Youth

Saturday, 01 August 2015 18:00

Inside Look - Summer Camp 2015

Camp is the best thing we do for youth at the Diocesan level. Please enjoy this inside look at the Senior High Summer Camp program.

  • What if we had 10 unaffiliated people per week checking in to see what we and our church are all about?
  • What if it were really simple and non-threatening to increase that number to 100?
  • What if it took just a little bit of trying to get that number up to 1000?
  • What kinds of things would happen if we knew there were 1000 people every week curious to know what it's like to go to church at Grace?
  • What if a ministry that is useful for in-reach could be a successful outreach ministry as well?
  • What if that ministry was simply a projection of the things we have always done, and intend to always do?
  • What happens if we take one of our strengths, and unique qualities (as Anglicans), like the daily office, and share that with the people around us?
  • What if some of those people thought that it would be worth their while to donate to the church as a charity, for their participation?
  • What if those donations could grow into a self-sustaining ministry?
  • What if the research shows that the generation known as the Millennials are hungry for tradition, are finding liturgy very useful in developing their faith, and searching for worship homes that allow for the immensity of God, as well as the quiet of God?
  • What if we are in a position, by happenstance or intelligence (God's, not ours) that makes us a perfect landing pad for Millennials, and others looking for a church home?
  • What if we had the tools to reach out into the community, county, state, nation, and world with the same effort across the board?
  • What if we had a focused goal, in ministry, as a church to bring the word of God to the world?
  • What if that goal didn't require sacrificing who we are, but instead reinforces who we are?
  • What if we are being called to do this?
  • What if...
Tuesday, 31 March 2015 18:00

Worn Out, Beat Up, and Tired

As we close out Lent and Holy Week and everyone has their eye on the "prize" (Easter) I sympathize with those who are so very busy during this week. My own tiredness is partly due to a lack of discipline regarding my sleep schedule, but it also is a reflection of the fact that I am trying to do more in the day, and finding it difficult.

For our clergy here at Grace, and most definitely all over Christendom, Holy Week is a frantic chase to make sure everything gets done, on time. On top of a work week thrown into overdrive, is the other work that goes on in the week, daily services.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015 19:00

Front and Center

Spring is here, and as we know here in Wisconsin that means, there's a mess outside. The youth group noticed this problem and a couple of weeks ago, we grabbed some gloves and garbage bags and we picked up litter all the way around the church building, and the surrounding block or two.

I didn't put it in the newsletter before because I was struggling with whether or not I should tell everybody, or keep it quiet. In the bible Jesus tells a parable about a Pharisee who prays loudly about how well he follows the Law, so that others to notice that he is being devout. While another person who is struggling in mind and body prays silently and earnestly for forgiveness for his sins.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015 19:00

"And Then God Showed Up"

This past weekend I participated in the Happening weekend as a staff member. We had a fantastic time, and My official role was "Dad", but I actually acted more like "Roadie/Musician". All I had to do, was to make sure none of the kids did anything that would cause them harm or get them in trouble, and make sure the musician knew where to be, when, and what to do when she was there. No problem.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015 19:00

Prayers Please

This weekend our own Dee C. will be a candidate at Happening, and Nick W. will be on staff. Please lift up these two, and the rest of the staff and candidates as they enter a time of prayer, questions, talks, community building, and fun. Happening is a youth lead youth organized retreat for youth, and has been a staple of Christian Development in our diocese for many years. Please pray for us. Our time begins Friday evening, and ends with Eucharist on Sunday.

All are welcome to the closing Eucharist, All Saints Church, Appleton, 2pm.

Thank you for your prayers and support!

Tuesday, 03 March 2015 18:00

Inward Focus, Outward Love

As Lent continues and we focus on our faith with inward reflection, we can't lose sight of each other. This is at the heart of the last week and next couple of weeks within the youth ministries of the Diocese. As part of the plan to have a Diocesan wide youth event every month.

In February we had an event called "30 Hour Famine" in which youth and adults in attendance deliberately fast for approximately 30 hours, in order to raise awareness in ourselves about what it means to be hungry, and to raise money and awareness in the community about world hunger. There were around 40 people in attendance, and everyone had a lot of fun together, even if they were hungry.

Simultaneously, the staff for Happening #69, met for training. Happening is a high school lock-in/retreat that focuses on faith, Jesus, and refection. On March 13-15 they will be meeting, and sharing, and there is an outpouring of love that goes into a Happening. Caritas, is one way for us as a community to share the love with those participating. If you are a Happener (have participated in Happening) or if you are part of the Cursillo community you have experienced this kind of love.

