The main role of Youth Ministry on the diocesan level is to support parishes in their individual ongoing Youth Ministry programs. We aim to help create a network of youth and youth workers and a feeling of community within the diocese. Throughout the year, the diocese hosts and promotes events for youth with the goal of strengthening the relationships of youth across the diocese.
We are aided in this work by the Diocesan Youth Advisory Council (DYAC), a group of youth from across the Diocese who assist with planning and publicizing diocesan youth events, and work with the Canon for Christian Formation to create a vision for diocesan youth ministry.
To keep up with DioMo Youth and upcoming opportunities, join the Facebook Group "DioMo Youth".
For more information contact the Rev. Canon Loren Lasch, Canon for Christian Formation: LLasch@DioceseMo.org or (314) 255-1383
Episcopal Diocese of Missouri Youth Activities – 2019
February– Cathedral Lock-In
Friday, February 1st– Saturday, February 2nd, Christ Church Cathedral
One of our largest events, it features tours of the Cathedral, bell-ringing, food, games, and prayer on the roof (weather permitting!) Open to all youth in grades 6-12! 7PM Friday-9AM Saturday.
March – Acolyte Festival
Saturday, March 30th, Church of St. Michael and St. George, 10AM-3PM
A gathering of youth in grades 6-12 to learn about and celebrate the ministry of acolytes! In addition to workshops about acolyting, we will also have training for other lay ministries, preparing our youth to serve in their parishes as readers, altar guild, lay Eucharistic ministers, and more! We will end the event with an Instructed Eucharist where participants will have an opportunity to share the skills they have learned.
April –Diocesan Youth Advisory Council Spring Meeting
Sunday, April 14th, location TBD, 1PM
This spring gathering will focus on events for the summer, and will include a celebration for our senior DYAC members!
Saturday, April 27th – Sunday, April 28th, Grace, Jefferson City
Join youth in grades 6-12 from across the diocese for an overnight event to celebrate the joy of the Easter season! We’ll have games, food, and fellowship, and we’ll join the people of Grace, Jefferson City for worship on Sunday morning! 7PM Saturday-Noon Sunday.
July - High School Mission Trip
Dates TBA. This summer we are partnering with the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia for our Diocesan Mission Trip! Our joint mission trip will take us into the Appalachian Mountains for a week of service in partnership with the Appalachia Service Project (ASP)! ASP was founded in 1969 and works with families in Central Appalachia to make homes warmer, safer, and drier. Each summer they host groups in different locations in Tennessee, North Carolina, West Virginia, and Kentucky. Our group will stay with other groups at one of ASP's Summer Centers in Tennessee (ASP will give us the exact location this spring) and will go out to work on homes in the area. Whether you have never worked with your hands, or you regularly work on house projects, this trip will provide work that you can do that will make an ongoing difference in the lives of people you meet and in your own life as well. This trip is open to youth who will have completed grades 8-12 by summer of 2019. Registration will be open at the end of January!
July/August –Camp Phoenix
July 28th-August 3rd, DuBois Center
The official summer camp of the Diocese of Missouri invites campers ages 8-15 for a week of outdoor fun, crafts, and spiritual formation. Rising high school seniors may apply to work as counselors-in-training! Register from February 1st at http://camp-phoenix.org/