While Diocesan Youth Programs continue with the usual calendar of events, not all youth events take place at the parish or diocesan levels. Some great work is underway in the six regions of the Diocese of Georgia known as convocations. This week, we highlight the work in Savannah and Albany. We will share convocation youth events in other convocations in a future issue of From the Field.
Savannah Convocation Youth Event (SCYE)
Adults working with youth in Savannah banded together to form SCYE, a once a month meeting that moves around the congregations of the convocation. Twelve parishes have hosted a SCYE meeting so far with 40-55 participants at a typical event. Each meeting is like a mini retreat at Honey Creek in terms of the formatting which includes music, games, dinner, more games, with a program.
Prior to this fall, the hosting parish was responsible for a 10-15 minute message. The messages ranged from the lectionary’s Gospel to Jewish Passover to preventing and addressing bullying. Now, youth are presenting the message and leading small group discussion. Last month, youth that attended the Dominic Republic mission trip this summer gave a presentation and encouraged others to consider doing mission work in the future.
Another change is that youth now lead the games and this fall have become part of the planning team that is working on the program and making suggestions on music and worship. SCYE next meets this coming Sunday, September 27 at St. Thomas Isle of Hope from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Stay informed with the SCYE Facebook Page.
Albany Convocation Youth Lock-in
St. Paul’s, Albany and St. Anne’s, Tifton have been working together to plan this mission-focused event intended to help us prepare for Hometown Missions, a diocesan event that will take place at St. Paul’s April 22 – 24, 2016.
Participants can expect to have fun while building community; to learn about the importance of mission and outreach as these concepts are explained in scripture; and to participate in a mini-mission project at Second Harvest, a food bank here in Albany. For your
convenience, you may also register online using the following link:Online Registration. Those registering
online will need to pay at the door of the event.