As our Lent continues, perhaps you would like to take a couple of moments and share the love with each other. If you would like to learn how to participate with Happening in this way, please contact Nick or the Office, and they can give you more details.

Nick

Wednesday, 18 February 2015 18:00

The Beauty of Grace

"But the beauty of Grace is that it makes life unfair." If you subscribe to the notion that gifts should, at least eventually, come out even; you're likely to have an uncomfortable feeling about the gift of Grace that God gives to us freely, constantly, and with love.

The truth is that we cannot live up to it, and therefore by God's nature, and ours, this is an unfair transaction. In our favor! The benevolence and perfect love of God overshadows our frailty and incomprehension. It is completely undeserved on our part, yet God offers it freely, constantly, and with love.
This season of Lent that begins today is a season of reflection, repentance, and reconciliation. The onus is on us to do these things, because God has already seen us at our worst; God has already called us to turn around and turn to Him, and God is already calling us back in communion with him, back into His embrace. Perfect love, loves perfectly. The grace of God is given to us freely, constantly, and with perfect love.
Saturday, 07 February 2015 18:00

30 Hour Famine

This month there is a diocesan event being held at St. Anne's in De Pere on February 27-28. The event is called 30 Hour Famine and is a lock-in that brings awareness about world hunger. Those who attend will be volunteering to fast as a group for approximately 30 hours. There will be more information soon, but I strongly encourage all youth to sign up for this unique experience.

Also Happening #69 will be held March 13-15 at All Saints in Appleton. Any high school youth who have not been a part of Happening are encouraged to participate. Happening is an experience that changes lives, and is one of the best things we do in the diocese! If you have questions please contact me or the office for information.

Nick

Saturday, 31 January 2015 18:00

Diocesan youth event: Tubing day at Sunburst.

This past month we had yet another successful event for the youth of the diocese. We had a total of 42 youth flying down the hills at Sunburst, and having a blast together. The delegation from Grace consisted of Kaleigh K., Dee C., Ben C., and Nick W. We all had a blast, and only one of us flipped off of our tube. All in all is was a great time. The goal of these get togethers is to keep up relationships between the youth in between our larger and more established events (namely Camp and Happening). This has just begun in earnest between the youth leaders of the diocese and in December we had our first event where we decorated cookies and went caroling at a number of nursing homes in Ripon. In February, at St. Anne’s, De Pere, we will be having a lock-in known as 30 Hour Famine, which raises awareness about hunger issues around the world and in our own area. More information about this opportunity will be available shortly. Nick
Tuesday, 27 January 2015 18:00

Barna: "Year in Review"

Grace and peace to you! I thought I would share some research I thought was interesting especially in light of our annual meeting and all the talk about being the church "out there" beyond our walls. This research comes from Barna Group, a research firm that is "widely considered to be a leading research organization focused on the intersection of faith and culture." This article showcases the top 10 findings of their research throughout 2014, complete with helpful info-graphics.

Just to highlight a couple that I found interesting: First is about world poverty, and the huge amount that it has decreased in the last 30 year, and yet American's don't believe that is the case. Why is that? Lastly the research that looks at what Millenials want in a church. (you can find more about their generational distinctions here: Barna Glossary of Terms).

Barna Group -Year in Review Top 10 Findings from 2014

Wednesday, 07 January 2015 18:00

Sunday Morning Film School

This semester in film school we are digging into relationships. All types of relationships, romantic, friendly, unfriendly, the relationships we have with our parents, God, ourselves. The list can go on.

Our first film is Enchanted (2007) starring Amy Adams and Patrick Dempsey. This is a story of Giselle a fairytale princess who is waiting for true-love's kiss. Robert, on the other hand, is a divorce lawyer and much more rational; he is planning proposing to his girlfriend after careful scrutiny of each others strengths and weaknesses; he just needs to break the news to his six year old daughter.

At our Family Movie Night we watched The Santa Clause. We had a small but energetic crowd which made the whole event very fun. One of the major themes of the movie is faith. At one point during the movie one of Santa's elves is trying to help the new Santa cope, while at the North Pole for the first time he says, "This is a dream. I see it, but I don't believe it." The elf responds with, "You're missing the point. Seeing isn't believing, believing is seeing".

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