websites.

Download Happening17.pdf

Download Happening17a.pdf

Download Happening17.jpg

Download happening17a.jpg





Snowtubing, time with Bishop Paul and a U2 Eucharist

On January 27, 7th to 12th graders from around the Diocese of Bethlehem participated in Bishop’s Day with Youth at Camelback Mountain and Christ Church, Stroudsburg. Download the story by teen participant Sophie Riemenschneider and see a few photos from the day. “Three cheers for those who developed the youth day,” wrote Canon Charles Cesaretti. “This was the first time that youth from St. Paul's, Montrose, have participated in a diocesan event, and they had a wonderful time. They were all aglow on Sunday [the day after the January 27 event], especially about the worship service. Kudos to Demery and all who planned the event, and worked hard to make it a success.  It was a winner. There is no joy like a group of teens excited and energized about a church event.  Count us in for the next event.”


St. Brigid's boat floats ... halfway

The youth group of St. Brigid’s, Nazareth tied for second prize for the most original boat in the Float Your Boat Festival in the Lehigh Canal, at Sand Island in Bethlehem.

The group had constructed an eight-foot boat with a Viking design as part of the Diocese of Bethlehem Children’s Sabbath/Cruising to Equity program last fall.

Built from a refrigerator carton, the boat (nicknamed Moe) served as the collection point for monthly donations of items for the needy. Though Moe was not meant to be seaworthy, Dean Bob Schenkel, priest in charge suggested that a canal voyage might be a fun and a fitting ending for the vessel.

Read the whole story (with photos) below.

Download st. Brigid's boat floats.pdf


Life is Tasty

This is the new website of the youth ministries of the Diocese of Bethlehem. The name and concept are creations of our diocesan youth council. The site itself is designed by Josh Frank, youth missioner at Church of the Epiphany, Clarks Summit, who is available for freelance website design work.

The name Life is Tasty springs from a recent theological exercise done by the youth council. The desire is that we revel in every good gift God has given us.

Download Demery Bader-Saye's article about this.

Download Lifeistasty.pdf


My Faith My Life

Jennifer Gamber, a parishioner at the Cathedral Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem, wrote My Faith My Life "to provide young people in the Episcopal Church the tools to embrace their full place within the Church. When I began working with Canon Kitch on confirmation three years ago, it became clear that there were few resources available to help teens understand the language of our church, its worship, history, sacraments and approach to the Bible. There are a numberr of wonderful relational-based curricula, which is the basis of our faith, but no guide for navigating the institution, the Church."

My Faith, My Life: A Teen's Guide to the Episcopal Church
($9.95, Morehouse, 2006) is an essential handbook for teens in the Episcopal Church -- and a great resource for confirmation classes, youth study groups and high shool Christian education programs.

The book serves as a guide to the Christian faith and the Episcopal Church, covering everythng from scripture, church history and sacraments to the meaning of prayer and ministry in the lives of real teens today.

Read more at ...

Download my_faith_my_life.pdf



Bishop's Day with Youth

Summer Splash, Bishop's Day with Youth, grades 7 to 12, will take place on Saturday, July 15, at Spruce Lake Retreat in Canadensis, (Monroe County). Those who register by the early deadline of June 15, will receive a free CD of pictures from the event. Late registration deadline is July 1.

You may download below (1)A registration form, (2)A Medical Release/Community Life Standards forms, and (3)An insert for parish bulletins or newsletters.

Download 2006_registration_form.pdf

Download medical_and_standards_form_2006.pdf

Download 2006_bulletin_insert.pdf


Diocesan youth make Triduum journey

Fifty-five junior and senior high youth and twelve adults gathered on the last weekend of April for Christophany in the Springtime, a three day retreat in celebration of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. Blue skies and the lush green landscape of Spruce Lake Retreat in Canadensis (Monroe County) was the backdrop for the Triduum journey. Together we mourned the death of Christ, contemplated life in his absence, and rejoiced in the hopeful Easter light of his resurrection. 

See diocesan youth missioner Demery Bader-Saye's story about Christophany 2006, with color photos. Download the pdf file below.

Download diocesan_youth_make_triduum_journey.pdf


Christophany 2006

The deadline to sign up for the April 28-30 Christophany is March 31. This three-day Journey with Christ promises to be a wonderful retreat for youth grades 7-12.

Because of the new setting at Spruce Lake Retreat in Canadensis, there will be many opportunities for activities such as campfires, hikes, and an indoor ropes course adventure.  We will enjoy some of the traditional Christophany activities as well, such as walking the prayer labyrinth and the stations of the cross. 

Attached is a schedule and application as well as a bulletin insert for use in parish bulletins or newsletters.  I'd like to ask rectors and youth leaders please to copy the information and distribute it to your youth, as well as to put the information in your bulletins and/or newsletters.  Youth, if you're looking at this and would like to sign up for Christophany, simply print out the application and send it (with your payment) directly to Diocesan House.

The cost of the weekend is $100. If a participant cancels registration within one week of the event, we will not be able to refund payment.  In the case of cancellation prior to April 21, a partial refund will be granted.   

As always, full and partial scholarships are available.  Parishes are encouraged to give financial aid first, but in the case that a parish is not able to assist, please contact me:  dbader-saye@diobeth.org or 610-691-5655 ext. 233.

Blessings,

Demery+

The Rev. Demery Bader-Saye, Missioner for Youth in the Diocese of Bethlehem

Download christophany2006.Schedule & Application.pdf

Download christophany_2006_bulletin_newsletter_insert.pdf


Christophany 2006

The following is from the Rev. Demery Bader-Saye, youth missioner for the Diocese of

Bethlehem

: 

The time has come to sign up for Christophany in the Springtime, 2006!  The retreat will be a three day journey with Christ -- cross, tomb and resurrection.  It promises to be a wonderful, uplifting retreat for youth grades 7-12.  This year's retreat will take place at Spruce Lake Retreat in

Canadensis

,

PA.

Because of the new setting, we will have many opportunities for activities such as campfires, hikes, and an indoor ropes course adventure.  We will enjoy some of the traditional Christophany activities as well, such as walking the prayer labyrinth and the stations of the cross.  Attached is a schedule and application as well as a bulletin insert for use in parish bulletins or newsletters.  I'd like to ask rectors and youth leaders please to copy the information and distribute it to your youth, as well as to put the information in your bulletins and/or newsletters.   

Youth, if you've received this email and would like to sign up for Christophany, simply print out the application and send it (with your payment) directly to Diocesan House.

The deadline for early registration is March 15.  The deadline for late registration is March 31.  The cost of the weekend is $100.  Please note: youth who mail in an application with full payment by March 15 will receive a ten dollar discount from the cost of the weekend and so may send $90.  Also note that if a participant cancels registration within one week of the event, we will not be able to refund payment.  In the case of cancellation prior to April 21, a partial refund will be granted.

As always, full and partial scholarships are available.  Parishes are encouraged to give financial aid first, but in the case that a parish is not able to assist, please contact me:  dbader-saye@diobeth.org or 610-691-5655 ext. 233.

Space for the retreat is limited, so get those applications in!  We will fill spaces on a first-come, first-served basis.

Blessings,

Demery+

Download christophany2006.Schedule and Application.pdf