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 Youth Missioner to create a vision for diocesan youth ministry.
To keep up with DioMo Youth and upcoming opportunities, join the Facebook Group "DioMo Youth".
Back to School Service Weekend 2018
To kick off a new program year we are having a Back to School Service Weekend at the Deaconess Anne House on August 10-11, 2018. All youth entering grades 6-12 are invited to join us for a time of service, fellowship, worship, and fun! We will be preparing the Deaconess Anne House for the arrival of a new group of corps members. Drop off is at 6pm on the 10th and pick up is at 5pm on the 11th.
Diocese of Missouri Youth Activities – 2017-2018
September– Screen on the Green
Saturday, September 9, Church of the Good Shepherd, Town and Country, 7-10 PM
A movie night to kick off the new program year! Youth in grades 6-12 are invited to join us for food, fun, and a film under the stars!
November–World Food Day
Friday, November 3, 2017, John Burroughs School/St. Peter’s, Ladue, 6pm-8:30pm
Come join Episcopal youth in volunteering in packing meals at World Food Day, then meet at St. Peter’s for dinner, games, and conversations about hunger. Register at www.stlwfd.org
November–Diocesan Youth Convention Lock-In
Friday, November 17– Saturday, November 18, 2017 – Trinity, Hannibal
Join youth from across the diocese for games, food, and learning about Convention. Saturday, see Convention in action and support the youth presentation!
December–DYAC Winter Meeting
Sunday, December 9, 2017, 10:30am-12:30pm, LocationTBD
DYAC will be focused on planning the Cathedral Lock-In and spring activities
Friday, February 9 – Saturday, February 10, 2018, Christ Church Cathedral
One of our largest events, it features tours of the Cathedral, bell-ringing, food, and prayer on the rood (weather permitting!)
Saturday, March 10, 2017, Emmanuel, Webster Groves, 5-8:30pm
A gathering of youth in grades 6-12 to focus on where God is calling us to share Christ's love with the world.
April- Spring Lock-In
Saturday, April 14-Sunday, April 15, 2018, Holy Cross, Poplar Bluff
Join us for "And Also With Y'all" a lock-in at our southernmost parish!
April - Diocesan Youth Advisory Council Spring Meeting
Saturday, April 22, 2018, location TBD
This spring gathering will focus on events for the summer, and will include a celebration for our senior members!
June - Summer Service Day
July 10-14, 2018
Youth who have completed grades 6-12 will gather at St. Paul's, St. Louis to help lead Bible Fun Camp, have lunch, and make blessing bags for neighbors in need.
July 10-14, 2018
The Episcopal Church’s General Convention is held every three years to consider the legislative business of the church. This year’s General Convention will be held in Austin, TX. Pray for and follow along with the Official Youth Presence, 18 youth from around the Church who will attend General Convention and lend their voices to important discussions and decisions! www.facebook.com/EpiscoYouth
July–Anytown Youth Leadership Institute
June 24-July 1, 2018
This eight-day residential experience focuses on preparing youth to be leaders for social justice in their schools and communities. Scholarships available from the Dismantling Racism Commission! More information at http://www.nccjstl.org/anytown/
July 29-August 4, 2018 , 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/
Questions? Want to sign up for an event? Contact:
Diocesan Youth Missioner Loren Lasch at LLasch@DioceseMo.org, or at 314-255-1383
Diocesan Youth Advisory Council 2017-2018 Begins Work
DYAC began its fourth year with the following new member:
Sara Moore, St. Martin's
She will join returning members:
Olivia Buckley, St. Timothy's
Catriona Docherty, Church of the Holy Communion
Hopie Melton, St Peter's
Marta Mieze, Church of the Holy Communion
Duncan Phillips, Church of St. Michael and St. George
Scott Scoopmire, Church of the Holy Communion
Chris Williams, St. Peter’s
This upcoming year DYAC will be helping to plan many of our events and will have a say in some big decisions. DYAC is also available to come visit your parishes and speak with youth and adult about youth ministry in the diocese.